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Daily Mail Writer Pens Homophobic Screed About Stephen Gately


Jan Moir, a columnist for the right-leaning British paper Daily Mail, has penned a disgusting homophobic opinion column about late Boyzone star Stephen Gately, whose sudden death over the weekend was announced to be the result of natural causes.

Moir Moir has come under fire for using the occasion of Gately's death to slam the gay "lifestyle" and the "happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships". Writes Moir:

"Something is terribly wrong with the way this incident has been shaped and spun into nothing more than an unfortunate mishap on a holiday weekend, like a broken teacup in the rented cottage. Consider the way it has been largely reported, as if Gately had gently keeled over at the age of 90 in the grounds of the Bide-a-Wee rest home while hoeing the sweet pea patch. The sugar coating on this fatality is so saccharine-thick that it obscures whatever bitter truth lies beneath. Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again. Whatever the cause of death is, it is not, by any yardstick, a natural one. Let us be absolutely clear about this. All that has been established so far is that Stephen Gately was not murdered. And I think if we are going to be honest, we would have to admit that the circumstances surrounding his death are more than a little sleazy. After a night of clubbing, Cowles and Gately took a young Bulgarian man back to their apartment. It is not disrespectful to assume that a game of canasta with 25-year-old Georgi Dochev was not what was on the cards. Cowles and Dochev went to the bedroom together while Stephen remained alone in the living room. What happened before they parted is known only to the two men still alive. What happened afterwards is anyone's guess."

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  1. I kind of agree with her on the first section but not at all on the second. It is kind of odd that they are saying natural causes at 33.

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 16, 2009 10:56:20 AM

  2. You'd think Tracy Turnblad would be more sensitive to gay issues.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 16, 2009 11:02:30 AM

  3. I think they should find out what happn'd, but just for the record, Jan, my 37 yr old brother died of natural causes and all it was... was sad.

    Tell me, are you still smarting from some unrequited gay lover? Why not focus on your own life?

    Posted by: stephen | Oct 16, 2009 11:02:54 AM

  4. What a fucking bitch!

    Posted by: James | Oct 16, 2009 11:08:44 AM

  5. I really find it more than a bit disturbing that in the U.K., you can obviously become a forensic pathologist simply by writing a conservative column in a conservative paper.

    Posted by: Jim in MN | Oct 16, 2009 11:09:34 AM

  6. Heath Ledger
    Brad Renfro
    River Phoenix
    John Belushi
    Chris Farley
    Jimi Hendrix
    Jim Morrison
    Elvis Presley

    all straight people who died early from excessive lifestyle.

    Its not being gay that puts you in the danger zone, but being a celebrity, where drugs, booze sex and everything else is handed to you.

    Posted by: dizzyspins | Oct 16, 2009 11:14:04 AM

  7. Here's a screen-grab of Moir's original article, prior to its hasty revision:

    Posted by: Justin | Oct 16, 2009 11:14:11 AM


    you did it again. That hairdo is pure 1966. Actually, she's what I imagine one of our favorite Towleroad posters looks like in drag.(one that you and I had a run in with the other day). I mean that as a compliment...I swear I do.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 16, 2009 11:28:07 AM

  9. I don't agree with her on the first section. Yes 33 yr olds have heart problems. Hell 19 yr old high school athletes drop dead from undiagnosed heart issues.


    On the 2nd part......sleep around/ pick up tricks OR be in a relationship

    Those who try to do both tend to be too weak to be on their own on the nights they don't have a different trick.

    dicking around with tricks is dicking around with tricks.............being in a relationship is being in that relationship with that person only.

    They were pathetic. They should have either remained in an uncommitted fuck budy deal and picked up tricks or committed to a real relationship which means 1 on 1

    Posted by: jimmyboy | Oct 16, 2009 11:29:31 AM

  10. Any email address for her?

    Posted by: JJ | Oct 16, 2009 11:30:30 AM

  11. So people who are relatively healthy don't ever have undiagnosed conditions that can potentially be fatal? No defects in the heart, or circulatory system, or unknown allergies which can go undetected? What an ass. >.>

    Posted by: Liam | Oct 16, 2009 11:32:48 AM

  12. Fockin' beastly slag.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Oct 16, 2009 11:46:24 AM

  13. What happened within Stephen Gately's relationship is nobody's business but his own. People get away with making broad judgments about gay relationships based on what? Sketchy facts about two gay celebrity couples. Yet would she make the same judgments about straight marriages based on facts from, say, Whitney Houston's marriage, or Phil Hartman's, or Ted Demme's, or fill in the many blanks . . . ? Of course not. If marriage/partnership rights were stripped away from a whole group because of the misbehavior of a few couples (and who gets to judge what constitutes misbehavior in a private relationship?) then straight people would have been prohibited from marrying a long time ago.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 16, 2009 11:46:48 AM

  14. Thanks, Derrick. You've advanced from applauding when others point and laugh at me to doing it yourself. That's who you are. That's why it's ridiculous when you climb onto your moral high horse.

    And I'm not nearly so young or pretty.

    Posted by: Landon Bryce | Oct 16, 2009 11:49:18 AM

  15. Jesus, how many idiots do we have on this planet? People die every single day from natural causes, and death isn't age discriminating. Lifestyle is NOT sexual orientation. In addition, what does how somebody lives their life have to do being able to marry? Who decides which lifestyle is deserving of marriage - I'm sure alot of straight couples would tell her to f#ck off. The whole article is an unbelievable, ridiculous rant. What is it about these wingnuts - they always do the same thing, throw a bunch of shit out there and hope that something sticks.

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 16, 2009 11:51:52 AM

  16. Anyone would think that every straight marriage is perfect, and that no straight couples ever have threesomes, or partner swap. To say its a gay only issue, and as a result we dont deserve marriage (which is basically what she said) is very homophobic and delusional.

    Posted by: Rovex | Oct 16, 2009 12:04:50 PM

  17. "Those who try to do both tend to be too weak to be on their own on the nights they don't have a different trick."

    That's been my general experience.

    "They were pathetic. They should have either remained in an uncommitted fuck budy deal and picked up tricks or committed to a real relationship which means 1 on 1"

    That's uncalled for. Relationships entail negotiation and contradictions. I would never engage in an open relationship, and I detest arguments that insinuate that it's somehow more enlightened, but we shouldn't define or judge a relationship simply because it deviates from a monogamous pattern.

    Communication and honesty are far more important. If a couple commits and discusses having an open relationship, then I see no problem in that. The probability of long-term success is minimal, but that's true of most relationships.

    Posted by: Zach | Oct 16, 2009 12:22:57 PM

  18. I sent this to the Daily Mail... if I could only send this to Moir herself in a pretty envelope.

    Open letter to Jan Moir,

    You are entitled to an opinion of Gately as a singer or as a public figure, however tone deaf you may be. But you are not entitled to expel your vicious imagination in an obvious attempt to vilify him. What you have done is perpetuated the notion that homosexual men and women must surly ‘party enough to suffer in the end.’ Your biased generalization is demeaning, insulting to the LGBT community and insulting to your intelligence.

    At the same time, your use of the scandal-thirsty media as a source for your vile opinion puts your motives into question. Instead of constructively differentiating between fact and ‘alleged media blitz,’ you take it all in to feed this fantasy of yours where Gately’s death must have been because of infidelity, substance abuse and decadence. I have yet to read a substantive report that proves your alleged ‘seepage’ of a dangerous lifestyle that he followed. Also, what makes you so certain that Gately was healthy and fit? There are plenty of diseases and conditions that do not manifest until it’s rather advanced or too late.

    It’s horrific how you claim to seek the truth when you are feeding the public misinformation and scandal. Your far-from-journalistic approach to seeking truth has left you with a hate letter that uses soap-operatic controversy and scandal as allegedly ‘de facto’ reporting for a published opinion.

    Your column marks you clearly as part of that horrific system of sick people that spins stories around to sell newspapers or feed lies and scandal into public opinion/ideology. I hope the Daily Mail has good, honest and hard-working interns that need some publishing space soon… because as I see it, this hatemongering shouldn't stand long.

    Posted by: Walter | Oct 16, 2009 12:25:13 PM

  19. Its worth noting that almost all advertising has been removed from the article, due to requests from the advertisers. I called Marks & Spencer - who had ads running on the story earlier - and their statement was that "they reject discrimination in any form and requested that the Daily Mail remove their ads from the article".

    The Press Complaints Commission - the toothless industry body that is supposed to regulate newspapers - ended up with a crashed website. Replies to complaints that did get through state that the PCC can only accept complaints from directly affected parties - i.e. they will do nothing unless the family & friends complaint to them.

    So it goes to show, if you want to fight inaccuracy and injustice in the UK press, you're better off leaning on the advertising budgets rather than expecting any just recourse from the PCC.

    Posted by: Graham Anderson | Oct 16, 2009 12:41:11 PM

  20. I am disgusted at this article. I don't care if he had a bareback orgy inside of a pinto...that doesn't need to be discussed nor be a commentary in an article about a man's death.

    Now she is trying to say that she supports civil unions and meant that they are just as troubled as marriages. BAH! She is trying to salvage herself.

    Posted by: Sean | Oct 16, 2009 1:05:52 PM

  21. How about you stop linking to the Daily Mail website now??

    Posted by: PJ | Oct 16, 2009 2:52:13 PM

  22. Jan Moir was not completely wrong. Though I do not agree with most of the things she wrote, some of her questions are valid and needs to be addressed. It is not particularly homophobic to ask what was a third party doing in their vacation home. Won't we ask the same question if they were a straight couple? When we (gay people) ask to enter the same relationships as striaght people (i.e. marriage, civil partnership) we should be willing to be held at the same standard. Maybe what we want is affirmative action -- where we are judged by a different standard? There is nothing wrong with that as long as we call it by its name. So what do we really want?

    Posted by: James | Oct 16, 2009 5:27:30 PM


    Posted by: sandra | Oct 16, 2009 5:30:29 PM

  24. There has been absolute outrage about this article in the UK. It was the lead story on News at Ten on ITV (the main commercial network in the UK).

    Posted by: Leo | Oct 16, 2009 5:41:08 PM

  25. It's a British paper. It's going to be anti-Irish to begin with. (No offense to my fine British friends).

    Posted by: JT | Oct 16, 2009 6:08:36 PM

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