As of today, like this minute, like NOW, it is an offence – and an offensive one – to create materials intended to stir up hatred against people on grounds of their sexual orientation. That means you can’t be cunty to the gays no more. So put that poster down or we will have you banged to rights (though that was what you were probably secretly hoping, wasn’t it, Westboro’ types. Your little hineys are twitching at the very idea of a Jeff Stryker-type prison drama).
Just how far this will go is another thing… though we still think it’s good and we still thank the good (and in some cases rather hot) Stonewall people who helped chase it through into law. What it won’t affect (and thank goodness because heaven knows we’re too pretty for jail) is comedy or free speech, in terms of reasoned discussions. What it probably won’t affect either is religious nutters banging on about it (before banging the choir) in church.
But it is a red-letter day and as red is one of our star colours (it’s actually, scientifically – and listen because you might learn something here – the only colour that suits everyone), we are all in scarlet and pouring ourselves an early glass of the old champenoise to celebrate.