An Evening with Lyle Shelton

The ACLs Lyle Shelton will be taking his anti-LGBTI roadshow out to Finley Returned Soldiers Club, NSW, on the 24th July. 63-67 Tocumwal Street, Finley, NSW 2713 03 5883 1366.

He’ll be addressing the 20th annual Finley Regional Christian Men’s Fellowship Dinner on ‘controversial’ topics like:

“the implications of allowing marriage equality in other countries such as Canada and Sweden, and the potential consequences should it be allowed in Australia… Safe schools, freedom of speech and transgenderism.”

Southern Riverina News, to whom we are indebted for this information, provides a useful summary of Lyle’s surprisingly varied career.

“Starting his career working for regional farming newspapers in Queensland as a journalist, Mr Shelton was later appointed as group commodities editor for Melbourne based Rural Press Limited.

After six years in media, Mr Shelton served as a youth pastor at Toowoomba City Church.

In 2000, he was elected to the Toowoomba City Council, and then re-elected in 2004.

After a role as political advisor to Queensland senators Ron Boswell and Barnaby Joyce, Mr Shelton became the Chief of Staff at the Australian Christian Lobby for six years. He was appointed managing director in 2013.”

Now we know where Beetroot-Face Barnaby gets some of his dottier ideas – such as the imagined detrimental impact of equal marriage on cattle exports to Asia.

Event organiser John Everingham told the paper that

‘‘Men should come along to be truly informed about the realities which would follow if we were to change the Marriage Act, as well as other controversial topics in Australia. Mr Shelton is easy to listen to, and it will be a very informative evening where men can have their questions answered.’’

To book a table call John on 0407830030 or Ben on 0459830239. Tickets are $30 per person, but you’ll have to hurry: bookings close today Monday, July 17.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)