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Barrowman, John (b. 1967)  
 
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When Britain legalized same-sex unions in 2005, Barrowman announced his plans to enter into a civil partnership with architect Scott Gill, his companion for fourteen years. Barrowman avoids the use of the word marriage for gay unions because, he said, "It's something that has the connotation of religion, and religion is something that hates or dislikes gay people. . . .Why would I want to have a word like that connected with me and Scott?"

The two registered as civil partners in Cardiff on December 27, 2006. The brief ceremony was followed by a small gathering of family and friends.

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Barrowman and Gill hope eventually to become parents, either through adoption or surrogacy.

In 2008, Barrowman was featured in a BBC documentary entitled, "John Barrowman: The Making of Me," that featured his personal quest to understand why he is gay. As he commented, although he is perfectly comfortable with his sexuality, he is nevertheless interested in questions related to the cause of homosexuality: is it nature or nature?

The documentary follows Barrowman as he travels to Chicago and Los Angeles and London to look into various theories. While the documentary offers no definitive answers, it provides a lot of information in an interesting format.

Barrowman and Gill live in London.

Linda Rapp

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arts >> Bass, Lance

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arts >> Bennett, Michael

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arts >> Finn, William

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arts >> Gately, Stephen

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arts >> Star, Darren

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arts >> Young, Will

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    Bibliography
   

Noble, Kate. "Jack the Lad." The Sun (London) (May 21, 2005): Drama, television.

Smith, Rupert. "Centre Stage." Gay News (October 2004): www.johnbarrowman.net/interviews/gt.html

Swarbrick, Susan. "Organized Religion Says Gay Men Are Evil, So Why Would I Want a Marriage from a Belief System That Hates Me?" Herald (Glasgow) (August 13, 2005): Magazine, 6.

www.johnbarrowman.net.

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Barrowman, John  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2006  
    Date Last Updated April 1, 2009  
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