Freshly Doug Cup Day

Checking out a new app: a Grindr for gaybies?

It’s Melbourne Cup Day, so everyone here has the day off. Actually, most people took yesterday off too. And Friday. So excuse me if today’s little nosegay of fragrant internet blooms is a tad terser than normal.

Horseplay of a different kind: another attack on a gay student. Why don’t we call this by it’s proper name, which is assault, and put the attackers on trial? Because the victim is gay, of course. And they’re only kids. And it’s only horseplay.

If that wasn’t enough, the one – and very small, given the size of the problem – gay youth homeless centre in New York was trashed by the hurricane. Good Christian pastors across the USA must be singing and dancing in the rain at this evidence of God smiting the afflicted.

They have a little help from their Muslim brethren over in France. Alexandre Marcel, the vice president of IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) was teargassed in an attack on a gay bar.

 ‘At 2.30 in the morning, I left the bar to smoke a cigarette with my partner, when five guys arrived and started to hit the bouncers, saying: ‘by the Quran, we will kill you all, you faggots!

More items for the BigotWatch: 100 people dragged billy-carts carrying replica stone tablets of the 10 commandments through some hick burg in the US in a ‘not anti-gay’ march; and the author of the Ugandan ‘Kill Gays’ bill claims it’s necessary because we’re targeting kids in kindy.

Some ex-bigots have begun to see the light: Malawi’s on-again off-again repeal of anti-gay law is ON, with the temporary suspension of arrests and trials, while Bermuda has announced that sexual minorities will be protected in a new Human Rights Bill.

And finally – Grindr for LGBTI familes? Well, sorta. This landed in my inbox: please let me know what you think of it.

Name: Alicia      From:

Shanel and I are a lesbian couple with an 8 year old daughter. We live in the Sutherland Shire NSW. We met another same sex family about 12 months ago that are from Wollongong, however aside from them, we don’t know any other rainbow families and we feel its important for Maddison to start interacting with other kids that have 2 mums or 2 dads.

We have actually made an app that will help us and all same sex families over the world to be able to locate other rainbow families that live nearby.The app will allow Gay and Lesbian parents to create a profile, and then the GPS in the phone will search within 50km radius for other family profiles.

The app is secure and does not display the users location. It simply provides a list of profiles that are within the defined area. Users can then send friend requests and inbox each other.

We have received some wonderful feedback from parents all over the world who are in desperate need for a tool like this.The app will be available for iphone and Android phones within the next 2 weeks.

We already have future plans for the app: a nearby “events”, which will create a way for groups to promote their events directly to the families that live nearest to the location.

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)