The gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has re-launched its online magazine with a new title, The Pink Humanist. The UK-based magazine aims to reach a global audience of freethinkers through its website at http://www.thepinkhumanist.com.
The PTT, a member organization of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, started publishing a print magazine called Gay & Lesbian Humanist back in 1993. This stayed in print until 2008 when it became an online magazine.
Though described as an LGBT publication, the new magazine is aimed at all atheists, Humanists, sceptics and freethinkers and is the only one of its kind worldwide.
The editor of The Pink Humanist is Barry Duke who is well known in UK atheist and Humanist circles as the editor of The Freethinker, a monthly journal which was founded in 1881. Duke was also closely associated with The National Secular Society for many years.
Contributors to the first issue of The Pink Humanist include Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev, Alekseev who has been praised by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for “his amazing, ground-breaking work over many years”.
Barry Duke said: “As editor of the oldest freethought magazine in the world, I am delighted to have been invited to launch the newest.
“Since 1974, I have devoted my life to promoting LGBT rights, atheism, Humanism and rationalism, and The Pink Humanist will, I hope, help raise awareness of the need to challenge religious privilege wherever it occurs in public life, and stem the rising tide of homophobia, especially in Africa where mainly foreign evangelicals have been allowed to muddy the waters of tolerance and generate unprecedented levels of hostility towards the LGBT community.
“My hope, too, is that freethought writers from all over the world will donate original articles, comments and reviews for inclusion in future issues of the publication.”
The Pink Triangle Trust is named after the pink triangle that gay men had to wear in the Nazi concentration camps. The registered charity was set up in 1992 to advance the education of the public and particularly of lesbians and gay men, in the principles and practice of Humanism and to advance the education of the public, and particularly of Humanists, about all aspects of homosexuality.