In case you thought I was referring to a coveted Pink Award, the title is just a pun on the year’s end! Hope the rest won’t disappoint, however, as I want to firm up a few highlights of 2010.
Let me start with the recent news that the US Senate has finally given approval for openly gay men and women to serve in the military ( something the UK allowed ten years ago) - another small but significant step for gay rights, even if it’s for the wrong reasons. One elderly Senator spoke of a gay soldier he knew, saying: “He’s big, and he’s mean, and he kills lots of bad guys”, as if that was the test of all gay people had to offer.
Nearer home, as a former student of the London School of Economics, I’m reminded of this year being the 40th anniversary of the first gathering of the Gay Liberation Front there on 13 October, 1970. It was also the year we wore badges declaring, Gay Is Good, an echo of black being beautiful, which was bright, bold, and concise. There have been many reasons this year why I think that slogan holds good. Read the rest of this entry