Freshly Doug Weekender

College soccer player, by Toby Otter. I can’t decide if he’s demonstrating Bob Katter’s latest position on homosexuality, or modelling for the UK soccer club’s “Arsenal For All” campaign.

It’s “in out in out shake it all about” in Kattermites Real Australia Party (KRAP). In the morning they got themselves a pro-gay-marriage candidate. In the afternoon they asked him to resign. He refused and said “sack me”. The party president said “go”:  the man himself, Bob Katter, says “stay.”

Evidently these clowns don’t know their arses from their elbows – unless it’s all a publicity stunt. You know, like the one they pulled before the last election, with a bunch of baseball-bat-wielding hoons hoofing about to the tune “Bad Boys.”

So in the morning they were in bed with us, and in the arvo they stormed out, but by evening they were snuggling up to us again: glad we got that sorted. No such mealy-mouthed malarky from our old friends at Romanus Púerum Molestatori. Their latest snappy little title for marriage equality is – you’ll bust a gut over this one – “sick egalitarianism”. Because they prefer a healthy hierarchy that keep us in our place, at the bottom of the heap.

Typical Teutonic efficiency, or just plain common sense?  The German Football Association sets up a support group for gay players when they come out.

Sports sociologist, Gunter Pilz, who is leading the group said:”We will prepare an internal guide with the assistance of outside experts. The idea is to help clubs and associations be prepared for a possible outing so they can help provide the best possible assistance.”

AFL please copy. While they’re doing the headless chook routine over (shock! horror!) drugs in sport they perhaps should also hear about this international campaign, supported by the Football Association and an impressive list of clubs, Football V Homophobia. Follow them @FvHtweets

Premier League and Football League clubs who are supporting Football V Homophobia during February 2013 Annual Action Month are:

  • Arsenal
  • Aston Villa
  • Liverpool
  • Norwich City
  • West Ham United
  • Ipswich Town
  • Exeter City
  • Gillingham
  • Sunderland
  • Crystal Palace

Annual Action Month. Makes one proposed Pride Match between a mere two AFL clubs look pretty shabby, doesn’t it? And you have to love the name of one club’s initiative: Arsenal For Everyone.

There’s plenty of arsenals in federal parliament, more than enough to down a motion to congratulate David Cameron on getting same-sex marriage through the House of Commons first reading. But we shouldn’t celebrate too hard: this is not marriage equality. It leaves trans and intersex people behind. And the bill still has to get through the committee stages and the House of Lords. Many snares to avoid and amendments to be fought, no doubt.

Any thought that the Vatican line on marriage might be softening a little, after Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said that countries could find “private law solutions” to protect the rights of unmarried couples, (including gay and lesbian couples), has been firmly squashed.

The Archbishop, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, also said the church should support the repeal of laws that criminalize homosexuality in various countries.

Now he claims he was ‘misunderstood’ and his comments ‘derailed’ by the press. His Grace stopped short of saying he’d been ‘taken out of context’, or that he had ‘misspoke’, but you get the general idea.

Have a lovely gay weekend.

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)