Peter favourite all time record Imagine John Lennon. South London.
You don't meet many people who have tried to do a citizens arrest on Robert Mugabe when he was President of Zimbabwe. Well, Peter has done this twice - once in London in 1999 and then in Brussels in 2001. The arrests were on charges of torture under the 1984 United Nations Convention Against Torture. In London the police were called but it was Peter who was arrested. In Belgium he was beaten unconscious by Mugabe's bodyguards.
Peter is from Australia and left because he was not willing to be drafted into the army to fight in the Vietnam War. He also wanted to travel the world. He came to London, and fell in love with the city and made it his home.
At 17, in Australia, Peter realised he was gay bit it was illegal in
the state of Victoria where he lived. This injustice angered him and
he began to educate himself about social inequality. As he uncovered
more hypocrisy and the lies with 'free democratic society's laws' he
started on a journey of direct action for social justice and equality
He joined the Labour Party and ran for parliament in Bermondsey in 1983. Peter is passionate about using direct action when the normal ways of social progress fail but is adamant that violence isn't the way to protest. He cites Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Sylvia Pankhurst as major influences. He saw what the Black Civil Rights Movement in America achieved and used their methods as template for his campaigns for LGBT and other human rights.
He has been arrested over a hundred times and has received countless death threats and there have been arson attempts on his flat. A live bullet was put through his letter box. He has been attacked on the over 300 times, suffering many injuries - the worst being in Moscow where he suffered brain and eye damage after attacked by Russian neo Nazis.
He is more than a thorn in the side of the establishment. He has a belief and a passion for the things he believes in and unlike many politicians and people, he lives his life accordingly.
Peter wants to change the world and he has actively helped create that change for the better during over 50 years of active protest.
He actively spends every working day trying to make a difference
because he is motivated by love and to support the victims of
inequality and injustice.
Peter was denounced by the media as part of Labour's 'loony left' in the early 1980's. But three of the main things he was advocating at the time were peace in Ireland, a minimum wage and an equality bill - all things that are seen as normal now.
There are many people that are/should be grateful for the actions of Peter Tatchell. It is a shame that many of them probably don't realise it.
Peter is currently Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation www.petertatchellfoundation.org/