Peter Tatchell: Children have sexual desires at an early age

Jul 28, 2021 by


The prominent gay rights campaigner contributed to and wrote a review of an anthology he later disowned as a ‘pro-paedophilia’ book.

Peter Tatchell has argued that “children have sexual desires at an early age” as he praised the “courage” of those selling what he later described as a “pro-paedophilia” book, The Telegraph can reveal.

In a review of a 1986 collection of essays compiled by Warren Middleton, former vice-chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), Mr Tatchell, a gay rights campaigner, said that children should be “educated” so that they can decide when they want to have sex.

Mr Tatchell had even written a chapter for Middleton’s anthology – Radical perspectives on Childhood Sexuality, Intergenerational Sex, and the Social Oppression of Children and Young People – but has since attempted to distance himself, claiming that he was “conned” into contributing to “that vile book”.

The Telegraph can now reveal that a year after the book’s publication, Mr Tatchell submitted a review praising the way it “speaks coolly, clearly and radically about a subject which has far too long been shrouded in emotional hysteria and adult chauvinism”.

Mr Tatchell’s chapter in the book, written when the age of consent for gay men was 21, argued laws criminalising underage sex do more harm than good. Other chapters covered child pornography and prostitution, incest and “how to make paedophilia more acceptable”.

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