Gay activist put forward for Nobel Peace Prize

French activists launch bid for Nobel Peace Prize for international gay rights campaigner Louis-Georges Tin

Gay activist put forward for Nobel Peace Prize
27 December 2011

Activists in France have launched a bid to win the Nobel Peace Prize for gay rights campaigner and author Louis-Georges Tin.

Tin, 37, who was born in Martinique and also fights against racism, was instrumental in establishing the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) which has taken place every 17 May since 2005 and is celebrated in more than 70 countries around the world.

In 2008 he called on the United Nations to back the decriminalisation of homosexuality throughout the globe, and the following year he launched a campaign battling Transphobia, signed by 300 non-government organisations from more than 75 countries.

He has supported Moscow Pride for a number of years despite constant threats from Russian neo-Fascists who physically attacked this year.

Organisers need to collect the names of people who support the bid and submit the application by the end of February. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Oslo next December.

If he is awarded the prize, Tin will be the first winner who has done so for fighting for gay rights and the youngest since Martin Luther King in 1964, who was 35 at the time.

Campaigner Ricardo Vita told GSN: ‘Georges is really involved in everything he does on behalf of diversity, especially when it comes to gay people. He has created many things that we all benefit from, such as IDAHO.

‘He is a very humble man. He knows what we are doing but he is not involved in the campaign.’

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