Jeff Dudgeon

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Jeff Dudgeon
Jeff Dudgeon (Jeffrey Edward Anthony Dudgeon, born 1946) is a Northern Irish politician and gay activist.

He was born in Belfast, and educated at Campbell College, Magee University College, Derry, and Trinity College, Dublin.[1]

He is mainly known for Dudgeon v United Kingdom (1981), the case which led to the legalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland.

He has also published a study of Roger Casement's "Black Diaries", which accepted them as genuine.[1]

He was the Labour Integrationist candidate for Belfast South in the 1979 General election, but has since joined the Ulster Unionist Party.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Roger Casement, The Black Diaries, with a study of his background, sexuality, and Irish political life, edited by Jeffrey Dudgeon. Belfast Press, 2002.