has been campaigning for human rights, democracy, LGBT freedom and
global justice since 1967. He is a member of the queer human rights group
OutRage!, and the left-wing of the Green Party. Peter is also the Green Party’s
spokesperson on human rights.
Berlin he staged the first ever gay rights protest in a communist country, and
was arrested and interrogated by the secret police - the Stasi.
much of the 1970s, and beyond, he was active in anti-imperialist solidarity campaigns,
supporting the national liberation struggles of the peoples of Vietnam,
Cambodia, Laos, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau,
Eritrea, Oman, Palestine, Western Sahara, East Timor and West Papua.
early 1987, Tatchell launched the world's first organisation dedicated to
defending the human rights of people with HIV, the UK AIDS Vigil Organisation.
In 1988, the UKAVO persuaded the World Health Minister's Summit on AIDS to
issue a declaration opposing government repression and discrimination against
people with HIV. An anti-apartheid activist since his teens in the late
1960s, his lobbying of Thabo Mbeki and the ANC in 1987 contributed to it
renouncing homophobia and making its first public commitment to lesbian and gay
human rights. Later, together with others, he helped persuade the ANC to
include a ban on anti-gay discrimination in the post-apartheid constitution -
which became the first constitution in the world to prohibit discrimination
based on sexual orientation.
also supporting LGBT activists in many of the more than 70 countries that still
totally outlaw lesbian and gay relationships, and which punish same-sexers with
maximum penalties including flogging, life imprisonment and execution. This
solidarity work has included support for queer activists in South Africa,
Nepal, Iraq, Nigeria, Iran, Uganda, Malawi, Russia and Zimbabwe.
the Peter Tatchell Foundation, he campaigns for human rights in Britain and
Find out more about Peter Tatchell: petertatchell.net