About 9% of Britain's population identify as Roman Catholic, and about 5% identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. But given the amount of news coverage devoted to the election of a new pope, you could be forgiven for thinking the Catholic population of Britain exceeds the LGB population by at least an order of magnitude. And nowhere has that divide been more obvious than on the BBC children's channel, CBBC. (also see previous blog) Thankfully, though, most Catholics are somewhat more enlightened and progressive than those in the Church hierarchy.
In a tweet last month Aaron Balick considered why the Church is so anti-gay. He suggested the reason was "because it is so gay." Apparently this is known by psychologists as reaction-formation. Also sounds like those in charge at BBC children's TV.