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Tatchell, Peter (b. 1952)  
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Undaunted, Tatchell filed complaints in both French and British courts in 2003 seeking to have Mugabe tried on charges of torture, but neither case succeeded.

Tatchell has called for "all-inclusive equality laws" so that gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and others will not be perceived as marginal groups seeking "special rights." He has proposed that Great Britain create a Department of Equality to ensure the welfare of all.

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Consequently, Tatchell has been critical of Britain's civil partnership law, which grants gay and lesbian couples most of the legal rights and responsibilities of married heterosexual couples, on the grounds that it ensrines into law differential treatment of homosexual and heterosexual couples.

Tatchell has also been active in opposing both the American-led war in Iraq and the persecution of glbtq people by the fundamentalist Islamic regimes in Iraq and Iran. He has pointed out that one of the unforeseen consequences of the Iraqi war has been the resurgence of Islamic radicalism in the country, and with it a wave of homophobic and misogynistic violence, including execution-style killings of gay men and unveiled women.

Tatchell has been especially critical of the "death fatwa" against gay men and lesbians issued by Iraq's most powerful religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

Whether or not people agree with Tatchell's ideas and methods, none can doubt his devotion to the advancement of glbtq rights.

In 2010, Tatchell accepted an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex in recognition of his human rights campaigns.

Although Tatchell had refused other honors, he decided to accept this one "partly because the initiative for this honorary doctorate was a grassroots one, from the staff and students."

Linda Rapp

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Humphrys, John. "Tatchell's Awkward Squad Sometimes Gets It Right." Sunday Times (London) (March 11, 2001): Features section.

Lloyd, Peter. "Peter Tatchell to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Sussex University." Pink News (July 20, 2010):

"Peter Tatchell."

Rayside, David. "Tatchell, Peter." Who's Who in Gay & Lesbian History from World War II to the Present Day. Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon, eds. London and New York: Routledge, 2001. 393.

Thomas, David. "The Outing of a Hero: At a Stroke, The 'Homosexual Terrorist' Peter Tatchell Has Become a Civil Rights Campaigner Whom We Can All Applaud. But Where Did He Find the Courage to Try to Arrest Mugabe?" The Sunday Telegraph (London) (March 11, 2001): 3.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Tatchell, Peter  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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