Peter Tatchell, Activist

Peter Tatchell's Saints:

  • Mahatma Gandhi, the architect of non-violent protest in the modern world, leading the Indian people to independence from British rule in 1947.
  • Sylvia Pankhurst, the much overlooked and marginalised anti-establishment daughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. Only now gaining recognition for her support for ordinary working class women and pioneering social activism.
  • Martin Luther King, baptist minister, social activist and legendary leader of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

Peter Tatchell has dedicated his life to fighting hate, bigotry and injustice. The human rights activist is anchored by the simple belief that everyone should be treated equally and fairly.

Listening to him is inspiring, uplifting and inevitably makes you pause to think: What do I stand for? What am I willing to do for the things I believe in?

Over the last four decades he’s held mass kiss-ins, outed bishops and had a go at making a citizen’s arrest on Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.

His support for others has come at a price though. Peter himself has become a target; dodging bullets, bricks through the window, not to mention dealing with the effects of brain damage brought on by beatings dished out by both Mugabe’s security and homophobic Russian thugs.

He’s not about to back down though. If anything, the opposition Peter Tatchell stirs up in others galvanises his resolve to stand up and fight for love and global equality.

He is genuinely a once in a generation activist.

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