(January 25, 1952 - living) Australia - U.K.
Gay right campaigner, social worker, journalist and author
Tatchell was born in Footscray, Melbourne, Australia. His father was a lathe operator and his mother worked in a biscuit factory. His parents divorced when he was four and his mother remarried soon afterwards. Because the family finances were strained by medical bills, he had to leave school at 16 in 1968. He started work as a sign-writer and window-dresser in department stores.
Tatchell claims to have incorporated the theatricality of these displays into his activism. Raised as a Christian, Tatchell says that he "ditched [his] faith a long time ago" and is an atheist. It is widely reported that Tatchell is a vegan; however, Tatchell himself only states that he eats no meat, but does eat eggs, cheese, and, according to Richard Fairbrass, wild salmon, meaning Tatchell is in fact a pescatarian.
He became interested in outdoor adventurous activities such as surfing and mountain climbing. Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Any Questions about how insurance and legal risks were making British teachers reluctant to take pupils on outdoor adventures, he said outdoor activities helped him develop the courage to take political risks in adult life.
He moved to Britain in 1971. Already an activist, he joined the Gay Liberation Front in London. The failure to stop the anti-gay Clause 28, prohibiting the "promotion" of homosexuality, helped convince him and other activists to form OutRage! in 1990.
After taking A levels at evening classes, he attended the Polytechnic of North London (now the London Metropolitan University) (PNL), where he obtained a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in sociology.
At PNL he was a member of the National Union of Students Gay Rights Campaign.
On graduating he became a freelance journalist specialising in foreign stories, during which he publicised the Indonesian annexation of West Papua and child labour on British-owned tea farms in Malawi.
He outed a bishop of the Church of England.
In march 2001 Tatchell tried to make a citizens arrest of the Zimbabwe President Robert Gabriel Mugabe in the Hilton Hotel in Brussels, Belgium, on charge of torturing Ray Chote and Mark Chavundula.
Tatchell was beaten up and knocked unconcious by Mugabe's bodyguards.
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