Gay rights campaigner, Geoff Dudgeon, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List, for services to the LGB&T community in Northern Ireland.
Geoff has worked tirelessly for the LGB&T community on a range of issues including the equalisation of the Age of Consent in Northern Ireland. After years of battling through the UK courts, he successfully brought a case to the European Court of Human Rights in 1981 and as a result homosexuality was decriminalised in Northern Ireland in 1982. Before this remarkable change in the law, gay men in Northern Ireland faced arrest, prosecution and imprisonment simply because of their sexual orientation. Geoff’s case has been cited in court cases not only in the UK but in the USA and beyond.
This honour recognises the work Geoff has done over the years so that people in the LGB&T community in Northern Ireland and further afield can enjoy equality in all aspects of their lives.
The Director and all the staff of The Rainbow Project extend our warmest congratulations to Geoff on this long overdue honour.