Letter: Tatchell replies
I do not argue that it is "homophobic" to stop gay men having sex "in public" on Hampstead Heath in London. My view is that the police should extend to gay cruising areas the policy of non-prosecution that already exists in most parts of the country regarding heterosexual liaisons in lovers' lanes. While public sex that causes offence cannot be defended, discreet sex on the Heath in the middle of the night involves only those who choose to participate, and should not therefore be prosecuted.
It is also wrong to suggest that I advocate "nude, tumescent sunbathing" in places that are "frequented by children". Myself and OutRage! have condemned the restrictions on nude sunbathing at the men's pond on Hampstead Heath, arguing that nudity inside the enclosure should continue as it has for nearly 100 years, on the proviso that warning signs are the only erec-tions in sight.
The claim that outing was "pioneered" by OutRage! "long before" it was practised by News International is absurd. The Murdoch press was outing people years before OutRage! was formed in 1990. We have never supported the outing of people because they are gay. Our sole commitment is to ethical outing to expose homophobic public figures who bash the gay community while having secret gay affairs.
There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turningTV
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
- 3 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 4 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 5 Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since TV series ended in 2004
Downton Abbey series 5, episode 1, ITV, review: There’s revolution in the air, but one lady’s not for turning
Friends 20th anniversary: Six things we wouldn't have without influential comedy series
New Tricks: Dennis Waterman to leave drama after a decade of crime-solving
Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'