Tag Archives: sexuality

David Laws. Why is the media not able to report this fairly?

Millionaire claims government expenses. Pays gay lover thousands of tax payers cash… This story has been presented as a fait accompli by all the press without digging into what happened at all. I’m not even a Lib Dem supporter, but I have to say I feel sympathy for David Laws.

Lets explore a few of the facts.

1. He started renting a flat in London at taxpayers expense, as he is entitled to.

2. He started a relationship with the landlord of the flat

3. He was scared of being outed as gay because he spent his life hiding his sexuality so he continued with the flat rental, rather than not paying the man who was now effectively his partner. Though of course there would in any case need to be a decision on how long you need to be together to be considered partners anyway…

That’s the whole story. If he followed the rules he should not have paid a partner, but here the reality is a bit fuzzy because he was already paying a landlord who eventually became his partner.

If he was open about his sexuality he could have switched his second home to his mortgaged house in Yeovil and the tax payer would be paying a mortgage much bigger than the rent on the London flat. Or he could have bought a new house in London with his partner and the tax payer would be paying that mortgage – plus furniture and expenses.

All these alternative options would have involved claiming more expenses which means he was not motivated by the need to claim and much as he could – he just wanted to keep his head down and not attract attention to his sexuality.

I don’t think a modern-day MP needs to hide his sexuality – we have had many gay MPs in the past – it’s just not an issue, but if he felt that he had hidden it to his friends and family for so long that coming out would be an issue, then that’s clearly his own decision.

So, David Laws did break the rules on renting from a partner, but do the rules state when a person switches from being a landlord to partner if you start dating your landlord and why do the press present him as a money-grubbing pig with his snout in the trough when he could have easily maximised his expenses by being open about his relationship and getting a new family home?

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Ricky Martin is gay

Why the fawning, accepting, media coverage of Ricky Martin? This is a man who is 40 next year. He has been famous for nearly 20 years.

Why did his advisors insist that he never revealed his sexuality until now, and why did he never ignore that advice? Are we still following the line that it’s OK for svengalis like ‘Colonel Parker’ to control their stars to the extent that sexuality is suppressed so female fans are not ‘disappointed’.

The real disappointment is that Ricky Martin doesn’t live in the twenty-first century and his behaviour could be judged by many as extremely negative, reinforcing the perceived shame of being gay. How can he now perform in front of gay fans and not feel the shame of two decades of deception?

How about some of the press being more critical, or do we have to rely on Peter Tatchell and Outrage! to make these comments?

Hate Mail

I was never much of a Boyzone fan. Even so, the recent, and very sudden, death of Boyzone star Stephen Gately came as a shock. I vividly recall the time he came out as being gay 10 years ago. Perhaps he was the first ‘boy band’ or pop star to actually admit he was gay. Admittedly, the newspapers were going to out him anyway, but he chose to fight them by giving his side of the story, rather than desperately trying to cling on to the façade of boy-band normality – toned bodies and screaming teenage girls.

He could have tried going to the courts for a gagging order, but he took the right path and became even more of a hero to his fans – some of them probably struggling with their own sexuality – for doing so.

The nature of his death was certainly unusual. It’s not all that normal for a 33-year-old to just go to bed one evening and die. However, the initial results from the post mortem don’t indicate anything more unusual than a big night out and a joint or two being smoked. He had liquid on the lungs. That could easily have been from vomit during his sleep, possibly as a result of drinking too much, but none of us really know what happened until further information is released. It’s clear that there was no drugs binge or suicide though – it looks like a tragic accident.

Yet, take a look at what Jan Moir has been writing about Gately in the Daily Mail. What a filthy, disgusting, degraded piece of pond life she must be to write such an article in a national newspaper that just spills over with hatred and intolerance. She talks of ‘Robbie, Amy, Kate, Whitney, Britney’ as stars we should expect to go next – what kind of journalism is that?

Why does she make the assumption that people who live a different life to her all end up suffering an early death?

Why does she not accept that even stars can sometimes suffer fatal accidents or mishaps?

Why does she allude to Gately’s homosexuality as a fatal flaw that caused his death?

Why does she openly question the validity of civil unions, just because of Gately’s death and the recent suicide of Kevin McGee?

The Daily Mail is generally known as the Hate Mail where I come from. It’s a nasty paper read by nasty people who despise freedom, liberty, equality, and the values of the majority of people who live in the UK. Jan Moir once again demonstrates how the paper has earned this reputation, but it appears to me that she has gone too far this time. If the financial supporters of the paper – the advertisers like Marks and Spencer – are now asking for their adverts to be moved away from her page then surely it’s time for the editor to do something?

Sack her. Let her enjoy a holiday from hate.