The LGBTI world is talking about Alan Carr, a victory for equality in the Supreme Court and Malta passing same-sex marriage
Alan Carr spoke about his sexuality this week and raised interesting questions about promiscuity. Meanwhile the UK Supreme Court struck a blow for equality that will boost our pension pots. And Malta has delivered same-sex marriage equality.
Alan Carr is one of our best-loved gay household names. But the comedian and chat-show host raised some interesting questions about our sexuality this week.
He was talking about the classic book My Father and Myself by JR Ackerley.
Ackerley was born in 1896 and died in 1967. And he wrote honestly about having hundreds of lovers. He had sex with sailors, soldiers, waiters and more in his search for a soul mate.
But for Carr it’s not that easy. He said: ‘He’s so matter of fact, his homosexuality. Whereas I have a bit of guilt about it. I’m not totally comfortable being gay, but he’s so… he absolutely loves it.’
Coming out is one thing. But plenty of gay men have active sex lives and even open relationships. As we’ve come to embrace equality, we’ve perhaps become open about being gay but silent about our sex lives.
Do many of us harbour secret shame – not guilt about being LGBTI, but about being ‘promiscuous’? I’d like to know what you think. Are you open about your sex life or do you keep that bit of your life in the closet?
EU law came to the rescue of LGBTI equality in the UK this week.
The UK Supreme Court ruled same-sex married couples should get the same pension benefits as straight couples.
John Walker, an ex-British army officer, brought the case with the help of human rights organization Liberty. He has been battling for five years to get this ruling.
In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court ruled a loophole in the Equality Act letting employers exclude same-sex partners from spousal benefits breaches EU equality laws.
Money paid into pension funds before December 2005 can now not be excluded.
It will help all of us. But it’s up to us to make sure our employers change their policies.
And it raises the question, will we have the same protections if Britain actually does leave the EU (frankly, I don’t think we will leave – I think it will become clear leaving is impossible, as well as undesirable).
This article looks at what we need to do as individuals to protect ourselves. I’d urge you to read it.
The happiest news of the week is that the small, Catholic, island nation of Malta has passed same-sex marriage.
It was an almost unanimous vote (only one die-hard voted against) in their parliament. And with ‘gay cures’ illegal and some of the best trans laws in the world, Malta has become one of the best places in the world to live as an LGBTI person.
So a few quirky facts about Malta to celebrate (and because I’m a geek):
Civilisation on Malta is incredibly old with evidence of people living here for over 7,000 years. The population is still small though – just 450,000 people, making it one of the smallest countries in the world.
And they are brave souls on Malta. They used to be part of the British Empire. And they were so brave in their support of the Allies against the Nazis in World War II that English King George gave them a George Cross Medal for gallantry. Usually, the George Cross would be worn on your chest, but Malta wears it’s medal on its national flag.
Discover more of Malta here – and see why it’s an idyllic holiday or honeymoon destination.
What do you think?
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