Freshly Doug Monday


They’re dead, but might be offended if they’re outed. Allegedly.

The US Presidential election is almost here, and some of us are scratching our heads wondering how anyone with half a brain, gay or straight, can possibly vote for Romney. I guess you have to be American to understand, but from where I stand he looks like a glossier version of George W Bush, and we all know how well that went.

Gay Republicans have been tying themselves in knots over whether to endorse Romney or not, but in the end they did, claiming he’d promised them all sorts of goodies. Of course the meetings were private, so Romney can easily repudiate their claims later. Apparently Mr Mormon now supports everything he used to be against and vice versa – sorta kinda maybe. Some apologists are even arguing Romney would be good for the gay community. Others, however, detail how toxic he was for us as Governor of Massachusetts. Meanwhile, enjoy the video.

To Europe, where some cultures are, quite simply, odd. In France, people objected to the planned inclusion of gays in history textbooks, not because it might corrupt the kiddies, but because it would out dead people without their permission. It’s a little late for some, like the well known pair of gay poets, Verlaine and Rimbaud. Dorothy Parker was making jokes about them as long ago as 1939, “And I’ll stay away from Verlaine too; he was always chasing Rimbauds.” 

In Britain, a TV company announced they would screen a comedy about two vicious old queens, called Vicious Old Queens, and starring two rather sweet real-life old queens, Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Ian McKellen (it may not be entirely disastrous: it’s written by Gary Janetti, former writer and executive producer of Will & Grace and Family Guy). They’ll have to be rich old queens, too: the sitcom is set in their home in Covent Garden.

The gay wave is reaching higher and higher in Asia. ITaiwan, tens of thousands marched for marriage. Whoda thunk? Change is coming, and coming fast.

Meanwhile in that strange alien land known as the Roman Catholic Church, a Wisconsin bishop warned his flock that voting for politicians who supported ‘intrinsically evil’ positions – he gave abortion and gay marriage as two examples – would put their immortal souls in peril. The friends of Cardinal Keith O’Brien in Scotland also got into a tizz, after he was named ‘Bigot of The Year’ in this years Stonewall Awards for likening the legalisation of gay marriage to Nazism and slavery.

John Deighan, parliamentary officer of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, sobbed:

“Cardinal O’Brien is the most senior member of the Catholic Church in the UK. He is the longest serving bishop and leader of the church in Scotland and this organisation, with the help of business sponsorship, is ready to brand him a bigot. He gets that kind of vindictiveness on a daily basis. He gets really vile and hateful letters and emails and it is this kind of behaviour Stonewall and the sponsors seem to give the green light to.”

Aw. poor diddums, can dish it out but can’t take it, eh? We’re vewwy vewwy sowwy. Not.

And finally, a lovely story from Berlin, where the first multi-generational residence for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual residents has just opened.

“What all our residents have in common is that they wanted to live together with other gays and lesbians,” says Marco Pulver of Berlin’s gay and lesbian advisory service, which is behind the €6m project, Lebensort Vielfalt (Diverse Living Space). “Many of our older residents spent their youth and often a large amount of their adult life in gay-hostile environments.

More, please. Preferably in Melbourne 🙂 Soon.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)