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Mon, 10 May



Rebel Without a Pause - an evening with Barry Duke, live.

Join us for a special evening where Barry will discuss his lifetime of activism as a gay man and atheist.

Rebel Without a Pause - an evening with Barry Duke, live.
Rebel Without a Pause - an evening with Barry Duke, live.

Time & Location

10 May 2021, 19:30 BST


About the event

Click here to attend on zoom

Barry has a lifetime of activism as a gay man and atheist to his credit.

Born in apartheid South Africa, he could not fathom why races were prevented by draconian laws from interacting. It was explained to him that racial separation was mandated by the Bible and that apartheid was necessary to maintain “racial purity”.

As he grew older he began actively opposing the racist policies of the apartheid regime and there was a very real danger that his activities as a journalist would lead to detention or imprisonment. 

He came to the UK as a political refugee in 1973 and immediately became involved in secular and gay rights organisations, and  was involved in opposing the private prosecution of Gay Times for blasphemy by Mrs Mary Whitehouse.

In 1998 he became the editor of The Freethinker – first published in 1881. Barry is still the editor 23 years later! He was a founding member of Gay Humanists & set up The Pink Humanist magazine. In 2017, the National Secular Society gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award.

He’s going to talk to us about his personal journey as an active atheist, his role in fighting the blasphemy prosecution & the start of Gay Humanists….. & probably lots more!

Now living in Spain, Barry will join us live from there. His talk will be followed by Q & A.

The event will take place online using zoom. Click to attend to be given the Zoom link.

This event is FREE to all Bristol Humanists members. We ask everyone else to make a voluntary contribution of £3/£1 to help cover our costs. We will pay half of all proceeds to a selected charity.

Contributions can be made here


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