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posted Friday, December 30, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 52
Gay activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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Gay activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

French human rights activists have launched a campaign to award the Nobel Peace Prize to international LGBT rights advocate Louis-Georges Tin.

Tin, a native of Martinique, is black and also campaigns against racism.

His first experience in activism came in 1997, when he founded Homonormalite, an LGBT student organization.

In 2003, he edited the Dictionary of Homophobia, a collection of more than 75 essays analyzing homophobia from a variety of perspectives.

In 2004, Tin founded An Nou Alle, a group for Gay black men.

He was instrumental in establishing the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), which has been observed in more than 70 countries every May 17 since 2005.

In 2008, Tin urged the U.N. to call for decriminalization of same-sex relations in all countries, and the following year he launched a campaign against Transphobia, backed by 300 NGOs from more than 75 countries.

Also in 2008, he published The Invention of Heterosexual Culture, another collection of essays examining the social construction of hetero-normative culture.

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

If he is awarded the prize, Tin will be the first winner recognized for fighting for LGBT rights, and, at 37, will be the youngest since Martin Luther King in 1964. King was 35 at the time.

According to supporters, Tin is aware his name is being put forward for the Peace Prize, but is not involved in the effort to nominate him.

'Georges is really involved in everything he does on behalf of diversity, especially when it comes to Gay people,' French activist Ricardo Vita told GSN News. '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.'

For a nomination to be formally considered by the Nobel Committee, supporters must collect names of people who endorse the nomination and submit them by the end of February.

The Nobel Prize winners for 2012 will be announced at a ceremony in Oslo next December.

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