Aker_manis/man/maniac

Akermanis. Akerman. Rod Swift wonders whether the Australian lexicon could do with a new synonym for ‘idiotic, loud-mouthed, and just plain wrong’ — an ‘Aker’.

Sounds Familiar

The Pope has once again attempted to paint gays and lesbians as less than fully human, and a threat to the whole of society. It all sounds disturbingly familiar.

Vernon Swanepoel http://www.flickr.com/photos/namibnat

Freshly Doug on Friday

Tasmanian Marriage sunk or only listing? Fed MP votes against 73% of her electorate. UK Labor makes pro-equality vote compulsory. Twitter is homophobe heaven. And more, on the last news roundup of the week.

Violetta Lough http://www.flickr.com/photos/violettalough

Bite that hand!

James Newburrie takes issue with the notion that we shouldn’t ‘bite the hand that feeds’, arguing that we’ll never win equality by being nice and grateful to politicians, even if they are nominally on our side.

Freshly Doug on Thursday

Tassie marriage doomed; Vatican ramps up hate; gay takeover of Swiss town; Pink Oktoberfest; gay-free pro-gay ads: and a little Adam Lambert.

Lloyd Morgan http://www.flickr.com/photos/lloydm/

An Open Letter to Alex Somlyay MP – Fairfax, Queensland

Chrys Stevenson was outraged when her MP voted against marriage equality. You know the saying “don’t get mad, get even”? In this post, reposted with her kind permission from her blog http://thatsmyphilosophy.wordpress.com/ she does both. Chrys is a first-class writer with a determination to ferret out the facts that is second to none. And a real Stirrer!

Sex & the Archbishop

Jane Douglas – a recovering ex-Christian-fundamentalist who left both her marriage and the church – ably dissects Abp Peter Jensen’s objections to the marriage equality campaign. This post originally appeared on Jane’s blog http://puttingheroarin.wordpress.com, and is reproduced here ‘cos it’s a damn fine piece of word, and she’s fantastic. Also, she said we could 🙂

Gay and Christian boat by Amber De Bruin http://www.flickr.com/photos/amberdebruin

Freshly Doug on Wednesday

The end of ex-gay – but not in Russia. The Anglicans wait on their new Archbishop. Millionaire offers bounty to turn his daughter straight. When will Oz follow the UK and wipe ot past gay convictions? Plus blasphemy at the UN,Paris Hilton dumped, and the Bigot of the Year. What do YOU think? Want to write more than just a comment on one of these stories? Send your pitch to doug@thestirrer.com.au.

Daniel Lobo http://www.flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera

Queer Jewish Crisis

The problem isn’t how to stop Jews leaving the Jewish community. The problem is how to make the Jewish community fit for all Jews – especially GLBTI – to live in.

Caitlin Childs http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdcoregirl/

For Kid’s Sake

The importance of being out and proud cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, there are some gay and lesbian parents who hide their sexuality from parts of the community out of fear and sometimes shame. Gay and Lesbian parents need to be out and proud for their children.