60 years old today – and 45 years of campaigning.
One of the few figures in British public life who is entirely admirable.
Above: attacked by Mugabe’s thugs
I can’t better Nick Cohen’s tribute from Sunday’s Observer:
“He lives in some poverty and suffers for his beliefs. As for gay rights, when even the leader of the Conservative party finds it politic to legislate for gay marriage, homosexual liberation appears the most mainstream of causes. Yet Tatchell wants nothing to do with the British political class and the feeling is reciprocated. Rather than showing how yesterday’s rebels become today’s conformists, Tatchell’s life illustrates a rarer and nobler theme: how a commitment to freedom for some can meld seamlessly into a commitment to freedom for all.
“If he were not an atheist, who receives death threats from Islamists, I would say that there is something of the saint about him.”
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To quote Nick Cohen again:
“Happy birthday, comrade. If the British are slightly more tolerant than we once were, it is in part because we had the good fortune to have you live amongst us.”