Madness might be a particularly difficult term for the gay community because up until 1969 that's what being gay was: a mental health disorder. Alan Turing was chemically castrated for cottaging, Lou Reed was given electro-shock therapy for bisexual tendencies. Weird and wacky 'pray the gay away' courses still preach the same warped thoughts.
Patrick Cash is a journalist and creative writer living in London. He writes on various subjects, including much arts/culture, and works as Assistant Editor for QX Magazine. Alongside his written work he runs the poetry and performance night Spoken Word London (facebook.com/SpokenWordLondon), and the theatrical showcase event Dark Fabrics Cabaret. Find him on Twitter at twitter.com/@paddycash
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20/01/2015 11:58 GMT
I won't indulge myself in my own personal problems with the Mass, how the language sounds to my ear a lot like lines Christopher Lee should be spouting whilst dancing around a windswept island in <em>The Wicker Man</em> ('It is right to give Him thanks and praise'), because I'll probably come across exactly as I am. A man who vehemently railed against his indoctrinal upbringing mid-teens when he realised his homosexuality made him, in the Dr Eckleburg eyes of the church, a sinner.
29/12/2014 02:26 GMT
I have many resolutions for 2015: to cut down on drinking, and to quit other vices; to stop sleeping around and concentrate on finding something good. But maybe my primary objective is to stop being a c**t.
22/12/2014 07:34 GMT
I've experienced homophobic abuse in London three times. The first happened when I was 22, and I was caught in a heaving Friday night crowd outside Tottenham Court Road tube station. Across a sea of faces, I made eye contact with a young, white male with a shaven head. He snarled at me: 'fucking poof!'
13/10/2014 13:57 BST
Last night I was the vicim of hate crime in London. I was on a date with a boy in Shoreditch, and at around 1am we shared a kiss on Shoreditch High Street. The occupants of a car held at traffic lights, all white, male and in their 20s, began shouting homophobic abuse at us.
21/07/2014 14:03 BST
My character was named Patricia Primarché, the cheap drag queen, which separated her from most other drag artistes on the scene who would never dream of describing themselves as cheap, and meant that I could clothe her completely in Primark.
25/04/2014 11:34 BST
When I heard 'Same Love' for the first time, it blew me away. I had never heard anything like it, and I never hoped to imagine hearing anything like it in my lifetime. The fact that it was by a straight man, whatever his colour, made those words all the more pertinent and, for me, touching.
02/02/2014 20:00 GMT
In the last months of 2013 there were a few choice op-eds and journalistic pieces that displayed a worrying ignorance of thought on social matters...
27/12/2013 10:01 GMT
The irony of Gates' vilification by the animal rights activists is that her work is designed artistically to illustrate the reality of how animal life is wasted in human industry.
13/11/2013 11:24 GMT
Spoken word is often thought to be just about poetry, but I believe it to be a delivery of speech in a strong enough way to affect those who hear it.
12/09/2013 15:09 BST
Gay Prides and demonstrations organised against the law in Moscow and beyond have resulted in <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/photos-from-russia-everyone-needs-to-see" target="_hplink">alarming pictures of violence and brutality</a>, which have gone viral across the internet.
17/08/2013 17:12 BST
My point is that to the typical, and presumably heterosexual, member of the moderate middle, these policies are designed to appear non-toxic and appeal to everyone. Manif Pour Tous, after all, is the March for All.
24/05/2013 13:18 BST
In liberal Britain right now it seems the gay marriage law is about to be passed, the country is, in effect, rewriting what it believes to be right. Is there any chance this ethos can spread to those young men who are portrayed in El Hosain's film?
29/04/2013 14:29 BST
The Polvaulting story is not a straightforward relaying of the facts. It takes the bare premise of the facts as its starting point and then builds a surreal but humorous play on hypothesis around them; of what might happen if a rogue American General gave the order to attack North Korea.
24/04/2013 13:37 BST
If you regularly view the gay press stories you may have noticed a significant number concentrating on France in recent weeks, particularly involving the anti-same sex marriage group Manif pour Tous.
12/04/2013 12:01 BST
28/03/2013 16:35 GMT
Earlier this year I reported <a href="http://www.qxmagazine.com/feature/a-queer-cold-war/" target="_hplink">in an article for QX Magazine</a> upon the 'anti-gay propaganda' legislation being passed in Russia, effectively banning the mention of the word 'gay' upon the streets of large, otherwise cosmopolitan cities such as St Petersburg.
20/11/2012 11:17 GMT
Soho, as many of its residents will enthusiastically attest, is made what it is by its vibrant nightlife culture and thriving LGBT community. It would be counterproductive to have an overseeing institution which does not support this.
09/07/2012 17:18 BST
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