LGBT advocate Peter Tatchell honoured at ceremony in Dublin
Veteran campaigner honoured with James Joyce award and fellowship from UCD
Gay rights activists, including Peter Tatchell (second left), protest outside Uganda House in London in 2009. Mr Tatchell dedicated his acceptance to “the heroic LGBT campaigners . . . spearheading the fight for LGBT rights in Uganda.” Photograph: Reuters
Peter Tatchell in The Black Box in Belfast to deliver the Amnesty International Pride Lecture in 2008. Photograph: Stephen Wilson/PA
Previous winners of the award, which is conferred on people who have “excelled in a field of human endeavour and have made a profound impact on the world around them”, include Noam Chomsky, Desmond Tutu and Hans Blix.
At a ceremony,in the Fitzgerald Chamber at UCD, Mr Tatchell received the award for his contribution to the cause of LGBT equality and human rights over the last 50 years.
“I feel humbled and overwhelmed to follow in the footsteps of so many illustrious past recipients,” said Mr Tatchell, who dedicated his acceptance to “the heroic LGBT campaigners of Sexual Minorities Uganda and allied Ugandan movements, who are spearheading the fight for LGBT rights in Uganda – in a deeply repressive, intolerant society, at great personal risk to their liberty and lives.”