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Nominees for Stonewall Hero and Bigot of the Year announced

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  1. Jonathan Ross deserved to be on the bigot list.

    Friday Night with Jonathan Ross begins its 17th series tomorrow. I’ll be watching to see whether he has kept 4 ***** and a Piano.

  2. Iain Duncan Smith should be on the Bigot of the Year list as well. He is a member of the Centre for Social Justice – a far right group who campaigns to reduce the parental rights of non-biological gay parents.

    Then again he’s a Tory so Stonewall are probably too cosy with them to nominate him.

    Ben Summerskill would be another potential candidate for Bigot of the Year I think. It was earlier this year that he said his group would not campaign for legal equality for gay relationships because ‘some’ gay people don’t want to get married

  3. Summerskill for sure.

  4. There’s nothing the Phelps would like more than to win this award – there’s no point in giving more publicity to a group which is already widely disregarded for their ‘extreme’ views. It would be much better put to use by highlighting the more socially accepted homophobia, such as that in our national media.

  5. I wouldn’t bother to add Fred and Shirley Phelps to that list… if anything they wear their bigotry as a badge of honour. If they won that award you could guarantee it would take pride of place on the mantlepiece.
    Far better to starve them of further publicity. Save the award for people who have an untapped shred of remorse.

  6. Robert, ex-pat Brit 3 Sep 2009, 5:28pm

    I second, Summerskill who works against those of us who want FULL equality that he doesn’t deem necessary and claims that he speaks for the majority of LGBT people. Stonewall’s use of the very word is offensive and does NOT represent the original Stonewall that began in New York during the 60s, a movement to gain full equality and recognition of LGBT people, without exception.

  7. Jim McSweeney of GAYS THE WORD Bookshop deserves the accolade on many levels including loyalty for keeping the shop going in very difficult times, not just now but for decades. A true gay hero in a world of wannabes. Congratulations Stonewall for recognising his service to the community.

  8. 21stCenturySpirituality 3 Sep 2009, 11:32pm

    Bishop Nazir gets my vote on this one.

  9. This is all a bit childish. Rather than give these twats more street cred among homophobes, we should be ignoring them and proclaiming: SOME PEOPLE ARE GAY, GET OVER IT!!!

  10. Sell out of the year award should goto Graham Norton for his lack of support for those arrested at the Russian pride parade. He was sucking up to the Russian government while presenting Euro-vision while the LGBT marchers where brutalised and interrogated by the Moscow police.

  11. Brian Burton 4 Sep 2009, 6:48am

    Stonewall gets my nomination for ‘Most Lamentable Organisation.’

  12. My nomination was Ben Zeroskills before I even saw that others on here beat me to it! Wouldn;t that be sweet if he won it!

  13. Stewart Cowan 4 Sep 2009, 11:27am

    I go for Summerskill/Stonewall as well. Their “Some people are gay, get over it!” campaign is about the biggest mass bullying exercise I have seen. Where do I vote?

  14. 150 squids a ticket. That should keep out the rif raf. Just another excuss for stonewall to hob nob with the stars. I never give to stonewall and if I had my way we would have a charity and a voice that really cares about gay people and their life style. Not trying to turn us all in to hetro wannbes.

  15. Shame there wasn’t an award for the Christian Institute, Peter Hitchens or Rochard Littlejohn. Between them, their witch hunt against the gay couple who adopted 2 kids in Edinburgh was nothing short of a scandal.

    The Christian Institute deserves some kind of award for its constant propaganda against the LGBT community. On its website it still calls for the recriminalisation of homosexuals in the Armed Forces.

  16. Eagle Ashcroft 4 Sep 2009, 5:13pm

    Fred Phelps the old queen should be awarded Bigot of not only the year, but the century as he(she) and his closeted family have been picketing funerals, Gay Pride parades and anyone else that does not live up to his (her?) standards. Of course as anyone knows; the only reason a so-called-straight-person would speak out against gays or demonstrate against them is to hide the fact that they are gay, which proves there is a much higher percent of gays and lesbians in the world than was first thought, perhaps as high as 47 percent and even higher in the Christian and Catholic churches. Because if some one were really and truly “straight” they would have no bigotry or objection to gays and lesbians as they would be no threat to them. And as choosing to be gay, that is an idiotic statement by anyone because there are thousands of gay animals and animals do not have the capacity to choose to be gay. Its just another cop out by closeted gays to point their figure at some one else to cover up their own gayness.

  17. Stewart Cowan 4 Sep 2009, 5:27pm

    Just a thought: isn’t it hypocritical to mount a major anti-bullying campaign and then organise an awards ceremony with the intent of bullying those who disagree with you?

  18. Robert, ex-pat Brit 4 Sep 2009, 5:37pm

    What about the rottweiler wearing Prada in the Vatican? He should win it hands down, every year or runner up at least.

  19. Was it intentional or was it a coincidence that the evening chosen for the awards happened to be Gay Fawkes night?

  20. bigot
    a person who is intolerant, esp. regarding religion, politics, or race

    I am a straight person. I have had some colleagues who are gay so I don’t have problems with them.

    But it seems that some of the vocal and militant members of the gay, lesbian and bisexuals are the biggest bigots because they are the most intolerant kind of people, oversensitive to every comment from the straight community.

    If only the 4-6% of the sometimes loud and vocal gay, lesbian and bisexual population of the country was as tolerant as the 94% of mostly silent and tolerant population things wold be different and there would be no need for the Bigot Of The Year Award.

  21. Why can’t I find a list of nominations on the Stonewall website? Perhaps I am overcynical, but it wouldn’t have anything to do with the protests last year, would it?

    It is really quite sad that Stonewall does not have the courage to stand for what it is supposed to believe in. Summerskill is so out of touch with grass roots – of COURSE we want equality. But all we get are concessions – isn’t that nice?

    All this equality business is arse about face, anyway. Why don’t we start from the principle that everyone has equal rights….and then discuss who (if anyone) shouldn’t have them. It should focus the mind marvellously

  22. Carol Ann Duffy is the first openly bisexual person (and first woman) to be made poet laureate…

  23. What? Stonewall make bisexual people invisible? Again? Never! :)

    About the only time we get proper attention from Stonewall is when they’re addressing the ‘please send more money’ letters.

  24. I think it’s really negative to have an award for bigot of the year. I think this charity should focus it’s energy on more positive stories. They’re not going to stop bigotry by giving the bigots more publicity. It’s totally juvenile.

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