Yes, I assume the Brit’s here at least have heard the news today, that the Olympic diver, Tom Daley has come out as gay, and is very happy with his male partner. I wish them both the very best, but thats not the point of this blog.
Seriously, I saw the 6 o’clock news on the BBC tonight, and you would think that this was some sensational news, and that the BBC didnt even realise there was such a thing as a gay relationship. Oh hang on, this is the Beeb I’m talking about, so maybe they dont?…rolls eyes!
Fine, I know, Daley has made publicity about this for himself, by posting it on Twitter, and other places probably, but in all honesty, he shouldnt have to, and I gather that most of this relates to our ‘wonderful’ press making all the fuss about this in the first place. So fine, its not just the Beeb, it seems to be the media as a whole that cant get its head around the idea that not every relationship in this world is going to be purely hetro, and purely vanilla. To them I say, get a life!
No, I dont expect everyone in the world to happily embrace the whole LGBT scene, that would be far too much. And no, I dont even mind (to a slight degree) the BBC making this a news item, I just wish they wouldnt put it out as shocked sensationalism that he has come out in this way. I certainly cant wildly imagine that certain people will ever except transgender in the same way, we dont seem to develop the same cool factor in any way that the L’s and G’s do, ah well…
Its actually fair to say that according to reputation, sport, and LGBT have a shocking relationship. And in many cases, they’re right. Soccer has a dark past in this issue, and as for the ‘big 4’ sports in the US, dont even go there, as far as players go. To be fair, as far as cricket is concerned, I can only comment on my perspective as I see it through one team, that is the Ireland cricket set up. From them, brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
No, I dont know of any gay players in Irish cricket, though I’m sure there must be some, somewhere at club level at least. And hopefully, they arent afraid to be out (ghastly word, btw) to their team mates, if they are. But what I look at, is the way that I, as a transgendered female, get treated by the players, and management of the team, those I have had contact with at least. As you might have gathered from above, its better than I could have wildly hoped for. It makes me so proud to be a supporter of such a wonderful group of guys.
As I say, one day, hopefully in the not too distant future, an announcement like the one made by Daley today, will simply be met with a shrug of the shoulder, and the comment, so what. But for now…
The video. Well yes, I wanted to find a Buddy Holly live version, but with all things, it couldnt be done. So I found a video performance by one of my favourite groups instead.
Back in 1963, the BBC came up with a new children’s programme called Dr Who, which was first shown on 23rd November that year. No, I cant remember if I actually watched that first episode or not, far too long ago for that. What I do know, is that at some point in William Hartnell’s reign as the Doctor, I watched several episodes. Since then, with every reincarnation of the Doctor, I’ve seen at least 1 episode. Of course, thats all Paul McGann ever made, but fortunately, I saw it. My recent working life has made keeping that record up more complex, but I managed to grab one episode with Christopher Ecclestone, and matched that number with Matt Smith. Now it seems, at some point I will have to keep the streak going with Peter Capaldi.
My personal favourites, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, and David Tennant, I guess.
My favourite baddies, unsurprisingly to many, it would have to be the Cybermen. Mind, they have changed their look over their time too, the best part of 50 years as well. There was a long gap between 1989, and 2005 when no episodes appeared, beyond that one special with McGann. But then it returned, and has been reincarnated ever since.
So, 2 weeks from yesterday, Dr Who will quite literally celebrate its 50th birthday. Wow! The trailer for said programme