Have a SHAG in Bendigo this Sunday

The Joy 94.9 Sexual Health & Gender outreach roadshow for LGBTI youth kicks off at noon Sunday at the Old Fire Station, 52 View St Bendigo till 4pm.


Hosted by the ubiquitous Joy presenter Dean Beck, accompanied by out gay footballer and beyondblue ambassador Jason Ball, the roadshow will be broadcast live on Joy 94.9.

If you’re not in Melbourne you can hear Joy’s broadcasts live online or on your smartphone: go to http://www.joy.org.au/listenlive for details.

Jason invited Bendigo City Councillor Helen Leach to come along so she could hear first-hand the daily physical and mental abuse endured by her young LGBTI constituents. Councillor Leach has previously dismissed gay pride as “What rubbish!”

Jason intends to use the event to highlight the importance of creating a level playing field for all regardless of their sex, sexuality, gender identity or expression, or intersexuality.

SHAG is sponsored by Family Planning Victoria.


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)