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Wednesday, May 16
“Atheist Author and Journalist, Christopher Hitchins" (read by: Autum Reinhardt Simpson)
Known as a “man of the left,” a leading public intellectual, and a champion debater, Christopher Hitchins was a vocal supporter of equal rights for gays – including equal marriage rights. He was a vocal critic of the Catholic Church, even standing up for his gay friend Stephen Fry in a 2009 BBC debate, saying, “The church can apologize, too, for condemning my friend Stephen Fry, for his nature.”
In his memoir, Hitch-22, he admitted that while at Oxford, he on occasion had trysts with two men, who became ministers in Margaret Thatcher’s government.
Upon hearing of Hitchins’ death on December 15, 2011, Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter, “Goodbye, Christopher Hitchins. You were envied, feared, adored, reviled and loved. Never ignored. Never bested. A great and marvelous man.”
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