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  1. God, I love him. And he’s right.

    1. Yes he is, well said!

    2. Another reason iceland is so supportive of gay people is that in about 1550 the catholic bishop of Iceland got murdered by the vikings. Too bad we cant hire lots of Icelandics to become mercenaries againts the anti gay churches

  2. I tell ya, once those Vikings gave up stabbing monks, they became pretty darn good folks.

    1. Ain’t that the truth! Very funny!!

    2. billywingartenson 4 Dec 2012, 5:00am

      Not wquite correct wulfW

      In 1550 the vikings murdered the catholic bishop of Iceland, thank God

      One of the chain of events that led to them replacing RPs with marriage in 2010. I was there in 2011 to celebrate the 49 to 0 success of the marriage bill in iceland.

      There are only about 1000 out of 320000 evangelicals on the island. They should all be shipped to the next expected volcanic eruption – one of them said this year that gays should be put to death. He lost his job as a school master and the rumor is he was sent to the russian gulag.

      BTW most of the lutheran ministers there will also do gay marriage religious ceremonies.

  3. A politician with balls. A freak of nature indeed.

  4. Har Davids 18 Nov 2012, 1:32pm

    Refreshingly un-PC, and that coming from a politician, though he doesn’t look like the mealy-mouthed ones we’re used to.

    1. I’m icelandic, he was elected because he came from a party of non-politicians who were basically giving politicians the finger and saying you are corrupt lying scum and we can do just as good a job as you running this city.
      He’s actually an actor and clown, but the best Mayor I know about!

      1. London’s Mayor is a clown too. Unfortunately, not in a good way…

  5. I’ve never liked the word ‘homophobe’, it seems so wrong. The major is right, they’re just assholes who think they’re better than us and own the world. Good on him.

  6. I was recently in Paris. Altho the city itself is wonderful to visit it is filthy beyond compare. Shockingly filthy. And the people are cold and indifferent. We went to the first lesbian bar in the city and left after an hour due to it being unwelcoming. Our stopover home to Canada was through Iceland and I cant even begin to describe the friendliness and warm nature of its peoples. It was so wonderful that we are planning a ten day vacation there for next summer. Reading this article just makes our decision to spend our vacation dollars there all the more well thoight out.

    1. Oh, I think you’ll find Paris can be a bit like that unfortunately. Even the French generally dislike the Parisians!

    2. Bill (Scotland) 18 Nov 2012, 4:59pm

      I’ve never (yet) visited Iceland, but the few Icelanders I have known were all ‘party animals’. The mayor sounds like a good guy! As for Paris, well apart from visiting it numerous times over the years I also lived there for 4 years and must say I pretty much enjoyed it. It’s true the French (including most Parisians) are, ahem, ‘idiosyncratic’ but I found them pretty friendly on the whole; they do like people to at least attempt to speak a little French, however, and can be pretty abrupt to those that make no effort at all. Parisians, whatever one may say about them, are a whole let friendlier that Athenians – awful people, although the rest of Greece is quite different. I like cleanliness like most people, but I don’t think France is ‘filthy’; too many in our over-sanitized world suffer allergies when a less antiseptic regime would probably do their health a great deal of good ;) Bill runs for exit quickly! ;)

      1. Ah, well now, you see I find Athenians the most charming people on the face of this earth. Don’t you know that Greeks have regularly been voted the world’s greatest flirts!

        I quite like the sound of Iceland but, oh dear, it’s rather cold, temperature wise, and barren, visually. Maybe that has somehow caused the people to have greater depth?

    3. Lot more people squashed into Paris, much more than Reykjavik . May explain quite a lot. Try visiting some Asian cities!

      I agree there’s a lot of dog poo you have to offend but it’s not that dirty. They’re generally constantly washing and sweeping the streets, something I’ve never seen in British cities.

  7. Can you please stop using the phrase “advocates of family rights” to describe people opposing adoption by same sex couples. It simply doesn’t mean anything.

    1. Too true, they are not advocating for my son’s family rights!

  8. Pavlos Prince of Greece 18 Nov 2012, 2:00pm

    And when London will became his own openly gay mayor? I know, Mr. Gnarr is straight – but he is so gay friendly, no difference, what sexuality he indeed have.

    1. Is it necesary to have a gay mayor? All you need is someone who watches out for our rights. If he/she is gay,that’s purely incidental. Look at the amount of out gay MPs we have iup and down this country! This is about intolerance in France – not London/UK. We’ve got some to go but we’re heading in the right direction, so don’t knock UK just for the sake of knocking it.

      1. Pavlos Prince of Greece 18 Nov 2012, 7:16pm

        Is it necessary to have a gay mayor? No, its not. Openly gay mayor is a symbol, no more, no less. Paris, Berlin, Zurich and Luxembourg have this, London not. Good luck by heading in the right direction, Britain!

    2. Thormod Hvermannsen 18 Nov 2012, 9:20pm

      Oslo’s former mayor Erling Lae was openly gay. Also, same-sex marriages passed 84 to 41 in the Norwegian parliament some years ago, which I think counts as little opposition.

    3. The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe, is gay!

      He is also a Socialist member and part of the party that is changing the law in France! Even if he was straight, he would be for gay marriage. The key factor is that he is a socialist and it’s a socialist party policy that was promised to ALL the electorate in their manifesto and they were elected on that manifesto.

  9. I’ve been saying this for a while now. But we need a better, more classy word we can use in everyday language.

    Maybe latin: Orator culus.
    (help me out, I don’t speak Latin)

  10. Absolutely. Spot on. Totally hitting the nail on the head. I’ve been fed up for years on end with this whining apologetic excuse, often in the mouths of gay ‘activist’ themselves.. Well said that man!

  11. Christopher in Canada 18 Nov 2012, 2:33pm

    He’s got my vote!!

  12. As usual people don’t remember ‘phobia’ doesn’t have to mean fear – it can mean contempt.

    1. I cannot find any reference to what you are claiming. This what I found:

      Phobos, comes from an old root bheg- “to run”, which Russian retained without much change in beg-at’ “to run”. The verb from the Greek noun is phebesthai “to flee in terror”, which reveals the connection between “run” and “fear”.

      1. Well then, let me give you the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition, proving that what “Dark” has said above is entirely true.


        Fear, horror, or aversion, esp. of a morbid character. In Psychol., an abnormal and irrational fear or dread which is caused by a particular object or circumstance.

        1786 Columbian Mag. Nov. 110/1, I shall begin, by defining Phobia in the present instance, to be a fear of an imaginary evil, or an undue fear of a real one.    

        1801 Coleridge in Sir H. Davy’s Rem. (1858) 92, I‥have a perfect phobia of inns and coffee-houses.    

    2. It means an irrational fear or aversion to something. Mooz, you’re right about the original Ancient Greek, but the word’s somewhat evolved since then, and the ‘IRRATIONAL fear’ has become more important: eg xenophobia isn’t being afraid of people in other countries because they’re pointing a huge nuclear weapon at you (that would be perfectly understandable), it’s an *irrational* fear without logical basis and usually fairly non-specific in that the people suffering from it can’t really explain exactly what it is that makes them fearful or averse to the people in question.

      1. But most of these people do not have an irrational fear, only irrational hate.

        1. Yes, some people hate things that they don’t understand or that are different. But I disagree slightly – deep within many homophobes is a fear that makes them hit out at LGBT people. They are unsettled, anxious and feel an aversion to LGBT people, which often manifests itself in hate and distrust.

    3. A ‘phobia’ is an irrational fear. What do heterosexuals have to fear from homosexuals? Nothing. It’s an irrational fear. However, if you have been brainwashed by religion to believe homosexuality IS something to fear, you are going to be head-screwed, especially if you have ever experienced same-sex attraction. The way to erradiacte homophobia is to confront homophobes with their OWN sexual issues. Once they realise they are homophobic because they are projecting their own inner-hatred, they may realise the wisdom of maintaining a discreet silence ….

  13. I’ve only just heard about this guy and I like him already! Over here we have politicians apologising for allegedly intending to read out a speech that calls homophobes bigots. So it’s great to see a politician elsewhere not pussy footing around to avoid hurting the feelings of those poor little homophobes and telling it like it is without apology.

    1. Spanner1960 18 Nov 2012, 4:10pm

      Any MP that uses the word “asshole” in a public statement has to have my vote.
      And there’s our church people up in arms about being labelled “bigots”.

      1. Though personally I would prefer the standard RP of ‘arsehole’ (I don’t like impugning asses, the poor creatures have done nothing to deserve the opprobrium they suffer at present).

  14. Jock S. Trap 18 Nov 2012, 2:55pm

    Absolutely… Well said Mr Gnarr!!

  15. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2012, 3:32pm

    So when is someone with enough guts and back bone going to do the same in the UK instead of making excuses and apologising for things that weren’t even said, Nick Clegg comes to mind?

    Make no mistake, the C4M hate group and their supporters will take comfort from the demonstrations across France and I won’t be surprised if they do the same here.

  16. Spanner1960 18 Nov 2012, 4:08pm

    I’ve said it many times, I hate the word homophobia. It is clinical and inaccurate.

    Something like “sexualist” would be closer, but it still sounds awful. There must be a better word that defines people that simply dislike anybody that isn’t heterosexual.

    1. Pillock?

      1. John Whelan 18 Nov 2012, 11:46pm

        ayor Jon Gnarr supplied the word you are looking for…. don’t be afraid to use it

    2. ...Paddyswurds 19 Nov 2012, 12:00am


      1. Spanner1960 19 Nov 2012, 1:10pm

        HELLO!? Try reading the article again.
        hey are not afraid of us, so it is completely the wrong word. It puts them in the same bracket as people that are afraid of confined spaces, which is something completely different.
        One is a medically define psychological condition, the other is, as the man said, just being an arsehole.

    3. Well, if you tell a homophobe he or she is a homophobe, just watch the reaction! I have. It has ended several good friendships!

      The word “homophobe” is most certainly very very powerful and I have found that homophobes I have known HATE being labelled as such.

  17. Help repeal DOMA! We need 25,000 signatures by Dec. 7th! Sign the petition! Already signed the petition? Get the word out!

    1. I don’t think it would be right to sign it since I’m not American. That would be the same as the Scottish Catholics getting Americans to sign their petition against the Scots Parliaments Equality Bill. But good luck with the effort.

  18. A politician who speaks the truth! And suddenly I want to move to Iceland!

  19. Carl Rowlands 18 Nov 2012, 7:20pm

    I’m gonna head north to Iceland- seems like a very sensible place to live!

  20. YES! Just Brilliant. Instead of looking for a thousand excuses he’s called the biggots by their real name.. I love it!

  21. Iceland really is a beautiful country in more ways than one, both my partner and I were enamoured after our visit. I found that Icelanders are positive in their outlook and have a terrific sense of humour; in Reykjavik there’s a building shaped like a hand giving the finger! According to the locals that we spoke to, that was precisely what the architects had in mind when they designed it. With that in mind, is it any wonder their politicians have no problem calling a spade a spade?

    1. spikydemon 19 Nov 2012, 9:27am

      My grandfather built that house! He wasn’t the architect though.
      Make sure you see the teepee (induan tent) Lutheran church the next time you visit, too. He built that aswell :)

    2. The largest mall is shaped like a penis, and has giant sperm cells on the floor…

  22. Reykjavik is is lovely and so are it’s people. Too bad the weather is so cold there.

    1. Spanner1960 19 Nov 2012, 1:11pm

      …and bloody expensive.

  23. I don’t agree. The opponent are homophobic. They have an irrational fear of LGBT people being normalised in society.

    But they’re certainly assholes as well. And xxxxx to boot!

  24. Proud to call this man my mayor.

  25. ...Paddyswurds 18 Nov 2012, 11:35pm

    All one has to do is change the salient signs and the chants and Saturdays protest could have been any one from the last 200 years…The French are vile and have no problem proving it, and they have a very vindictive view of their fellow man, unless they want to phuck them that is. They protested the Abolishment Slavere, Womans Suffrage,, Independence for all and any of their colonies, had no problem going to those countries and being total as*holes and then had the cheek to protest immigration from those countries to France and on and on.I could go on ad infinitum but Pink News servers would probably crash…. I visited france about 30 times altogether (not by choice) and found it a dirty stinking, ignorant and totally rude place…what’s with the whole shrugging of the shoulders thing? mind you i didn’t find French Gays much better. I once ran a B&B business here in Ireland and the only ever to steal from my home were a party of two French couples…!

    1. ...Paddyswurds 18 Nov 2012, 11:38pm

      Abolishment of Slavery **… the only people **

    2. But only 70,000 people protested. The majority of French people are for gay marriage and by mid 2013 France will probably have SSM and adoption for gay couples. Can Ireland and the UK say they will do this by mid 2013?. Get things into proportion mate! We’ve all bad experience in foreign countries and France is generally a far more decent country than a lot of other countries I can think of.

      1. ...Paddyswurds 19 Nov 2012, 12:06pm

        Well of the 143 countries I visited in my life so far, France was by far the dirtiest, rudest and …well I needn’t go on; you get the idea. As for 70000, that is way way too many, seven would have been too many but then we have to remember that La France is still greatly in thrall to the Roman Catholic Cult so I suppose their backwardness is no surprise as they yet to learn to think for themselves…..

    3. “The French are vile… they have a very vindicative view of their fellow man”

      Have I somehow entered a time machine and traveled back to Victorian England, where I’ve stumbled upon a steaming pile of vitriolic racist bullcrap ? So you’ve had some bad experiences in France, and with several French individuals. Big deal. It’s indicative of an ignorant and bigoted mindset that you then proceed to espouse racist stereotypes about all French individuals.

      I’d like to have thought that an LGBT person would know better than to make such sweeping judgments of an entire group containing millions of people; after all, I can certainly imagine a homophobe proclaiming “The gays are vile and have no problem proving it, and they have a very vindictive view of their fellow man, bitching about them all the time, unless they want to phuck them that is.” It makes me both sad and angry to see such utter ignorant, hateful messages coming from within the bounds of our own community.

  26. I am coming round to his way of thinking after reading the latest inflammatory Daily Telegraph article on equal marriage. I have never before come across such vile and hateful homophobic comments under an article of this kind:

    It looks as though the homophobes are getting increasingly desperate. Let’s keep on fighting!

    1. The frantic splashing of a drowning breed. Presumably, The Telegraph and The Mail will eventually die out completely when younger, liberal citizens reject the vile views they peddle? To me, the Telegraph represents all that’s revolting about Britain. It screams ‘inequality’ and demands the preservation of privilege for the upper-classes which include unelected bishops sitting in the House of Lords (VERY democratic!). Funny, isn’t it, how life just sees to get better and better as the religious morallity advocated by The Telegraph, declines? Haven’t they noticed what an irrelevance organised religion is becoming or are they so self-obsessed with their own internal wranglings that they haven’t noticed?

  27. Good on this man. It’s a shame that more mayors didn’t fairly represent their electorate.

    Long may he stay in office!

  28. GingerlyColors 19 Nov 2012, 6:33am

    Iceland offers a warm welcome on the Arctic Circle and has been very progressive on LGBT rights including marriage. The word ‘phobia’ means fear and not hatred therefore ‘homohatred’ and not ‘homophobia’ should be the one to use.

    1. No. The OED defines phobia precisely as most people use it, that is as follows:

      Fear, horror, or aversion, esp. of a morbid character. In Psychol., an abnormal and irrational fear or dread which is caused by a particular object or circumstance.


      1786 Columbian Mag. Nov. 110/1, I shall begin, by defining Phobia in the present instance, to be a fear of an imaginary evil, or an undue fear of a real one.    

      1801 Coleridge in Sir H. Davy’s Rem. (1858) 92, I‥have a perfect phobia of inns and coffee-houses.    

      1. Spanner1960 19 Nov 2012, 1:14pm

        Where in your OED description does it mention hatred?
        Just because you hate Marmite doesn’t mean you run out of the room screaming when somebody gets it out of cupboard.

  29. Oh this Mayor of mine in so many ways a useless little smurf but he is doing well supporting equal rights to all so I look past much of the other mess he creates

    1. This is a Morgan Freeman quote, might be good to attribute it correctly! “I hate the word homophobia. It’s not a phobia. You are not scared. You are an asshole.”

  30. Jim Nashville Tn 19 Nov 2012, 3:07pm

    I had to read the headline twice ..
    and I agree ..
    of course if you looked closely at those gathering in Paris .. I bet it was mainly the catholic church .. they spend way too much time and money on beating down the gblt community and women ..
    May GOD have mercy on their souls

  31. Should not that be ‘arseholes’ ;)

  32. phab ferrett 19 Nov 2012, 4:54pm

    How refreshing, a politician that tells the truth. Please come to my country and teach the politicos here to not LIE

  33. Nice article, but I just wished it had less links to other related articles and more writings of its own, about the rest of Jón’s statements.

    1. Iceland is a little big country!! The mayor is right!! Assholes People are the worst.

  34. I agree, homophobia for a label is off base. How about HomoHysteric, HomoHysterical instead of homophobia.

  35. MerlynHerne 20 Nov 2012, 3:44pm

    Good on the mayor of Reykjavik for telling it like it is. He has hit the nail squarely on the head. So-called “homophobes” ARE just a bunch of assholes. This is why I prefer to call them “homohaters”–just a bunch of hateful assholes, the lot of them.

  36. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 21 Nov 2012, 10:27pm

    That is so true – “bigots are just assholes and pricks”!

    Just like US Senator Larry Craig a couple of years back voting down every piece of friendly LGBT legislation everytime in the US Senate – then one day in a airport bathroom he puts his prick into a mans asshole and holds his “luggage”!

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