Freshly Doug For National Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day, the day when closet doors spring open and nervous men and women step out to announce to the world that they are part of the Rainbow Tribe. Guy Sebastian joined the fun, not by coming out as gay, but by coming out as a supporter of marriage equality. It’s another step in his evolution away from his past as a happy-clappy merchant for the Hillsong Evangelical Scam Church.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of 30 gay and lesbian athletes who came out last year.

Speaking of lists,  63 former Catholic priests in Washington State announced their support for Referendum 74, the November ballot initiative that, if passed, would uphold Washington State’s new marriage equality law and make it the seventh American state that recognizes the right of same-sex couples to marry.

Meanwhile the Australian Catholic Church’s PR spin – that it has done everything possible to tackle paedophilia in it’s ranks, that the crisis is over, that George Pell has totally clean hands, that the Church has been helping police – has been blown out of the water by police evidence to the Victorian government inquiry. One wonders why they are still considered fit and proper people to care for the sick, the vulnerable, and especially, our children, and why Tony Abbott, Joe De Bruyn and others are still in thrall to this irredeemably corrupt organisation.

Catholic Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth said any “attempt to redefine marriage in such a way as to sever the link between the love of the partners in the marriage and the rights and needs of their children is a misuse of the state’s power.” And then he jetted off to the Vatican for a conference. It is not known when he might return to the real world, if ever.

Religion also appears to have rotted the brain of the aptly-named Charlie Fuqua of Arkansas, where you can marry your sweetheart even below the age of consent (16) if she’s pregnant or has already had your child. This charming Fuqua thinks that parents should be allowed to kill their disobedient children – with the agreement of a judge of course – as an example to their remaining offspring. He’s also called for the sterilisation of so-called ‘deadbeat dads’ and other parents who don’t financially support their children, and the deportation of all Muslims, wherever they were born. Why? Because it’s in the Bahble, stoopid!

A Canadian doctor and former South African Colonel will go on trial shortly for sexually assaulting male patients he was supposed to be ‘curing’ of their homosexuality. He allegedly went further than most doctors in this field: in the apartheid era, not only did he use electro-shock aversion therapy, he also chemically and physically castrated some of his patients, and bullied effeminate gay men into unwanted gender reassignments. His religious beliefs are not reported, but what’s the betting he calls himself a Christian?

A more benign religion is the Church of Gaga. Not only has the Mother Monster been given a peace award by Yoko Ono, she has donated the proceeds to Elton John’s AIDS Foundation. All hail.

“Marriage is an ancient human institution that is far older than any of the religions that are practised today'” says London Mayor Boris Johnston, with one eye on the leadership of the Tory Party and ultimately the Prime Ministership. “It may well be beloved by God, but no religion has ever had a monopoly on marriage,” he added, coming out in support of equal marriage. Boris is a modern human institution all by himself.

And finally, a man who drove over an Australian man in Malta, leaving him crippled for life, has walked free from court. Apparently vehicular assault is the appropriate Maltese response to someone calling you ‘gay.’

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)