Freshly Doug on Wednesday

The enemy is convinced that homosex is so fantastic that just one taste turns happy heteros into raving homosex-fiends for life.  They are equally convinced that, provided existing homosex-fiends do the hard yards, we can all be turned straight. With a little help from an imaginary boyfriend called Jesus, of course.

If that’s true, then surely gay sex must be natural, because anyone can and will do it at the drop of a Calvins, whereas straight sex is not, requiring a tough regime of special training and constant policing.

Around this curious ‘belief’ they have built an entire industry to turn gay folks straight. The Holy Warriors have a lot invested in it, and not just as a money-spinner for their ‘churches’: if conversion therapy is wrong, or worse, a fraud, the entire case for controlling and suppressing homosex disappears – appropriately enough – up its own fundament.

Exit Exodus

Happily for us, that’s exactly what’s happening.  The American dream of happily married ex-homos is collapsing.

The granddaddy of all ex-gay ministries, Exodus International, is now “encouraging gay people to either embrace celibacy, or get themselves into marriages with opposite sex partners they don’t find sexually attractive.”  As a sales pitch, don’t you think it lacks a certain appeal?

Russia will have none of this dithering. According to Vitaly Milonov, St Petersburg city councillor, homosexuality is just a “bad habit” that can be treated by fasting and prayer. All it takes is a bit of help from the Russian Orthodox Church.

Anglican Angst

The Anglican Church is also split.  This is hardly news. As they wait for the announcement of a successor to the disappointingly wet Rowan Williams, a fierce battle is raging behind the scenes.

Williams is suggesting that the job is perhaps too big for one parson, and should be split in two. It’s a pity he didn’t suggest that earlier. We could have had a great new comedy duo, the Two Rowans, Williams and Atkinson, side by side on the Episcopal throne.

 The $500m Beard

Where God fails, maybe money can do the trick. Hong Kong multimillionaire CECIL Chao is offering a bounty of HK$500m to any man who can ‘convert’ , and marry, his lesbian daughter.

I hope she finds a nice gay boyfriend with whom to have lots of lovely babies. $500m buys a lot of IVF and surrogacy. And a very luxurious closet.

Infidels at the UN

Islamic nations, with backing from the Vatican, are once again attempting to subvert the United Nations. They want to change the notion of free speech to exclude blasphemy: say what you like but don’t diss Allah.

They also want human rights to exclude any rights for GLBTIQ folk.

The Vatican is content to let Islam take the lead here, but they are every bit as committed to both propositions.

Blasting the Past

In May the UK passed a law allowing gay men convicted under defunct laws to wipe any convictions for gay sex from the record.

You can now apply for any convictions for sexual activities which have since become legal, due to the decriminalising of gay male sex and the equalisation of the age of consent, to be treated as ‘spent.’

It’s time to do the same here.

And The Rest . . . .

Vapid blabber fells Paris as Logo Channel drops her show

Homophobia is still rife in Britain’s prisons

October is GLBTI History Month in the US

And a UK pollie named as bigot of the year wants to attend the ceremony and collect his award in person


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)