Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra demanded, “Who did it? Tell me!” after learning that a member of his cabinet had a penis enlargement procedure. “This has affected the reputation of the Cabinet, because the news went around the world. I don’t want the people to think the Cabinet members are obsessed with this kind of thing.” Shinawatra’s cabinet member was outed when a woman suing a clinic for administering a face-disfiguring silicon injection said she had seen the unidentified Minister at the clinic and urged him to serve as a witness in her defense.
Westlife singer Mark Feehily, who recently came out, is getting some support from former Boyzone member Steven Gately, who did the same in 1999. Says Gately: “What he’s done will help thousands of other youngsters who fear the effect coming out will have on their families. I was in a similar position when I was in Boyzone. But coming out was the best thing I ever did. I got so much support from my friends, family and my fans. I was inundated with letters from people saying I had given them the courage to do the same. I remember one of the letters was from a young guy telling me he was suicidal until he read my interview and that had given him the courage to come out. I got flowers and letters of support from Elton John, George Michael and the Spice Girls.”