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Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay

In Tuesday night’s Channel 4 documentary ‘Cure Me, I’m Gay,’ telly doc Christian Jessen explored the world of ex-gay therapy. Viewers in the UK can catch up on 4oD here. I’ve researched and written about the ex-gay movement for the best part of a decade, so in response to this latest programme, I wanted to […]

Interview with Jonathan Harvey, Author of Beautiful Thing

I interviewed writer Jonathan Harvey (Gimme Gimme Gimme, Coronation Street) about the 20th anniversary production of his play Beautiful Thing. I saw the dress rehearsal for the London run at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, and I’m deliriously excited to see it again this evening at the Liverpool Playhouse. I’m perched on the toilet, paperback in […]

Marriage Is Big Enough for All of Us

Some say that allowing same-sex marriage redefines marriage for everyone. It will make the definition of marriage hazy, consequently undermining a crucial social and cultural institution. (I use that weasel word “some” quite deliberately: “Traditionalists” sounds like an insult; “opponents of same-sex marriage” makes them sound “anti”; “Christian” and “conservative” wouldn’t reflect the diversity of […]

Archbishop Cranmer versus Advertising Standards

Last Friday, the blogger known as Archbishop Cranmer made a bold claim: “Advertising Standards Authority persecutes His Grace,” the headline announced. The ASA sent him “all manner of official papers, formal documentation and threatening notices which demand answers to sundry questions by a certain deadline.” The correspondence was part of an investigation into an ad (which […]

ASA Persecuting ‘His Grace’ over Marriage Ad?

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” — Not Voltaire Friday afternoon saw a bit of muttering on Twitter over the plight of Archbishop Cranmer, the pseudonymous Christian blogger claiming persecution for carrying a Coalition 4 Marriage advertisement on his website. According to Cranmer, the Advertising […]

Feeling Pain for North Carolina’s Gays & Lesbians

North Carolina’s Amendment One was a constitutional bill so anti-gay that even David Blankenhorn, the defence’s sole expert witness in the Proposition 8 trial, disavowed it. And yet, yesterday, voters in the state passed it by a majority of 60% to 40%, robbing gay families of all legal protections afforded to heterosexual married couples. Unlike California’s […]

Anglican Mainstream, Core Issues, Homosexuality & Homophobia

The anti-gay movement is fighting back hard these days. And when I say anti-gay, I mean virulently. With Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues, two groups in the news at the moment for their now-cancelled “ex-gay” ad campaign on London buses, we’re not talking about mere “traditional Christians,” but egregiously homophobic organizations. I’ve documented Anglican Mainstream’s […]