Stirring The Week

Are stirrers just tongue depressors that never grew up? by Mykl Roventine

There’s been a lot to talk about this week on the stirrer. Here’s a roundup of what you may have missed. Click on the links for the full story.


We began with a desperate plea for help from our LGBTI community in Uganda. US evangelical groups have whipped up a frenzy of anti-gay feeling which has forced many out of their homes and jobs and into hiding. They really really need our help.


pic by notfrancois

The big story of the week, though, was France, becoming the latest country to legalise same-sex marriage. But is it really equal marriage, or does the devil lie in the detail?

Whichever it is, France provided an object lesson in how not to do it, with violence on the streets and threats of more to come.


No need to get paranoid, folks! pic by Jason Scragz

The meningitis outbreak in the USA continued to generate interest. The good news is that the cases in Florida and California are not the same strain as those spreading through the New York gay community.

The bad news is, because of that, you may need more than one meningitis shot to ensure you’re fully protected. If you’re headed Stateside for some fun, get your shots.

More good news from the USA: Rhode Island became the tenth state to legalise same sex marriage, with several more states jumping on the bandwagon.


Godzilla, by Ian Myles

Marriage in Australia looked a teeny bit closer, with Tony Abbott appearing to soften his stance in response to increasing pressure from his party room. Meanwhile Julia Gillard hinted she might come aboard if we’d be prepared to settle for civil unions.

Gladly The Cross-Eyed Bear went hunting and came back with a dripping haunch of Akermanosaurus Putrescens in her jaws. Yummy!!

The Rainbow Reporter on Joy 94.9 attacked reparative therapy – praying away the gay, which, by the way, doesn’t work – and the evil it does. Should it be banned? How? [includes podcast]

Joy is also busy this weekend, with presenter Dean Beck and out footballer Jason Ball heading to Bendigo with a SHAG roadshow to tell kids it’s OK to be gay.


And we concluded the week with a history lesson: a personal reminiscence of how this writer got involved in gay politics and media – such as they were – forty years ago in England. With some advice on how to turn a small gay publication big – at your own risk.

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)