Freshly Doug Wednesday

Plans by the French government to enact equal marriage have hit stiff opposition, mainly orchestrated by kiddy-fiddler central aka the Vatican. President Hollande is now starting to water down the proposed legislation, excluding access to assisted reproduction, and is under pressure to exclude adoption, too..

Multimillionaires continue to pour money into US campaigns for marriage equality: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending over US$10 million promoting moderate candidates in the upcoming elections, and US$500,000 towards marriage equality in Maine, Minnesota and Washington. Bill Gates added a further US$500,000 to the US$100,000 he has already given for the marriage campaign in Washington state.

Attempts by Christaliban evangelicals in New York State to get the courts to strike down gay marriage failed in the states highest court. The state Court of Appeals declined to hear an appeal from a group seeking to overturn the state same-sex marriage law.

Still in the USA – it’s that sort of a day – a retired NFL footballer has expressed his frustration with out of touch elderly officials and owners standing in the way of gay NFL players coming out. Sounds very familiar.

There was a big flurry just before the Grand Final as the AFL responded – somewhat half-heartedly in my view – to a campaign by Jason Ball to get them to seriously tackle homophobia in Australian Rules Football at all levels. Were they serious, or was it all just PR and spin, wonders James Newburrie.

If the Victorian AIDS Council – yes, they still exist – want some new ideas for reaching the connected generation with safe-sex messages they might actually respond to, they could do worse than check these out.

It’s a clever idea: mind you, these are the heterosexual version – they might want to revise the numbers when they make the gay ones. See what you think.

Yesterdays post about the role of Queensland gay businessman Ray Mackereth claimed for himself in the downfall of QAHC brought forth a response from the gentleman concerned, in which he cries that it’s all vicious lies, untruths and cyberbullying. The Stirrer has a number of statements supporting our story, one of which was added to the site last night.

The source, who prefers to remain anonymous, is a prominent and well-respected member of the community whose account is supported by others. Meanwhile a campaign to boycott Mackereth’s businesses has been launched, and then taken down by Facebook, allegedly at Mackereths request [unconfirmed]: and Farmer Dave, sheep farmer, dog trainer, Ex Big Brother contestant, National Party supporter and member of the committee that replaced QAHC, has sent me a message of support for the embattled entrepreneur. I have invited him to write something here if he wishes. The message reads: Hi Doug,  Ray is a good man who has my respect and support. Regards, Dave. Mr Mackereth is welcome to space, too.

And while we’re on the subject of gay community leaders, Bob Katter’s gay half-brother Carl has joined the Labor Party and doesn’t rule out standing for election, possibly, maybe . . . doing an Alex Greenwich, much. The Stirrer thinks he knows where, but we don’t want to cruel his chances. Another community figure Peter de Groot, is standing in Port Philip, but why is he spruiking a council relationships register?

In other news, a Macedonian gay activist has been brutally attacked and beaten, and the publisher of DNA wonders what mainstream advertisers have got against gay media. And don’t forget to tune into The Rainbow Report on Joy 94.9 Thursday evening 7pm AEDST in Melbourne Australia: you can stream the show live from the link, or download the free smartphone app.

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)