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(Gay) Identity and Future



They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
I of course replied
Something here inside
Cannot be denied
About this blog
This is my first blog. It's a mixture of weblog and journal, with postings about my life as a gay man, and gay issues I care about. The idea is to talk about my own identity, and about what "gay identity" is now - and is becoming.

The relationship between gay sexual feelings, gay sex, and the rest of life, has always been one of tension and conflict -- within individuals and between gay people. The places where these differences show most acutely are in views and decisions about "coming out" and "equal rights". But what it is to be gay, and what it means to live openly as a gay person, have changed. They're enormously more varied. And so the meanings of "coming out" and "equality" have changed too.

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August 14, 2003
WHAT WOULD DIANA HAVE SAID?



What connects the scenes above with Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, Charles de Gaulle, and the boiled bones skins and tendons of animals? (not to mention Julie Andrews, Klimt and plastecine and spit) ....if you want to know how a two-foot long prick touches them all, the answers are here, here, and here. Mozart would have had a good laugh I'm sure! (More photos here).



August 13, 2003
GUTTER PRESS

With banner headline, the front page of today's Independent:
    Two reporters, one story: Campbell sexed up the dossier
    Alastair Campbell's alleged role in "sexing up" the September dossier to justify war in Iraq was disclosed to a second BBC journalist by David Kelly, the Hutton inquiry heard yesterday. The disclosure, which came at the end of the second day of the special inquiry into the death of the scientist, immediately swung the advantage to the corporation in its ongoing confrontation with No 10.
The same newspaper carries this report inside, with a somewhat different headline:
    Serious differences emerge between BBC journalists over David Kelly
    There were "significant differences" between what government scientist David Kelly told Susan Watts, BBC2 Newsnight's science editor, and his remarks as reported by her BBC colleague Andrew Gilligan. "He didn't say to me that the dossier was transformed in the last week and he certainly didn't say that the 45-minute claim was inserted either by Alastair Campbell or by anyone else in Government... "
After the last few months I thought it was impossible for the loathsome Independent to be more sickening, self-righteous, hypocritical, untruthful and vicious. I was wrong. There is no absolute zero of Independent vileness.

The whole Hutton Inquiry is as pernicious as it is unecessary, as Michael Gove so brilliantly demonstrated in the Times yesterday:
    The whole Hutton hoo-hah is not really about Dr Kelly. Well before he took his own life politicians with a grudge and journalists with an agenda were demanding that a judge be sent for to try the Government for daring to win the war in Iraq. Those pressing for an inquiry wanted it to advance their political goals: some wanted to tarnish the Government’s press operation; others wished to undermine the Government itself; yet others hoped to discredit the whole notion that Western powers are entitled to use force as they see fit in defence of their people and their interests.
How ironic that this fatuous irrelevance has, through its website, provided the most extensive public access to government documents and proceedings in the history of British central administration.



August 11, 2003
AND HERE'S TO YOU MRS BISHOP ROBINSON
JESUS LOVES YOU MORE THAN YOU WILL KNOW.
GOD BLESS YOU, PLEASE, MRS BISHOP ROBINSON
HEAVEN HOLDS A PLACE FOR THOSE WHO PRAY.


Matthew Parris in the Times says that God would not have approved of gay bishops, and lectures "trendy" Christians about their understanding of the scriptures and revealed religion. This comes from a man who declares an agnosticism which is "as close to atheism as makes no difference."

The fact is that the whole business of electing and enthroning bishops, and of according them authority in a church, is a matter wholly for the members of that Church, and, to a lesser degree, Christians generally. For non-Christians, including non-Christian gays like myself, it is a matter of complete irrelevance, and I am completely indifferent about it.

I think Christianity has nothing of interest or value to say to gay people, and I can only look on with malicious bemusement as Anglicans tie themselves in knots over mitres and crooks. I don't care what the Most Rev Peter Akinola, Primate (in the ecclesiastical sense) of Nigeria thinks about homosexuality any more than I care what he thinks about any other subject -- which is precisely nothing.





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