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DJ David (Hilda) Hiscock passed away today

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With a heavy heart we regret to inform you that well know Australian Gay community DJ David "Hilda" Hiscock passed away at home in the early hours of this morning (25th April 2009) from an apparent heart attack.

DJ for over 34 years, well known for spinning Disco classics, remixes & pop, and for being a true friend and gentleman - with a turn for wicked one liners!

After a few years working in ABC TV, David started spinning discs in Melbourne at the Union hotel in 1975, then moving to Sydney, playing at The Honest Irishman and becoming resident at Newtown and Imperial Hotels in 1985 until 2004 when The Midnight Shift video bar became his home.

He was also a regular DJ at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras party and Sleaze Ball as well as working with many community charity organisations such as Acon, Pride, Aids Trust and BGF.  Most drag queens in Sydney have had the pleasure of working with David over the years & messages from many well known names are flowing into his Facebook profile. The memorial group set up by one of his friends Dan Pearce, now has around 500 members in only 24 hrs (search for "In Loving Memory Of David Hiscock"). Just one of the common recollections is that Hilda would often notice a friend walking into the bar and as if by magic, their special song would come on & they'd look up to see David grinning at them.

There are tears and tributes across Sydney, UK, Canada, and the States - with messages not just from friends and fans but from record labels, singers, DJ's and photographers he touched with his magic. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him personally, and those who just loved to dance to his music. Our hearts go out to his family at his sudden passing.

There has been a tribute / moments silence on 25th April at The Midnight Shift Video bar on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst at 9pm when his next shift would have started, and a memorial event is being organised at the same venue for later in the week. David's family have suggested if you wish to make a donation to charity that it can be made to Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

Sadly missed by all at Guide To Gay and especially Robert & myself who have worked with Hilda on many occasions and considered him a true friend, gentleman & master comedian! Rest in Peace David, & keep those angels dancing.

** Memorial event this Friday, 1 May @ 7.00pm, upstairs @ The Midnight Shift with Tora Hymen as the MC **


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UK Archbishop: Gay Relationships comparable to marriage.

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Rowan Williams,Archbishop of Cantebury, believes that gay sexual relationships can “reflect the love of God” in a way that is comparable to marriage.
Gay partnerships pose the same ethical questions as those between men and women, and the key issue for Christians is that they are faithful and lifelong, he believes.

Dr Williams is known to be personally liberal on the issue but the strength of his views, revealed in private correspondence shown to The Times, will astonish his critics.

The news threatens to reopenbitter divisions over ordaining gay priests, which pushed the Anglican Communion towards a split.

However, in an exchange of letters with an evangelical Christian, written eight years ago when he was Archbishop of Wales, he described his belief that biblical passages criticising homosexual sex were not aimed at people who were gay by nature.

He argued that scriptural prohibitions were addressed to heterosexuals looking for sexual variety. He wrote: “I concluded that an active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness.” Dr Williams described his view as his “definitive conclusion” reached after 20 years of study and prayer. He drew a distinction between his own beliefs as a theologian and his position as a church leader, for which he had to take account of the traditionalist view.

The letters, written in the autumn of 2000 and 2001, were exchanged with Deborah Pitt, a psychiatrist and evangelical Christian living in his former archdiocese in South Wales, who had written challenging him on the issue.

In reply, he described how his view began to change from that of opposing gay relationships in 1980. His mind became “unsettled” by contact as a university teacher with Christian students who believed that the Bible forbade promiscuity rather than gay sex.

Dr Williams, who was ordained a priest in 1978, became a lecturer at Cambridge two years later and was appointed Dean of Clare College in 1984.

He told Dr Pitt that by the end of the 1980s he had “definitely come to the conclusion” that the Bible did not denounce faithful relationships between people who happened to be gay.

He cited two academics as pivotal in influencing his view. One of them was Jeffrey John, the celibate homosexual whom he later forced not to become Bishop of Reading after an outcry from conservatives.

In his 1989 essay The Body’s Grace, Dr Williams argued that the Church’s acceptance of contraception meant that it acknowledged the validity of nonprocreative sex. This could be taken as a green light for gay sex.

Liberals have been bitterly disappointed that a man whom they regarded as chosen to advance their agenda has instead abided by the traditionalist consensus of the majority.

In the correspondence Dr Williams wrote of his regret that the issue had become “very much politicised” and was treated by many as “the sole or primary marker of Christian orthodoxy”.

Asked to comment yesterday, Lambeth Palace quoted a recent interview in which the Archbishop said: “When I teach as a bishop I teach what the Church teaches. In controverted areas it is my responsibility to teach what the Church has said and why.”

Source: The Times (London)
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