|Member of |
Belfast City Council
22 May 2014 – 6 May 2019
|Preceded by||New DEA|
|Succeeded by||Sarah Bunting|
|Born||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Political party||Ulster Unionist Party 2011-Present and UK Unionist Party 1997.|
|Alma mater||Magee University College|
Trinity College, Dublin
Jeffrey Edward Anthony "Jeff" Dudgeon MBE is a Northern Irish politician, historian and gay political activist. He previously sat as an Ulster Unionist Party councillor for the Balmoral area of Belfast City Council from 2014 - 2019.
He is best known for bringing a case to the European Court of Human Rights which successfully challenged Northern Ireland's laws criminalising consensual sexual acts between men in private. During the 2014-19 council term he was one of three openly gay politicians elected to the City Council along with Mary Ellen Campbell of Sinn Féin and Julie-Anne Corr of the Progressive Unionist Party, at the 2019 local government election all three lost their seats. He has also published a study of Roger Casement's Black Diaries, which accepted them as genuine.
As part of the 2012 New Year Honours, Dudgeon was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for "services to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Northern Ireland".
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