Rainbow Report on The Margins

I Want Your Love

We are used to being pushed to the margins: told what movies we can and can’t see, whether or not our relationships will be recognised, where we can safely live and work. This weeks stories all come from the margins.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival is almost here  it kicks off 14 March, but it may be missing one of the scheduled movies. “I Want Your Love”, which contains some explicit sex scenes, has been refused an exemption from classification, which means it can’t be shown. We talk to Grant Scicluna, who’s asking the Classification Board to reconsider, with a petition. Check out the Facebook Page.

Tony Briffa is frustrated. Tony recently got engaged, but when you were born both male and female, and the spot on your birth certificate where they usually write M or F is blank, can you get married? And would the ACTs move to create special Intersex birth certificates help, or make things worse, for intersex people living there?

Daniel Witthaus is starting out on a new venture to tackle homophobia in rural and regional Australia. Among other things, he’s starting a competition for five regional, rural and remote Australian communities to apply for Daniel to spend a week in their community helping them find better ways to challenge homophobia and support local LGBTI people: he’ll be reporting back to the Rainbow Report regularly on his adventures.

One of the places that might benefit from a return visit by Daniel is Bairnsdale. The local paper there published an anti marriage equality editorial in quite offensive language.  Jessee John was offended – so offended, she started a petition.  Which the newspaper said it would ignore. So she started an email campaign. 

The results so far haven’t changed the paper’s mind, but for the community, they have been surprisingly positive: Jessee will bring us up to date

As always, the show airs 7-8pm Thursday evening on Joy 94.9 Melbourne. Click on the link to listen online anywhere in the world via the web, or to download the FREE smartphone app. Any comments, questions when we’re on air, email the studio or SMS 0427 JOY 949.

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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)