PHOTOS: Barrowman Frenches Guy as Commonwealth Games Begin in Scotland
Acknowledging that 42 out of 53 Commonwealth nations criminalize homosexuality to some extent, out Doctor Who actor John Barrowman made a point to publicly kiss a man during the event's opening ceremonies on Monday in Glasgow.
Barrowman, who's Scottish, laid one on Dunbar, a comedian, as millions watched (and the Queen was in attendance!). Britain's deputy prime minister was also there and voiced support for LGBTs: "We’ve come a long way in this country towards achieving the genuine equality that LGBT people have always wanted and deserved. This includes last year’s landmark equal marriage reform. Yet there’s still a huge amount to be done across the world."
The Games, established in 1930, include sporting categories like rowing, diving, table tennis, and weightlifting. Competing nations include LGBT-friendly Australia, Canada, and South Africa, as well as virulently homophobic countries like Jamaica and Pakistan. Read more here.
Singer Rod Stewart performs
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly
Singer Susan Boyle performs Mull of Kintyre with Pianist Kennedy Aitchison
An aeronautics team flies past during the opening ceremony