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This is a school, where gays ought not to teach, says Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor, the temporarily dumped Kattermite Senate hopeful who tweeted  that he didn’t want gays teaching his children, has explained his ‘thought processes’ (long ago outsourced to the RC hierarchy, it seems) in greater detail. In a letter to Mia Freedman he writes:

 I will not allow anyone who practices or supports homosexuality (or any form of immoral lifestyle) to teach my children. And I should not be condemned for doing so in a country where the largest segment of society is Catholic and where the vast majority are Christian. It implies that they should not be politically active, or that they should accept immoral teachers for their children.

I do know what goes on in schools and it should worry every parent. It does involve detailed and sordid accounts about the bedroom. For instance, teaching guides in the Victorian education system instruct Year 9 students to discuss, in depth, all the various types of penetrative sex they can imagine.

Mia is asking her readers to help educate Gaynor. I wouldn’t know where to start.

Perhaps Bob Katter should send his would-be colleague on a fact-finding visit to the UK, where the annual LGBT History Month has just kicked off in all British schools.  In the Cambridgeshire town of Wisbech the emergency services are getting in on the act.

Wisbech Station Commander Geoff Quince explained: “In a perfect world, focusing on someone’s achievements based on their sexual orientation might not be necessary. But we live in a society that has only quite recently challenged homophobic behaviours ranging from verbal abuse to physical violence and supported education and awareness about sexual orientation.

Culture is changing and LGBT History Month gives us a chance to demonstrate to LGBT people that they can have confidence in Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service as a professional service that understands their concerns and needs.

The US National Football League may not yet have any out gay players, just like the Australian Football League, but that’s where the resemblance ends. NFL players are happy to discuss the idea of gay players publicly, whether they’re OK with them or not. AFL players remain for the most part wary of conducting a public debate.

‘There is no indication so far that the increased rates of testing and widened access to treatment have controlled HIV transmission in MSM in England and Wales’, concluded the research team led by Daniela de Angelis at the UK Medical Research Council and the Health Protection Agency.

While there has been a four-fold increase in testing rate and an advance in treatment uptake from 69 to 80 percent, new infections in England and Wales have flat-lined at 2,300 to 2,500 a year.

Researchers suggested that the trend may be caused by a rise in unsafe sex as men no longer view HIV infection as deadly, while internet dating sites make finding a partner increasingly easier.

And finally, Craig Thomson’s lawyer provided some light relief when he went off on camera about his clients strip-search: “Two uniformed goons in gloves made him take all his clothes off,” he spluttered, calling it “extraordinary intimidation”. Sounds like the sort of activity that allegedly got Thomson into this mess in the first place.

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)