Jeff Dudgeon

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Jeff Dudgeon

Member of
Belfast City Council
Assumed office
22 May 2014
Preceded byNew DEA
Personal details
BornBelfast, Northern Ireland
Political partyUlster Unionist Party
ResidenceWindsor, Belfast
Alma materMagee University College
Trinity College, Dublin

Jeffrey Edward Anthony "Jeff" Dudgeon MBE is a Northern Irish politician, historian and gay political activist. He currently sits as a Ulster Unionist Party councillor for the Balmoral area of Belfast City Council.[1][2]

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. He is 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.[3] He has also published a study of Roger Casement's Black Diaries, which accepted them as genuine.

In 1979 he stood as a Labour Integrationist candidate for Belfast South in the 1979 General election.

Personal life[edit]

He is originally from east Belfast and attended Campbell College then Magee University College and Trinity College, Dublin. He has a long term partner.


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".[4]


  1. ^ "Belfast City Council results". UTV. 17 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Gay rights campaigner defends Ulster Unionist membership". The Guardian. 4 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Three openly gay politicians on newly elected Belfast City Council". Belfast Telegraph. 26 May 2014.
  4. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. pp. 13–15.

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