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By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 05:36PM

PETER TATCHELL Has written how Scotland's First Minister has made LGBT History by making a strong commitment to gay rights.

by Newsdesk | 24th July 2014

'Alex Salmond’s statement of support for gay rights at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is a first. The leader of no other host government at either the Commonwealth or Olympic Games has ever made such a positive pro-gay equality statement and backed it up with concrete visible support by flying the gay rainbow flag from government headquarters for the duration of the Games. This is a pioneering, trail-blazing statement by the leader of the host nation,' said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights lobby, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

'I applaud Alex Salmond for making such a strong, affirmative commitment to the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people throughout the Commonwealth. For LGBTI communities in the 42 Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is still criminalised, this is a significant gesture of solidarity. It will comfort them and, I hope, discomfort their homophobic governments. It demonstrates the Scottish government’s commitment to a truly equal and inclusive Games,' added Mr Tatchell.

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, made his statement to an audience of international media representatives in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games. He said Scotland demonstrates its commitment to LGBTI rights through its words and actions.

Salmond was responding to a direct appeal made to him two days ago by Peter Tatchell:

Salmond told the media:

'Our sports minister opened Pride Glasgow today, which will have its message of equality and non-discrimination displayed, not just in the opening of one centre in Pride Glasgow, but the 70 events which are taking place as part of that initiative in Glasgow over the course of the Games.

'In St Andrew’s House we fly the rainbow flag, sometimes called the pride flag internationally, for the course of the games.

'So, we demonstrate our commitment and we provide an exemplar in terms of what we believe in.

'That’s what I think is the best way to state our commitment, it’s by what we do and how we act and what we display and what we advocate.'

Source: Scottish press and KaleidoScot LGBTI news website:

'It's great that the Scottish government is flying the rainbow flag from it's headquarters for the duration of the Games. This is a simple but important gesture and act of solidarity with the millions of LGBTI people who still suffer criminalisation, discrimination and mob violence in 80% of Commonwealth countries.

'Not even the London or UK governments managed to do this during the 2012 Olympics. Glasgow's gone one better than London. Bravo!' said Mr Tatchell.

By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 05:13PM

“They should be burned alive.”

by Robin Foreman-Quercus | 24th July 2014

In case you’ve been asleep for the last day or so, the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony took place last night. In amongst the usual song and dance of such an affair, something relatively insignificant happened: a person kissed someone.

This would usually go without comment, except for the fact it was two men; one of them being John Barrowman. I’m no massive fan of Barrowman’s attention-seeking antics, but even he does not deserve this delightful tweet from Twitter user @Looney_Ent: “This is disgusting, they should be burned alive. Commonwealth Games ceremony gay kiss #nohomo #nohomo #nohomo”

The Twitter community dove into action, reporting the offending tweet to Twitter and the Metropolitan Police. In the face of such backlash, and following warnings from the ever-delightful @FleetStreetFox, the homophobic tweet has been removed and replaced with a barbed apology.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t reach John Barrowman for comment.

By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 04:46PM

Judging by this naked picture of Jamie Dornan has been working on his Gluteal muscles...

by Newsdesk | 24th July 2014

So the 50 Shades Of Grey trailer was released earlier today, but what caught our eye was this little photo which the actor Jamie Dornan shared on his Instagram - showing off his best side.

Now we know it's a dark photo, but to be honest, we've got a good imagination - plus who cares he's naked in the picture that must mean he gets naked in the movie. Roll on 2015.

Earlier in the year Jamie complained that he didn't like his body saying that he was too skinny and he's 'awkward in a suit'. Judging by the picture we'd suggest the only suit he'd need is his Birthday suit.

Ok - we're going to take a cold shower now.

By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 03:55PM

In its 251st issue out this week, leading British extreme music magazine Terrorizer explains why the heavy metal community needs to clean up its act and banish homophobia from heavy metal.

by Newsdesk | 24th July 2014

Following the recent candid interview with the iconic openly gay frontman of Judas Priest, Rob Halford, which discussed the recent decision by Cynic’s Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert to jointly make a statement confirming both band members to be gay, in August’s issue of Terrorizer Magazine our news section leads with a challenge to the heavy metal community to eliminate the deep rooted problem of homophobia, directed particularly at gay men, that exists within heavy metal.

Terrorizer Editor Tom Dare writes 'Heavy metal is totally gay. It’s a predominantly male audience watching predominantly male bands act as butch and masculine as possible. It’s leather, denim, tight trousers. It’s all phallic metaphors, homoerotic imagery and sweaty men (frequently topless) grappling each other in a dark room.'

Challenging stereotypes. Tom continues. 'There seems to be this odd perception amongst metallers of gays as mincing queens effeminately cocking a limp wrist. And while gay men like that certainly exist, it is far from the majority... gay men are still men. They like football, gaming and action films as much as anyone else with a Y chromosome. The stereotypes portraying gay men as soft, sensitive, delicate flowers who only want to talk about fashion and feelings are as wide of the mark as the stereotype of metalheads as stupid, drunken, unwashed, uneducated Satan worshippers who are more likely to go on a killing spree than hold down a job and function in normal society.'

That said, homophobia in metal causes real damage, and it is this to which Terrorizer is bringing attention 'some of the homophobia is simply an extension of the homophobia in society. It is undoubtedly true that a section of society thinks it’s OK, or even funny, to use “gay” or related terms and epithets as negatives, as terms of abuse, and that this spills over into metal. But metal also has some aspects of its homophobic tendencies that are purely our own problems.'

'Whatever the root cause, none of these are acceptable as excuses. Homophobia is horrible in all its forms. It hurts people. “Gay” as a synonym for “bad” tells LGBT people that they are different, that they are bad, that they are somehow inferior to straight people.

'It leads people to deny their identity, to battle with their own psyche, and is a significant part of why depression and suicide amongst LGBT people is still such a problem. It is why Rob Halford was in the closet for 25 years, why the Cynic guys only publicly spoke about their sexuality this year, and why there are so few openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender musicians in high profile metal bands.'

There is scant representation of LGBT individuals in heavy metal, 'statistically, if we accept the percentage of the male population who are gay as around the seven per cent it is reported as, and if we take the average number of male musicians per band as four (it’s not, it’s higher, but we’ll stick with four for simplicity’s sake), then the Bloodstock main stage should feature eight gay musicians (to the nearest whole number), or two entire bands. In fact, there is a flat zero of publicly out men performing. That’s none. Zip. Nada'

'We, the metalhead community, have been throughout our history, even to this day, fucking rubbish at challenging it, about sorting out our own house, at saying “you like metal? You’re in. Who you fancy doesn’t matter.

'We need to fix this.

'And because metal’s so fucking gay, we’ll look bloody stupid if we don’t.'

Terrorizer 251 is onsale from Thursday 24 July and is available from WHSmiths and

By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 03:16PM

Legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo sneaks a peak at his new underwear range...

by Newsdesk | 24th July 2014

Unfortunately it's a blurred picture but we're natch very excited about the idea of Cristiano in his undies. Apart from the heatwave we're currently experiencing in the UK, it's the only thing that keeps us up at night.

The new range called CR7 is being launched worldwide next week...

On his official Facebook account Ronaldo wrote, 'As a sneak preview, I’m going to reveal an exclusive behind the scenes photo from my campaign shoot. To reveal this image, hit the ‘like’ button and once we reach 500,000 the exclusive shot will be posted! Be sure to check out'

So get liking!

By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 02:26PM

The book that changed the way we looked at grey...

by Newsdesk | 24th July 2014

Dear Jamie

Don't ever stop.

Watch the official 50 Shades Of Grey trailer here.

One of the world's sexiest actors Jamie Dornan is to appear in the forthcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey. Even though the film isn't out until Valentine's next year - the world has gone crazy for the film.

Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.

By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 10:03AM

Award winning podcast launches crowd-funding campaign for their brand new Cooking With Drag Queens web series.

By Newsdesk | 24th July 2014

Marc Felion, Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio and Fausto Fernós
Marc Felion, Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio and Fausto Fernós

One of the world’s most popular LGBT podcasts, Feast Of Fun have launched their crowd funding campaign to raise money for their forthcoming Cooking With Drag Queens web series.

The podcast is hosted by real-life Chicago couple Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion and they produce 5 shows a week, crammed full of interviews, opinion and the latest LGBT news.

The podcast, which recently celebrated its 2000th episode, has, over the years, had intimate interviews with major celebrities such as RuPaul, George Takei and Carol Channing.

The aim of the web series is to introduce new and emerging drag talent as well as allowing audiences unrivalled access to their favourite drag talent including, it is rumoured, stars from past series of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Their goal of raising $12,000 will be used to hire a full production team and bringing drag queens to their studio. A video they produced in 2013, introducing the format, with Alaska Thunderf--k with Jinkx Monsoon has been viewed over 107,000 times.

Fausto and Marc have so far raised nearly $4500 for their programme.

Go see their kickstarter here

By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 09:20AM

Adverts for a Straight White Guy Festival have started to appear all over Ohio, US.

by Newsdesk | 24th July 2014

Straight White Guy Festival | Twitter
Straight White Guy Festival | Twitter

The red and white adverts, which have not yet been confirmed as legitimate, have littered many parts of Ohio. It asks people to join the organisers in celebrating their ‘enjoyment of being straight white males.’

The venue for the festival is to take place in a park that also hosts a gay pride event. This year George Takei was the Grand Marshal for the event called. Columbus Pride.

The Straight White Guy Festival, which is advertised as free, is due to take place on September 20th from 10AM till 10PM.

The poster also manages to show that the organisers cannot spell. Numerous mistakes appear on the poster.

By The Gay UK, Jul 24 2014 07:43AM

Amidst the Tartan and Scotties, Scotland had a surprise up her sleeve for the millions of viewers around the globe, who tuned in to watch the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

By Newsdesk | 24th July 2014

Picture: BBC
Picture: BBC

Actor and singer John Barrowman grabbed a guy and gave a full on lip smacker during his stint in the opening ceremony. It is thought the kiss was done as a political statement. 40 of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth criminalise homosexuality.

Watch the moment John Barrowman kisses a guy in the crowd below.

The kiss mirrors a number of other same-sex kisses that have happened during a live TV broadcast. In 2012, the Eurovision showed two same-sex kisses and during the London Olympics opening ceremony, the first lesbian kiss ever on British television was replayed.

Barrowman met his husband Scott Gill in 1993 and entered into a civil partnership in December 2006. In 2013 the pair married in the state of California after the United States Supreme Court overturned Prop 8.

Speaker John Bercow MP said in a statement earlier this week that the Commonwealth ‘must to do more’ for the LGBT community. He said, 'Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality; shamefully, it is estimated that 4 out of every 5 countries in the Commonwealth criminalise homosexuality. Surely, it is time for the Commonwealth to do more to support lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual people, to ensure they are not discriminated against, no matter where they live?'

By The Gay UK, Jul 23 2014 11:18AM

A gay man who was given electric shock treatments on the NHS in the 1970s has spoken to BBC Radio 5.

by Newsdesk | 23rd July 2014

In the 1970s the National Health Service (NHS) offered a 'cure' to homosexuality in the guise of 'Electric Shock Avoidance Therapy'.

'John' from Birmingham talks openly to Victoria Derbyshire about the 'false hope' the treatment gave him. The 69-year-old said the treatment had made him feel that he was, 'going to pass from this life without ever having a full relationship with a human being.'

Homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967, 1981 in Scotland and 1982 in Northern Ireland.

In 1973 homosexuality was declassified as a mental illness in the UK.

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