“Women and gay people are the litmus test of whether a society is democratic and respecting human rights. We are the canaries in the mine.”
Peter Tatchell is an eminent LGBT activist and human rights campaigner. He has been at the forefront of LGBT activism since 1969 in London, protesting police harassment of gay people, repudiating the classification of homosexulity as an illness and organising sit-ins in pubs that refused to serve LGBT people. Additionally, he played an integral role in the organisation of Britain's first Gay Pride March in 1972. He has campaigned for organisations such as Gay Liberation Front and Outrage! as well as standing for as Labour MP in Bermondsey in the 1990s.
He has also taken stances against human rights absues abroad, criticising Iran's criminal code, South African Apartheid and attempting a citizens' arrest on Robert Mugabe. He has won multiple awards for his services to the LGBT community.
'The gay-rights campaigner is always up to something that the establishment does not like' - Guardian