Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blue Plaque for Tatchell: Your Chance to Vote

Peter Tatchell speaking at the Museum of LondonPeter Tatchell, who lives in the London Borough of Southwark, has been nominated for a Southwark Blue Plaque Award, which honours distinguished public figures and events.

Peter has been campaigning for LGBT rights for 40 years. He was a leading activist in the Gay Liberation Front in London in the early 1970s. In 1990 he was one of the people who co-founded the queer rights direct action group OutRage!.

He has also campaigned on a wide range of other human rights issues since the late 1960s: against the death penalty and the Vietnam War, and for Aboriginal rights in his homeland of Australia; plus campaigns against nuclear weapons, apartheid, the Iraq war, and his two attempted citizen's arrests of Zimbabwe tyrant Robert Mugabe in 1999 and 2001.

The Awards will be decided by an open public vote. The voting closes on March 31 2009.

To cast a vote for Peter, simply e-mail vote4icons@southwark.gov.uk and put "Peter Tatchell" in the subject field.

Here is an article from Southwark News about his nomination:

For more information about the 2008 Southwark Blue Plaque awards, click here.

Peter Tatchells's website.

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