‘I’m gay. God loves me just the way I am.’ – Christian rock-star Vicky Beeching

vickybeeching2-620x421Written by Patrick Strudwick, originally published in independent.co.uk

There is no quicker, more effective way to destroy someone than to isolate them. Guards at Guantanamo Bay know this. Psychiatrists know this. Vicky Beeching, 35, British star of the American Christian rock scene, one of the most successful artists in US mega-churches and now one of the most sought-after religious commentators in Britain, knows this too.

There is also no better way to destroy a group of people than to ensure they do the job for you. And so, as Beeching’s story pours out on a hot afternoon – a story of psychological torture, life-threatening illness and unimaginable loneliness, imposed all around from a supposedly godly environment – one question fills the air: if shrinks, brutes and fascists know how best to devastate a person, does the Church of England? Or do they know not what they do? Continue reading

‘Thank you for the reminder that love and its declaration can be simple.’ Lupita Nyong’o’s wishes to a gay couple

Lupita_Nyongo_gay_weddingKenyan actress and Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o pulled a surprise when she attended a gay wedding in the US.

Posting on her Facebook page, Lupita wrote: “I witnessed the man who adds so much beauty to my life legalize his beautiful marriage. Thank you for the reminder that love and its declaration can be simple. Congratulations @tedgibsonbeauty”

This is not the first time Lupita has attended a gay-themed event. She was at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles in April and presented one of the awards to a Ugandan documentary about the persecution of gay persons.

TO BE YOUNG AND IN LOVE (Chapter 2)

6a00d8341c730253ef01910459cdba970c-500wiI opened my eyes and the first thing they settled on was the big black head of my roommate, with his saliva drooping from his mouth as he took a deep breath, turned and stretched on the bed and continued snoring. I lifted my head from my pillow and put my hand under to pull my wristwatch out. I pressed the button and the light came on. 3:26 AM. I put the watch back and tried to go back to sleep. I couldn’t.

It had been two weeks since the incident with Umar. It was Ibrahim Abba who caught us; another hot Muslim boy that I had been crushing on since we were in SS1. I still feel my heart race whenever I think of that night. The shock on his face. His mouth agape. His eyebrows furrowed. Speechless, mostly from the fact, I suspect, that Umar, his Muslim brother, could be indulging in such an ‘evil’ act. He didn’t say anything thereafter; he just shook his head continuously and stalked out of the room.

All the thoughts of terror that could ever be thought were already in a queue, barraging my mind, one after the other. I didn’t even know which to focus on first. The reaction of my parents to the expulsion I would get when Ibrahim reports us? Or their reaction when they heard the reason for the expulsion? How would my juniors look at me when this news became public? How would my mates regard me? I was finished. I didn’t think my heart had ever beaten so fast before that evening.

Since Ibrahim hadn’t said anything before leaving the room, I didn’t even know if he was going to report us or not. I sat there on my bed and put my head in my hands. I couldn’t bear to look at Umar’s face, the guilt of how destroyed he’d surely look would have killed me. Continue reading

Ahem! That Awkward Moment when Ebuka Obi-Uchendu asks Alex Ekubo about the time he was ‘dating’ Uti

UntitledI mean, we all know a thing or two about that thing we are not supposed to know…

But, Ebuka, do you know something we don’t already know…

…or was it a slip of both tongue and mouth?

Actor and model Alex Ekubo was a guest on Rubbin Minds on Sunday, and during their discussion, the host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu asked Alex a very interesting question about Alex and his former BFF, Uti Nwachukwu. Ebuka said: “There was a lot of talk about…you know…when you guys were dating…”

Alex immediately stopped him with a laugh and said, “Wow, when we were dating?”

Ebuka rephrased the question and said, “When you guys were together… (Together? That’s better? lol)…there were gay rumours all over the place, you guys refuted it a lot of course…” (And so on and so forth)

Lol. Choi! Live interviews are not the best at all. Watch the video below. Continue reading

Is She Out? Queen Latifah Photographed Sharing Romantic Vacation With Rumored Girlfriend

Capture671Queen Latifah has always been pretty guarded when it comes to discussing her sexuality. Just last summer, she told the Hollywood Reporter that it’s no one’s business but her own what her sexual preference is.

“I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show,” said the actress and talk show host. “There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.”

Either she no longer cares whether or not the public knows her sexual preference or she didn’t expect to be tracked down by the paparazzi during a romantic vacation that she recently took to Italy with her rumored girlfriend. The love birds were spotted yesterday taking a romantic walk along the beach and also relaxing poolside at Hotel Cala di Volpe, where they exchanged kisses and other affectionate gestures.

WHILE WE WERE YET KIDS (Part 2)

To read WHILE WE WERE YET KIDS (Part 1), click HERE

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g1The next morning could not come fast enough. So at the crack of dawn, we were awake and rearing to go. In the daylight, the ugliness and utter dilapidation of the environment in which we spent the night was stark.

One of the runs I came to see, a married guy, had called me the previous night, and I informed him of our relocation from Iyana Ipaja to Shomolu. He offered to come pick us up and drive us over to Shomolu.

So the morning saw us inside the perfumed, air-conditioned, plush-leathered Honda of the man I met for the first time that day, chattering and quickly recovering from our horrendous ordeal the night before, as he drove us to Shomolu. His wife was out of town, and he actually offered us accommodation in his place at Ikeja. But as appealing as that was, I wasn’t ready to curtail the freedom this trip to Lagos was offering. I’d go to stay in his place, and the next thing I’d know, all the excitement I was out to get would take a nosedive. The man (let’s call him Mr. Big) actually believed he was the one reason why I came to Lagos. #shakingmyhead The sheer naïveté. Continue reading