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Gareth Thomas reveals pain of coming out gay Print E-mail
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Written by Alexander Thatcher | FUSE Editor   
Monday, 01 September 2014 04:26

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Gareth Thomas, the former rugby international, has spoken for the first time of the agonising pain of his wife leaving him after he came out as gay. The ex-Wales captain told how he made several suicide attempts after confessing to his wife Jemma in 2006 that he had been secretly homosexual throughout their five-year marriage. In a new book Thomas says that the night his wife left him, he dressed in his best grey suit issued by the Welsh Rugby Union and headed to the swimming pool of his home set upon drowning himself.

He explained in an interview on Saturday how he had fought to become one of the toughest players on the pitch in an attempt to hide his sexuality, which had been clear to him from the age of 16.

"It was like, 'I'm going to make it hard for you to ever imagine, because I'm going to be a beast of a man and I am going to be — good at rugby, which is everything that society is telling me I shouldn't be.'?" He finally opened up to his wife eight years ago when he realised his attraction to other men was not going to disappear in the way he had hoped, despite being "so in love with her".

Thomas, who retired from rugby in October 2011 and now works for a teaching company, has written a memoir, Proud, detailing his journey towards being openly gay.

 

 
Britain pardons veteran castrated for homosexuality Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 07:32

code-breaker-castrated-for-homosexualityBritain pardons World War II code-breaker castrated for homosexuality. British World War II code-breaker Alan Turing, who was convicted in 1952 for homosexual activities, was officially pardoned on Tuesday by Queen Elizabeth.

LONDON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth has officially pardoned Alan Turing, the renowned World War II British code-breaker who was castrated in 1952 for his homosexuality and later committed suicide at the age of 41.

Turing was a brilliant logician who developed an electromechanical device called the Bombe, a code-breaking machine to decipher Nazi Enigma codes during WWII. Although his war time work contributed greatly to Allied success, he was convicted of homosexuality in 1952. He chose to be chemically castrated in lieu of prison, and killed himself two years later at the age of 41 by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

"A pardon from the Queen is a fitting tribute to an exceptional man," British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement Tuesday.

"Dr. Turing deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war effort and his legacy to science."


Turing wrote a 1937 paper about a hypothetical device to compute problems. The device became known as the Turing machine, and Turing has been called the "father of modern computing." The A.M. Turing Award, posthumously named after Turing, is sometimes referred to as the "Nobel Prize of Computing."

British Prime Minister David Cameron hailed Turing as "a remarkable man who played a key role in saving this country in World War II by cracking the German enigma code."

The pardon went into effect Tuesday.

 
Westboro Baptist Church's Plan To Protest Robin Williams' Funeral Thwarted By Love Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 August 2014 01:15

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The Westboro Baptist Church is trying to spread its vile message of intolerance with a disgraceful protest of Robin Williams' funeral, but Planting Peace is not letting the hate take root.

Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California, home on Monday. His funeral is set to be a "very private" ceremony in San Francisco near his home. In spite of the actor's family's request for privacy and respect, WBC announced plans to picket Williams' funeral on Aug. 11 after labeling him a "Fag Pimp."

Planting Peace, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 with a mission to spread love and equality around the globe, is set on challenging WBC's planned protest with a fundraiser. (The group also owns the Equality House, which is situated directly adjacent to the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.)

"Robin Williams played many different roles in so many people’s lives, and giving back to others was at the top of that list," Aaron Jackson, co-founder of Planting Peace told The Huffington Post in an email Friday. "His appeal crossed generational boundaries. I was personally impacted when I heard of his passing. This is a small gesture to honor his legacy and the difference he made to so many."

"When the WBC announced they were protesting Robin’s funeral, we felt like launching a fundraiser for a charity Robin loved would be the perfect way to honor him and counteract the message of hate and intolerance that the WBC continues to convey," Jackson said.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will go to St. Jude Children's Hospital, an organization close to the late actor's heart. So far, Planting Peace has raised more than $1,000 of a $30,000 goal via a Crowd Rise initiative.

Click here if you'd like to donate to Planting Peace's "Remember Robin: A Fundraiser for St. Jude."

 

 

 

 
US : Boy Scouts Need to Accept Gay Adults Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:49

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An Open Letter to Robert Gates: The Boy Scouts Need to Accept Gay Adults

On my 18th birthday, I must say goodbye to the organization that has shaped my youth. I was just 4 years old when I went on my first camping trip with my older brother and his Cub Scouts pack. After that, I was hooked. Scouting has been a constant part of my life since then. The Boy Scouts taught me everything from how to survive in the woods to the morals and values that shaped the person I am today. For that, and for the good times and friends I made through Scouting, I will always be grateful.

But today I have to say “goodbye.”

Today is my 18th birthday, a milestone on my path to becoming an adult and the day I am no longer eligible to be a Boy Scout because I am gay. Despite the Boy Scouts’ historic decision last year to open its ranks to gay youth, the Scouts still ban gay adults. And as of today, that means me.

n his first speech as the newly elected president of the Boy Scouts of America, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that, although he supports allowing gay adults in Scouting, he will not take the leadership to make change.

Gates went on to argue that ending the ban on gay adults now could lead to the Boy Scouts’ ultimate demise. “And who would pay the price for destroying the Boy Scouts of America?” Gates asked. “We must always put the kids and their interests first.”

Read more at: http://time.com/3080380

 

 
Boys Can Wear Pink! Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 August 2014 08:29

Awesome Campaign Reminds Boys That They're Free To Wear Pink

From an early age, kids are often told pink is a "girl" color while blue is for boys, perpetuating the idea that only girls can wear pink clothing. In 2012 a photo of a young boy wearing pink shoes caused an Internet firestorm, simply because he was a boy wearing pink shoes.

But now, gender stereotypes, beware. A new social media initiative is working to show support for kids who choose to wear the rosy color, regardless of their gender.

This new campaign is the brainchild of Martine Zoer, founder of Quirkie Kids -- a Kickstarter-funded line of pink tees for both boys and girls. Zoer successfully raised enough money to fund Quirkie Kids back in March, and now she's using the brand to further promote her message of acceptance and individual expression through social media.

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Zoersaid she was inspired to launch the social media initiative after learning about a boy who was teased when he wore pink on the first day of school. "No kid should be teased for what they wear!" she said. The Quirkie Kids Facebook page adds, "Some boys like pink and why not? Pink is just a color and so is green, and blue, and yellow."

To join the online movement, all you have to do is repost this image of a boy wearing a pink shirt or post a picture of your own child "expressing themselves through their clothing," along with the hashtag #freetowearpink, on your social media.

We're in!

Read the full story at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

 

 

 

 
My Son Wears Dresses, and That's OK With Me Print E-mail
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Friday, 25 July 2014 08:05

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Every morning my four-year-old daughter, Sydney, drags a chair into her closet and plucks a dress off of the rack. I try to lean her in other directions --"Why don't we try shorts today?"--but Sydney's stubborn. And I think she deserves the freedom to choose what she wants to wear.

My son, Asher, is 2. I grab shorts and a T-shirt out of the drawer and dress him, because he still has trouble dressing himself. But he figured out how to undress himself -- and pretty often that means he's ripping off his clothing and screaming "dress" over and over again. He climbs onto the chair in the closet and tugs at one of Sydney's dresses --"This one."

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So most days my son is dressed like Sofia the First, or some Disney princess, or -- my favorite -- rocking a multi-colored Ralph Lauren spaghetti strap sundress. Taking all social mores out of it, he looks good in dresses. And on an 80 degree summer day in LA, it's probably the most practical choice.

Read the full story at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

 

 

 
John Barrowman Delivers Rebuke To Anti-LGBT Countries Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:46

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'I am so happy right now': John Barrowman overwhelmed by support for THAT gay 'Glasgow kiss' during opening ceremony'

John Barrowman delivered a stunning rebuke to the 42 nations of the Commonwealth in which homosexuality remains illegal – by kissing a man during the opening ceremony of the Glasgow games.

The gay actor, who was born in Glasgow, sang "Welcome to Scotland" as part of the opening act with comedian Dunbar, the pair entering the stage from beneath a giant kilt. Barrowman then kissed a male "bride" at a mock Gretna Green before being whisked away on a sea of "heather".

Politicians have voiced their concerns over the plight of the LGBT communities across the Commonwealth leading up to the Games, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg telling campaigners in Glasgow that it was unacceptable that almost 80 per cent of the countries involved practise some form of LGBT discrimination.

"The Commonwealth core values and principles which all Commonwealth countries sign up to are clear. They say that ‘We are committed to equality and respect for the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights’. Yet almost 42 out of 53 countries of Commonwealth countries that are represented here in Glasgow this week criminalise homosexuality in some way."

Read the full article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

 

 

 
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