Freshly Doug Thursday

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Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament, not only supports the  “Hang Gays Bill,” but wants it voted on in Parliament pronto. Kagada said:

“If the price of aid is going to be the promotion of homosexuality in this country,I think we don’t want that aid.”

Well that’s up to you. darl, but if you want the money you have to start behaving like a civilised country: and let’s not hear any BS about “respecting cultural differences,” thanks. Human rights are women’s rights are gay rights are trans rights . . . get the picture?

Can a black guy be a redneck? In Kenya, self-described ‘handsome’ straight man complains he gets scads of women hitting on him, but they’re all too old and/or ugly: the classy girls aren’t interested. Wonder why? But what’s the number one worst thing about being handsome?

1. Gays – Gay men stare at men the way men stare at women. It’s annoying and infuriating and makes me want to fight but I’m not an so i refrain. Either way the worst part about it is gay men staring or trying to talk to you. So when a guy you think is straight glances at your arm or chest. Abomination

Some men just don’t know how to take a compliment, do they! But they sure have the gay hate thing sorted. On the other hand, some handsome men are handsome on the inside, too. The yummy Brad Pitt has just forked over US$100k to pro gay marriage campaigners.

It looks as if we’ll have some decisions on equal marriage soon: The US Supreme Court will decide November 20  whether to hear appeals against the strikedown of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, as I forecast earlier.

We’re used the the nuttier end of the Christaliban spectrum blaming us for all manner of natural disasters but now the Jews are getting in on the act, too.

Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency called the hurricane “divine justice” for New York’s same-sex marriage legislation, claiming that “the Great Flood in the time of Noah was…triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages.” Come again? I thought it was because men were marrying women for purely superficial reasons, like love at first sight.

But hey, it’s their book, they can make it mean whatever they want, I guess. I am now waiting for the Muslims to get in on the act, claiming Allah sent the storm because of America’s support for Israel or something.

Back home, sad news that Lynne Hillier, who first brought to light the appalling rates of self-harm and suicide among our young LBGTI folk, is retiring. Lynne’s work, especially the Writing Themselves In reports, forms the basis on which so much change has been built, not least Jeff Kennett’s change of heart and the subsequent change of direction of beyondblue.

It sparked Rob Mitchell (a fellow stirrer) in his work with the Victorian Ministry of Sport advisory committee, beyondblue, the AFL and so much more. Lynne’s work has been quite literally invaluable, and many many young people owe their lives and happiness to her work. All of us at the stirrer are sad to see her retire, profoundly grateful for her work, and wish her a long and happy retirement.

And finally, a shout out to my mates at Daylesford ChillOut rural LGBTI festival, where I had the pleasure and privilege of serving as festival secretary and president for a few short years. It’s coming round again, this year with the theme of Back To The Future, raising money for the local food bank, which supports needy families in the area. A wonderful example of the gay community reaching out to help others. And a great fun long Labour Day weekend in the country. Check out the Facebook Page.

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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. And now he's been nominated for LGBTI Journalist of the Year 2017, which is great news, as he hasn't won any of these things for years! If you want to nominate him too - the more the merrier - you can do it here http://www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au/public-nominations.html"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)