Press Release: Peter Tatchell to speak in Croydon
21 May 2009
Peter Tatchell, the leading human rights campaigner, is to speak in Croydon. The meeting, at 8 pm on Tuesday the 2nd of June, is being organised by Croydon Area Gay Society (CAGS) at The Brief, 48 George St, Croydon CR0 1PD. The meeting is open to all and entrance is free.
Peter Tatchell was a leading member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in the 1970s and suffered homophobic abuse as a candidate in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election. Since then he’s rarely been out of the public eye, as a courageous and outspoken campaigner for LGBT rights, and for human rights in general. He’s been one of the leading members of the gay rights organisation Outrage! since its foundation, and has suffered death threats and physical violence, notably when trying to perform a citizen’s arrest on Robert Mugabe.
He’s currently the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford East, and the Green Party’s spokesperson on human rights. This month he was arrested in Moscow while taking part in a protest by gay rights activists in Moscow, staged to coincide with the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The meeting on the 2nd of June is part of “The Brief Encounter”, CAGS’ bi-monthly series of talks, which started with Brian Paddick in October last year. Future speakers include Sharon Ferguson, newly appointed head of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, on the 4th of August, and Angela Mason, long-term feminist and campaigner, now a Government advisor, on the 6th of October (to be confirmed).
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