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Owen Jones Touched My Pussy And He Liked It!

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Owen Jones of the Guardian touched my pussy and I think he liked it…

Owen Jones of the Guardian is like a packet of Revels. He’s an eclectic mix of treats that I know will be spoilt by the dreaded coffee or even toffee. Yet on balance, I still buy them pretty much like I still buy into reading some of Owens Jones’s articles.

He’s young, enthusiastic and most importantly passionate. Now, I find this packet of Revels getting smaller with more and more coffee to be found. He’d blame Brexit, of course. But I’ll tell you why!

First let me address the heading of this article. It means nothing; he didn’t touch my pussy. It is what people call click-bait. Content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page or article. I thought if you cant beat them, why not join them? And boy, when I saw Owen’s article, headed “Giving the ‘gay cure’ quack a TV platform is an abuse of free speech“, it certainly grabbed my attention. Both as a gay man, and as someone who fears that free speech is almost dead in the water. And not just in this country, but across the globe.

Owen does not speak for all gays

Owen has built himself a good name and a large audience. But I take offence when he claims to be the spokesperson for all us gays. Quite frankly, he isn’t and doesn’t speak for us all. Maybe he’s created this bubble around himself that is no longer the reality for many gays happily living their lives. Gays who don’t feel the need to attach a label to themselves. After all, isn’t that what equality is about? When you don’t need to put yourself in a box or a category to exist?

I’m not for one second playing down homophobia or the struggles faced by anyone who is seen as outside of the “norm”. But I think we need some perspective in all of this. I come from an industrial part of Wales where “men are men” (if you’ve seen the film Pride, this is my valley). I’m so very proud to say I’ve never experienced homophobia or felt I’ve had to hide who I am. Yes I’ve been called names but, because I’ve accepted who I am, name calling falls off me like water off a duck’s back. I recognise the name calling is no more threatening than someone being called names for having ginger hair or for wearing glasses or being overweight. None of it is particularly pleasant nor right.

I am who I am

But when you’re comfortable in your own skin, you feel empowered in the understanding those who want to harm you by saying such things are the troubled ones. I don’t run away from them. And given the chance I spend time getting to know why they need to project their own insecurities onto others they see as vulnerable, easy pickings.

I’ve spent a lifetime wearing my heart on my sleeve and always willing to sit down and discuss who I am, and why I am. I don’t do this because I feel I need to, but because I want people to feel comfortable in asking any burning question they may have without any politically-correct filter being a barrier in educating people.

You’re entitled to an opinion – so long as you agree with Owen

The “Quack” you’ve mentioned has every right to his opinion. And any sane person would do a little research to understand there’s no substance behind his claims of a cure. This in itself is offensive to suggest we need one.

Owen Jones wanting him to be refused media coverage goes against everything I stand for. Since the piece aired it has sparked discussions that have only served to reinforce the majority of people see it for what it is. Some parents will still want to take their children to “Quacks”. All because the future they had mapped out in their heads isn’t the reality they’re now faced with. I, too, can give a personal account of a good friend this has happened to. But, thankfully times move on and parents only want to see their children happy and time is a healer for most.

Please don’t classify me

I strive for equality, so being classified as LGBTQ goes against everything I believe in. Individually I’ll fight for the rights of each of those within these categories. But please don’t ask me to relate to being a lesbian, bisexual or transsexual, as I cannot. I accept minorities have strength in numbers. I believe the LGBQT movement is becoming counterproductive and is diluting the successes we should be proud of. In my lifetime I’ve gone from knocking a large steel door with a flap that would open, with someone the other side scanning you, to a gay scene that’s almost obsolete now. And that’s because there’s simply no need for the segregation that once was.

Use our platform wisely, Owen

Owen mentions his first time love, now a recovering crystal meth addict and I respect his honest. And, in my personal opinion, he’d be doing far more good by addressing this epidemic that has certainly taken hold within our cities. I visit London quite regularly, both for business and pleasure. I have also had issues with substance misuse over the years. Oh dear, I’ll have this thrown up forever more! However, I know all too well once you’ve been in that position it’s a constant battle. I believe this is the same for alcoholics. Regardless of how many years you’ve not touched anything, the only way I’ve found success in various forms not falling off the wagon is by taking myself away from any situation that can lead to temptation. Once the demon has touched you, it never leaves you and I vouch for that.

So stop wasting your platform to talk about “Quacks” that are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Instead, continue to use your platform to address the epidemic that is killing your fellow gay men across the country. I know you’ve been vocal in the past and, reading some of your articles, I’ve felt like I’d found a strawberry cream amongst all the coffee Revels, persistence is required. Read Owen’s article: Gay men are battling a demon more powerful than HIV – and it’s hidden.

Let’s focus on what’s important

Help the lesbians build a platform so they can speak for themselves. Help the bisexuals, transexuals and all the bloody queers do the same. But please, don’t encourage people to expect I can give any advice on being transgendered, and certainly not lesbian!

I’ve treated the capital like a tourist. Yet familiarity has shown me a darker side that desperately needs addressing. I’ve been lucky to be able to run back to the valleys of Wales. Towns and villages that have their own set of problems. But nothing on a scale that seems to go unnoticed in London. I believe history will tell a very different story of what it’s like being gay in this decade.

So let’s not get to hung up on words or irrelevant “Quacks”. But let’s really change lives, by staying focused on what’s important.

Read more: Lady TWP, leader of Pleb Cymru, has really done it this time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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