Since then the law has been changed making it illegal for charities to discriminate against gay couples, a move which effectively forced the closure of all Roman Catholic adoption agencies in England... In the same article Rev Welby, as he then was, discussed the admission by Michael Portillo, the former Tory Cabinet minister, to having homosexual experiences as a student. While emphasising that this did not matter for Mr Portillo s political career, he went on to speak of sexuality as a powerful force leading people astray adding: The standards of expected sexual morality are clear.
Throughout the Bible it is clear that the right place for sex is only within a committed, heterosexual marriage. Interestingly, all recent research also shows that the children of such a relationship are likely (not always but often) to be happier and more stable. More controversially he also spoke about a belief that people can change their sexuality.
He criticised the media for talking as though his sexuality is exactly the same now as then ... The Daily Telegraph. Hmm...
Despite the scary strapline the comments were made in a single article written more than a dozen years ago in a parish newsletter (so how can they be "unpublished"?) They're taken from a new biography the Telegraph will be serialising.
I really don't want to defend this man, he's clearly no friend to The Gays; an "evangelical traditionalist" who was silent over the recent great gay marriage debate (he supports civil partnerships) and homophobia in the African church, but this article perhaps is more about seemingly adding "moral support" to the Telegraph's own anti-gay views. Continue reading
When I was younger in Ireland I can't think of any instances where I felt "less than." When I moved to America in middle school, I definitely felt it then.
I was made fun for man ... Continue reading
Hey JT, I'll be graduating from college in May and looking for a big boy job. At the end of the summer I'll be starting an internship at Disney World. Yay!
Unfortunately, this means that I will be away from my boyfriend, who I've been with for almost a year and a half, for the first time since we started dating. The real problem is that I don't see a time in the near future when we'll be able to be physically together again. He has at least another semester of college to go, and while I'm not entirely sure of his post-graduate plans, I know he'd like to travel overseas and teach English as a second language.
At this point, I'm planning to stay in Orlando for a while to get some experience with their conservation-related internships. I love him very much, and I want to stay with him for a long time. I don't want geography to get in the way, but from my point of view it presents a lot of complications.
Do you have any advice that would help in coping with the distance? Any words of wisdom you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Magical Bookseller Here s the number one way to make long-distance relationships work, MB: there has to be a light at the end of the tunnel.
If there s a set time when long distance becomes close-enough-to-do-it distance, then it s easy to keep your eye on the prize and hold out for when you know you ll be reunited. If there s no end to the separation in sight, that makes everything a hell of a lot more challenging. Now it used to be that even with the promise of an eventual reunion, long-term relationships were still a one way ticket to a major league bummer.
Fortunately, though, we now live in a golden age of communication technology, and since you re still in college, that means you grew up with this kind of stuff and will have no problem accessing it. Though Skype has been around for a while, it remains the go-to program for star-crossed lovers who also find themselves land-crossed. When my boyfriend Morris recently booked a gig that took him out of town for a few weeks, it was almost like he never left, because we were still, in a way, in a room together every night.
That sense of quasi-closeness in conjunction with the beautiful bounty of free pornography online makes it a lot easier these days to be apart from the one you love. But it also requires discipline if you choose to be monogamous. Discipline and, even more important, honesty.
Human beings have needs, obviously, and some couples are okay with getting some action on the side provided it s completely sexual and not romantic. Most of the time they have a non-disclosure agreement, but some couples love to dish with one another about their extracurricular actions and compare notes. For other couples, of course, this would lead to tears and heartbreak.
It s up to you guys to decide where you stand. Hello JT. I was in denial about being gay, but last year I came out to friends, then came out to my mom, then moved out the house for two weeks.
However, right now I am back home and continuing my studies. My mom has been in denial about me, saying she loves me but she doesn't condone 'that.' I have two younger brothers, aged 7 and 5 years old. (I m 20.) Whenever my brothers are in the room and we re watching a show where there might be a gay couple, she sounds off about her disdain and outrage. I am worried that she will end up turning my brothers against me as they don't know that I am gay and If I tell them it will result in a whole family drama as it may seem like I am 'influencing' them.
Coming out was already a whole movie trilogy's worth of drama and I don't want to start another trilogy yet. Should I be worried or take comfort in the fact that my brothers are part of a new generation that won't be so caught up with sexual orientation? Worried Big Brother PS- The last time I wrote I was the guy who asked about why gay guys don't hold hands in public, except now I am a gay guy.
LOL Ah, a repeat customer. Welcome back. Well, considering your first letter to us was written as a heterosexual man who was VERY curious about gay male behavior, I d like to offer you a congratulations for coming to terms with your identity.
I know that can be super difficult, so you should feel proud of yourself for that. Okay, let s talk about Mom. Through a little point-and-click research, I discovered that South Africa, where WBB hails from, actually has a pretty decent track record for LGBT rights, including legalizing gay marriage in 2006.
So his mother is not a vessel of her surroundings, but rather personally has issues with the gay thing. As I ve mentioned before, parental acceptance of their children s homosexuality often occurs in stages, beginning with I still love you, but I don't like what you are to I can t wait to dance at your wedding. Not every parent makes it to that last step, but we can hope.
Your mother, presuming she grew up in South Africa, lived through the apartheid government, which was incredibly hostile to gay people. My guess is a lot of her world views were formed during this time, and ideas cemented during one s formative years can be hard to break. My advice would be to just keep being the good, upstanding guy you are with your mother.
Gently bring up the gay thing when you can, trying your best to be as non-confrontational as you can. If she gives you a lot of grief, tell her that you ll wait until she s comfortable talking about it, but it is not ever, ever going to change. As for your brothers, have a talk with them when you deem they re old enough.
It could be now or a few years from now - they re your brothers, so you ll know when the time is right. Explain to them that being gay doesn t make you a different person, and that no matter what they hear, you ll always be there for them. Like you said, they ll have the benefit of living in a country with legal gay marriage, and a positive gay influence in their lives in the form of you.
Be there for them like any big brother should, and they ll learn that gay people are just people like everyone else. Hey JT, Devoted fangirl here. I m having my lady friends over for a St.
Patrick s Day party and know I ll have appletinis on the menu. Any other green cocktails you could suggest? Thanks!
Lady Who Lunches Sure do, LWL! Here s another martini glass cocktail, the Emerald Martini . When done right, the color is totally gorgeous, and it tastes super sexy.
It s also really alcoholic, though, so watch it when you re drinking these. You might hallucinate you re seeing a leprechaun and then try to fight it. That only happened to me?
Okay, moving on. What you need: 1 1/2 oz Midori 1 1/2 oz Vodka (I suggest a citrus flavor) This one's simple. Just pour into a shaker over ice and shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, oh-whoa-oh.
Then strain into a chilled martini glass, garnish with a cherry, and enjoy! And remember, leprechauns fight dirty, so make sure to wear pads. To ask JT a question, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Just sayin'.) You can find previous editions of AfterElton's Ask JT advice column here. Continue reading
I sure as heck had no idea. Every week, it seems, I'm left picking my jaw up off the floor in sheer amazement. Okay, no, maybe not every week.
There have been a couple of stinkers. But when it comes to audacity and ambition, Arrow is in a class by itself. We start the week off with the police rushing to the scene of a helicopter landing.
It seems a world-renowned assassin is coming to Starling City. Wait, the police have something to do other than chase down The Hood? Oh, Detestable Detective Lance isn't leading this team of cops, so I guess it makes sense they're doing their actual jobs.
Only Oliver gets there first. He and the assassin have a little tussle which ends with Oliver stabbing the dude with an arrow. Yep, this is the dark hero we have all come to love.
At the Arrow Cave, Felicity Smoak is training with Digg because he wants her to be able to keep people from putting explosive collars around her neck. My bisexual heart is all aflutter now, with the smoking hot Felicity joining in the training sessions. I really think she's easily the prettiest actress on the show in a recurring role.
Oliver comes in and lets them know the assassin is dead and he recovered a phone that he needs Felicity to decrypt. Oliver understands that assassins are like rats when you spot one, you know there are a bunch more scurrying around. Once he has given them their marching orders, Oliver leaves for his date with McKenna Hall .
Digg, being Digg, makes a sarcastic comment that maybe Oliver shouldn't be dating the woman who is hunting him down. Oh, Digg, I love you. The date, it turns out, is Tommy's birthday party.
It's a nice, intimate little double date with Tommy and Laurel . This didn't work out the last time Oliver and Laurel tried it, so I'm skeptical. But happily, the little love triangle seems to have gotten used to the awkwardness of everything.
Things get even more awkward as Malcolm Merlyn shows up. He's brought Tommy a present and an invite. It seems he's being honored as a humanitarian.
Tommy speaks for the audience (and gets the best line of the night) by saying, "What, did they run out of real humans?" Malcolm resorts to bribery. He offers to return Tommy's trust fund if his son will be nice to him again. That's kind of despicable, really.
He doesn't want to be bothered fixing the problem he created.
He just wants to buy Tommy off.
Fortunately, our boy has grown up and he tells his dad to get stuffed. Continue reading
Sal: "Sorry you couldn't come to the wedding, but it was no kids." Lily: "That's okay, I'll go to your next one." Mitch: "She just means when she's not a kid anymore." Lily: "She knows what I mean." Sal: "I don't like you." Lily (whispering): "I'll get over it." Phil: "What are you hiding?" Luke: "Porn." Phil: "Don't lie to me!" Haley: "I agreed to dinner, not tickets to the Electric Light Dorkestra." Claire: "Don't be mean to your sister." Haley: "No, that's our band's name." Luke was really the other star of the show, and had a classic reaction shot when Phil offered up, "Yep, Grandpa wasn't always as crazy about me as he is now." What were your favorite moments? Continue reading
Briefs: "Teen Wolf" Sets The Date, "Adventures In Gay," and Singing The Praises of Anderson’s Eye Cleavage
MTV has officially set the date for Season Three of Teen Wolf : Monday, June 3rd at 10 PM ET. Is the Museum Of Modern Art putting artists back in the closet? Specifically, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg , who are referred to as "friends." Pianist Van Cliburn has died at the age of 78.
Our thoughts are with his fans and his partner Thomas L. Smith . Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by The View to talk about the Modern Family backlash, his engagement, and the Tie The Knot foundation.
Below you can see Jonathan Mann with an ode to Anderson 's eye cleavage. Ricky Martin at the 25th Anniversary Of Univision's Premio Lo Nuestro A La Musica Latina Josh is a 25 year-old recently out artist who has decided to chronicle his life in comic strip form in Adventures In Gay . Here's your Daily Matt Bomer At a Make-A-Wish event Continuing the Top 50 Movie Songs Of The 80's!
At #36 is ... "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins , from Gay Subtext Movie . Kenny Loggins was the undisputed king of the 80's soundtracks. Back at #50 we heard "Footloose," and at #36 is his 2nd biggest movie hit of the decade, from Top Gun , a film I've somehow managed to never watch. "Danger Zone" debuted on the chart on May 10, 1986 and peaked at #2 on July 26th.
Tomorrow's clue - "And in your arms salvation's not so far away" Congrats to Dalton , who was the first to correctly guess that Yesterday's Pixuzzle was Wreck It Ralph Here's today's Pixuzzle . Below you can see characters from a famous movie. Can you name it?
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