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.
Game of Thrones
Arts & Ents blogs
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 4 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 5 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
The real reason Eddie Redmayne was cast as a trans woman in The Danish Girl
JK Rowling announces Harry Potter's son is starting at Hogwarts
Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007, says James Bond author
Loose Women poll asking if rape is 'ever a woman's fault' sparks backlash
Akram Khan: Choreographer says dance is 'as important as maths and being a doctor'
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up