Sport for gays: more to do.


Anastasia Bucsis | Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images | 16296ga

Canadian Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis told CBC “Sport should be a safe place for absolutely everyone, and unfortunately we do see a lot of homophobia still in the locker room. It is a little bit of an old boys club. Obviously we have seen some great gains. I don’t want to be negative and discount what we have done, but it is nowhere near where it needs to be, and continuing that discussion is really the only way we’re going to champion that equality.”

Bucsis is well known for her charitable and social work, and CBC reminds us:

Bucsis has become a dedicated advocate for making the sporting community a safe place for LGBTQ athletes. When she’s not training for the Winter Olympics, she works as an ambassador and member of the You Can Play Project, an activist group dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in sports.

Swardspeak is the new Polari!

Jon Shadel writes about the secret gay language spoken by gay men in the Phillipines:

A coded lexicon mostly spoken by gay men, Swardspeak draws from English and Tagalog, as well as Spanish and, to a lesser extent, Japanese. It’s what might be referred to as an “anti-language,” the lingua franca of an “anti-society”—in this case, the Philippines’ gay subculture.
To Filipino speakers, Swardspeak sounds witty and twangy, and it immediately identifies the speaker as homosexual. “At first, I couldn’t tell the difference between gay lingo and ‘normal talk,'” Dasovich admits. “To me, everything seemed Filipino—just another foreign language.”

Swardspeak is both playful and mind-bogglingly complex. Many terms come from the names of celebrities, brands and a cornucopia of other colorful sources. “Walang Julanis Morisette,” for instance, translates to “there’s no rain,” a play on a lyric from Alanis Morissette’s single “Ironic”—”it’s like rain on your wedding day.” It is language as pun, as inside joke, as subversion—and it is as metaphorical as it is ephemeral.

Thanks for the prevarda.

Vicars are revolting!

Nearly a dozen ministers within the Church of England are to reveal that they are gay and have married their same-sex partners despite the Church’s opposition to gay marriage.

A letter in the Guardian will ask for permission from the Church to carry out blessings for people entering gay marriages.

“Our marriages are legal, celebrated and widely accepted in society,” said Andrew Foreshew-Cain, one of the first priests to defy the Church’s ban on gay marriage. “Yet the Church of England behaves as if they are somehow dirty and imposes penalties on clergy and refuses to acknowledge the marriages of those who wish to make lifelong faithful commitments.”

Burnley footballer isn’t homophobic. So there.


Andre Gray | Uncredited photographer | Coventry Telegraph | 16295ga

A footballer who tweeted that gay people should “burn” and “die” has apologised saying “I am absolutely not homophobic”. Andre Gray sent a tweet in 2012: “Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #MakesMeSick.”

Gray has since deleted the tweet and taken to social media to apologise and ask for “forgiveness”…“I would like to respond to media reports with regards to previous tweets posted from my twitter account. Firstly, I want to offer a sincere and unreserved apology to anybody I may have offended in relation to these tweets.
The tweets were posted four years ago when I was a completely different person to the man I am now. I was at a very different point in my life back then – one that I’ve worked hard to move on from.”

It just reminds your Activist – and I am sure my readers – how little progress in accepting gay people has been made in football, compared with, say, athletics.

Out and Proud in Rio

The record number of openly gay Olympic athletes has boosted the acceptance of Brazil’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community amid a backlash over same-sex marriages. 49 gay athletes are thought to be competing, double the number of London in 2012. The Rio Olympics have seen the first married gay couple competing and a lesbian marriage proposal at a medal ceremony.

Brazil’s courts have recognized civil unions between homosexuals but its Congress has opposed the legalization of same-sex marriages. The Brazilian gay community hopes the high-profile example of Olympic athletes can help change attitudes in Brazil.

Record total of gay athletes at Olympics boosts Brazil’s homosexual community

Another pastor sent packing

US pastor Tony Perkins, who believes natural disasters are sent by God to punish gay people, has fled his flooded home in Louisiana.

In 2015 he caused controversy when he agreed with a statement that natural disasters are sent by God as punishment for abortion and gay marriage.

He was forced to escape his property in a canoe with his family.

As my Mum used to say, “God always pays them back in a worse way.”

Pastor sent packing

A speaking engagement in Galashiels, Scotland by South African preacher Angus Buchan, who believes homosexuality can be “cured” by prayer, has been cancelled. Buchan was due to address an audience next Monday evening as the guest of the Tweedbank-based evangelical Hope Church.

The £5-a-head event was to have been the 69-year-old’s only Scottish appearance on a tour of the UK and Ireland. Following a plea from the Scottish Borders LGBT Equality Forum, Live Borders, the trust which runs public halls on behalf of Scottish Borders Council, cancelled the booking.

Same old lies again

South African preacher Angus Buchan claims that homosexuality can be cured through prayer. He is due to appear in Northern Ireland later this month, an event which is expected to attract an audience of 3,000 people.

John O’Doherty of the Rainbow Project is campaigning to have the visit cancelled.

Homosexuality can not be cured.

Mark Thompson


Thompson, right, in 2013. Photo by Cleo Dubois via Facebook | 16293ga

Gay Activist is sad to record the passing of Mark Thompson, the author and former senior editor of The Advocate, who died on Friday evening from natural causes.

Thompson, 63, was raised in Northern California and lived in San Francisco.

Thompson’s husband, Malcolm Boyd, an Episcopal priest and author, was one of the Freedom Riders during the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Mr Boyd died 18 months ago.

Gay Activist sends condolences to friends, family and colleagues.