Rainbow Report: Progress & History


Adam Bandt: pic by Takver

Last week the Labour candidate for Melbourne, Cath Bowtell, was in the studio, so this week it’s the turn of sitting Greens member, Adam Bandt. He joins us for the first half hour to answer any questions from you.

And one or two from myself, and my cohost for the evening Rod Swift. If you have any questions for him, send them through now.

Last week we talked about reparative therapy – the discredited practice of trying to turn someone straight – and how we might put a stop to it. I’ll be interested to hear Adams ideas.

I also want to know what he thinks of the idea of a referendum on marriage equality. It’s been embraced by the extreme left, rejected by equality campaigners, but the Greens seem unsure.

It turns out that one of the best known gays in the world, former Episcopalian bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the worldwide Anglican church, also underwent this ‘conversion’ therapy. He talks about that, his marriage, and how he handles people who interpret the Bible literally.

And last but not least, Keith Howes, former associate editor of Britain’s first gay newspaper, Gay News, looks back at how far we’ve come, as a Facebook page and YouTube channel are launched to preserve that slice of LGBTI history.

As some of you may know, I was one of the founders of Gay News, so it’s thrilling to see people taking an interest.

Please, join in our conversation. Here’s how.

If you want to make any comments, ask any questions while we’re on air, email the studio or if you’re in Australia SMS 0427 JOY 949, or call the front desk 1300 JOY 949.

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.

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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)