Australian-born singer and musician Darren Hayes has told Humanists of his struggles growing up gay – and his passion for civil rights.
Mr. Hayes, who is now based in London, was speaking at the annual lunch of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) in London.
He treated a packed Café des Amis to a deeply personal account of his struggles and his “coming out” to friends and his record label, Sony, almost 10 years ago.
“We are thrilled to have the chance to hear from someone of Darren’’ calibre and standing,” said GALHA Secretary Mike Rickwood.
“This was a speech that will inspire anyone who values gay rights and human rights, Humanists and non Humanists alike.”
Previous guest speakers at the annual lunch have included Stephen Fry, Angela Eagle MP, Polly Toynbee, Dr Evan Harris and noted Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev.
GALHA campaigns manager Derek Lennard drew attention to the brave struggle of gay people for basic rights in countries like Jamaica, and stressed that GALHA would focus increasingly on the many countries of the world where gay men and women do not enjoy even fundamental freedoms, let alone equality.
He also committed GALHA to fighting to reverse what he said was “the scandalous vote by the United Nations General Assembly” to remove the mention of killings based on sexual orientation from a resolution condemning arbitrary and extrajudicial executions.
Closer to home, the lunch also welcomed the presence of the organisers of the Schools Out campaign, committed to fighting for equality in education for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.