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American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’

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  1. The Advocate are traitors to the cause.

    Person of the year? He’s a PR patsy, and they’ve fallen hook line and sinker.

  2. I’m with Thatchell on this one! Until Francis does something of real positive substance in terms of doctrine toward the LGBT community,women ,the pedophile and Vatican finance scandals, I think its too premature to give him any plaudits.

  3. GingerlyColors 17 Dec 2013, 12:31pm

    Pope Francis may not be perfect but at least he does not go banging on obsessively about the supposed evils of gay sex and same sex marriage under the delusion that it will lead to the extinction of the human race.

    1. He hardly deserves a reward for that. Person of the year for saying vaguely non-committal things instead of hate while his church pushes bigotry

  4. Helge Vladimir Tiller 17 Dec 2013, 12:54pm

    You will be my “Person of the Year” too–THE DAY YOU SAY THAT HOMOSEXUALS; LESBIANS and TRANSGENDER people have the very same rights as anybody else on this planet. Whether they are believers or not- whether they have active SEX or not. Whether they say that your Religion is a “fairy tale” or not ! —-NOT ONE SECOND BEFORE !

  5. So the Advocate is advocating for homophobes now? Pathetic. He makes pretty speeches (while maintaining homophobic persecution) and they fawn around him like a dog that hasn’t been beaten today.

    This is not just a betrayal of GBLT people, but a slap in the face to all the people who have fought for equality and justice this year

  6. To name someone “Person of the Year” because of what they might do is really pathetic. Especially when there are a number of people who have made significant contributions to our rights.

    I used to read The Advocate regularly, and frankly, I just stopped — I was getting better news reporting from gay blogs, and more clear-headed, well-reasoned opinions as well. I don’t see any reason to pay attention to The Advocate any more.

  7. Pope says some vague things about LGBT people that hint he just might have a modicum of humanity about him (whilst not actually changing anything in practice).

    “Person of the Year!”

    Anybody else think the bar is being set somewhat low?

  8. Bad mistake. The Advocate got played.

  9. If Francis had for example stopped his representatives in Scotland, only last month, for making thoroughly offensive statements about LGBT people while opposing the marriage equality Bill there as if the sky were going to fall on its passing I would consider this an acceptable nominations.

    “By their fruits shall ye know them” and nothing has changed from Benedict’s day. His institution campaigns as vigorously as ever against our rights. The magazine should be ashamed of itself.

  10. FYI: The Advocate is owned by Here Media Inc., which also brings us all of the other watered down Gay sites such as…
    – OUT
    – Advocate
    – HereTV
    – HIVPlusMag
    – OutTraveler
    – SheWIred

    Just a band of greedy straight publishers exploiting the Gay community. All of their websites have become bland graphically (far fewer staff and writers) and opinions have noticeably shifted towards the right. It’s more like if Disney designed Gays to be straight family friendly. A day doesn’t go by when people don’t complain about their sites.

    This Gay “stamp of approval” for the Pope is appalling.
    Concerning Catholocism,
    Is definitely worth watching.[Stephen Fry at his best! See the polling numbers.]

  11. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2013, 2:11pm

    The Advocate is delusional. Francis softening the tone doesn’t mean a thing unless backed up by positive, progressive action. It would be something if he accepted that celibacy within gay legal unions isn’t realistic then this isn’t progress of any kind. Nothing has changed, mere window dressing.

  12. This is great news!
    Let’s hope this is the beginning of a new phase for the gay community.

  13. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Dec 2013, 2:25pm

    If he’d condemned Russia’s anti-gay laws then perhaps I could accept naming him ‘Person of the Year’. He won’t though because of a backlash against the small catholic minority in Russia.

    1. … and the whole of Africa.

  14. Bloody fools. The Pope did NOT say that gay people are okay, it amounted to : “Gay people are sinners, but since we are also sinners, we can’t judge”.

    Basically, this warped Pape believes even an innocent baby is born a sinner. He doesn’t believe gay people are okay. He’s just telling people to hate the sin and love the sinner.

    Being gay is NOT a sin.

    How on earth can a gay magazine be duped like this?

  15. Read between the lines. “If someone is gay and DOESN’T seek MY Lord with good will, I am free to judge him!” Too bad if ur not seeking the Pope’s mythological Sky God and his mythological Christ. Papa will still judge the gay person!

    1. I’m sorry but now you’re just talking complete BS. Geez, religious people are “supposed” to be the hateful one’s but now it’s the LGBT readers who are putting words into someone else’s mouth to have a reason to hate on them. I guess that’s what progress is supposed to be about apparently.

  16. What utter nonsense. C’mon Pink News. Make them hear real Gay people’s views.

  17. Brent Benoit 17 Dec 2013, 5:05pm

    The Advocate must be kidding ! or in need of circulation and funds……
    Perhaps it needs to review its MISSION statement!!
    I have been a reader for more than 20years and have seen the changes from a news rag to an entertainment rag and this latest attempt to promote the head of an establishment that has historically discriminated against Women, Gays, Lesbians, Jews and more is
    a slap in the face to LGBT readers.

  18. Should’ve been Edie Windsor.

  19. I don’t think he’s a person of the year, but this pope is the most gay friendly pope we’ve ever had, and with 1.21 billion catholics, that’s not a bad thing. He doesn’t bang on about the evils of homosexuality all the time like other popes, and that’s a good thing and influence on those 1.21 billion people.

  20. So pleased to observe almost universal disbelief and incredulity in the above comments regarding this embarrassing ridiculous sucking-up on the part of The Advocate to the delusional pope-person in Rome!

    Americans! They’re so often so far out of touch with reality! They can get so sickeningly gooey at this time of the year they lose all touch with the real world.

  21. Colin (Queenstown/London) 17 Dec 2013, 9:05pm

    Just because they exist does not make it right. We have disease all over the planet as well. Lets wipe it off the face of this planet please.

  22. A completely ridiculous choice, especially when there are so many other people that have achieved something worthwhile. Pope Francis has achieved absolutely nothing except some PR spin.

    One really obvious candidate should have been Edith Windsor, not only for winning her landmark case against the US Government, but also for being such a magnificent role model both for lesbians and older people.

    If he wasn’t too late in the year, Tom Daley would also have been a great choice for his awesome coming out video (viewed by over 10 million people) and his brilliant performance on the Jonathan Ross show. He’ll also be a superb role model for young people thinking about coming out.

    The Advocate could have even been innovative and featured both of them as joint winners. That really would have been a ‘dream ticket’, a 19-year old man and an 83-year old lady, both happy, both confident and both winners overcoming adversity.

  23. Frank Boulton 18 Dec 2013, 9:48am

    Until the following and other discriminatory words are removed from the Universal Catechism, Pope Francis’s talk of accepting LGBTI people is just meaningless hot air: “2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.” As Peter Tatchell has pointed out Pope Francis’s “change in tone” is not a “change in substance”.

    1. Agree, let’s make no mistake here.

      Pope Fanny’s remarks are all about damage limitation and PR for the roman cult and nothing about LBGT rights.

  24. Yanks and religion huh? Are there any gay women working on the Advocate I wonder? Giving “Person of the Year” whatever the hell that is, is absolutely ridiculous, especially to a person heading such a woman-hating organisation which despises us too! Incredible! I used to live in the States – sooooooooooo glad I left!

  25. This man resides over a multi-national corporation controlling billions in real-estate, art treasurers and income from banks, museums and other enterprises. And has the gaul to tell capitalists they don’t care for the poor. In answer to a question about gay Catholics who remain celibate, he respond “who am I to judge?” – a comment quickly qualified by the Vatican as ‘not changing current doctrine that homosexual sex is intrinsically disordered” And THIS is the man who represents progress in the LGBT community?

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