Freshly Doug Tuesday

The battlegrounds for 2013 are beginning to come into focus.

Anglicare Sydney have thrown down the gauntlet on LGBTIQ seniors: in their submission (number 329) to the Senate committee looking at the government’s anti-discrimination proposals. They are insisting on their right to discriminate against GLBTIQ people in their care homes..

. . . . .  there is the potential for conflict where the person or couple are in fundamental disagreement with the religious ethos of the service provider or where the service provider has objections to the lifestyle or behaviours of the new resident(s).

Their solution? They should be able to continue to discriminate, but perhaps call it something different!

In practice this could lead to some restrictions upon the individual, which, if they are clearly communicated prior to admission into the facility, would not be viewed as discriminatory if the individual then chose to proceed with the admission.

Yup, you’ll be welcome, provided you agree to climb back in your closet. My principal objection to Anglicare Sydney is this: you may be the provider, but these places are our homes, where we should be able to live freely and openly as we have always done. You should not be telling any of your residents how to live their private lives.

This is an important point, because the vast majority of aged-care homes and services are run by religiously-affiliated organisations. The largest private provider – BUPA – has only 2.5% of the market!

And so to sport. European soccer agonises over when a top-flight player will come out; Aussie rules is also waiting with bated breath for its first out player. Meanwhile North American soccer is powering ahead, with some lessons for their laggardly brethren.

The other hotspot will be schools: more of that later in the week.

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)