REPORT: George Michael Secretly Donated Millions To British Hotline For Bullied And Abused Children

The Irish Times reports:

Behind the headlines and huge on-stage persona, George Michael was a generous man who kept quiet about his considerable charitable donations, it has emerged.  The star donated all the royalties from his 1996 number one single Jesus To A Child to charity, and is said to have given a gameshow contestant thousands of pounds to fund her IVF treatment.

Michael has helped countless children as a result of his donations to Childline, the charity’s founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen said. “For years now he has been the most extraordinarily generous philanthropist, giving money to Childline, but he was determined not to make his generosity public so no-one outside the charity knew how much he gave to the nation’s most vulnerable children,” she told the Press Association.

“Over the years he gave us millions and we were planning next year, as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations to create, we hoped, a big concert in tribute to him — to his artistry, to his wonderful musicality but also to thank him for the 100s of 1,000s of children he helped through supporting Childline.”

From Wikipedia:

Childline is a free 24-hour counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC. Childline deals with any issue which causes distress or concern, common issues dealt with include child abuse, bullying, mental illness, parental separation or divorce, pregnancy and substance misuse.

The NSPCC is Britain’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

  • dcurlee

    A truly wonderful man that’s gone too soon

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    And many of those good Christians celebrating the big homo’s death likely never gave a damn dime or a minute’s time to any charitable cause.

    • sdnative1958

      Exactly.

      • Mike Knife

        The police trick and trapped him in the bath room, that is how they convict gay men who meet other gay men. The police pretend to be gay and then arrest gays who come on to them. The police write false police reports and the prosecutors convict the gay men using the false reports making them into sex criminals. You have the anti-gay Christian law enforcement to blame for that.

    • Gustav2

      Now, now, they tip their beertender at the local bar once a year at Christmas, that’s charity, right?

      • bkmn

        It is hard to let go of that dime after you have spent weeks polishing it.

      • The Return of Traxley

        They’ll give him a tract on the evils of drink.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, they’ll talk a good game but when it comes to actually doing it, they’re silent.

    • bambinoitaliano

      They do. To their Catholic churches to support the franchise that continue to molest children. They give for the love of hate.

      • Oh’behr

        Or some prosperity church so some “profit” can get a bigger car or house.

    • KnownDonorDad

      It doesn’t matter to them because they were “saved.” I wish I were kidding about that.

      • Todd20036

        They can get away with throwing away their own children with that sorry excuse.

        At least in their own eyes and the eyes of their peers, anyway

    • A quarter in the Salvation Army bucket is still charity, right?

      • The Return of Traxley

        A quarter to the Salvation Army is a contribution to an old adversary of the LGBT community.

    • lattebud

      And giving money to their church IS NOT a charitable cause.

    • The Return of Traxley

      ^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^

    • Grimes

      One of the few biblical passaged I appreciate (and there aren’t many) was to give when no one is watching. Because those that shout “look, I gave!” received their reward. But those that give in silent receive their reward later. Paraphrase to be sure. I love George Michael more now to hear this story.

  • RobynWatts

    Again, THANK YOU, George Michael!

    R.I.P.

  • how beautiful.

  • goofy_joe

    What a class act, and I respect him more for keeping it secret all these years. Means he was doing it for the right reasons.

    • Chris

      I agree.Because it came from his heart

    • The Return of Traxley

      Like Prince, his ego didn’t need to be constantly stroked.

      I heard of someone who’s the polar opposite of that.

  • TJay229

    I’m not surprised he was beautiful on the inside too.

  • Porkie

    Donald Trump serial abuser swindles his charitable foundation to settle his own legal cases and buy vanity portraits, Tells everyone how generous he is : – The Christian choice!
    George Michael – Hell bound ….I know where I shall be going
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRJlu9BhX-w

  • Bill_Perdue

    Good for him.

  • Pat

    Be at peace, George. The world was a better place with you in it.

  • Cuberly

    Over on Mediaite there’s a christianist nutjob that constantly rails against LGBTQs. Saturday she went on a rant about how disgusted she had been when some of her co-workers took her to a gay bar drag show. She lamented how repulsed she was at the “freaks” and how shocked she was that her co-workers thought that that was what constituted a good time.

    Today she railed against GM. Saying “he was most likely homosexual”. I guess she has lived under a rock for the past 30 years.

    Reason I mention this is even though GM was such a charitable human being it wouldn’t matter a stitch to that idiot “christian”. She’s more content hating fellow human beings in the name of gawd. GM will have touched more lives and potentially saved even more than that christianist will ever know.

    • Wynter Marie Starr

      Some people are assholes, plain and simple. That woman easily falls into that category.

      • Cuberly

        I’ve taken note of her comments now and again. Out of morbid curiosity I suppose. Every once in a while she posts a well considered opinion. It’s rare, but it happens. But anything relating to LGBTQs makes her lose her shit in a big way. I’ve engaged her a few times when she’s posted saner things. To try and give her some positive reinforcement.

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          LOL, well, positive reinforcement can and does work. Maybe she’ll develop some empathy.

          • Cuberly

            One can dream…lol….she’s a pretty difficult case.

    • Acronym Jim

      Sound’s like a woman I worked with at a photo lab many years ago. For our Christmas party, the boss had booked Portland drag icon Darcelle XV to perform her stand up routine for us. The woman just sat there and scowled through the whole thing.

      I’d wonder if it were the same person, but the woman I’m talking about was morbidly obese and probably wouldn’t have lasted the 25+ years since the lab was shuttered.

      • Cuberly

        That sort of extreme disapproval is so sad. Long time ago I worked closely with the most annoying co-worker that was a staunch PETA booster. Quite literally all she’d ever talk about where her cats and her orthodox vegan eating habits. And she’d spend hours critiquing what you ate and how you’re murdering the planet and yada yada….she was eventually let go. Her work performance was horrible. Not that I’d wish anyone out of work. Hopefully she learned from the experience.

        • Chucktech

          Bet she didn’t “learn” a goddam thing.

          • Cuberly

            Yeah, have a feeling that’s the case.

    • Todd20036

      The irony is that many gay men and women are better christians than christians.

      This HIV positive slut donates regularly through the CFC to the Trevor project and PP. The former is a charity organization that houses homeless gay youths (like the Ali Forney Center).

      But of course, I deserve to go to hell for fucking men.

      It’s funny how nasty some people are, but justify it in the name of religion

      • MBear

        really gotta get away from using the term ‘christian’ as some sort of good thing. christians are horrid people. humanitarians are good people…or pick a better word.

        christians, by definition, are vile

        • Elliott

          Could not agree more. A college professor of mine back in late 1990s had a lot of terrible things to say about Christians, to the shock of many of her pupils. She would say “any time someone tells you they’re a Christian, watch out, because they have an emotional steamroller right behind them with which they’re ready to flatten you.” I always thought that this was the “liberal bias” that I’d been warned about at UCLA. WRONG!!! Every word has proven to be more true over the years.

          If you ever discover someone is a Christian, and it didn’t organically, naturally erupt in regular conversation, RUN!

          • Elliott

            Oh, and just to unwad some panties, I just found out that two of my coworkers with whom I spent the holidays are religious Christians. I only found this out a few weeks ago after working alongside them for three years. Never had a clue! No subversion, no judgement, no overt proclamations… not even a Jesus fish on Puddy’s car! Just honest, nice, decent people–real Christians. It actually made me feel nostalgic for what I used to think Christians were.

          • Jeffg166

            I think Jesus feels the same way.

          • Chucktech

            If someone puffs up and quacks that they’re a christian for no other reason than to puff up and quack about it, I’m not going to run. I’m going to stand my atheist ground and mock them with the greatest scorn and derision I can muster.

          • Elliott

            I like you. Please sit at my table… I sense fireworks are in my future.

          • Cuberly

            Ha! I can hear the conversation now.

            “So, about that talking snake….”

            lol

          • Todd20036

            All my snake says is: I’M HORNY!!!!

            But man is he persistent.

          • Elliott

            Ha! Mine says the same thing, but we’re always on Google Translate looking for new ways to say it!

          • Cuberly

            lol…a snake in need of a charmer….

          • Miji

            “No Eve, I think he said ‘Eat the asshole’.”

          • CPT_Doom

            Or, as Mama used to say, “the faster someone tells you they’re a Christian, the less likely it is they’ll ever act like one.”

          • MBear

            At the very least, anyone who claims to be christian is furthering a belief system and a book that documents my murder.

            By definition, no ‘good’ person would do such a thing.

            I know it seems very black & white, but we MUST stop giving license to these freaks. It’s a book that says that people must be put to death. That alone should raise some eyebrows, yet it does not. At least sufficiently.

            And really: basing your “faith” on a book that says people need to die? WTF is wrong with these people?

          • Chucktech

            I know it seems very black & white, but we MUST stop giving license to these freaks.

            If for no other reason, not doing so just allows christianity to maintain their usurped and undeserved status of entitlement and privilege and special rights. Any opportunity to take them down a notch or two should be seized.

          • MBear

            Of course, it’s always fun when someone has a necklace with a big cross on it to assume it’s the letter “T” and start trying to guess their name.

            I think I heard that here.
            *giggle*

          • Chucktech

            Ha! Then watch them get all indignant with “This here “T” stands fer JEEZIS!111!11!

          • Elliott

            With you 100%. But their superstition runs deep and pragmatism doesn’t always apply. Sometimes the best strategy is to work within the constricted parameters established by its adherents. Personally, I find the Bible a foul piece of archaic texts that has been a scourge for the modern world. But I can’t change how many people believe in it by only attacking the officious parts–I have to appeal to the better, conflicting parts. Love thy neighbor, turn the other cheek, and forgive for yourself. Helping people remember the more beautiful messages of their sacred texts and calling on them to shift their focus is what I think will help in the long run.

          • Cuberly

            Had an Art History professor that did extensive work on indigenous cultures in West Africa. He was a noted authority on Fante and Yoruba decorative and ceremonial art.

            He made no bones about how missionaries where destroying so much cultural uniqueness and beauty. When he learned one of the students in our class was going to be a missionary in Africa he could barely keep his shit together.

          • Snarkaholic

            Just like when the Conquistadors burned all of those ‘pagan’ Aztec books (only FOUR books written in the ancient Aztec language remain). Just think of all the history, medical knowledge, etc. we’ve lost as a result.

          • Dazzer

            Just to be fair about this, the Library of Alexandira was burnt down by non-Christians.

            Destroying knowledge is not a particularly Christian trait in the greater view of things.

          • Cuberly

            ISIS is on a rampage destroying artifacts & historical sites, they’re blasphemous you know. /s

          • The Return of Traxley

            I have a real goofball employee who’s a sponge when it comes to world history. He picks up random books, DVDs, or YouTube videos on events that interest him. He’s fixated on Justinian, Britain and Mongolia. He has a diploma, lives with his dad in a trailer park, and has severe anxiety issues that keep him out of most social settings — he’s also unable to drive. But he is a sweet, loopy manchild who reminds me of a dancing bear. He’s a big-hearted, good-looking kid who’s become my most recent “adopted” nephew (I tend to fall into a familial role with millenials — the more I learn about them, the more I want to protect and support them).

            Last week, he asked me about Christianity. He’s studied the Crusades and wonders what the hell that was all about. He wanted to know why the bible was written and by whom. I used my 30+ past years in the Lutheran church to attempt to explain.

            We got through most of the Old Testament, pissy god parts, but everthing went off the rails. Trying to explain the concepts of the immaculate conception, the triune god, transubstantiation, transfiguration, the sacraments, the resurrection, and the Book of Revelation send him into hysterical laughter. And I had a Catholic, an agnostic, and a Methodist acting as backup.

        • BearEyes

          I use the word religionist. It defines their focus and shows they aren’t “christian”

          • MBear

            but…they *are* christian.
            christian is a bad thing.

            Think about it: putting faith in a book that is not only in large parts demonstrably false, but is rife with murder, rape, genocide, slavery, incest, etc.

            Really: saying there’s anything good about christianity or christians is (to me) like saying, “At least Hitler unified Germany”.

          • Elliott

            I’ve heard that the Bible is, like most religious texts, a mirror. From it, one can draw inspiration, edification, and examples of how hope and miracles may change lives for the better. It can also be used to forge a relationship with evil, to legitimize bad behavior with a higher being, and to torment those most vulnerable. It all depends on what you see and seek within yourself. I would discourage most people from looking.

        • Chucktech

          When they self-proclaim their puerile bullshit as if it’s some kind of honor badge or, more likely, a cudgel,, they are indeed odious and foul.

        • CanuckDon

          It’s time to turn the tables on the word “Christian”. It is vile regardless of those within it that aren’t doing harm to the outer world. “Christian” is synonymous with “intolerance” and “discriminatory”. They are the ones who consistently prove that. We have more than the capability of disempowering their word.

          • Bad Tom

            I read that as “disemboweling” their word.
            It’s a good reading.

        • DrRobY

          pseudochrists (the “i” would be short—phonetically denying them the use of the “Christ”).

      • Cuberly

        The minute anyone justifies full blown hatred via their invisible friend my brain just shuts off. They’ve outsourced their empathy and morality so that basically they can’t even think charitably.

        I can’t imagine going through life unable to mirror peoples experiences via empathy. We’ve all been there, we’re all here, what does one get by snuffing that very human characteristic out.

        Seems to me Jebus had a thing for sluts.

      • CottonBlimp

        It’s funny how nasty some people are, but justify it in the name of religion

        That has always been the entire point of religion, and it’s just depressing how many otherwise decent people have been duped into letting themselves be accomplices to so much evil, often not so much through ignorance as their selfish preoccupation with their salvation or their communal identity over truth and justice.

      • The Return of Traxley

        Go ahead and cheat your neighbor
        Go ahead and cheat a friend
        Do it in the name of heaven
        You can justify it in the end
        There won’t be any trumpets blowing
        Come the judgment day
        On the bloody morning after
        One tin soldier rides away.

    • Uncle Mark

      The irony is that much of the money donated by GM went to help children, who were being bullied and abused by your Christianist nutjob and her ilk.

      • Cuberly

        Yep. I really hope she doesn’t have any lgbtq kids. I have no doubt she’d f’ them over.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      “he was most likely homosexual”.
      Response: Well, dear, I’m not certain about him seeing as I never had the luxury of sleeping with that gorgeous man. Your husband on the other hand: not so gorgeous but way, way gay. He says that all the pent up energy you’ve given him over the years from being the worst lay in history has turned that mouth of his into a hoover. Whatever bad sex you’re giving him, keep on doing so. Gloryholes across the US send their thanks.

      • Cuberly

        I’d give anything to watch you say that directly to her. We’d need a fainting couch handy of course. lol

    • fuzzybits

      “he was most likely homosexual”. Lets me wring my hands! These people are living in the 50’s.

      • Cuberly

        Blows me away how naive they are, and so easily shaken. The crazy lust for judging.

        She’d be the person visiting a friends house to run their finger along the mantle and end-tables looking for dust. Just so’s she can tsk tsk…

        • fuzzybits

          It’s funny especially when they put one hand to the side of their mouths and say such crap. I guess they never got the memo it’s not an insult.

  • GeneInSJ

    His death was like a kick in the stomach for me. I’ll be so glad to see 2016 go.

    • Cunning Linguist

      “was like YET ANOTHER kick in the stomach..” Hear, hear! And down the hatch! Five days to go and counting!

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      I’m not glad to see 2016 go because this is Obama’s last year in office….and I know the Trumptatorship is going to be so very worse. Every day closer to 2017 the more terrified I get. I think that’s why so many people are keeling over dead: the stress is doing them in.

  • UrsusArctos

    Good on him. Proving once again that doing good is MUCH more important than being seen as as doing good. Far too many pharisees hypocrites Xianists fail this test of basic Christian values.

  • Silver Badger

    Now there was a Man’s Man. Proud to claim him as one of ours.

    • Bad Tom

      Absolutely YES!

  • beariac

    That is just scratching the surface of this wonderful man’s philanthropic actvities for a range of causes.
    https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/26/the-philanthropic-acts-of-george-michael-from-5k-tips-to-nurses-gigs
    The world is so much darker today.

    • Uncle Mark

      Thank you, Beariac. You are a fount of information this afternoon.

  • Ninja0980

    When a dear neighbor of ours passed away, it was only afterwards that many of us found how much she have given to charity and even some of us.
    She never bragged about it and found it sad that giving to others should be something considered rare and worthy of praise.
    The world needs more people like her and George in it.

  • normadesmond

    so nice to read this.

  • AdamTh

    The Trumpsters could learn a thing of two here…..

    • Todd20036

      No, they really can’t

      • sfbob

        They could. But they won’t. Because really they aren’t interested in learning anything that doesn’t immediately profit them.

    • djcoastermark

      They could, but they won’t. First thing they see is a “fag” (sorry to be so blunt)

      • Bad Tom

        I’d take ten thousand “fags” like George Michael over a single Donald Trump.

        • Dazzer

          Not least because George Michael has donated far more millions to help other people than Donald Trump ever has.

      • You are correct. I dipped a toe in rightwing world just to see. Yep.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          I do hope that you washed that toe with bleach and peroxide. That is one slime filled pool.

  • Mariah
  • Friday

    Yaknow, it’s good to hear, really. I mean, I guess he’s an icon for the boys, but to me especially the Wham stuff always seemed to epitomize the closet to me back in the 80’s, you got these obviously gay guys selling straight sex at girls, then sticking a cross on it later, making big bucks and all, and, I dunno, big star comes out cause he’s caught looking for sex in *toilets?* (I was pretty punk rock through a lot of those times too, so yaknow.)

    Since then I’ve heard better of him, mind you. Just goes to show, I guess. Seems so much about closets, so much of that stuff called gay anthems now. I suppose I’d just question whether he needs to be canonized retroactively as such a brave icon all along. Probably really not up to me. Seemed to end up being good to people so that counts for more to me anyway.

    • HerrKirsch

      just for the record, andrew ridgeley isn’t gay.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      I guess I took it a slightly different way. I just assumed that GM was gay well before he was out and his images involving hitting on women were, simply, humorous. I never really took it as him trying to pass. I took it as pretty much taking the piss out of straightness, making a statement on the constantly, disgustingly fragile and oh! so forcibly constructed state of heterosexuality. Honestly, I saw it is a slam on the near constant desire for straight men to prove how straight they are by doing, well, exactly what GM was doing in videos, which when you see it performed is just hysterical.
      And then I watched Freedom and thought: “No way this dude is straight, not to mention the song and reference to the closet, and there is no way that anyone could look at any of these hotties in this video and not want to do it with any of them.” And I found myself respecting GM even more: he makes the whole sexual spectrum come into play. Was he as open as Prince or Bowie, who was openly bi and fucked with gender constantly? No. But did he play with the concept of sexuality’s performance, and I saw a shade of Freddie in him. And I appreciated him for it.

      • George also apparently thought he was bi for a while. The pretty model in “I Want Your Sex” was allegedly his girlfriend at the time, unless she was a beard. It didn’t seem so at the time. There was a lot of talk too about his dramatic shift from sexy ass-shaking to camera shy being about his coming to terms with being gay. That would have been a very late date to be struggling emotionally if he’d been privately out. SOMETHING big happened between solo albums, that’s for sure.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          I always thought the sexy ass shaking finale was due to him being pissed at his record label and being pissed off about the state of his videos. I really don’t know. I’ll give you that something happened between the albums and that he grew increasingly complex and seemingly private around that time. I may be wrong but I also seem to recall the drugs kicking in around then. Regardless, I still admired him, thought that he was gorgeous, and think that Freedom is one of the hottest videos ever.

      • Friday

        I dunno, it’s not like I was giving *videos* a close watching, never had cable and kinda fled home around that period, so basically no TV at all. 🙂

  • Dazzer

    I touched on George’s philanthropy yesterday – and I’m glad it’s now being reported on publicly.

    But there are things that probably won’t come out about him in the mainstream press that deserves being known by other gay men. He was a complex, complex human being.

    JUst to go on record: I didn’t know George Michael and I only met him once in passing – and this was before he hit the big time. But I did know people who knew him well.

    The first thing: his philanthropy. George gave millions not just to children’s charities, but also to gay and HIV charities – as well as smaller amounts to dog and animal charties and a variety of other good causes. He also spent money to keep his neighbourhood – Hampstead in north London – from being taken over corporate shops and commerical anonymity.

    And he always gave money on the condition of being anonymous – unless it was something that would actively benefit from his public declarations. In this case it was usually gay/HIV causes.

    But he didn’t give money just to charities where he could claim a tax write-off. He also used to give money to individuals if he thought his money could make someone’s or a community’s lives better.

    The stories haven’t come out yet, but I’m willing to bet that over the next few days, individuals will come forward and give testament to how he would give money to individuals – so long as they never told anyone (except the tax man) where the money came from.

    I know for a fact that he helped many student nurses survive their training. Also, during the miners’strike in Britain in the 80’s, George funnelled many, many, many thousands into feeding striking miners’ families, providing Christmas and birthday gifts for those families on the breadline and just giving money anonymously to help those men and women survive the short-term horrors of losing their jobs.

    It’s so strange that tonight on BBC2, they’re showing the film Pride, which is about how gays and lesbians raised funds for the striking miners. It’s a superb film and it’s closely and strongly based on real events. One of the closing notes of the film is about how the National Union of Miners strongly supported Gay Pride andforced changes in the Labour Party platform that commited the party to fighting for LGBT equality.

    When I first saw the film, it crossed my mind that there must have been a fair number of people in the upper echelons of the union who knew of George’s support and responded in kind.

    However, with this philanthropy is a thing that rarely gets talked about. George was extremely careful with his money. He had a magnificent head for business (and employing people who were even better than him). If a penny left his account, he’d know about it.

    So he wasn’t throwing his money around willy-nilly in the desperate effort to buy love. When he gave other people his money, he knew exactly to whom he was giving the money, why he was giving and what he hoped to achieve. That said, he felt that once he had given the money, he didn’t have control over how it was spent. If he gave money in good faith and instead of it being spent as he would have wished, he wouldn’t get angry, he’d merely be annoyed and not send good money after bad.

    There’s something that I want to touch on that has been raised elsewhere on this thread.

    It’s been asked why he didn’t come out before that</i) incident in a Los Angeles public toilet.

    The reality of the situation was that he was out to many friends and a couple of his family members by the time he was 19. I saw him perform in a couple of gay clubs in north London around that time – and there was no mistaking he was gay.

    However, he wasn't out to his mother and father or his aunts and uncles and many of his cousins. There were two reasons for this. First of all, he came from an incredibly conservative Greek Cypriot family on his father's side. And on his mother's side, he was descended from a severe, Jewish matriarchy who'd disinherited her because she married a non-Jew.

    When he came out to his friends and his sister and a couple of cousins, they all told him that under no circumstances was he to come out to his mother and father. His management team backed this up – but not so much because it would have been commerical suicide (Jimmy Somerville and the Communards were making good money as openly gay artists), Instead, it was because the ructions in his family would have destoyed any creative person in the process.

    The other reason he didn't come out was AIDs. It was a cultural thing of the time in London of the early-to-mid-80s. It was a total mystery to gay people. The full extent of information that existed on the gay scene was that you didn't have sex with a New Yorker, anyone from the West Coast or anyone who was African.

    Despite this, people on the scene were dying anyway. I don't thnk I ever slept with anyone George had sex with, but we definitely knew people in common who died from the disease. By the time the idea of the Plague had seeped into the mainstream, gays had become so scary that we needed to restructure ourselves in the public consciousness.

    Older gays could do that – newer gays had to establish themselves so they had a public base from which to change conceptions.

    All that aside, when George came out of the closet, he did so blazing. He made no apology for being a gay man, he made no excuse for the way he expressed his sexuality. And he still stood proud and firm in demanding equality. People like George and Boy George and Jimmy Somerville and (later) Pete Burns said very strongly that the differences in sexuality did not mean a difference in equality.

    I know this argument gained little traction in the US.

    I remember having long, fraught, difficult debates with Americans that people like George and the others weren't an argument against quality – unless you swallowed hook, line and sinker a heterosexual view of sexual behaviour. In the UK, the argument was made so constantly and so strongly that the religious/moral arguments were forced to the extreme in favour of the economic, social justice, historical and creative arguments that were talked about the intelligensia.

    I've probably rambled on far too long about this.

    I'm still processing George's death. He meant a specific thing to me at a specific time in my life.

    • Dazzer

      Fuck it. The est of my comment was cut off. Oh well – it got a bit rambling. If there’s another post on George, I’ll finish it off.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        I would hope that you would continue. As one that recalls the strikes over the pits, the reaction at the London parade always seemed wonderfully intended but rather too nice. I thought that there may well be another motivation to add to the good intentions. Honestly, that would make the scenario make a lot of sense.

  • andrew

    That made me happy to read that George was not just a great talent but a thoughtful and generous man as well.

  • From the Heartland

    Another reason to love this fantastic man.

  • boatboy_srq

    And that’s how it’s done.

  • TuuxKabin
  • Mike Knife

    The police trick and trapped him in the bath room, that is how they convict gay men who meet other gay men. The police pretend to be gay and then arrest gays who come on to them. The police write false police reports and the prosecutors convict the gay men using the false reports making them into sex criminals. You have the anti-gay Christian law enforcement to blame for that.