This is my final note as Editor-in-Chief of So So Gay. After a fantastic few months, now is the time to pass the editor’s baton on to a new team to run So So Gay.
This has been a very important time for LGBT people – full marriage equality is probably the closest it has ever been in the UK – yet the opposition to it is getting more and more vicious and there is still no timetable for it’s introduction. And in the US, a president has come out in support of marriage equality for the first time – perhaps bringing hope that speaking up for civil rights and equality is no longer seen as a toxic issue in American politics.
But at the same time, in other parts of the world things are not looking so good. The Ugandan government is attempting to ban NGOs that it says promotes gay rights. In Russia, Moscow has imposed a 100 year ban on gay pride marches. I write this as England has just been knocked out of yet another football tournament (on penalties – again), this one taking place in a country, Ukraine, whose parliament is debating a bill to ban the discussion of homosexuality in public. Perhaps it is no wonder that we still don’t have a single out professional footballer in the UK.
So the world has moved on such a long way, but still has so long to go –
let no one tell you the fight for equality is over, and that LGBT people should stop making a fuss.
So So Gay will continue to do what it does best – news, reviews, features and interviews; whether it’s about the big issues or biggest events.
Thank you all for continuing to support this volunteer-run magazine – I’ll hope you’ll join me in wishing Lee and his new team all the best.
Thank you and good bye (well at least until my next theatre review).
Ade Bradley – @adebradley