(i) In Nigeria, a new law means that ‘being gay’ merits 14 years prison;
(ii) Being gay in Mauretania, Sudan and Somalia carries the death penalty and a blind eye is turned to the murder of homosexuals;
(iii) Expression of gay sex or love in Uganda merits the death penalty;
(iv) African countries in general hate us (an exception being South Africa itself, although when we there about twelve years ago we were told to be very discreet – see ‘The Power of Love’]);
(v) The Russian foreign ministry has issued a statement saying that ‘Queer propaganda is blighting life in the EU’.
Memo: we shouldn’t go to Russia either!
“In other news…” (as newsreaders often put it), two consecutive lead stories on sex abuse of young people by several aged TV/radio celebrities and “hundreds of teachers”. Whilst none of this is attributed directly to homosexuals, and neither we nor any of our gay community would even think about improper relations with minors, it seems like teachers, coaches (us!) and anyone else in contact with young people better be very wary. One wonders how much of it – people coming forward with accusations decades after the event – is more about ‘lets get even with Mr XXX for punishing us for poor work, detentions etc’ than actual sexual assault. Who can say?
Gosh. Everything Dave and I stand for seems to be under attack right now, and the purge on alleged sexual abuse in my own country is getting like the Spanish Inquisition, McCarthyism, or a witch hunt, or something. Almost at the stage where anyone in contact with younger people, however well intentioned, is guilty unless proven innocent.
I feel depressed. Let’s enjoy some fitness pix to cheer up again:
Finally (for today), one for Putin and all the African leaders. It is bit gloomy by our usual standards on this blog, but it reflects my mood. Now I think we’ll go and hide in a cave for a bit.