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Laurence Watts’ 10 gay news events predictions for 2013

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  1. Paula Thiomas 13 Dec 2012, 11:30am

    From this you’d think the US was 70% of the world. China has an LGBT movement as does India and Africa and their achievements need to be celebrated too.

    1. I agree that the US is way to prevelant in this article, but your examples kinda suck.

      The Chinese government won’t post legislation about LGBT affairs anytime soon (they’d rather just ignore the subject entirely), India’s LGBT rights haven’t even become a major issue yet so the process will take years and in Africa we’re just moving backwards. See Uganda’s latest LGBT legislation for example and in South Africa the current president is actually against same-sex marriage (though thankfully the SA contitution and Constitutional Court is pretty solid.)

  2. All good news. What a year it will be!

  3. The House of Commons won’t be legislating for all of the UK or even Britain as this article states – just England and Wales. Scotland’s Parliament will also be legislating, but what of the people of NI who will be left behind?

    1. He’s making that common and very annoying mistake of using the terms Britain and England as if they mean the same thing!

      What’s even more annoying is that it’s likely to be passed into law in Scotland before it happens in England & Wales (and much more easily too) but Scotland doesn’t even get a mention.

  4. I always thought we were a United Kingdom and as such Equal Marriage should be legalized throughout the Kingdom not piecemeal as in the US states. I can not see N. Ireland left to its own devices having equal marriage anytime soon.

    1. There are different legal systems in some parts of the UK and marriage equality is also devolved to the Scottish Parliament and the NI Assembly, so it can’t be done at once for the whole of the UK by the Westminster government.

    2. That There Other David 17 Dec 2012, 1:47pm

      Scotland is leading the charge on this one, and will have equality before England and Wales because they have no equivalent of the House of Lords to get through. However, Northern Ireland will have to be dragged kicking and screaming down the road to LGBT rights like it always does, probably to the sound of Paisleyites shouting about “Sodomy”…but it will happen there.

  5. Who is Laurence Watts?

    1. A quick Google search showed me that he writes for the Huffington Post (incidentally the exact same articles that are published here on Pink News). That tells you pretty much all you need to know about him!

  6. Homophobic scaremongering ****.

    Choose your own word to complete the sentence.

    (There, I feel better now :-). )

  7. TeenageWhore 13 Dec 2012, 1:01pm

    no one is interested!

  8. How much do you think he pays PN to have his ridiculous ‘predictions’ published here?

    1. Probably an astrological sum, sorry, astronomical sum

      1. Heh :)

  9. Don’t use the acronym ‘LGBT’ if you aren’t including bisexual and transgender people. Especially trans people, since we are left out of practically everything, and yet the ‘T’ still gets tacked on to everything to make it seem like we’re included…

  10. I’m gay, so does that mean that I can write an article predicting that there will be twelve months next year and write a follow up self-congratulatory article come December the 1st 2013 cause I’m so bleeding wonderful?

    1. That There Other David 17 Dec 2012, 1:48pm

      Yes. Yes it does :)

  11. Does this Lawrence Watts person know ANYTHING about the UK?

    I am confused as to why he thinks this list is interesting?

  12. Who are you and why should we care what you “predict”?

  13. What a waste of time reading that article, totally uninspirational, can anyone publish anything on this site?

    Ever heard of an editor?

    I think he has particularly got my back up in regards to his ignorance in regards to Britain legalising same sex marriage, without even mentioning Scotland.

    Really hope this does not appear next year.

  14. BruceL in Sydney 13 Dec 2012, 8:50pm

    What a bunch of gloomy sad-sacks you are! It’s exciting to see how much of the world is moving closer to same-sex marriage. And the pressure has grown so rapidly just in the last ten years. When I was a boy this was a complete fantasy! Now it’s reality in many places! Wow!

    1. What has this post got to do about the world? It only concerns the US, and a bit the UK.

      1. That There Other David 17 Dec 2012, 1:50pm

        I seem to recall that Laurence Watts has an American partner. Might explain the geographical bias somewhat.

  15. The one item in this of complete NON-interest: whether or not a U.S. Senator poses for “NO H8.” Adam Bouska’s project has generated lots of photos, MUCH publicity, a couple of public service announcements and little damn else other than questions as to “where was the money spent?”

  16. What happens in each inividual US state, plus with some random celebrities, is much more important than what happens in Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico or France, right? Jeez, this guy could be Tory if he were from this side of the pond: same concept of geography – the World is he US, with the UK rotating around it. :-)

  17. Loved the article. If anyone can write better, perhaps those commentators denigrating Lawrence’s work, please do. I look forward to reading.

  18. billywingargtenson 17 Dec 2012, 3:56am

    RE the nNOH8 photo – missed an out gay senator who will take office in early January- Tammy Baldwin of Wisconson.

  19. New York passed its marriage equality law in 2011…

  20. All interesting and encouraging, but I am intrigued as to why yet another UK gay commentator seems to think that things of interest to LGBT people happen only in the UK or the USA.

    E.g. France, which is likely to legalise same sex marriage ahead of the UK, is mentioned only as a footnote to the UK, and apparently of less interest than what happens in obscure US states.

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