Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell is an Australian-born British human rights activist, who gained international celebrity for his attempted citizen's arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1999 and 2001, on charges of torture and other human rights abuses. In the 1990s, he became a prominent gay equality and LGBT campaigner through the direct action group OutRage!, which he co-founded. For more information about the Peter Tatchell Foundation’s human rights work, to receive email bulletins or to make a donation: www.PeterTatchellFoundation.org

31.10.2017

Lessons we can learn from the Kevin Spacey furore

Lessons we can learn from the Kevin Spacey furore

Transform the male & workplace culture that allows sexual harassment  Until now, Kevin Spacey never publicly revealed that he is gay. For decades, long after other actors came out, he remained totally closeted and side-stepped the issue of his sexuality. In the early stages of his career, when… »

20.04.2017

Time to put SEX into sex education

Time to put SEX into sex education

We republish this article which first appeared in the UK publication, ShoutOutUK, by kind permission of the author*.  Although it concerns the situation of sex education in the UK, our readers in other countries may find it thought-provoking. Celebrate sexual pleasure. Combat sexual shame & abuse Sex education in… »

11.01.2016

Iran’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s executions is outrageous hypocrisy

Iran’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s executions is outrageous hypocrisy

Iran’s criticism of the Saudi mass executions is outrageous hypocrisy. Tehran is also guilty of barbaric killing methods and, indeed, of putting to death eight times as many prisoners as Riyadh in 2014. It condemns Saudi Arabia for persecuting Shia Muslims, yet it persecutes Sunnis. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali… »

22.10.2015

UK LGBT Muslims receive hostility and support at launch of solidarity campaign

UK LGBT Muslims receive hostility and support at launch of solidarity campaign

East London Muslims divided over accepting Muslims who are LGBT There was a mix of hostility and support from local Muslims when the LGBT-Muslim Solidarity campaign was launched with a street stall and pavement discussion in Tower Hamlets, East London, yesterday, 21 October. Organised by the human rights organisation, the… »

12.10.2015

‘Gay gene’ debunked? Environment influences sexuality

‘Gay gene’ debunked? Environment influences sexuality

Biology alone doesn’t cause homosexuality, suggests new epigenetic research Vladimir Putin, Robert Mugabe, Pope Francis and other anti-gay world leaders may well rejoice at new scientific research that points to homosexuality as being significantly influenced by pre- and post-birth environmental factors. They’ll no doubt see it as refuting claims that… »

19.03.2013

Human rights campaigner denounces Francis’s invitation to Mugabe

Human rights campaigner denounces Francis’s invitation to Mugabe

Pope wrong to meet Mugabe.   Francis sends the wrong signal.   Mistake to invite and greet Zimbabwean tyrant “The Pope has made a huge error of judgement by inviting and greeting the Zimbabwean President. He should have shunned Mugabe as a public rebuke for his crimes and as a signal… »

05.03.2013

UK: Cardinal’s homosexual confession “undermines the campaign against same-sex marriage”

UK: Cardinal’s homosexual confession “undermines the campaign against same-sex marriage”

With the recent “coming-out” of the UK’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal O’Brien, Peter Tatchell urges him to apologise and repent.  Cardinal O’Brien should apologise to gay community Keith O’Brien urged: Repent your homophobia Estimated 40% of Catholic priests are gay, including top clerics “Cardinal O’Brien’s confession falls… »

12.02.2013

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

Change of Pope must bring change of policies

Opportunity to reform Catholic doctrine on human rights issues By Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation Pope Benedict XVI was notorious for his opposition to equality, especially for women and LGBT people. Will his successor be more sympathetic to gender and sexual orientation human rights?… »

06.02.2013

UK gay marriage vote: “A victory for love & equality”

UK gay marriage vote: “A victory for love & equality”

Joy for tens of thousands of same-sex couples The culmination of a five-decade struggle for LGBT equality Ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships must also be repealed “This is a resounding, historic victory for love and equality. It has bought joy and hope to tens of thousands of same-sex couples… »

21.01.2013

UK: Should the age of consent be reduced to 14?

UK: Should the age of consent be reduced to 14?

The latest figures Pressenza could find date back to the last decade and showed that teenage pregnancy rates in the UK were the highest of all European Union countries.  Peter Tatchell proposes changes to Britains antiquated, moralist views of sex and sex education. Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell… »

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