I never get tired of telling this story because I think it’s an extraordinary depiction of psycho-social manipulation. Back in 2004/2005 when we were campaigning for gay marriage in Spain, we had the wind at our backs. Public support fluctuated between 65 and 70%. Support in those under 40 was even higher. The internet and social media reflected those figures. Which is why we were so shocked when it seemed like the internet had been flooded by a tsunami of anti-gay propaganda.
I won’t bother writing a new reply to ex-gays, I did it when I wrote:
So just substitute the names from then for the names from now…
Welcome to my recycled activism!
“Yesterday a few members of Parliament in Ukraine rushed an anti-gay bill through its first hearing – overnight so no one would have the time to say anything. These anti-gay MPs are trying to make it illegal for anyone to say or do anything deemed “too gay” in Ukraine.
But this ‘gay gag rule’ can’t go into effect if the chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, Volodymyr Lytvyn, refuses to sign it. A few weeks ago he already raised concern on the bill because of an international outcry. And he has the power to stop it for good.
The homophobic MPs are fast-tracking the process and hoping we can’t ignite the same global outcry that stopped the bill the first time. Let’s show them how wrong they are! Will you sign now and push Lytvyn to keep thousands of Ukrainians from being forced into the shadows?”
Today in Catholic churches all over France a prayer is being read to the faithful. Cardinal Barbarin of Lyon has revived Louis XIII’s day of prayer ‘for the good of the country‘. A practice that fell into disuse somewhere between the two World Wars, when the population must have realized that prayer obviously doesn’t work; And it’s a good thing that it doesn’t! If it did, I can’t begin to imagine the deluge of horrors to befall the world at the request of Fanatic Evangelicals and their equally Fanatic Muslim counterparts. Should they be able to pray-in more 9/11′s and hurricanes and tsunamis to punish all of those who don’t submit to their ideology, there would be very little left of the planet as we know it.
The text below was written by my partner, Mike Gwilym. An actor who took early retirement from stage and screen and who was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the world’s most respected theatre groups. Like Roger Rees, Sir Antony Sher, Sir Ian McKellen, Allan Corduner and many others he did not conceal his homosexuality. Mike and his fellow gay colleagues are men who have played Shakespeare and Moliere. They’ve played Beckett and Brecht. It’s a terrible shame that Mr. Easton-Ellis is attempting to trample on the efforts of an entire generation who through simply being open about their own lives paved the way for lgbt performers today not to be relegated to the shadows of the closet.