Barry Duke

Veteran journalist and free speech activist Barry Duke was, for 24 years, editor of The Freethinker magazine, the second oldest continually active freethought publication in the world, established by G.W. Foote in 1881. He also edits a website for The Pink Triangle Trust, a UK-based LGBT charity. He lives in Spain with his husband Marcus. The couple have been together for 25 years. In 2017, the year he was married, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the London-based National Secular Society.

Get email notifications when Barry Duke posts new stories

GET ADDITIONAL WRITER ALERTS
The UK will outlaw conversion therapy for gays, but not trans people

The UK will outlaw conversion therapy for gays, but not trans people

Reading Time: 3 minutes When the government refers to “talking therapies” it is, in effect, referring to prayer. So its exclusion of trans people from a conversion therapy ban it announced last week can only be interpreted as capitulation to pressure from religious groups who have been working flat-out to retain all “pray-away-the-gay” interventions. In announcing the ban in response to a petition—”Ensure Trans people are fully protected under any conversion therapy ban” signed…