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Love the Sinner; Shut Up, Eagle Eye

Love the Sinner; Shut Up

It wasn’t so long ago I was that kind of atheist. You know what I mean; the kind who spend as much time congratulating themselves for being right – by endlessly sharing sarcastic cartoons and YouTube clips of Christopher Hitchens, for example – as making their case.
We are right, of course, but as I grew [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 3:23 pm

‘Call Me Kuchu’: The continuing battle against homophobia in Uganda, Arts

‘Call Me Kuchu’: The continuing battle against homophobia in Uganda

When we first started filming ‘Call Me Kuchu’, our documentary about the first openly gay man in Uganda, David Kato, we were immediately struck by the apparent disconnect between our experiences in Uganda and what we were seeing in international media reports.

By | Arts, Film | Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at 3:12 pm

Tackling homophobia, the last taboo in football, Football

Tackling homophobia, the last taboo in football

The shirts of Germany’s top flight players will this weekend be adorned with a unanimous slogan: “Geh deinen Weg” (“Go your own way”) as part of the weekly Integrations-Spieltag (Integration Matchday). The message of integration is primarily in support of young members of the immigrant community but following an interview with an anonymous gay footballer in the German magazine “Fluter”, it is the homophobia debate which has begun to take centre stage.

By | Football, Sport | Friday, 14 September 2012 at 3:40 pm

Frank Ocean’s brave decision in the macho world of urban music, Arts

Frank Ocean’s brave decision in the macho world of urban music

In the uber-macho and hetero-centric world of urban music, particularly in hip-hop, coming out as gay or bisexual isn’t exactly an everyday occurrence. So Frank Ocean’s decision to publish a heartfelt open letter on his Tumblr site this week revealing that his first love was in fact a man has significant implications.

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 9:53 am

The debate: Sticks and stones – is it just banter?, Notebook

The debate: Sticks and stones – is it just banter?

Derogatory language is common among children, but is using terms that have undoubtedly negative connotations detrimental to how children will view minority groups, or are efforts to quell offensive language among school children futile, and a step too far?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 20 June 2012 at 12:00 am

When will US Republicans realise gay marriage is their natural bedfellow?, Notebook

When will US Republicans realise gay marriage is their natural bedfellow?

Clara Cullen argues that giving government the constitutional power to define what, or more importantly what does not constitute a marriage infringes upon traditional small government values at the heart of US Republican ideology. If they continue to insist on staunchly adhering to socially conservative values, she argues, they will become increasingly out of touch electorally.

By | Notebook, Opinion, iPolitics | Wednesday, 30 May 2012 at 2:00 pm

You do not choose to be straight or gay; it chooses you, Notebook

You do not choose to be straight or gay; it chooses you

It is not just Ed Miliband who is being stabbed by his own side. The last few days have witnessed such a spectacular self-harming incident for gay people that I can only assume the homophobes of Britain and America are doing a celebratory jig.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 26 January 2012 at 11:32 am

‘Gays’, the Pentagon and the Media: the erosion of Civil Liberties, Notebook

‘Gays’, the Pentagon and the Media: the erosion of Civil Liberties

The government sells its principals up the river on what is now, seemingly, a daily basis, but the worlds news outlets should not be paying for the raft. We do not require the approval of the Pentagon to put pressure on the application of civil rights and we do not require a simple majority to decide what side of the coin to choose.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 3 December 2010 at 6:00 am

The Peaceful Protest against Homophobia, Notebook

The Peaceful Protest against Homophobia

A few weeks ago I felt moved and therefore obliged to write about the horrific news that a number of teens across America had committed suicide as a result of being bullied about their sexuality. The more I read when researching, the more upset I became and angry that our race can be so hurtful [...]

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 12:34 am

Gay Suicide Spate in America, Notebook

Gay Suicide Spate in America

The homophobes are out in force in America. Yesterday I came across the shocking story of a young and talented musician who took his own life after some thoughtless idiot posted a secret video of him embracing another man – there was, of course, also a background of mocking and abuse towards him, all due [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 9:40 pm

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