This post was updated on 27 May 2014.
Jeff Dudgeon | Newsletter.co.uk | 14093
Dudgeon is best known for his role in the case of Dudgeon vs United Kingdom, where he challenged the criminalisation of gay acts between men in Northern Ireland at the European Court of Human Rights. The case, in 1982, forced Northern Ireland to bring its laws into line with Scotland, which decriminalised in 1980, and England and Wales, which decriminalised in 1967, with ramifications for the Republic of Ireland and led to the Council of Europe’s declaration that no European state should criminalise consensual homosexual acts between men or women.
In a speech to the International Lesbian and Gay Association in October, Dudgeon described being arrested alongside 25 others in 1976 as he claimed police tried to disband the first campaigning LGBT organisations in Northern Ireland, Cara-Friend and NIGRA.
In the May 2014 local elections, Mr Dudgeon was elected to serve as a councillor on Belfast City Council.