About 12 years ago a famous and renowned New Zealand equestrian Olympian was defamed by the media for being gay. The sensationalist press caused him and his family a lot of hurt and suffering.
I was particularly upset by this because I believe sexuality is a private matter and that no-one should be exposed, ridiculed and judged because of their personal preference. With 2 gay brothers and having formed several gay friendships over the years I found all this public slander of someone who we should be celebrating their achievements hard to understand, accept and extremely disappointing.
Here is a poem I wrote inspired by what happened at the time.
Galloped In Heavens
They're on your case...what shame and disgrace
Interference...intrusion and trust misplaced
Achievements were yours...the world adored
Marvelling the exploits...the fans applaud
The style and the poise carried you high
You galloped in heavens while mortals admired
The privately sought...rightly or wrong
Exposed to the public wrecks family and home
Who has the right to disclose and play God
The casting of stones and beating with rods?
Can pieces be gathered and put back into place
When stripped to the bone and blood not a trace?
Have lives become empty...our vision grown dim
While tabloids now flourish with truth so thin?
Conscience deserts us replaced by judgement
Sordidly entering deceit and dissent