Rainbow Report New Year 2013


Looking forward to 2013?

Another musically-enhanced evening this Thursday Jan 3 at 1900hrs AEDST on Joy 94.9, picking just a few issues that made waves in 2012, and will clearly continue to make news in 2013.

Click to download the podcasts: Part One & Part Two – serious & funny, feisty & provoking, the way politics ought to be. What does 2013 hold for the Aus LGBTI community? 

Starting with Queensland. Phil Browne updates us on the ongoing rollback of LGBTI rights there: Healthy Communities defunding, Civil  Unions watering down, and now the partial repeal of the Surrogacy Act. Some lawyers are saying the proposed change would be in breach of federal Sex Discrimination Act, and proposed federal Anti-Discrimination Act. Phil brings us up to date.

They say that you have to be very patient when trying to turn an ocean liner. It can be quite some time before she answers the helm and changes course. Anti-depression initiative beyondblue has been our Queen Mary: we had to haul on the wheel for quite a while before anything happened, but the course change that has come has exceeded many of our expectations. And it’s not over yet. CEO Kate Carnell joins us in the studio to explain.

Of course we are still waiting for the AFL to answer the helm, committing to some meaningful change of direction, instead of flying a few flags and putting out more deckchairs. Since they prefer to conduct their negotiations in secret, we are still waiting for something substantive to report.

But there are more sports than AFL, although in this town it can be hard to remember it.  And some of these other sports even have something else we’re still waiting for in the allegedly ‘all-inclusive national code’: queer teams. Alex Mungall plays in one such soccer team, the Melbourne Rovers. He’s also presenting shows on Joy about the next World Outgames which kicks off in Antwerp in August. He’ll fill us in on both.

With a general election looming, the Greens faltering since the departure of Bob Brown, a distinct lack of enthusiasm for another Gillard government (and even less for an Abbott one, even if the Libs, as seems inevitable, win), what’s an LGBTI voter to do? Tongue firmly in cheek – we wouldn’t have it any other way – we ask Sex Party leader Fiona Patten to look at the state of politics.

The spotlight has been firmly on theCatholic Church and the secrets they have been keeping, since the announcement of the national royal commission into child sex abuse in institutions. But the Jewish community has its problems too. Manny Waks, former Vice President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, has already given evidence of his own experiences of abuse to the Victorian inquiry.  He’s also involved in tackling homophobia within the Jewish community, and we’re honoured to have him as our guest this evening.

[UPDATE – Manny Waks writes:

“I’m delighted to advise that Tzedek, the newly-established advocacy group for victims/survivors of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community, has officially been registered—I received the attached document in the post yesterday! We’re working on a number of aspects and I hope we’ll be fully operational very soon….in the meantime, to provide assistance (financial, volunteer etc.) and especially if you or someone you know is a victim/survivor, please contact us.”]


James Newburrie and Rob Mitchell round out the roster, so I think you know what to expect! Be ready to email, sms 0427 JOY 949, or use the free smartphone app to listen and join in.

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)