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Gay Daily Mail journalist to write ‘out and proud’ column

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  1. Is the DM trying to dig themselves out of the hole built by Moir? First the positive coming out story with Gareth Thomas, now a gay column… mmmm

  2. Simon Murphy 26 Jan 2010, 4:51pm

    So long as his appointment isn’t simply to allow the Daily Heil engage in their typical, toxic homophobia and then to use the fact that Pierce is gay to deny that they are in fact homophobic.

    Hopefully not.

    We can see this in a group like LGBTory group are utterly spineless about the blatant homophobia of the Tory Party. Their sole purpose is to allow the Tories to pretend they are not the homophobic party (when quite clearly they are).

    If Pierce’s role is simply to allow the Daily Heil to deny their poisonously homophobic agenda then I can’t imagine his career at the Heil will last long.

    When is the PCC investigation into the Stephen Gately article concluding.

    Will Jan Moir face ANY consequences for her homophobia. If not then I think it is safe to assume that the Heil have appointed Pierce purely for PR purposes.

  3. so he moved from the Telegraph to the Daily Mail and still claims to be gay? Nah!

  4. Brian Burton 26 Jan 2010, 5:09pm

    What ever the motive of this Mail Journalist I applaud it. Mathew Paris in the Times is spearheading the Gay viewpoint there.

  5. Let’s be honest, none of these papers really give a toss either way. If it’s a bit risqué and sells copy, then publish and be damned.

  6. It’s more useful to have a gay man talking openly and honestly about his life at the DM than at, say, the Guardian etc, who have got used to gay people existing a generation ago.

    Good luck to him – although, what an odd collection of journo’s they have now….

  7. Pumpkin Pie 26 Jan 2010, 6:14pm

    Did anyone see the article about a man who “decided to stop being gay” over on the Times’ website?

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/men/article6990013.ece

    I’m wary of this guy for the same reason: when it’s one of “us” who criticises gay people, the impressionable bigots see it as irrefutable gospel truth.

  8. Does this guy not realise he’s being played for the mug he is? Its all very well saying he can change things from within etc, but really, who’s he’s kidding? Only himself I suspect.

  9. Just what will he be allowed to say and how often? Will there be run-ins with arch-homophobes like Peter Hitchens?
    The DM may indeed just be trying to boost sales with a bit of ‘edginess’ but the question is how far they dare alienate their core readership, the suburban ultra-right.

  10. Mumbo Jumbo 26 Jan 2010, 9:05pm

    Comment #7 by Pumpkin Pie

    Yes, I did see that article last week. There was so much wrong with it that it is difficult to know where to start.

    Delusional self-hater with a disneyland view of heterosexuality probably sums him up.

    And judging from the comments that followed, many, though I accept not all, of the readers saw him as just that.

    No wonder he was unable to sustain a relationship. Nothing to do with being gay. Everything to do with being a tosser.

  11. Pumpkin Pie 26 Jan 2010, 11:18pm

    Mumbo Jumbo:

    I was also pleased to see that a lot of people saw through his delusions. Do you know if this was a web-only article, or did it actually make it into print? I only heard about it the other day when someone sent me a link.

  12. Nice to see such tolerance of gay people with emotional difficulties…I wonder when someone is going to survey gay people to ask about their approval of people like the guy in The Times?

  13. I too saw the piece by the guy on the Times website. Attempting to justify ‘going straight’ by denigrating and stereotyping lesbians and gays. Disgusting. There were some good swipes at him on the message thread, including from feminists who rightly saw him as just wanting to manipulate women to gratify his fantasies of ‘normality’. Bit of a relief to have such a bozo off the gay scene, I suppose, but he’ll wreck the life of anyone he gets involved with.

  14. this would be more believable if he wasn’t sitting next to Moir and working for the Daily Mail as these two things makes his cliams look like lies

  15. Simon Murphy 27 Jan 2010, 12:29pm

    He says that he is ‘out and proud’.

    I want to know if Andrew Pierce thinks that the Jan Moir character assassination of Stephen Gately on the day before his funeral was homophobic.

    If yes – then does he think she should keep her job.

    If no – well then – I suppose that just shows how ‘out and proud’ he really is.

  16. Does the Daily Heil pay in “thirty pieces of silver” perhaps?

  17. he’s their token gay, thats all

  18. Excellent. Further proof that just because you’re gay it doesn’t mean you can’t hate immigrants and gypsies too. In fact, the Mail might follow in the footsteps of the Observer, using a pseudo-homophile line to batter Islam, immigrants, and any other victimised minority du jour.

    I heard Judith Butler speaking on this very subject a couple of years ago, and observing the way that ‘gay rights’ have become a tool of the xenophobic political right. Could the Mail be hoping to play one more-or-less acceptable minority off against a less-acceptable one? Not in my name.

  19. Like it or not, institutional and internalised homophobia will exist in the UK for quite some time. It is increasingly clear that being homo, expressing it openly and having a media career is no indicator that self-hatred is lurking within. Increasingly also are homophobic representations of homos, sometimes supported by homos, being foist upon us by broadcast media. Just because we’re perceived to have equality, it doesnt mean we as homos actually believe it or will defend it as rigourously as we should. This have no faith in a show gal attempt by the Daily Mail.

  20. Isn’t this the same guy who stuck up for Amanda Platell when she was on a homophobic crusade about a gay couple in Edinburgh adopting last year? He’s hardly representative of the LGBT community, he’s exactly the type of conservative gay man that the Daily Mail can just about cope with and count on to discredit any gay story or issue. After all, if their own gay journalist doesn’t agree with the latest gay story, then homophobic papers like the Mail can justify their homophobia. Try calling him homophobic if he says anything remotely like Moir did.

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