I felt like doing a news round-up kinda thang today. There have been so many interesting gay stories over the past seven days, it just didn’t seem right to focus on just the one.
Proud for Pride?
It was London Pride on Saturday. I was there, as I have been nearly every year for the past 13. I’m not sure if it’s my age or not, but I didn’t rate Pride at all this year. It was the busiest I’ve ever seen it; meaning that trying to walk anywhere was a real struggle. I missed the Parade and went straight to Trafalgar Square where the headlining act was Bucks Fizz – they were on stage for all of 10 minutes! At 4pm our group of friends headed into Soho which was heaving and got progressively more and more busy for the next six hours. The queues at the bars were at least six deep – with stupid drinks prices, 20 minute queues for every toilet – and not enough of them around, people pushing and shoving – turning to barging into you the more drunk they got and the entire road became a sea of broken glass, beer cans and bottles. With nowhere to sit, after eight hours on my feet it was time to go home.
I have considered that this may just be an age thing, but how can Bucks Fizz be a headlining act? How can standing around waiting for something to happen that never does for eight hours be fun? I know I’m in my thirties now, but ten years ago Pride had real headlining acts on stage and set in a huge London Park where people could sit, chat and mingle with everyone. London Pride is now a shadow of it’s former self and I know a lot of people who feel the same. While ever there is homophobia, lack of equality and religious nuts blasting us for no good reason, we need Pride, so why are we crammed into a couple of streets with no amenities?
Next year is Euro Pride here in the capital; I just hope London pulls its finger out and gets it right for once!
I didn’t really think about it at the time, but at big events like Pride or Glastonbury there is always the threat of terrorist attacks. And it seems the LGBT community have a cause to feel threatened as Islamic extremists are now being told to act gay.
In a 64 page guide written by the Taliban and uncovered by the Sunday Mirror; it details to its followers in Europe what they should do if they feel they are being followed by an MI5 agent:
“Many hotels – especially in busy UK cities – have women hanging around the lobby areas in order to attract men. A young beautiful woman may come and talk to you. The first thing you do to protect yourself from such a ¬situation is to make dua (prayers) to Allah for ¬steadfastness. The second thing is to find an excuse to get away from her that is realistic and sensible, such as you having a girlfriend for the past few years and you are loyal to her or you are ¬homosexual.”
OK, that’s quite scary in itself, but then to think what’s happening here in London in 2012 – keep an eye out for those Islamic terrorists. You’ll know who they are; bombs strapped to their chests and a GAY Late stamp on their wrist.
Of course, Soho has already been a victim of a terrorist attack. Back in 1999 a 22 year old neo-nazi named David Copeland planted a nail bomb in the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street killing three people. In a 13 day rampage, he admitted to planting nail bombs in Brixton and Brick Lane previously to the one in Soho in an attempt to damage the minorities of London.
As well as the deaths of three people, he also injured 139 people, some who were amputated because of the attacks. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison which was extended to 50 years in 2007.
David Copeland, who has confessed to idolising Hitler, Starling and Saddam Hussein, said he wanted to be caught to become famous. He felt no emotion whatsoever when he planted the bombs and was concluded by the trail judge that he did this because of his hatred of black, Asian and homosexual people.
Even though he has admitted killing and maiming so many people, he still appealed the ruling to serve an extra 20 years. Last week, his appeal was rejected. But he must have known this would happen and it does make me wonder if this sick individual really appealed to get some extra press exposure and get some perverse pleasure in seeing his name in print once again? Whatever the reason, I hope he rots in his cell.
Copeland is currently serving his time in Broadmoor Hospital after being diagnosed a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic. If he is ever released, with this new ruling he will be 72 years old.
Sealed with a kiss
But don’t let age fool you. We may think that 72 is too old to make an impact on this earth – but a 74 year old gay rights activist is now in the midst of a legal case that is rocking the gay world.
Joan Parker has been charged with assault after she hugged and kissed an anti-gay preacher at a Pride event in North Carolina, USA.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Mrs Parker said: “He was just waving his arms and has a Bible in one hand, up and down, and screaming at the top of his lungs, ‘sodomites’ and ‘you’re going to hell’. I thought he needed a hug. So I gave him a hug.”
As heart-warming as this story truly is, and how amazing Joan is; preacher James Belcher has pressed charges of assault as Mrs Parker’s kiss was “just one of many attempts to silence the preaching to those in need of salvation who practice a death style that they call a lifestyle.”
What a lovely man! But if Mrs Parker is found guilty of assault, she could be made to do 30 days of community service, but as a lot of my friends have said – hasn’t she already done the community a service!
What is it with these religious nuts? 2000 gay rights supporters attended the event in Salisbury but there was also 200 gay right opponents including Mr Belcher. They turn up at every gay Pride event around the world and no one to my knowledge has ever been converted. Do they get some perverse thrill from upsetting people and trying to push their beliefs on others?
So that was my round-up for the week’s gay news. Obviously my unique, personal slant on them all as always – but you wouldn’t want it any other way – or maybe you would? If you want to get in contact with me, please join our FaceBook page and leave your comments and suggestions.
In the meantime, from me and all of the Gay Chat team, have a great week.