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Peter Tatchell honoured with blue plaque

tatchellVeteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has been honoured with his own blue plaque, which was erected outside his Southwark home today. The honour was bestowed on him by Southwark Council, and joins other plaques in the area dedicated to Charlie Chaplin and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Actor and fellow gay rights campaigner Sir Ian McKellen spoke at the unveiling ceremony, which drew a large crowd to the local authority block in which Mr Tatchell, aged 58, resides.

Sir Ian said: "We're very lucky to have Peter with us - what he asks for is no more or less than freedom, and I couldn't be a stronger supporter of him. He's my hero, and to honour heroes is a good thing to do.”
Mr Tatchell himself admitted that he felt “a bit embarrassed” at the honour, which is usually accorded to people only after they have died. However, he went on to say, "I have lived in Southwark most of my life and I am very proud to be part of its long, illustrious history of distinguished authors, playwrights, scientists, inventors and social reformers.”
Southwark Council bestowed the honour on Peter Tatchell following a public vote, whereon residents of the borough were asked to vote for who they thought deserved the recognition.
“It is a big honour. I am very grateful to the people who voted for me, especially since there were other notable, worthy and deserving nominees. I hope my receipt of this award will encourage others to campaign for human rights.”

Posted: 29 September 2010

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