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A Christaliban troll seeking his ‘religious exemptions’

Don’t waste time writing to Santa for a Christmas present. Write to the Senate instead, and help get a real gift: anti-discrimination law amended to protect us LGBTI folk. The Christaliban trolls are out in force, demanding to keep their religious exemptions and calling us all kinds of vile things in their emails to the Senate: please restrain yourself and don’t stoop to their level when you write.

British Muslims are now asking for a religious exemption from the upcoming equal marriage law. If the C of E can have an exemption, they ask, why can’t we?

Indeed. Why not? Once you start down the slippery slope of ‘religious exemptions’ allowing ‘Christians’ to ignore the law of the land and make up their own instead, there’s no reason why the Muslims shouldn’t have their shariah, is there?

Little pushes – like writing to a Senate Committee – do eventually work, although it can feel agonisingly slow. Nevertheless change is on the way. Unlikely allies are popping up all over the place.

Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has promised to end discrimination against the LGBTI community. An Italian police chief has said he’s not against the idea of gay cops. The Prime Minster of Kosovo has condemned the homophobic attacks in Pristina.

Even in Uganda there is a softening: we now hear that when the Kill Gays bill re-emerges for a vote in February, it will have been watered down, replacing a quick death by hanging for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ with a slow one by lifetime incarceration in a Ugandan jail. Somehow I can’t see that as an improvement.

Entertainers and sports stars do their bit for us, though their actions can have disturbing consequences. Cheyenne Jackson appears to have contracted a bad case of vicus populus languorem *

Dolly Parton got Ku Klux Klan death threats because she held Gay Days at her theme park, Dollywood. And out gay rugby player is Gareth Thomas, once considered the toughest player on the field, is bravely trading in his macho points for princess points, becoming a contestant on Dancing On Ice.

Have a nice day.

* Village People Disease

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)