Stephen Fry’s Out There documentaries highlighted just how far the struggle for equality has yet to go.
Apologies in advance, dear Quiver readers, I know I only wrote about the winter Olympics a couple of issues ago. However, the other night I was watching Stephen Fry’s amazing Out There documentary and saw his interview with that ludicrous Russian minister who sat and spouted sentence after sentence of homophobic, misguided, misquoted, ignorant, hateful, ridiculous and intolerable crap about gays. I just want to say here and now that I am fucking sick of the current level of discrimination being reported from many counties. Greenpeace activists locked up for protesting peacefully, state sanctioned gay bashing and murder and what looks like the horrible rise (re-rise, or did it ever go away?) of nationalistic-fuelled homophobia common during periods of global economic recession. Just cast your mind back to World War II and remember what happened to the gays in the death camps. The rise of far right parties in Greece, African leaders telling bare-faced lies about gay people: medical lies, sociological lies and so many others that I can hardly bring myself to write about, and a lot of branches of the Christian church tacitly agreeing with and/or acting as justification for so much of this hatred. Why does the fight for gay equality seem like such a threat to the heterosexual paradigm of family and normality? I could not believe my ears at some of the things I heard during Fry’s globetrotting documentary. Then I log on to Facebook and there’s a petition to ask Coca Cola to withdraw their sponsorship of the Winter Games in Sochi. Can you see that happening any time soon? If Coke pull out I’ll show my arse in Fenwick’s window. Did I say I was fucking sick? Well, I am fucking angry as well and profanity is not always the last refuge of the inarticulate. I just wanted to say it. I wanted to say it loud and clear and to honour every single one of the wonderful activists, survivors and ordinary people in Fry’s documentary: the people trying to live honestly while helping others. Why aren’t these people running our countries?