David Joseph Henry
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David Joseph Henry is a writer, human rights activist and former parliamentary candidate from Manchester, England.
In 1999 he co-founded the Queer Youth Network.
He writes a regular column in London's QX magazine , and has been a contributor to the Pink Paper and OutNorthWest. David has been outspoken in the media and petitioned the government on the issue of civil partnerships and has argued that they "create a two-tier system of inequality".
He was selected to contest the Salford and Eccles seat at the 2010 general election, beating presumptive nominee Merseyside TUC leader Alec McFadden by a majority vote after responding to Martin Bell's call for a "community champion" during a public meeting in Eccles. He received 730 votes and Hazel Blears received 16,655. Despite the distribution of votes, David's campaign generated notable media interest. He was shadowed by a film crew and was the focus of the 30-minute documentary film The Candidate which premièred on Channel M. Described as an "intimate and amusing portrait". It has since been shown at a number of film festivals and has received acclaim after being nominated for the Royal Television Society Awards, Exposures 2001 and the Salford International Film Festival.
- "History of the Gay Youth Movement". Queer Youth Network. March 2009.
- "Blears faces wrath of party activists". The Independent. 19 June 2009.
- "Anti-Hazel Blears campaigners choose candidate". BBC News. 5 February 2010.
- "Expenses anger prompts anti-Blears campaign". Channel 4 News. 4 February 2010.
- "Salford Youth Council Champ To Stand Against Hazel". Salford Star. 5 February 2010.
- "Gay rights activist to challenge Hazel Blears". PinkNews.co.uk. 10 February 2010.
- "Candidate chosen to fight for Hazel Blears' Salford seat". Manchester Evening News. 5 February 2010.
- "Election Results 2010 – Salford and Eccles", BBC News, 7 May 2010
- "Red Pepper meets a radical candidate: "everything a career politician is not"". Red Pepper. 5 April 2010.
- "BBC interview David Henry on Salford Precinct". SalfordOnline. 3 March 2010.
- Salford International Film Festival 2010