Letter to Bairnsdale Advertiser

Please contact the Editor of the Bairnsdale Advertiser direct

From Jessica John, who started the petition “Stop the Bairnsdale Advertiser from printing discriminatory Editorial.”

Firstly, let me just express how inspired and humbled I feel by the positive response to this petition. Knowing that not only the local community but the wider population is behind me with my equality mission makes me feel so happy and supported. I would like to thank each and EVERY one of you for your support and comments.

Today has been the first edition of the Bairnsdale Advertiser since the petition was started. Although I have presented them with the petition, with almost 1500 signatures, and roughly 250 positive comments from the public, they refuse to acknowledge that the petition represents the views of over 1000 people, and instead to count the letters that were sent directly to their inbox, of which I believe there was roughly 30. This is still a huge response for a small town, but nowhere near the numbers we have truly angered and inspired to stand up.

I am writing today to ask that if YOU please have the time, to email the stock letter provided, that was on the petition, directly to the Advertiser themselves, so they have no choice but to count the opinion of every one of us.

The letter is provided below to copy & paste, or forward. You are welcome to add your own comments.

To: The Editor, Bairnsdale Advertiser email

Your editorial was offensive to me, homosexuals, and heterosexuals in general. We are asking that you stop printing archaic views on such issues. As the only journalistic example of Bairnsdale and surrounds, such discriminatory material should not be supported as truth to the youth of this community.

Equality is important to me and I will stand up for what is true and correct for the future of this country. We think you should acknowledge that same-sex marriage is an issue continuously coming to the fore as it is an important issue that needs the recognition and support of the public, and that to deny variety and diversity in a community is to deny the very democratic foundation of our country.

Say sorry to those you have offended. And recognise that change is coming. You do not represent me with your editorial views. I feel also that if the editor of your publication was the person in charge of penning such defamatory drivel, then this person should publish their own name with their opinion. Religious overtones in a secular locality, as well as country should not be the norm, as religion does not dictate the views of us all.


[Your name]

If you have the opportunity to do this, I would be most grateful. The email address is here.

If you do by chance happen to be able to do what I am asking, could you please send me a message to let me know, just for numbers sake. I understand I asking a lot, but I couldn’t possibly have the effort of everyone wasted on a technicality.

Thank you in advance.
All my love,
Jessica John

View the petition: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/stop-the-bairnsdale-advertiser-from-printing-discriminatory-editorial

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)