BRITAIN: Gay Activist Peter Tatchell Honored With Historic "Blue Plaque"
Famed LGBT activist Peter Tatchell has been honored with one of Britain's historic Blue Plaques, which was installed yesterday outside his London home. Sir Ian McKellen spoke at the ceremony.
Mr Tatchell, 58, received the honour for his work in human rights, although he is also known in the borough for campaigning on local issues. The campaigner, who looked smart in a suit and purple tie, admitted he was "a bit embarrassed" at the honour, which is usually accorded to people after they have died. The plaque reads: "Peter Tatchell. Born 1952. Campaigner for human rights, gay freedom and social justice. Lived Here. Voted by the people." Sir Ian called Mr Tatchell "my hero" and added: "As an actor, I admire the chutzpah and showbiz nature of Peter's campaigning. It is absolutely sensational that there is a plaque here." He added: "We don't have the energy, far-sightedness and bravery of this individual. If we did, the world would be a better place. I couldn't be a stronger supporter of him."The above photo of the plaque was tweeted this morning by former Frankie Goes To Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson.