Category Archives: LGBT Politics

You Couldn’t Make It Up!

That revered institution, the Thought For The Day on BBC Radio 4, is still carrying on churning out platitudes. I always read the Rev. Dr. Peter Hearty’s merciless skewering of the Thoughts. Yesterday, we had Canon Angela Tilby’s thoughts on … Continue reading

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A Voice of Sanity

After Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s very unpleasant outburst on the possibility of the UK’s legalising same-sex marriage, it comes as something of a relief to be able to point to a voice of sanity on the subject. It belongs to the … Continue reading

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“Verging On Fascism”

There was unease last week in Amsterdam’s Orthodox Jewish community when it emerged that their nominal Chief Rabbi, Aryeh Ralbag (who lives in New York), stated that homosexuality was an illness that could be cured. As a result of this … Continue reading

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Forced to be Sterilised

There are times when the law goes beyond being “a ass” as Dickens’ Mr Bumble famously said, into realms where the law is simply anti-human. I was amazed to learn this week that Sweden requires, under force of law, that … Continue reading

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Gay Rights Are Human Rights

I missed hearing or reading about this speech that the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, gave to an audience of diplomats at the United Nations in Geneva on the 6th December. It is quite remarkable. I’ve put some extracts … Continue reading

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It’s Time…

Life, dating, love, tears – and a marriage proposal; all in a little film that lasts under two minutes. What on earth could be wrong with that? Well, judging from the comments on YouTube, and the fact that it was … Continue reading

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We Were Here

A tip of the hat to Alistair Appleton over at Do Bhuddists Watch Telly for his post on the Documentary We Were Here by David Weissman. The film tells the history of the early 1980s when the AIDS epidemic grew … Continue reading

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RIP, Rose

I was very sorry to read today that Rose Robertson has died. Rose was the powerhouse behind Parents Enquiry, which, as the obituary says, was: Britain’s first helpline to advise and support parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual children, … Continue reading

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“The Consequences Are Real”

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m very lucky to be able to live in a country that has Civil Marriage for both same-sex and different sex couples. Some countries have only Civil Partnerships for same-sex couples, … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Canal Parade

Today is the 6th August, 2011, and it’s the day of the annual Canal Parade in Amsterdam. I usually travel the 150 km to Amsterdam and join the 400,000+ onlookers to watch it, but this year I’m staying home. However, … Continue reading

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Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” Bill

The appalling David Bahati is still pushing on with his abhorrent piece of anti-gay legislation in the Ugandan parliament. It would seem that it is now reaching a crucial point. This travesty has been going on since 2009. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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Courage

Via a post on PZ Myer’s blog, I have discovered the blog of a lesbian in Syria: A Gay Girl in Damascus. She has courage, and a brave father. I hope that they both manage to come through the current … Continue reading

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“A Disturbing Trend”

Today’s title is a quote from Archbishop Silvano Tomasi. Apparently, according to Reuters, People who criticise gay sexual relations for religious or moral reasons are increasingly being attacked and vilified for their views, a Vatican diplomat told the United Nations … Continue reading

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How Times Change

I see that the Isle of Man will make civil partnerships available to gay couples living there as from next month. This is only five years after civil partnerships were introduced into UK law. I find that surprisingly speedy for … Continue reading

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The Survivor

Good heavens, Jonathan Grimshaw is still alive and kicking. He contracted HIV way back in 1984, so must be one of the longest-surviving people with HIV in the UK. While I have never actually met him, for a time he … Continue reading

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Reaping the Whirlwind of Hate

David Kato has been murdered. Given the climate of hate against LGBT people that has been encouraged in Uganda by both the State and organised religion*, it comes as no surprise. It still shocks though, and for those still in … Continue reading

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It Gets Better, Sorta…

After the last post featuring Rebecca Drysdale, here’s a rather tamer effort in the same theme from Ricky Martin. http://www.youtube.com/v/kzxoQ9rbDAA&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3 While it’s really good to see that he’s dropped the pretence that he’s straight, I still don’t find this latest … Continue reading

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It Gets Better–Part III

I’ve been here before – but here’s a video from Rebecca Drysdale that rocks. I’ve never heard of her before, but this is very good – I particularly liked the homage to Vogue. You go, girl!

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UN Restores Resolution

I noted earlier this month that a UN Committee had proposed removing the reference to sexual orientation in the UN’s resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. It was a move led by African and Arabic nations – in other … Continue reading

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The United Nations – A Force For Good?

I hope that the above title is somewhat of a rhetorical question. I would hope that, on balance, despite its many failings, the UN still counts for something in this sorry world. However, when it gets down to a personal … Continue reading

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