7 August 2014, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Peter Tatchell, campaigner for LGBT and other human rights since 1967, talks to Queer Perspectives resident artist Sadie Lee about works in the Collection which have a particular personal resonance.
Peter Tatchell has campaigned for LGBT and other human rights since 1967. His inspirations are Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankhurst, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. A pioneer of the Gay Liberation Front in the early 1970s, he staged the first gay rights protest in a communist country (East Germany, 1973). He was the defeated Labour candidate in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election. In 1989, he helped found the AIDS activist group ACT UP London, and in 1990 he was a founding member of the LGBT direct action organisation OutRage! He outed 10 bishops in 1994; twice attempted a citizen’s arrest of the Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe (1999 and 2001); interrupted the 1998 Easter Sermon of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey; and ambushed Tony Blair’s motorcade in protest at the Iraq war (2003). He was voted sixth in the 2006 New Statesman readers’ poll, Heroes of our Time and in 2009 won Campaigner of the Year at the Observer Ethical Awards. He is Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation and human rights spokesperson for the Green Party. For more information about Peter’s human rights campaigns and to make a donation: www.petertatchell.net
Peter Tatchell by Polly Borland bromide print, November 1999
19 1/2 in. x 15 3/8 in. (495 mm x 391 mm) Purchased, 2000
Photographs Collection NPG x88486
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