Seriously, why can’t we just all get on with life?

30 July 2010

Why should anyone care who’s gay? So Tom Hardy’s had gay lovers, and Joe McElderry has come out. I admire them both, for their bravery. Some may say “so what?”. But it’s a big thing. Coming out is a shock, a shock tou yourself, to your family. But why? Why is it a big issue still? Why should we be shocked? Why should we make the news? Perhapss those people who don’t understand how difficult it is to come out should try being a gay child. It’s not easy. It’s really not easy. Trust me.

Well, just look at Claire Balding. Look at what’s happened to her recently. She put it better than I ever could myselfr:

When the day comes that people stop resigning from high office, being disowned by their families, getting beaten up and in some instances committing suicide because of their sexuality, you may have a point.

This is not about me putting up with having the piss taken out of me, something I have been quite able to withstand, it is about you legitimising name calling. ‘Dyke’ is not shouted out in school playgrounds (or as I’ve had it at an airport) as a compliment, believe me.

It may be your job to defend your writer and your editorial team but if you really think that homophobia does not exist and was not demonstrated beyond being ‘the butt of a joke’ then we have a problem.

The point, surely, is why it even needs to be an issue. If people didn’t still get bullied, shouted at, beaten up for being gay it wouldn’t even need to be an issue. Until it’s no longer an issue, Joe, and the others, should be praised for their bravery, and celebrated.

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28 July 2010

I love my holidays. I live going away, in particular going abroad, visiting new places, seeing things, getting away from the routine of my normal life. I especially love eating out, drinking, partying, taking photos and lazing in the sun. Perhaps it’s because I’m going to change jobs shortly but on this holiday in particular iwas able to relax the second I got there.

But normally I’m happy to come back. When you’ve exhausted your stock of underwear and tshirts, you crave home-cooked food or the company of friends you know it’s time to go home. But not this time – I’m very sad to have just landed home from Barcelona. I could have stayed so much longer. Returning, on thisoccasion, is hard to do.

At least over the coming days I will have the opportunity to post photos and tell people all about it.

Sadly my tan is almost non existant. When it comes to a choice between Factor 50 and sunburn, I’d choose the former every time.


Pride London: some photos

21 July 2010

Pride London, Saturday 3rd July 2010.

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A couple of weeks ago was London Pride. Despite my reservations about some elements I really do enjoy Pride. I’ve uploaded a slideshow and gallery of some of my photos.

There are more Pride photos on Pride’s flickr and iamsoho (1) and (2).


Exploring Catalonia

19 July 2010

We’re off to Barcelona today. Well, flying to Barcelona, staying in Sitges and Barcelona, then exploring Catalonia by car. Building on my love of maps I decided to try and map the holiday. Click here to see the full itinerary.


Pasty white boy…

19 July 2010

…going on holiday to Barcelona in mid-June? I’d better pack protection!


Scissor Sisters at Brixton Academy

18 July 2010

Three weeks ago I went to see the Scissor Sisters live at Brixton Academy. Their smaller gigs are so much more impressive than arena tours. And of course I got down to the front, or as close as I could. Here’s some photos:

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Wouldn’t life be better if…

16 July 2010

…we thought a little more and drove a little less?

Thanks to The Bear Party who posted this in response to my earlier post.


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