Gay porn ‘art’ show helps us police say

Friday, 10 July 2009

Police have praised organisers of a taxpayer-funded gay art exhibition featuring pornographic images for helping to promote respect for homosexuals.

The exhibition, at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, has been criticised by church leaders and family campaigners.

But police diversity officers say the show is doing them a favour by raising awareness of gay issues.

When the event’s organisers told Strathclyde Police that pornographic gay artwork would be on display, they received warm and congratulatory feedback from the force’s diversity unit.

An email between two of the organisers has emerged, revealing that one police officer even expressed his eagerness to take his own children to view the controversial sh[OUT] exhibition.

According to the email, one of the organisers discussed the “most eyebrow-raising” works with the officer, who said “they all sounded fine”.

The email continued: “He also added that the show and outreach programme are doing a favour for the police as they are also in the business of raising awareness and respect for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) folk.”

Another email reveals that police officers admitted it would “only be if a member of the public complained that they would even bother to investigate” – but the organisers suggested they would be okay as long as sufficient warnings about the material were displayed.

According to the Daily Mail the Christian campaign group CARE for Scotland has written to George Hamilton, Assistant Chief Constable at Strathclyde Police, claiming it “may be considered lewd and libidinous behaviour” to allow children to view the material on display.

A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church in Glasgow said: “It seems incredible that the police would be so keen to promote an exhibition which clearly contains offensive, vulgar and disgraceful material.”

The exhibition, part of a £240,000 campaign to raise awareness of homosexuality, features explicit images of sex and sexuality, including one photo of two men engaged in an obscene act. The exhibition is open to all people of all ages – the only exception is that children under twelve must be accompanied by an adult.

Strathclyde Police Chief Inspector Jane Black said: “Strathclyde Police has not been involved in the promotion of this exhibition. However, the force is involved with partner agencies in providing access to police services and raising awareness of issues faced by the LGBT community.”

Gay Tory’s TV quip about murdering beauty queen

Conservative frontbencher Alan Duncan may face a police investigation after joking on TV that he wanted to murder Miss California because she disagrees with gay marriage.

Mr Duncan, who became the first Conservative MP to form a same-sex civil partnership last year, was appearing on the BBC’s satirical news quiz, Have I Got News For You.

He made the joke as panelists discussed Carrie Prejean, the Miss USA contestant who lost out on the title after stating her belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Mr Duncan said: “If you read that Miss California has been murdered, you will know it was me, won’t you?”

Fellow panelist Katy Brand was visibly shocked that Mr Duncan had made the statement on television, while Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye magazine, remarked: “Nothing like freedom of speech from a Tory, eh? She disapproves of same-sex marriage so she deserves to die by your hand!”

Mr Duncan’s joke has prompted complaints to the BBC, the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom and even the Metropolitan Police.

The Christian Institute’s Mike Judge said: “It is inconceivable that a prominent politician would retain his position on the Conservative front bench if he joked on television about murdering a supporter of gay marriage.”

Defending his comments, Mr Duncan, who hopes to be Home Secretary if the Conservatives win the next election, insisted: “Of course it was in jest. It is a comedy show after all. I’m sure Miss Prejean’s very beautiful and that if we were to meet we would love each other.

“I have no plans to kill her. I’ll send her a box of chocolates – unpoisoned.”

However, according to a reader of the homosexual news site Pink News who was in the show’s audience: “The BBC must have used canned laughter when screening the programme as the audience weren’t laughing that much. Everyone thought it was a really weird thing to say.”

Miss Prejean, who already holds the title of Miss California, came second in the Miss USA beauty contest earlier this month where she responded to a judge’s question about gay marriage.

She answered: “I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offence to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

The judge who asked the question told ABC News: “She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the front-runner before that.”

He also said Miss Prejean has ‘half a brain’ and, and that he would have stormed onto the stage and ripped off her tiara if she had won.

However, the 21-year-old has stood by her comments.

“I was representing California. I was representing the majority of people in California,” she has since said.

Last year a majority of Californians voted to amend the state constitution to make it clear that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognised in California.