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JFK had a close ‘gay’ friend

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A recently published book has highlighted a close relationship between President John F. Kennedy (known as ‘JFK’ or ‘Jack’), who was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, had a gay best friend named Lem Billings,

The book has been reviewed on the Daily Grind here :  [button_icon icon=”blogs” url=”http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/11/23/john-f-kennedy-gay-best-friend-even-room-white-house/” blank=”true” colour=”red”]Daily Grind Review[/button_icon]

[Photo Credit: Greg In Hollywood]

A review from upstart publishing will be forthcoming soon.




DIY Funerals – all the rage from 'Soaps' to Co. Down

Reprinted from The Irish Times dated January 15, 2014


Written by:  Richard O’Leary


Viewers of Coronation Street have been intrigued by Roy Cropper’s plans for a “DIY” funeral for his terminally ill wife Hayley. Roy was seen searching on the internet for “do it yourself” funerals, and Hayley suggested they wouldn’t even need an undertaker. In the fictional world of Corrie, anything is possible, but is a DIY funeral a realistic option?

Last year I had to ask myself this same question. During the summer my partner of 25 years, Mervyn Kingston, was told he was terminally ill with bone cancer and had only weeks to live. Unlike Coronation Street’s Roy, who was initially reluctant to discuss funeral planning with his wife Hayley, I was fortunate that Mervyn openly discussed the subject with me. He told me of his wish for a DIY funeral, or as we preferred to call it, a “direct-it-yourself” funeral.

We both liked the idea of a simple, “not-for-profit” funeral consistent with our non-consumerist values. We were attracted by the possibility of increasing the contribution of our close friends and family to one of life’s main events, while minimising the involvement of strangers and professional funeral service providers. Furthermore, I retained a memory of my grandmother’s funeral in Co Cork. Granny was laid out at home by a neighbour who had known her for decades. She was waked in her own home. Those who knew her well transported her to the church for a simple funeral service.

Mervyn dictated instructions to me from his bed, as I typed up a list of all the tasks we could envisage being part of the funeral. We were fortunate that Mervyn had been a Church of Ireland clergyman until his retirement in 2007, meaning that he was well aware of the tasks involved. However, even without this experience, most people would be capable of drawing up the to-do list. I then contacted likely volunteers among our close friends and family, inviting them to carry out post-death tasks – transport, pall-bearing, flowers, catering.
Registering a death

First I familiarised myself with the legal requirement to register a death. There is no cost in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland for registering a death. The only cost is for copies of death certificates (information on registration can be found atgroireland.ie or nidirect.gov.uk). Then we both prepared the draft death notice for later submission to The Irish Times. Even in the age of the internet, a newspaper death notice is an indispensable way of informing the wider community, especially older contacts, of a death.

Hayley in Coronation Street said, “I don’t want to waste good money on oak caskets and brass handles”. However, the alternative isn’t necessarily Roy’s self-assembly cardboard coffin. We sourced a sturdy and attractive wooden coffin for £420 (about €510) from a local undertaker in Co Down.

Although we had been told that some undertakers might be reluctant to sell a coffin on its own as part of an “a la carte” service without the full funeral package, that was not our experience. Our local undertaker was friendly and accommodating, advising us that this coffin from their brochure could be purchased with a simple phone call when required.

We knew we would need help when it came to preparing the body, and it appears that the days when this skill was available in the local community are gone. We made inquiries among district nurses, care workers and clergy as to who might be able to prepare the corpse. All our inquiries drew a blank. Fortunately, in advance of the death we agreed with the undertaking firm that sold us the coffin that it would prepare the corpse as well. We did not request embalming. The charge for the basic preparation was £75.

We had a preference for a church service for the funeral, so we advised in advance the relevant clergy of the expected death. I typed the service sheet in advance – including the hymns – ready to be photocopied once the date of death was inserted. We also had a preference for burial rather than cremation. We already had a family grave in a graveyard. I contacted the gravedigger.
Best-made plans 

“No man knoweth the day or the hour” (Matthew 24:36). Even the best-made plans for an impending death will need to be altered. Here is how it panned out for us.

Mervyn died peacefully at home with me by his side on Friday, August 2nd, at 6.20pm. We kept his body at home that night at a cool temperature. The following morning I phoned the funeral service to complete the purchase of the coffin and requested that the funeral service collect the corpse to prepare it before it was returned to our home.

I contacted the church and the clergyman to agree the date and time of the church service. I informed the gravedigger to ensure his availability on the same day. Normally an undertaker would attend to these tasks. Once these details were confirmed, the finalised death notice was emailed to The Irish Times and I alerted my list of volunteers that they should begin their tasks – providing the vehicles, flowers, photocopying of service sheets and catering.

The day before the funeral, a volunteer collected the death certificate from the GP’s surgery and registered the death at the registrar’s office. This must be done before the funeral can take place. We waked Mervyn at home that evening. We made one room in our house available for viewing of the coffin. Fortunately we remembered to choose a room into which a 6ft coffin could easily be carried. It felt right that mourners could say goodbyes to Mervyn and offer support to me in our own home.

On the morning of the funeral, instead of a black hearse, Mervyn’s close friend Percy used his estate car to transport the coffin to the church. A beautiful spray of flowers prepared by a friend from Mervyn’s favourite garden adorned the coffin. Six pre-arranged friends acted as pall-bearers. Instead of the unfamiliarity of a chauffeur-driven black limousine, I was driven by a close friend in his saloon car. After the church service, instead of going to a hotel, home-made refreshments were prepared and served by volunteers in the adjacent church hall.


Transported by friends
A smaller group of mourners drove to the graveyard. As I sat in the saloon car following the estate car containing Mervyn’s coffin, my sister remarked to me “how comforting it is that a dear friend of Mervyn’s is bearing his body to the graveyard”. At the cemetery one of the volunteers brought straps to assist the pall-bearers to lower the coffin into the open grave. This highlights the number of small tasks and items that can easily be forgotten and need to be included on the to-do list for your DIY funeral.

DIY funerals are not for everyone. There are many tasks to be undertaken at an emotional time in a short period. An anticipated death makes it easier, and detailed planning is essential. It requires the availability of reliable volunteers. Nevertheless, as our experience shows, a DIY funeral is achievable.

It is certainly more economical – a basic cost €600 (coffin plus preparation of corpse) compared with the typical funeral service’s basic package of €2,500. This difference is mainly accounted for by the saving on administration, personnel time and transport costs, which in our case were borne by volunteers.

Typically, there are additional expenses such as costs of newspaper death notices and the grave – the latter can sometimes be considerable.

We donated our savings from our DIY funeral to our favoured charity. However, as important as the economic advantage is, the personal satisfaction of directing it yourself is immeasurable. It felt more like my granny’s traditional funeral.

The contribution of family members and close friends, instead of strangers, transformed a very sad occasion into an unexpectedly positive experience.


Further reading (Inclusion is not a recommendation of any particular organisation or company):

  1. Natural Death Centre
  2. Funeral Inspirations
  3. The Funeral Helper

European election: launch of ILGA-Europe’s Come Out European 2014 Elections Campaign


On Tuesday 14 January, the ILGA-Europe launched their European election campaign in Strasbourg. Within 24 hours, 31 candidates have given their support by signing up to their 10 points Come Out 2014 Election Pledge. By signing the Pledge, candidates commit to fully use the European Parliament’s powers to deliver LGBTI equality between 2014-2019. The ILGA-Europe’s objective is to reach the highest possible number of support among MEP candidates and elected MEPs.

To participate in their Come Out Campaign and support your own election campaign initiatives, we have developed a campaign section on their website. The section consists of three parts:

  • For MEP candidates: This part is targeting candidates for the European elections in May, and consists of the Election Pledge, a simple sign up form and an overview on who has signed so far. Check it out here.
  • For Individuals and organisations: This section makes available resources for  to be involved in the campaign – the section provides tools for you to approach national candidates for the European elections. Check out the section here. Note that there is a “hidden” sub-section for Members only, which requires a username and password (username: EP2014, password: ep2014. Please do not share this information outside your organisation.) This “hidden” section contains documents on good ways on approaching candidates.
  • About European Elections: This section’s aim is to provide with general information on the European elections. Check it out here.

If you in the meantime have any questions about the campaign, then do not hesitate tthe ILGA-Europe [button_icon icon=”information” url=”http://www.ilga-europe.org/home/about_us/contact_us” blank=”true” colour=”green”]Contact the ILGA-Europe Here[/button_icon]

Washington Post: Parents Pressure Gay Son To Change

“Readers of The Sun know and speak and write words like poof and poofter. What is good enough for them is good enough for us,” Sun editorial, May 1990.


Twenty-three plus years later, in the USA we have a parent who is rejecting her son because he is gay (see below).  IN July 2012 the BBC political reporter, Brian Wheeler, wrote an article entitled ‘Gay Politicians and the Tabloid Press’  which was a review of the book Sex, Lies and Politics: Gay Politicians in the Press, and also a commentary on whether the press has moved forward from its bigotry.

The conclusion is that we in Britain, and obviously in the USA, still have a long way to go in accepting and embracing all of the LGBT Society

By , Published: November 18

DEAR AMY: I recently discovered that my son, who is 17, is a homosexual. We are part of a church group and I fear that if people in that group find out they will make fun of me for having a gay child.


He won’t listen to reason, and he will not stop being gay. I feel as if he is doing this just to get back at me for forgetting his birthday for the past three years — I have a busy work schedule.

Please help him make the right choice in life by not being gay. He won’t listen to me, so maybe he will listen to you. — Feeling Betrayed

DEAR BETRAYED: You could teach your son an important lesson by changing your own sexuality to show him how easy it is. Try it for the next year or so: Stop being a heterosexual to demonstrate to your son that a person’s sexuality is a matter of choice — to be dictated by one’s parents, the parents’ church and social pressure.

I assume that my suggestion will evoke a reaction that your sexuality is at the core of who you are. The same is true for your son. He has a right to be accepted by his parents for being exactly who he is.

When you “forget” a child’s birthday, you are basically negating him as a person. It is as if you are saying that you have forgotten his presence in the world. How very sad for him.

Pressuring your son to change his sexuality is wrong. If you cannot learn to accept him as he is, it might be safest for him to live elsewhere.

A group that could help you and your family figure out how to navigate this is Pflag.org. This organization is founded for parents, families, friends and allies of LGBT people, and has helped countless families through this challenge. Please research and connect with a local chapter.



Further reading:


Tel Aviv's Gay Holocaust Victims Memorial Unveiled

By ARON HELLER 01/10/14 11:49 AM ET EST AP

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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s cultural and financial capital unveiled a memorial Friday honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis, the first specific recognition in Israel for non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Tucked away in a Tel Aviv park, a concrete, triangle-shaped plaque details the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. It resembles the pink triangles Nazis forced gays to wear in concentration camps during World War II and states in English, Hebrew and German: “In memory of those persecuted by the Nazi regime for their sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The landmark joins similar memorials in Amsterdam, Berlin, San Francisco and Sydney dedicated to gay victims of the Holocaust. While Israel has scores of monuments for the genocide, the Tel Aviv memorial is the first that deals universally with Jewish and non-Jewish victims alike and highlights the Jewish state’s rise as one of the world’s most progressive countries for gay rights.

“I think in Israel today it is very important to show that a human being is a human being is a human being,” Mayor Ron Huldai said at the dedication ceremony, where a rainbow flag waved alongside Israel’s blue-and-white flag. “It shows that we are not only caring for ourselves but for everybody who suffered. These are our values — to see everyone as a human being.”

Israel was born out of the Holocaust and its 6 million Jewish victims remains seared in the country’s psyche. Israel holds an annual memorial day where sirens stop traffic across the nation, it sends soldiers and youth on trips to concentration camp sites and often cites the Holocaust as justification for an independent Jewish state so Jews will “never again” be defenseless.

But after 70 years, Tel Aviv councilman Eran Lev thought it was time to add a universal element to the commemoration. Lev is one of many gays elected to public office in Tel Aviv, a city with a vibrant gay scene that has emerged as a top international destination for gay tourism.

“The significance here is that we are recognizing that there were other victims of the Holocaust, not just Jews,” said Lev, who initiated the project during his brief term in office.

As part of their persecution of gays, the Nazis kept files on 100,000 people, mostly men. About 15,000 were sent to camps and at least half were killed. Other Nazi targets included communists, Slavs, gypsies and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Unlike their persecution of Jews, however, there was no grand Nazi plan to exterminate gays. Nazis viewed being gay as a “public health problem” since those German men did not produce children, said Deborah Dwork, director of the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

“The idea was to change their behavior, not to eradicate them, not to murder them,” Dwork said.

The policy was far from sweeping — as evidenced by the rampant homosexuality among the ranks of the Nazi Party’s SA paramilitary wing, which helped pave Hitler’s path to power. The most famous gay Nazi was Ernst Röhm, one of the most powerful men in the party before Hitler had him executed in 1934.

Later, the Nazis outlawed homosexuality and the Gestapo set up a special unit targeting homosexuality. In the Buchenwald concentration camp, the Nazis carried out experiments to try and “cure” homosexuality. Those sent to the camps were forced to wear pink triangles, compared to the yellow stars that Jews bore on their clothing. Gay Jews wore an emblem that combined the two colors.

Today, Israel is one of the world’s most progressive countries in terms of gay rights. Gays serve openly in Israel’s military and parliament. The Supreme Court grants a variety of family rights such as inheritance and survivors’ benefits. Gays, lesbians and a transsexual are among the country’s most popular musicians and actors.

Moshe Zimmermann, a professor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the memorial project’s historical adviser, said the Tel Aviv monument marked a big step in Israel by ridding itself from what he called a monopoly of victim hood.

“We are finally shedding the load of being the lone and ultimate victim,” he said. “We can learn from this that by recognizing the victimhood of others, it does not diminish the uniqueness of your own victim hood.”


Further reading:


  1. Original Article – Huffington Post
  2. BBC News Article
  3. BN&S Commentary
  4. The Gay Holocaust Lagers

History Recalled – the Letter that OUT did not print about Peter Mandelson coming to Ulster

(Out-take from upstart November 2000)


HISTORY RECALLED  – The Letter That OUT did NOT print


OUT Letters

Prince Street Station

PO Box 630

New York NY 1001


Dear Editor,




In your January 2000 edition (issue 74) you carried an item about Peter Mandelson — the former Cabinet Minister, and Tony Blair favourite — being given the job of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.  It was strongly implied that we quaintly reactionary Ulster-folk would be horrified at having a ‘Sodomite’ sent amongst us, a notion gleaned from the self-consciously fashionable (and stupid) Gay publications produced in London.  A city which is 55 minutes away from Belfast by plane, but several light years psychologically – think Manhattan and Juneau.

The response to Mandelson in Northern Ireland has been pretty muted, apart from the odd mildly satirical article about his spending the Christmas holiday with his Brazilian ‘friend’, with a local television personality who is also famously (and rather futilely) closeted.  Gayness is simply not pass-remarkable in this part of the world anymore, partly due to the work of this organisation over nearly thirty years.

Other groups have of course played their part: the major one being Cara-Friend the befriending and welfare wing of the over-all Gay movement, which has helped tens of thousands of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and transvestite people to come to terms with themselves, over the past quarter of a century. The Pride committees have also done a great deal to make the community come forward.  2000 will be Belfast’s Tenth LGBT Pride and all the stops will be pulled out to make it a memorable festival.

That might be difficult, because in 1999, Pride enjoyed talks from Bishop Pat Buckley on the ‘ethical’ aspect of being Gay, while Jeff Dudgeon (about whose struggle against the UK government at the European Court of Human Rights, BBC Radio 4 UK broadcast a dramatisation in November 1999) gave a workshop on Roger Casement’s wide and deep connections with Belfast.  There was a Civic Reception in City Hall addressed by the Deputy Mayor Ms Marie Moore, and a half-hour programme shown on prime time television.  There were many other events and workshops, a poetry -reading and an art exhibition among other things.

NIGRA since 1993 has organised solidarity actions with ILGO (the Irish Lesbian & Gay Organisation of New York) in its struggle against the bigotry of the AOHA (Ancient Order of Hibernians in America).

Yours faithfully,



NI Gay Rights Association

[The above letter was sent in January 2000, by ‘snail-mail’, we think.  The date ‘November 2000’ had to do with the erratic production of upstart, a private concern that depended on whether or not the people producing it were employed and in funds.]

Gay, women's and general sexual liberation

“… look at page 78…”


(Edited out-take Gay Star  –  No. 14  –  Summer 1984)

In mid-1983 it was suggested that we write to the embassies of the Socialist countries asking them about Gay, women’s and general sexual liberation — and how the various governments saw these things fitting into their on-going social and political revolutions.

After a bit of palaver it was decided to write off to the representatives of the Socialist states / Soviet and Chinese empires / Red dictatorships.  Our wee editorial collective is very broad-based.

The Czechs sent a booklet emphatically entitled The Family in Socialist Czech-oslovakia which if you struggled through it contained the usual genuflection to women’s rights.  It also contained lots of pretty coloured photos of, már shampla, children in nursery and primary schools.  The wee boys were playing with toy cars- the wee girls were cooking and playing with dolls.

The Mongolians sent 50 Years of Socialist Mongolia a real thriller.  A note scrib-bled on the complimentary slip suggested – in the manner of a slightly degenerate librarian – “… look at page 78…”

Page 78 only told us that the lot of women had improved enormously since the revolution, sorry RRRevolution.  These days presumably the men shout orders on the erecting of the yurt from the ground instead of from the saddle. (This Euro-cent-ric racism is brought to you courtesy of SMcG).  We could not help noticing that this opus was actually printed in Moscow.

The Bulgarians, – the Cultural Attaché replied for some cryptic reason – told us to write to the Sofia Press Agency, which lives in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital interestingly enough.  This we did many moons ago.  We await the arrival of a Slavonic-looking chap with a brolly…

On a more serious note we contacted the Slavonic Studies people at Queen’s (University, Belfast).  They put us in touch with ‘experts’ at the University of Surrey, who sent our letter straight back with a slightly hysterical note scribbled on the end to the effect that they didn’t know nothin’ about nothin’.

A contact at Birmingham University, Ms Jenny Brine, Librarian of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, (and member of the Women in East Europe study group) was enormously helpful and encouraging, though the amount of stuff actually to do with homo-sexuality was quite meagre.

The Gay movement itself was the most productive in terms of solid info.  Most of it came through HOSI (Homosexuelle Initiative) of Vienna, in its guise as the East European Information Pool of the IGA (International Lesbian and Gay men’s Ass-ociation).  Some of this stuff was fascinating.

Some year’s ago, Albania rescinded all laws regulating homosexual conduct, after WW2 a Soviet-style law code was introduced.  The Soviets, being obsessed by the USA, had put stringent anti-Gay laws into the code put together at the same time as 1937’s ‘Stalin Constitution’.  Technically, Albania is the most liberal state in Europe so far as homosexuality is concerned.  We would not, however, encourage armies of Irish homosexuals to descend on the place.

The German Democratic Republic has liberalised its laws on homosexuality.  But is disturbed by the growth of a quite powerful Gay organisation. This was in-cubated by the youth wing of the Lutheran Church.  Something similar is happen-ing in Poland, where a specifically Roman Catholic publishing house has pro-duced “out” Gay novels.  The latter is a spin-off from the rise and apparent decline of the trade union ‘Solidarity’.  The East German group is partly the offspring of the anti-war and anti-nuclear movements.

Hungary has the most laid-back atmosphere, while Romania has an appalling attitude to Gay men.  It persecutes women who do not breed to the government’s satisfaction.  Romania has abolished abortion.

Yugoslavia is an interesting case, it is in so far as its attitudes to sexuality are concerned, a genuinely federal state.  Serbia is only a whisker away from Romania and Bulgaria psychologically as well as physically.  Slovenia bordered by Italy and Austria (and Hungary) has lately been the venue, in its capital Ljubljana, of a major Gay arts festival.  This has led to Zagreb Radio (Croatia: the next Republic down) introducing a two hour per week radio programme for Gay women and men.  There are plans to set up a Gay Centre in Ljubljana.

Another sign of movement in the east is the setting-up of an open Gay group in Leningrad.  It is made up of people who claim to be democratic socialists, Lenin-ists or libertarians.  They argue that the present administration of the Soviet Union is out of step with the Founding Persons, who promulgated the – thus far – most enlightened laws on sexuality, any functioning state has ever had.

There appear to be two strains in the burgeoning Gay movement in the Comm-unist-ruled countries, what might be called the oppositionist (GDR, Poland) and the integrationist (Yugoslavia, USSR – though the latter are unrecognised and may become victims of a vigorous backlash).

There were no replies from (the People’s Republic of) China, or any other Asian state, we shudder to think what North Korea thinks of homosexuality.  The African states were quiet too, presumably the deafening silence indicates that the position for specifically homosexual people is dire in Ethiopia and the Congo People’s Republic.  Mozambique has put lesbians in camps for “corrective” training; but not Gay men, so far as we know.

In the Americas, Cuba did not reply unfortunately it did not need to though there are whispers that the ‘line’ is not as shrill as it was some years ago.

There are some small grounds for hoping that the whole Communist world is no longer the People’s (?) Republic of Homophobia.


[Of all the states mentioned above only Cuba and the PDR (People’s Democratic Republic) of [North] Korea still claim to be ‘Communist’.  Cuba has sloughed off its machismo, and there is a well-attended annual Pride in Havana.  The PDRK has just had a monarchical transfer of power at the top, though the Head of State is not the eldest offspring of the previous one.  He was too effeminate and too addicted to the flesh-pots of Tokyo to take on the job…].

Mayors Join in Queer Festive Fun, Celebrating Christmas in Queerspace

Queerspace celebrated Christmas in style with support from Andrew Muir, the Mayor of North Down, Lord Mayor of Belfast Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and the Rev. Chris Hudson MBE from All Souls Church.  The festivities commenced with a packed bus tour, generously supported by the Department of Social Development.  A sea of red Santa hats brightened up the streets of Belfast and back to a Christmas Party with refreshing mull wine and fine snacks prepared by a small army of volunteers.


The Lord Mayor of Belfast said “I am delighted be here at the LGB&T Centre in Waring Street celebrating DSCF8359Christmas with our friends from the LGB&T Community.  It has been my experience over the last 6 months as Lord Mayor that the gay community makes an enormous contribution to Belfast, is a great contributor to the City of Belfast and by being here I am giving thanks for that and renewing my support for the concept of including all our people in celebrating diversity in the City”.


The Mayor of North Down said that there has been massive change in Northern Ireland society since he came out in 1996.  “The city has also evolved and became a lot more prosperous and peaceful and we have much further to go.  We have got to create a city and a Northern Ireland of equals where people are treated equally and celebrated as valued citizens and to do that we need leadership from people to say that diversity is good and should be embraced”.  Mayor Muir continued to say “it is great to be here with leaders of change from within the lesbian and gay community and also people from civic society and to transform our society we need more leadership and I am glad to be with people who have been very inspirational”.


Rev. Hudson gave credit by saying “You people yourselves have been a real catalyst for change here in the bt52wonderful city of Belfast and in many ways the peoples voice is ignored and it’s important that it is heard and how it is heard is when people like Máirtín and Andrew use their office for good authority”.  Rev Hudson continued to say “They look at people who appear to be on the margins who are excluded and say that’s not going to happen on my watch and we are really fortunate both in North Down and here in Belfast to have two people of excellent authority who have actually stood up showing new light to how this city and how this province can change and you people are part of that change”.


Queerspace is a vibrant volunteer led community group, based on collective planning and action which has served the Belfast LGB&T community since 1998.  It’s run through open community meetings which are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday afternoons of every month followed by a social space where members can relax, enjoy some free refreshments and meet with friends, old and new.  Queerspace promotes and organises a wide range of social and cultural activities for the benefit of the LGB&T community and friends throughout the year.


QueerspaceFor more information email info@queerspace.org.uk or visit the web site at www.queerspace.org.uk or find it on Facebook.





Brave Tom Daley

On Dec 8 Donald MacLeod, a columnist in the Sunday Post,  made comment about Tom Daley and his decision to come out – and how brave he had been.

It was nice of him to congratulate Tom, but his other comments were to a degree not supportive. Tom, like many other young people in today’ society, has had to find his own route through the maze of sexual hangups that our society places in front of us. It shouldn’t be a shock, it shouldn’t even need commented on, but that fact that it has been shows how far society still needs to go to accept LGBT people


Well Done Tome

Well done Tom –