Forty years ago in Britain, loving the wrong person could make you a criminal. Smiling in the park could lead to arrest and being in the wrong address book could cost you a prison sentence. Homosexuality was illegal and hundreds of thousands of men feared being picked up by zealous police wanting easy convictions, often for doing nothing more than looking a bit gay. It was a battered old thing and, in many respects, shabby. It didn't come close to equalising the legal status of heterosexuals and homosexuals that would take another 38 years. It didn't stop the arrests: between and , 30, gay and bisexual men were convicted for behaviour that would not have been a crime had their partner been a woman.
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When Ellen Morgan, the character Ellen DeGeneres played on her sitcom Ellen , came out as gay on the show's April 30, , episode, it sent shockwaves through the television industry. Up to that point, only a handful of gay characters had been seen on television, and none of these were series leads. In addition to her character coming out in the episode, DeGeneres also publicly shared that she was gay. Preparations for the character of Ellen Morgan to come out as gay on the series Ellen began in May , when DeGeneres, who played the role, discussed the potential storyline with the show's writers. At the time, DeGeneres also revealed that she intended to come out publicly as well. In addition to being a step that would let DeGeneres be honest about her own sexuality, there was hope that addressing the fictional Ellen's sexual preferences might provide direction for the TV series, and explain why the character lacked chemistry with male romantic partners. In order to become the first TV series to have a lead character announce she was gay , the network needed to be in agreement.
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One by one, Pastor Jim Conrad introduced seven new members, which in the Baptist tradition have to be approved by a majority of the congregation. On Feb. Its exclusion from the SBC has sparked wider conversations about what it means to be a Southern Baptist in modern America. For the first time in his life, he fully celebrated his Baptist faith without hiding his sexuality.
The other day when I tweeted my distaste for the latest Kylie Minogue single a form of sacrilege in some circles one of my followers replied with one of my least favorite phrases: "We're going to revoke your gay card. There's no such thing as a gay monolith. There are as many ways to be gay as there are colors in the rainbow now who is being easy and glib? Dishing out gay cards is like telling people they aren't allowed to be gay because they haven't seen the requisite number of Glee episodes. Gay men and women don't share a place of origin, skin color, socio-economic class, religion, or anything else that would typify their experience.