Man in powdered wig and lipstick may have been slightly bendy, claims Tatchell

Is Peter Tatchell deliberately trying to wind up Iris Robinson? I ask merely for information.

From today’s Telegraph:

A leading gay rights activist has raised the temperature in the row over homosexuality by claiming there was evidence King Billy had male lovers.

Peter Tatchell highlighted the controversial allegation as evidence of hypocrisy over homosexuality in Northern Ireland, but he was condemned by unionists for setting out to deliberately cause offence.

The campaigner will tonight deliver the Amnesty International Pride Lecture in Belfast…

King Billy was married, but some academics have pointed to his promotion of young men to high office as evidence of bisexuality.

A DUP spokesman dismissed the allegation.

“This is the kind of deliberately offensive and provocative comment and shock tactics that he has used in the past,” he said.

Bearing in mind that our First Lady seems to be afflicted by Tourette’s whenever anyone mentions homosexuality, if Peter keeps this up she’ll be keeling over with a stroke.

And are no loyalist icons sacred any more? Next he’ll be saying King Billy didn’t have a white horse.


  1. July 29, 2008 at 9:11 am

    “Next he’ll be saying King Billy didn’t have a white horse.” … and why and for what did he have a horse? … for unimaginable things?

  2. Briz Blogger said,

    July 29, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Which reminds me, if anyone ever gets the chance to watch a short film called ‘I Was Catherine The Great’s Stable Boy’, make sure you see it! It’s one of the unheralded greats of film history…

  3. ejh said,

    July 29, 2008 at 11:31 am

    The horse story is, though, mythological.

  4. almata said,

    July 29, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    In his The Stadholder-king, Woot Troust points out, among other evidence (like the randy William kissing the hand of the notorious sodomite Titus Oates), that not only did the Orange Prince not father any heirs though Queen Mary’s sister Anne gave birth 13 times in 16 years (which must be a Protestant record) proving the fertility of the family, nearly unique for a monarch of the time; he didn’t father any illegitimate children either.

  5. July 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    … even Churchill (the former writer and prime minister, not the car insurance company (many car insurers discriminate against Northern Irish car owners)) wrote in his “A History of the English-Speaking Peoples” that Billy wasn’t interested in women … btw … see also

  6. July 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm

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  7. neilward said,

    July 29, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    I spluttered a little when I read this…

  8. harpymarx said,

    July 29, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    So King Billy was more pink than orange. Well I never…

  9. Ken MacLeod said,

    July 29, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    ‘When his remains were laid out, it was found that he wore next to his skin a small piece of black silk riband. The lords in waiting ordered it to be taken off. It contained a gold ring and a lock of the hair of Mary.’

    Lord Macauley, The History of England, volume 3

  10. NollaigO said,

    July 30, 2008 at 7:58 am

    His horse was white…His colours at the Battle of the Boyne were green … the Pope prayed for his victory [ or was it a Te Deum in celebration after his victory over Séamus na Cacha ?].

    Now to be added to this revisionism is the slur that he was gay!

    Nothing is sacred anymore.

  11. Martin Wisse said,

    July 30, 2008 at 9:10 am

    He was dutch; of course he was as bent as a nine bob note.

  12. hoot gibson said,

    July 30, 2008 at 10:24 am

    sounds like Tatchell’s usual technique of doing as much as possible to insult and piss off people he is supposedly trying to win over. Why didn’t he come out with all his palaver about hating terrorism and its liberal apologists? For once he might have got a sympathetic hearing.

  13. July 30, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    btw … has ever any Rangers supporter or loyalist complained about the name of one of Germany’s most popular condoms?

  14. Dr Paul said,

    August 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    One of these days, some wag or another is going to out Peter Tatchell as straight and married with three kids.

  15. Mike said,

    August 2, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Indeed, Dr Paul. As we all know, Tom Robinson was outed, or, rather ‘inned’, as having a wife and kids.

  16. August 4, 2008 at 6:30 am

    I admired Tatchell for saying it. Not as though it’s a novel idea – historians have been dropping the hint for some time. The Orange Order is a joke. A homosexual Billy would be their worst nightmare. If only there was more solid proof. The letter Tatchell referred to was addressed to one Hans Willem Bentinck who William ‘made’ the Earl of Portland. The letter included a reference to the annoyance of being unable to have “esteem and regard” for a young man, without it being “criminal.” Enough said.

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