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12/19/2005

I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind, that I put down in words, How not wonderful homophobia is while it's in the world

by Jeremy Hooper

    With only a couple of days to go until he sashays down the aisle, Elton John is speaking out against the rampant homophobia that still plagues many of the world's nations. The pop eccentric tells The Observer,

"Throughout history, gay people such as myself and David have often been made scapegoats by those who fear that we are a threat to the status quo. I strongly believe we can make a difference if we show solidarity with those who are bullied and ill-treated for their sexuality by bombarding the authorities with letters, faxes and emails making it clear that we know about these abuses and calling for them to end."

When asked when he thinks we can expect to see an end to such widespread anti-gay sentiment, Elton tells us, "And I think it’s gonna be a long long time, Till this life brings me round again to find, I’m not the man they think will destroy society, Oh no no no, But I’m an optimistic man, Optimistic man burning up over ignorance in society," adding, "Homophobia my stupid brother, You are older than me, Do you still feel the pain of the scars you won't let heal, Your eyes won't dry because you're evil, Homophobia you're a black hole in the face of the sky," and concluding his thoughts with, "Someone save my gay friends' lives tonight, sugar bear."

Lyrical.

We'll celebrate our love, but others live in constant fear [Observer]

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