Was Jesus Gay? Elton John seems to think so. He stated as much
in a recent Parade magazine interview. Of course the mere idea struck terror into the hearts of all homophobic Christians and those who choose to interpret the bible as saying "discriminate openly" rather than "love thy fellow man".
And what about those silly gay people who want to serve in the military? Surprisingly, a recent CBS News poll
asking about Obama's wish to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, finds that a majority of the public support allowing openly gay men and women to serve. But what's even more surprising is that the same poll doesn't want homosexuals to serve. I suppose the poll was worded badly. Or maybe the people who answered that poll still think gay means 'having or showing a merry, lively mood'. In that case, who wouldn't want a bunch of merry old souls in the military?
In more depressing news (and yes, this is old but it counts), one of the men accused of a Gay related hate crime in New York, came forward to say that he is gay himself and should therefore not be given the additional hate crime charges. The alleged attacker, Anthony Fortunato
, thought it was bad enough that he was charged with the manslaughter, robbery and assault of Michael Sandy. Because when you add in the hate crime factor, you add many years to the possible sentence. Mr. Fortunato admits that he lured the victim to a private area by saying he wanted to date him, and therefore he can't possibly hate gay people. Makes perfect sense, right?
And bad news for the gay community in Africa where anti-gay sentiment is on the rise. In Malawi, a gay couple is on trial for “unnatural practices”. In Kenya, police arrested guests at a gay wedding -- supposedly to protect them from an angry mob. But in Uganda
, where homosexuality has always been illegal, a born-again Christian parliamentarian is proposing the death penalty for gay sex, under certain conditions. The article lists the conditions.
But in better news, Fjodor Molenaar, an alderman from the Green Left party in Holland has proposed that gay men
be the ones to kiss the winner of the first leg of the Giro d'Italia (one of Europe's premier bicycle races) instead of a couple of pretty girls. As he says, one rider in ten is gay, and his proposal is winning support. "It's an appealing proposal that fits well with the Amsterdam's tradition of supporting gay emancipation," said city spokesman Bas Bruijn.