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Stephen Fry's Marriage To Elliot Spencer Draws Homophobic Backlash Over Age Gap

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Last week Stephen Fry, a 57 year old British comedian and television personality, married Elliot Spencer, a fellow comedian known for being 30 years Fry's junior. From the jump neither Fry nor Spencer made much of an effort to conceal the nature of their relationship from the public, and the pair quickly made headlines for their significant age gap.

“This was the week celebrities and politicians from all over the free world linked arms in defence of a Paris magazine’s right to give gratuitous offence to Muslims,” wrote Tom Utley for The Daily Mail. “OK, nobody is going to shoot me. But how many of them, I wonder, would show the same solidarity with a paper that showed similar disrespect for Mr Fry’s nuptial arrangements?”

In Utley’s piece, he openly admits to having reservations about Fry and Spencer’s relationship. Primary among his concerns is the couple’s significant age differential, and the implicit disparity between the men in terms of their ability to make long-lasting decisions involving their romantic lives.

To their credit, Fry’s account of his newlywed status to Spencer is anything but difficult. The couple have purportedly received the blessings of the Clooneys, J.K Rowling, and David Cameron. As Utley’s piece goes on, however, the more homophobic elements of his argument begin to surface.

“I entreat you not to misunderstand me, “ he begins. “It would break my heart if any son of mine felt I was such a bigot that he couldn’t tell me he was gay, or thought that I’d love him any the less for it. I’d also like it on record that I came round long ago to civil partnerships, and I’m a little ashamed of my initial opposition to them.”

“But as I understand marriage, it’s an institution for child-rearing and mutual support between the sexes, which means the real thing can only be between a man and a woman….I strongly suspect, too, that some of my other objections to the Fry-Spencer match will have occurred to many, if not most, parents of 27-year-olds.”


'Cucumber' Star Freddie Fox Won't Say If He's Gay or Straight: 'Some Time in My Life I Might Fall in Love with a Man'

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Actor Freddie Fox, the star of Russell T. Davies' upcoming gay drama Cucumber, was reluctant to define his sexuality in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, saying "I’ve had girlfriends, but I wouldn’t wish to say ’I am this or I am that’, because at some time in my life I might fall in love with a man."

Freddie  fox“I hope that I am the type of person who would fall in love with another person, as opposed to a sex. Most of my life to date has been as a straight man, but who knows what will happen next?

“It sounds evasive, but I don’t think you can necessarily say you’re one thing or another until you’re 100 years old and you’ve done it all.”

Fox, 25, who said he has played a host of character on screen for which “sexuality is the watchword”, added there was still a stigma about the concept of bisexuality.

“A lot of people will hear that and think it means, ’Well, he’s gay and just excusing it’, or ’He’s been with his girlfriend for a really long time and just wants to change things’,” he said.

“It’s often seen as an excuse that you’re going through a phase of one thing or another. Whereas in fact I would strongly suggest that’s probably not the case for a lot of people.

“Appreciation of both sexes is actually not new; it’s incredibly old it’s Roman, it’s Greek, and it is something people can do throughout an entire lifetime, having hugely meaningful relationships, no matter what sex they are.”

Cucumber, which premieres on UK's Channel 4 this Thursday, looks at gay life across different generations and stars Vincent Franklin as a 46-year old man going through a relationship break-up and Fox as the young object of his desires.

Check out a new trailer for Cucumber, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Singer Alexander O'Neal Quits Celebrity Big Brother After Calling Perez Hilton A 'Silly-Ass Faggot' - VIDEO

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Soul singer Alexander O'Neal has walked away from Celebrity Big Brother UK after receiving a formal warning by producers on Saturday for directing an anti-gay slur at gossip blogger and fellow housemate Perez Hilton during an ongoing feud. 

The Daily Record reports:

Tension had been brewing between the pair since early in the morning, when Hilton woke O'Neal with his persistent coughing.

"What the f*** are you coming up here coughing all around me for?" O'Neal yelled.

Later he confided in housemates: "That's what he wants. He's blowing kisses at me ... He wants me to kick his ass."

As the other celebrities in the Big Brother house urged Hilton to keep his distance, he instead followed O'Neal into the lounge room and stared at him silently.

"I know what you want, but you're not going to get it. I know exactly what you want. And in America, you know what you'd get, don't you? You want that now, but you're not going to get it. You're taunting me. You're coming over here, you're following me, you're bothering me," O'Neal said.

"You're not going to say one word. You're just going to sit there with that silly-ass f***** look on your face."

Housemates reacted immediately, with one responding: "No no no no no no no!"

"He called me the F-word, which is incredibly offensive," Hilton said, recoiling.

The Daily Mail adds Hilton went into the Diary Room shortly afterwards to tell Big Brother he wanted to go home because he feared for his safety and was hungry. 

Hilton'Hello Big Brother,' he announced. 'So before I go to bed, I want to reiterate that I would really like to go home. I feel very strongly and calmly about this.

'I don't want to be in the house anymore for my own safety. Before I came into the house, I said that the two most important things to me were safety and food. I do not want to fear for my safety and I do not want to go hungry - but now I am.

O'Neal reportedly attempted to make amends with Hilton before his exit but was ignored. Later in the episode, Big Brother announced O'Neal's departure to the rest of the house by revealing a farewell message from O'Neal that read: "To all my housemates, I have had a great experience with you guys and I have mad love for almost all of you."

Watch it go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last year, former heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield was reprimanded by Celebrity Big Brother producers for saying being gay is akin to being "handicapped" and "is a choice." Holyfield later apologized. 

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Straight Radio Hosts Hold Hands In Public To See How People React, Homophobic Abuse Ensues: VIDEO

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BBC radio hosts Iain Lee and Justin Dealey, after hearing the story of a 23-year-old suffering from homophobic abuse while in Luton, England, decided to do a little social experiment to see what reactions they could elicit just by walking down the streets of the city while holding hands. Luton is about 30 miles north of London. 

Reactions featured in the video were depressingly homophobic and ranged from looks of bewilderment to a dad trying to shield his child from the sight of the two hand holders.

One young man who let his disgust known with an audible "ugh" was interviewed later and clarified that he thought the idea of two men being together was "disgusting" and "wrong". His mother was only marginally better about the whole situation. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

[h/t Buzzfeed]

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CBS Films Looking Into Removal Of Gay References From U.S. DVD Cover of 'Pride'

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The first image above is the original promotional artwork for Pride — the critically acclaimed 2014 film about gay activists who supported a bitter strike by British coal miners in the 1980s. 

The second image is the back cover of the Pride DVD released in the US on Dec. 23. 

Can you spot the difference? 

That's right, the banner in the background saying "Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners" has been removed. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 9.42.08 PMAdditionally, in the description of the film that appears on the back cover, the "London-based group of gay and lesbian activists" have been changed to just "a group of London-based activists," according to Pink News

The Hollywood Reporter has more

Ironically, those changes invert the plot of the film: Initially, the Welsh miners are more comfortable with the LGBT community’s monetary support than with its open sexual identity, but the miners ultimately become comfortable with their new supporters. Several characters come out during the course of the movie.

The film won several prizes at the British Independent Film Awards last month: the best British independent film award, along with best supporting actor and actress prizes for its stars Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, respectively.

Representatives for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which released the disc in the U.S., and CBS Films, which acquired U.S. rights, did not respond to requests for comment.

CBS Films said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon that it's looking into the matter: 


British Embassy Plays Integral Role In The Dominican Republic's First Gay Marriage

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Although same-sex marriage is illegal in the Dominican Republic, the British embassy in Santo Domingo stepped in to provide a legal loophole for a local gay couple, allowing them to tie the knot in time for the New Year.

According to British officials, the embassy was able to legally wed the couple, an unidentified British man and his Dominican partner, thanks to provisions agreed upon in the Vienna Convention. The unique union represents the first legally recognized same sex marriage to take place on the conservative island nation.


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