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Extract of the agreement between the VCFL and Ken Campagnolo: the VCFL say they have done as they promised.

Extract of the agreement between the VCFL and Ken Campagnolo: the VCFL say they have done as they promised.

A busy day today, so a short and late digest for Monday. And what have I been up to? Well, Rob Mitchell and I went to have a cuppa with Jeff Kennett.

We originally planned to talk about Ken Campagnolo and how the VCFL have failed to meet the terms of their settlement with him. But the stories of drugs and football inevitably came up, because they seem have blown any chance of progress in anti-homophobia efforts out of the water. I told him Jeff how I felt about that (if you don’t already know, check this out). He was sympathetic, saying we could do no more in the current situation.

“But you never know what tomorrow might bring,” he added. Not a lot, I suspect. But he did find out something for us: the VCFL reckon they have met every one of the conditions laid down in their agreement with Ken. As soon as we get the details of what they have put in place, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, if you’re a member of one of the clubs, let us know if you’ve seen any evidence of action.

As if the drugs business wasn’t enough to throw a spanner in the works, AFL straight ally Brock Maclean isn’t looking quite as golden as he was, having been caught out misbehaving at Crown Casino. Ooops!

Watching porn makes straight men more receptive to the idea of same-sex marriage,  according to the UK rag on which the Age allegedly plans to remodel itself. They add that it only works for less well educated men. Presumably the rest of us are already up to speed.

We’re always complaining that there aren’t enough gay characters on TV, but now a complaint’s been lodged that there aren’t enough gay animals, either.

 Dr Brett Mills of the University of East Anglia says that wildlife documentaries should be offering what he calls alternative interpretations of animal behaviour.

He says: “Heterosexuality is upheld as the norm in wildlife documentaries and the idea of the family it presents is one which equates the family with heterosexuality. The central role in documentary stories of pairing, mating and raising offspring commonly rests on assumptions of heterosexuality within the animal kingdom. This is despite a wealth of scientific evidence which demonstrates that many non-human species have complex and changeable forms of sexual activity, with heterosexuality only one of many possible options.

And the principal offender seems to be everyone’s favourite wildlife icon, Sir David Attenborough. 

And finally, some good news for people born intersex: the UN has condemned ‘normalisation’ surgery designed to make them over in the likeness of one of the sexes.

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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)