We Won One Battle But The War’s Not Over

History shows, time and time again, when the LGBTI community has a big win, things get worse, not better, in the immediate aftermath.
It’s happening in America.
It happened in Britain. It could happen in Australia, too.

Bernard Gaynor, kicked out of the army for persistently misgendering and disrespecting Cate McGregor, has made an astonishingly homophobic submission to the Ruddock inquiry into the ‘protection’ of religious freedom.

Make Your Submission Here

This kind of massive backlash usually happens after a big win, and although Gaynor’s unlikely to get much of what he wants, if he wins any of it, it would be a tragedy.

More about him and his over the top demands below. But in case you don’t think big wins can easily be whittled away, I can show you, you are wrong. In fact, things usually get worse after a win, not better. so put away those rose tinted specs and wedding invites: this is not over. So first, some history.


When the US Supreme Court legalised same sex marriage, activists thought it was game over. They forgot – perhaps because they didn’t ask activists of my generation, or perhaps because there are too few of us left, thanks to AIDS – that every win is always followed by an angry and determined backlash.

They took their eye off the ball. They were too busy celebrating. And while they shut down their campaigning groups and headed to the wedding planners, the unthinkable happened.

President Trump, the worst President for LGBTI people in modern times. Not just hostile – while pretending the opposite – but actively reversing many of the gains made in recent years. Like appointing rabid homophobes such as Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Mike Pence as VP.

Trump’s worst may be yet to come.

Other smaller signs of Trump’s leanings include the removal of all LGBTQ mentions from White House and State Department websites immediately after his inauguration and the appointment of anti-LGBTQ hate groups to a United Nations Commission

Teen Vogue has more at this link




Peter Tatchell has chronicled how the number of gay men arrested rocketed after the first grudging partial decriminalisation in 1967.

My new research reveals that an estimated 15,000-plus gay men were convicted in the decades that followed the 1967 liberalisation. Not only was homosexuality only partly decriminalised by the 1967 act, but the remaining anti-gay laws were policed more aggressively than before by a state that opposed gay acceptance and equality. In total, from 1885 and 2013, nearly 100,000 men were arrested for same-sex acts.

The 1967 legislation repealed the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for anal sex. But it still discriminated. The age of consent was set at 21 for sex between men, compared with 16 for sex between men and women; a decision that pandered to the homophobic notion that young men are seduced and corrupted by older men. The punishment for a man over 21 having non-anal sex with a man aged 16-21 was increased from two to five years.

Gay sex remained prosecutable unless it took place in strict privacy, which meant in a person’s own home, behind locked doors and windows, with the curtains drawn and with no other person present in any part of the house. It continued to be a crime if more than two men had sex together or if they were filmed or photographed having sex by another person. Seven men in Bolton were convicted of these offences and two were given suspended jail terms – in 1998.


If this doesn’t convince you of the urgent need for as many of us as possible to make our own submissions before Feb 14, nothing will. Here’s some ideas on what to say. If you’re still not convinced, read Bernard Gaynor’s submission below.

Bernard Gaynor

Now we get to Gaynor, and his submission to the Ruddock inquiry. You can see now why the inquiry wanted to keep submissions secret, can’t you, if this is an example of what they’re prepared to say publicly? A sample, and the full text, is below, if you’ve the stomach for it. BTW Gaynor already has around 400 signatures on this document, ready for submission.

‘Homosexual marriage’

  1. ‘Homosexual marriage’ laws should be repealed.
  2. Laws should be enacted to:
    • provide marriage celebrants freedom to refuse marriage to homosexuals;
    • protect freedom of expression regarding the morality of homosexuality;
    • protect charities for discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation;
    • protect religious bodies and schools for discriminating on the grounds of homosexuality and expressing views opposing homosexuality;
    • protect parental choice by ensuring that they can withdraw their children from programs like the ‘Safe Schools’ program;
    • protect freedom of expression defending Christian positions on marriage, family and morality.
  3. Government funding of homosexual organisations and programs such as Safe Schools should be scrapped and they should be removed from classrooms.

‘Cultural change’ within Defence and other government agencies

  1. An inquiry should be held into the anti-Christian impact of cultural change program within Defence and other state and Commonwealth departments and agencies.
  2. Government agencies and departments should not participate in events that vilify Christianity.

Anti-discrimination law

  1. State and federal anti-discrimination laws should be abolished.
  2. An inquiry should be held into the conduct of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board and its conduct towards Christians.
  3. The New South Wales government should pay compensation to victims of its anti-Christian antidiscrimination laws.

Attitudes of state and Commonwealth police

  1. An inquiry should be held into the apparent bias of state and federal police forces against Christians.
  2. Programs such as the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer program should be scrapped.
  3. Police officers who have been known to support LGBT activist causes should be involved in the investigation of any complaints against other LGBT activists.

Anti-Christian attitudes in the workplace

  1. Laws should be enacted to prevent business from firing employees because they express Christianbased opinions in their private capacity.
  2. Laws should be enacted preventing businesses such as banks from discriminating against customers on their basis of their expression of Christian-based opinions.
  3. All state and Commonwealth funding for Islamic programs and schools should be scrapped.

Islam and religious certification

  1. Islamic immigration should be halted.
  2. Laws should be enacted allowing councils to reject applications for mosques.
  3. Laws should be enacted requiring the Islamic community to pay for the costs of increased security measures in Australia required to counter Islamic terrorism.
  4. Laws should be enacted banning fees for religious certifications.
  5. Laws should be enacted requiring religious certifiers to be funded via donations from those particular religious communities they service.
  6. All products that are religiously certified must be clearly labelled.
  7. All meat products that result from an animal sacrifice must be clearly labelled.


  1. In order to ensure that every Australian can live to enjoy religious freedom, laws legalising abortion should be repealed.
  2. Laws placing anti-Christian and anti-freedom restriction zones around abortion centres should be repealed.

‘Welcome to Country’

  1. ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremonies should be prohibited at all Commonwealth activities as they breach S.116 of the Constitution.

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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)