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‘Oldest gay in the village’ becomes Brighton Pride ambassador

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  1. “In 2007 he met his partner Somchai Phukkhlai in London. They entered into a civil partnership in 2006 and will shortly be celebrating their 16th anniversary together.”

    So… he’s the Doctor?

    1. It’s 1997 not 2007!

  2. Cherry Valley 11 Jul 2013, 9:46pm

    The oldest gay in the village !!! My King how may i serve you ? xoxoxo what a cute grandpa.

  3. Stop with the belittling.

    This gay man experienced the entire hatred the we do not suffer.

    Show some humility and or humanity.

  4. Without wanting to sound patronising or tokenistic, I think it’s good to see representations of the older generation in, what can be, a very youth obsessed culture.

    It’s often forgotten that my generation owe pretty much everything to people like George and Michael brown, who recently passed away.

    1. Yes yes yes!!! I try to always think of all the incredible LGBT people who lived and died for my right to live a peaceful, happy life. People I will never meet, or even hear of. All those incredible old fogies who kick started the liberation movement and grew up in the worst of times. I have mad respect for them, and I feel so bad for the older generation who are made to feel totally left out of the “gay community” by us young’ns.

      To all the older LGBT like this sweetheart in the article: you are my heroes. Thank you so much for everything you have done. You all deserve medals.

      1. As one of the members of the august generation, Mr. Pink, I thank you for your kind words.

        I do remember those days of being fired from jobs, evicted from apartments, denied accommodations, and even the physical violence; both me and my late partner. I also remember the anger, frustration, and depression, and the feeling of impotence from having no recourse. But then, one day, my love of reading led me to a book; The Art of War, by Lao Tze, and suddenly I had a way of surviving the madness, and even turning some of my enemies into friends.

        It takes patience and persistence, in spite of the temptation to hurl epithets back at our detractors, to achieve our goals. To react to a situation clouds judgment, and we miss the opportunity of learning of the enemies’ weaknesses and neutralizing them.

  5. Great to see, I remember seeing him the last couple of times I went to Brighton Pride.

    We do have things easier now and it is easy to forget the past, and what those before us had to endure. Any opponents to LGBT rights, or any who believe it is a choice to be gay need be mindful of what George and his contemporaries had to endure.

  6. “In 2007 he met his partner Somchai Phukkhlai in London. They entered into a civil partnership in 2006 and will shortly be celebrating their 16th anniversary together.”

    Pink news editorial team@best

  7. You don’t have to be 90 to remember the undiluted hatred and all it brought with it.
    Those who were born as late as 1980 or so will have experienced it.
    I’m in my 50s and have had plenty of first hand examples such as:
    Coming very close to being thrown out of the armed forces.
    Having accommodation refused in more than one hotel/B+B.
    Being physically attacked.
    All these things affect you and I say well done to this venerable gentleman and well done to all of us that have risen above it.

  8. soapbubblequeen 4 Aug 2013, 7:02pm

    How absolutely fantastic and refreshing to see this man! A wonderful antidote to the sometimes horribly ageist nature of the gay scene.

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