Freshly Doug Tuesday

Pic by Steve Jurvetson

Well, the big story today is Obama. First President to include us in his inauguration speech, and endorse our marriage ambitions. First to mention Stonewall. First to have a gay poet up on the podium orating, if you like that sort of thing. First to have a pro-gay clergyman including us in the prayers. Even though I’ve played this little clip fifty times, I still can’t quite believe it.

Oh for such leadership in Oz.

After her latest win at the Aussie Open, Venus Williams was asked – of all asinine questions – if she would like to be a tennis ball when she retires. She said no – she didn’t want to be hit around!!  I’d like to see anyone try!

We’re sick of being hit around too, by politicians looking for electoral advantage. It saddens me that none of our political leaders have the principle and conviction to take the same stand as Obama.

Former Democrat Senator Brian Greig (he really should come out of retirement and join the Greens, they could use someone of his experience) hit the nail on the head as he weighed into the increasingly noisy row over the ‘religious’ exemptions to discrimination law. The government’s illogical stance, of removing the exemptions in aged-care (but leaving gay staff unprotected) while leaving them intact everywhere else, is driven by terror of a fight over ‘teaching gay sex in schools’.

Well I hate to tell you this, Mss Gillard, Roxon & Wong, but you can’t have equality without teaching it in schools, and yes, that means teaching about gay relationships and gay sex at the appropriate age. You can’t continue to leave developing LGBTI youngsters in ignorance of information vital to protecting their physical and emotional health. Why do you think so many get depressed and self-harm? Toughen up, ladies, and come out swinging. All Aussie kids, straight and gay, need good, detailed, age-appropriate sex-ed: something very few currently get.

Facing down the Australian Christaliban Mujahedeen means taking a public stand on principle: unfortunately you’ve been held hostage by Shoppies Union capo Joe de Bruyn and his good mate George Pell for so long, you have developed a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome.

The AFL seems just as determined not to educate it’s charges about homosexuality, preferring PR gestures instead. Pretty soon they are going to twig that they too could apply for religious exemptions. They have a good case: they already get massive church-like tax exemptions, and as any Melburnian will tell you, footy is a religion.

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 is here. To sign the GetUp petition asking the government to dump the exemptions from it (and to send a letter to your MP asking them to help), click  here.

In a week when a Sydney guy started a group for gay men who want to be monogamous, more evidence, if evidence were needed, that it could be a good idea. US gay men are getting way too casual about safe sex*, with 47% of smartphone hookup apps users admitting to barebacking “always, often or sometimes.”

In desperation, some AIDS-industry figures are trying to make the whole world take pre-exposure prophylaxis, something which can only be of lasting benefit to the drug companies. The same push is on here, too. I suggest you buy up Big Pharma shares, quick.

* on this blog, safe sex means ‘with a condom’ – it’s the only kind there is

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)