Category Archives: Sexuality

Things Archbishop Welby believes in: straight-only marriage and feudalism

His Grace The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Portal Welby, by Divine Providence Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England– …and breathe… –has spoken in public twice this week. The two utterances have given a disturbing insight into … Continue reading

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‘Vicious’ bingo

Here’s a fun game that everyone can play – I call it Vicious Bingo. Pick a review of ITV sitcom Vicious – really, any review at all – and then award yourself a point any time you come across one … Continue reading

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Aethelread’s Great Album Countdown #2: Pet Shop Boys, Nightlife

So, my series of posts counting down my favourite albums of all time is continuing (and it is, as ever, inspired by Danny Baker’s recent TV show). Over the last five days, I’ve let you know about the albums I … Continue reading

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Aethelread’s Great Album Countdown #4: Chumbawamba, Anarchy

Today, then, it’s time for the fourth entry in my week-long series of posts counting down my favourite albums of all time, which was inspired by Danny Baker’s recent BBC4 show Great Album Showdown. Over the past three days I’ve … Continue reading

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Gay men and HIV

The journal Lancet Infectious Diseases recently published a new study – HIV incidence in men who have sex with men in England and Wales 2001—10: a nationwide population study (full text free with registration). The study was reported by the … Continue reading

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Let’s be clear what the words ‘homophobe’ and ‘bigot’ actually mean

During yesterday’s parliamentary debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – and in much of the on- and off-line commentary surrounding it – one of things that became very apparent was that many of the opponents of equality were … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey is ‘posh soap opera’? No.

I can’t believe I’m going to write a post defending Downton Abbey, or the Conservative politician who created it… …but here goes… (Oh, by the way, there’s a mild SPOILER for one subplot of Series 3 in the final paragraph … Continue reading

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Aethelread’s traditional Christmas message. This year with added Pet Shop Boys!

Well, it’s December 25th, which means it must be time for my traditional actually-written-and-posted-on-Christmas-day post. (Can I get away with calling it traditional, do you think, given that I did it in each of the last two years?) I am … Continue reading

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Gay is not a prescriptive ‘label’, nor a monolithic ‘identity’. It’s just a description.

The Guardian re-published a blog post by Chris Morris (no, not that Chris Morris, another Chris Morris). In it he explains, in the words of the title he wrote himself, ‘why I’m no longer Gay but still want to marry … Continue reading

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Contradictions at the Conservative Conference: gay marriage and benefits claimants

It won’t astonish you to learn that I am not a Conservative (insofar as I am represented at all within conventional electoral politics I am a Green, although it’s important to stress that I mean the rational, technology-is-our-friend wing of … Continue reading

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