The hotbed of the gay dating scene

Gibb said that the couple had felt comfortable about keeping their relationship secret because they met and fell in love in what he described as a different era in the mid 1980s.

“We met in a different era so you are in a way locked into that and we were comfortable with it,” he said. “We have a wonderful life together. We are both very private people.”

He says he can remember the exact time and place they met – an Adam Smith Institute Next Generation dinner when he was 26. “We realised very quickly we had an interest in common and it was pretty rapid. We fell in love very quickly.

18 thoughts on “The hotbed of the gay dating scene”

  1. The 80s? Alan Duncan was the first MP to come out of the Conservative gay closet, and that was only 2002.

  2. Don’t forget Harvey Proctor, that well-known lifter maker of shirts who had to resign in 1987 after it was discovered his rent boys were slightly too young.

  3. Good luck to him.

    Gibb said he would work hard to ensure that the word gay is not used as a pejorative term by children.

    Ha! And good luck with that.

    Children are little bastards and will always use slurs. Blue Peter once put a severely handicapped man on the show because they thought it would increase sympathy and understanding for the mentally retarded.

    Well, they were wrong. Horribly wrong. For years afterwards, playgrounds across the nation were full of children using belming to mock “spackers” and “mongs”.

    If it’s any comfort, when kids describe something as “gay” they don’t mean “homosexual”. It means “crap” or “feminine” or “weak”.

    That must be annoying if you’re gay, but the great thing about children is that they’re very easy to wind up, and get upset when you call them little fatties.

  4. I’m genuinely shocked. It challenges my prejudices to find out that… a politician was actually competent enough to keep a secret like this for 30 years.

  5. “Well, they were wrong. Horribly wrong. For years afterwards, playgrounds across the nation were full of children using belming to mock “spackers” and “mongs”.

    Wasn’t the young chap in question Joey Deacon? Which then produced the insult “Joey!” which me and my mates still use 35 years on.

    Of course not learning from this they changed the name of the Spastic Society to Scope and lo and behold the insult evolved into “Scopers / Scopey”

  6. I simply couldn’t care less about what people do with their genitals, providing they vote for right of centre parties and don’t whinge. Ok?

  7. So Much for Subtlety

    Theophrastus – “I simply couldn’t care less about what people do with their genitals, providing they vote for right of centre parties and don’t whinge. Ok?”

    Well that is not true. You were insisting we should all vote for Dave and he isn’t right of centre.

  8. So Much for Subtlety

    Social Justice Warrior – “I’m reminded of the commentator here who kept insisting that demand for same-sex marriage comes only from leftist bullies.”

    Probably because he keeps putting his name on everything he writes. Hard not to be reminded of him isn’t it?

    “He’s wrong about everything else too.”

    The demand for gay marriage from the gay community remains roughly zero.

  9. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Steve, Sarah Silverman might be a dreadful Obama-fellator, but her line defending pejorative use of the word gay was outstanding: “I don’t mean gay like homosexual. I mean gay like retarded.” Now that is funny.

  10. The only funny thing Silverman has ever participated in is the scene in the film “The Way of the Gun” where one of the protagonists punches her in the gob for shooting same off. If only life did imitate art.

  11. Johnnydub – That was the man.

    Yes, it surprises me how people who were presumably children themselves once seem to have forgotten how youngsters think.

    Bloke in Costa Rica – LOL, as they say. 🙂

    I don’t care about Silverman’s daft politics, she’s a little firecracker. I love raven-haired Jewish girls.

  12. SMFS,

    > The demand for gay marriage from the gay community remains roughly zero.

    Yeah, I’d noticed the lack of demand lately. Can’t bloody move for gay people failing to demand a damn thing.

    Before you say it, yes, I am aware that there is a difference between gay activists and ordinary gay people and that the latter often think the former are a bit crazy. But that is not the same as your frankly bonkers claim that almost no gay people want the right to marry. Yes they bloody do.

    Anyway, how about some evidence? You know, whenever anyone makes a claim you don’t like, you start citation-needing like crazy and refuse to acknowledge anything without reams of supporting evidence and stats that meet your own special standards (i.e., they confirm what you were damn well going to believe anyway). I assume this cuts both ways. So go on, prove there’s no demand amongst gays for gay marriage.

  13. For those of us in the fact-based community, this is a testable proposition.

    ONS statistics show that there were 1,409 same-sex marriages in England and Wales in the first three months after the law took effect. Scaled to a year that would be 5,636 (I don’t know whether that scaling is appropriate, but the number rose month-by-month in the first three months, so it wasn’t just an initial blip). The corresponding number of opposite-sex marriages in a year is 262,240 (not the same year, but those are the latest data available). The same-sex marriage rate is 2.1% of that.

    By way of comparison, the number of same-sex unmarried cohabiting couples is 2.8% of the number of opposite-sex unmarried cohabiting couples.

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