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Peter Tatchell scraps idea of making citizen's arrest on the Pope

They met over tea and biscuits in a fifth-floor boardroom at New Scotland Yard, overlooked by portraits of the Queen and the Queen Mother. On one side of the table was the Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark – one of the most senior Catholic clergymen in the country.

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Pope Benedict preaches intolerance & rejects key human rights. Most Catholics oppose many of his teachings

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Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, called for full gay marriage to be legalised yesterday, according to Peter Tatchell, the gay rights campaigner.

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Peter Tatchell: Ban on same-sex marriage must be lifted

When David Cameron hosts gay community leaders at Downing Street tomorrow night, the elephant in the room will be the ban on same-sex civil marriage. It is the last homophobic law in the UK. The coalition government, despite its professed support for gay equality, is refusing to repeal it.

Now Cameron invites the gay community to join his coalition

The coalition Government is due to formally commit to its gay rights agenda tomorrow with the Conservatives' first ever Downing Street party for Britain's gay community.

Philip Hensher: It was secrecy, not privacy, that Laws wanted

There are notoriously no ethnic minority Liberal Democrat MPs, and only one serving peer

Peter Tatchell: Evils of colonialism still wrecking lives

The conviction by a Malawian court of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga on charges of homosexuality is the latest example of how, more than four decades after most African nations won their independence, the evils of colonialism continue to wreck lives.

Outrageous and proud: Why Peter Tatchell will never stop fighting

Provocative, unpredictable and uncompromising, Peter Tatchell has made many enemies over the 20 years he has campaigned for gay rights. But he tells Patrick Strudwick why he'll never stop fighting

Canary, Liverpool Playhouse

Jonathan Harvey's new play, Canary, takes its title from Peter Tatchell's statement, "Women and gay people are the litmus test of whether a society is democratic in respecting human rights. We're the canaries in the mine."

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Justin Fashanu was the first, and only, top-flight player to come out. Now, 12 years after his suicide, the fight against homophobia goes on.
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