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  1. Congratulations Lyn and Ian.

    Must make sure I put my ticket on for the rollover tomorrow – I can dream ….

  2. Egypt and Jamaica?? Do these guys know what these places will be like for a high-profile gay couple??
    Naive and insular at best, I suspect.

      1. Why?

        Because they want to repeat holidays they have enjoyed without any problem?

        Does a single gay couple not going to a country such as Egypt or Jamaica on holiday really makes such a dent in the tourist economy that those involved in LGBT oppression will sit up and take notice?

        Surely a better approach is engaging with international LGBT agencies and seeking to encourage LGBT ground roots in these countries?

        There is no single approach or answer to the complex problems of homophobia in other countries – staying away can be as harming to the LGBT nationals as it is beneficial.

        Re wider Africa:
        “Despite discriminatory laws many gays and lesbians still travel to Africa and have a great time. Laws commonly do not reflect the attitudes of local people. If you are afraid of being discriminated against then just be discreet or travel to South Africa. Another safe way to travel is with a group/tour that offers gay-friendly African vacations.”

        1. I don’t think the issue was protest so much as their safety, being high profile.
          I certainly wouldn’t go to either country, especially if I had just become famous for being gay.

          1. Jock S. Trap 26 May 2012, 3:39pm

            I very much doubt this lucky couple win will make world headlines for them to be suddenly internationally famous.

  3. I won £3.60 on Euromillions the other day but I guess that doesn’t count?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 25 May 2012, 12:22pm

      LOL! Congratualtions to Ian and Lyn!!

      1. I went on a wild shopping spree

        1. A pint and bag of crisps?

          1. No, a Costa Coffee and a pack of chocolate hob nobs

          2. Jock S. Trap 26 May 2012, 3:39pm

            Hob Nobs you say? :P

  4. Fabulous boys. Have a wonderful holiday. I loved Egypt and want to do the full 14 day Nile Cruise when I have my win. Enjoy. Enjoy. xxx

  5. Why Jamaica and Egypt? These are some of the most viciously homophobic places in the world. Why spend their money there?

    I really don’t get people sometimes. Why not Europe? Why not Japan or China? Australia? The Americas?

    There are loads of countries in the world where homosexuality isn’t illegal. Why can’t they pick one of those places?

    1. Maybe they want to see the Pyramids etc

      As for Jamaica – I must admit that one I can not find a reasonable explanation for.

    2. Ian Pearce & Lyn Sexton 25 May 2012, 6:13pm

      We’ve been to Egypt twice and donate to a local orphange in Luxor, we’ve also been to Jamaica before, we’ve also been to China & walked the Great Wall, walked Sydney Harbour bridge, swam in the Great Barrier Reef to name but a few things, appreciate the comments, but we’ve never had any issues in all of our travels to over 30 countries,

      1. Good luck guys. Warm congratulations.

        Somewhere I recommend (that is also very gay friendly) is New Zealand, its worth hiring a car/motorhome and seeing both islands

      2. I’ve loved hiking in the Jamaican interior and boating along its coast. It’s true that that society has a lot of improvements to make, but then again, so does mine. Bon voyage, Ian and Lyn!

    3. Australia is homophobic by the standard of the west, since both political parties are homophobic and do not support equal marriage. All federal recognition of same sex relationships is constitutionally banned. As an Aussie, I would ask gay people to stay away from Australia until we get our act together on LGBT equality.

  6. Congratulations to Ian & Lyn!

  7. Congratulations lads, hope you enjoy every penny of your win.

  8. Congratulations to this lovely couple. But with that huge chunk of money, they could go elsewhere where the environment is more gay-friendly. Meanwhile I’ll continue to dream about winning a jackpot.

  9. GingerlyColors 25 May 2012, 1:33pm

    Lyn and Ian are probably the luckiest couple in Wales at the moment. Not only do they have each other they have overcome the odds to win Euromillions.
    The chances of winning the Euromillions jackpot are about the same as Elvis Presley coming back to Earth in a flying saucer, landing on the Loch Ness Monster then riding off on Shergar! Therefore I prefer to play Thunderball myself.
    As for Jamaica and Egypt I wouldn’t recommend holidaying there. Jamaica as not the pl;ace to be for an out-gay couple and with the Muslim Brotherhood doing well in early results in the Egyptian election I cannot see that country being a gay destination for the forseeable future.

  10. TwoHusbands 25 May 2012, 1:34pm

    I lived in Porthcawl Wales forty years ago and didn’t know this couple! I thought all us gays were supposed to know each other?? (maybe they were pre-natal)? Meanwhile, congratulations to them! Please visit USA instead where our President Obama affirms marriage equality! Don’t visit those hateful nations like Egypt and Jamaica where they jail and murder us simply for being born perfectly non-heterosexual! The pyramids can be visited on GoogleEarth.

    1. Good to have some really good news…. Have a great time guys, ’cause your worth it… every penny ! congrats to your win and your 16 years together.

    2. “I lived in Porthcawl Wales forty years ago and didn’t know this couple! I thought all us gays were supposed to know each other?? (maybe they were pre-natal)?”

      Considering Ian Pearce (45) and Lyn Sexton (41) would have been 5 and 1 respectively, it’s understandable why you wouldn’t know them!

      Not to be a pedant, but “prenatal” usually refers to women and pregnancy, as in “Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy”. (Unless their lottery win has pioneered a new science!)

  11. Don’t visit homophobic countries. Why not come to good old Greece…the country which first idealized homosexual love???
    We need you more than ever before , brothers…..

    1. And don’t tourists know it!

  12. Pink £ indeed. Bless you and enjoy.

  13. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 26 May 2012, 1:09am

    My dream as a single gay man is to find a husband that is nice, rich, hot, good-looking and in uniform (fireman, police, soldiers or marines)!

    A million pounds is very nice to have!

  14. Gay activist Paul Mitchell 26 May 2012, 1:13am

    Anyway Congradulations Lyn and Ian, you both make a wonderful couple, take that bigots!

    You know we are nearly equal as gay men and lesbians, when even a gay couple can win the lottery!

    Please be very careful in Jamaica Lyn and Ian, it is a terrible country for gay men. Lesbianism is fine in Jamaica remember under their own criminal code!

  15. Keith Farrell 26 May 2012, 3:35pm

    great guys, enjoy

  16. Jock S. Trap 26 May 2012, 3:41pm

    Congratulations guys… mine’s a pint, please!! :)

  17. David Jarrett 26 May 2012, 4:13pm

    Jamaica is probably the most homophobic country in the Caribbean. The homophobes there regularly beat up gays, Avoid Jamaica!!!!!!!!!! Except for Puerto Rico, most of the Caribbean countries do NOT like gays, so do not go there and support the homophobes.

  18. Riondo – yep you are right – perhaps they will share some of their good luck with their sisters and bothers in Egypt and Jamaica? Well it was a thought!

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