Gay Catholic: ‘I Still Want to Have a Family. It’s Just Going to Look Different’ – VIDEO

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When Carlo, a gay Catholic from Sydney, Australia, told his aunt he was gay, she began sobbing uncontrollably. 

When she finally calmed down, she explained that she needed to grieve the loss of the image she built up for him of having a wife and children. 

“I said to her, ‘I get that, but I want to make sure you understand: I still want that,'” Carlo recalls. “‘I still want to have a family, but it’s just going to look different. It’s going to be with a man as opposed to a woman.'” 

Carlo tells his coming out story as part of Nathan Manske’s “I’m From Driftwood” project. He says he didn’t come out until 25, largely because of his Catholic, including his image of the perfect family as a father, mother and children. 

Finally, he began telling his friends he was gay, but he knew he hadn’t really come out until he told his parents. He did it as they were driving to church for a Catholic mass. 

“I said to them, ‘Mom, dad, I’m attracted to men,” he recalls. “There was a bit of silence for a moment, but Dad was the first person to chime up and say ‘Carlo, as long as you’re happy, we’re happy,'” Carlo says. “And mom soon thereafter said: ‘You can’t change who you are. This is you, and we want you to be you.’ So I was actually surprised that they didn’t have any more questions.” 

Carlo later explained to his parents that he didn’t plan to follow the church’s teaching that you can be gay as long as you’re celibate, which was slightly harder for them to understand. A few weeks later, he was making cake decorations with his aunt. 

“My auntie jokingly said, ‘Maybe you could make some of these pink rose cake decorations for your girlfriend,'” Carlo recalls. “I said, ‘Well, that will never happen, because I’m actually gay.'” 

Once his aunt stopped crying, she said she was grateful that he told her because it would allow them to have a deeper relationship. 

“What I’ve learned is that I can be gay and I can be Catholic and the two can actually build on each other, and strengthen both parts of my identity,” Carlo says.  

Watch Carlo tell his coming out story, AFTER THE JUMP … 

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Irish Priest Who Bravely Came Out as Gay in January Thanks Parisioners for Accepting Him

Father Martin Dolan, the parish priest at the Church of St. Nicholas of Myra in Dublin city center who received a standing ovation from his congregation when he came out of the closet during mass in January, is speaking out again in the wake of Ireland’s successful marriage equality referendum, the Irish Times reports:

DolanDolan…told his congregation on Saturday evening that the Irish public had heard the “pleas of desperation of a minority” from the LGBT community and had made the LGBT cause “as important as their own”.

He said he was proud to be Irish and thanked his parishioners for accepting him as a gay man. Fr Dolan first came out as a gay man in January when he urged his congregation to vote Yes in the marriage equality referendum.

Dolan responded to the Archbishop of Dublin’s recent comments that the Catholic Church needed a new language when dealing with youth by saying that “With great respect, it is not a new language that we need but a new way of being and living.”

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Added Dolan:

“Jesus was always reaching out to people on the edges of society. His whole way of being was to draw people in and to include them rather than exclude them. God’s spirit was given to us so we can be a power and force in the world. The opportunity for new beginnings begin every day of our lives. It comes every time we draw breath. We have a choice – we can build bridges for people or we can build stone walls. We have to become people of love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control.”

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Fox News Host Chris Wallace Grills Mike Huckabee on If He’d Ignore SCOTUS on Desegregation Too: VIDEO

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During his 2016 presidential campaign announcement earlier this month, you may recall Mike Huckabee taking a thinly veiled shot at the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on same-sex marriage, saying:

“Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy which would allow black robed and unelected judges the power to make law as well as enforce it.”

On Fox News Sunday earlier today, host Chris Wallace decided to give the evangelical favorite a refresher on Marbury v. Madison as well as history lesson on a fellow, former Arkansas governor who thought he didn’t have to follow the Supreme Court either.

Can’t blame the Huckster for not knowing these things though, he was probably busy reading his Bible in class as a kid instead of the textbook.

Watch Wallace ask whether Huckabee would have followed a Supreme Court order on desegregation, AFTER THE JUMP

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IRELAND: Official Tourism Bureau Promotes LGBT Matchmaking Convention

From Discover Ireland: “Did you know that same sex couples can now get married in the Republic of Ireland? It’s true! Yes, it’s all about love in Ireland, from fun-tastic LGBT events like The Outing (the world’s first ever LGBT matchmaking festival) to some of the most romantic wedding locations on the planet.” More from the Irish Mirror:

The dust had barely settled on Dublin Castle when tourism chiefs kicked off plans to capitalise on gay marriage. Nine regions are to be targeted in a marketing blitz – Britain, the US, Canada, the Nordic region, Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Germany – as bosses move to promote Ireland for weddings and honeymoons. They are also hoping for an explosion of interest in The Outing – billed as the world’s only gay matchmaking festival. An offshoot of the 157-year-old Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, the organisers will turn the Co Clare spa town gay this October for the third year running. Tourism Ireland launched its “Ireland says I do” marketing plan less than 24 hours after 1.2 million people gave a resounding backing to same-sex marriage. Chief executive Niall Gibbons said: “Ireland is in the international spotlight and trending for all the right reasons across social and international media. “It’s not often you get a blast of publicity like that.”

Discover Ireland is jumping the gun a wee bit as Ireland’s Justice Department confirmed today that it will publish a same-sex marriage bill this week. That formality must be approved by Parliament and marriages are expected to commence by early fall. Learn more about LGBT tourism to Ireland on their official site, where the headline today reads “Yes To Love In Ireland.”

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Bono Dedicates ‘Pride (In The Name of Love)’ to Ireland’s Marriage Equality Victory at Phoenix Concert: VIDEO

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U2 frontman Bono celebrated Ireland’s s strong vote in favor of marriage equality with a heartfelt nod to his homeland while performing “Pride (In the Name of Love)” at a concert in Pheonix over the weekend.

“It’s a moment for us to thank the people who brought peace to our country, who had the courage to compromise in Ireland,” said Bono. “Now we turn this into prayer…no greater love. Dr. King we need you now more than ever.”

Ahead of the marriage referendum vote, Bono told the Irish Times “Marriage is now an idea that transcends religion… It is owned by the people. They can decide. It’s not a religious institution.” The band also sent posted the below photo on its Instagram page:

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Watch U2‘s heartfelt performance of “Pirde (In the Name of Love)”,  AFTER THE JUMP

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Watch Conchita Wurst Fly At Eurovision

Yesterday’s Eurovision 2015 final opened with last year’s winner Conchita Wurst making a dramatic entrance from below the audience and then flying over their heads to the main stage. At the end of the night, the early voting lead swung back and forth between Russia and Sweden, the latter of whom was declared the winner when their lead could not be overcome by the remaining countries yet to announce their votes. Sweden first won Eurovision in 1974 with ABBA’s Waterloo and their second-most recent of five wins to date came in 2012 with Loreen’s club stomper Euphoria. Eurovision 2016 will be held in Sweden, which has hosted the contest twice in Stockholm, once in Gothenburg, and in Malmo in 2012. Eurogays are now anxiously awaiting the 2016 host city announcement so they can make their travel plans. 


RELATED: JMG reader Str8 Grandmother directs us to this great Eurovision photo recap over on Buzzfeed, which notes that the audience booed very loudly every time points were awarded to Russia. Those reactions, inspired no doubt by Russia’s anti-gay laws, prompted an onstage scolding from the show’s presenters, something I’d not seen in all my years of watching Eurovision. Perhaps obviously, nobody in the largely gay audience wanted to attend Eurovision in Moscow next year.

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Sweden’s Eurovision Winner Previously Called Homosexuality an ‘Abnormality’ – VIDEO

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Well this certainly puts a bit of a damper on the camp-tastic Eurovision Song Contest:

Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on Sunday, beating Russia and Italy in the big international talent show which will be held in his home country next year.

The 28-year-old singer and TV presenter performed the winning electro-pop ballad Heroes, dancing in front of a black screen with animated gnomes.

Last year, Zelmerlow came under fire and subsequently apologized for saying “it isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another.” He also called homosexuality an “avvikelse” which can be translated as “abnormality.” 

 
“I want to apologize to all who take offense,” he said in a follow up statement at the time. “I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.”
 
Watch Zelmerlow’s winning performance during last night’s Eurovision finale (which also featured a sky high performance by Conchita Wurst), AFTER THE JUMP
 
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