Freshly Doug Wednesday

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The Last Closet aka the sports locker room. Pic: Cindiana Jones

So much to do today and one major story – about the Australian Christian Lobby – that just had to have a post of it’s own, so this is FD Lite.

You all understand indirect discrimination, right? That’s where you know you’ve been discriminated against, but you can’t do anything about it ‘cos the other side has a plausible excuse.

It’s rapidly becoming politically dodgy to outright ban gay pride parades in India, so what do you do? Slip a few rupees to the traffic control authority and get them to ban it for you – on purely traffic-related grounds, of course.

There’s still some disquiet over President Obama’s choice of Defense Secretary. Chuck Hagel has tried to get teh gay onside:

“I fully support the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and value the service of all those who fight for our country,” the former Republican senator from Nebraska wrote in a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). “I know firsthand the profound sacrifice our service members and their families make, and if confirmed as Secretary of Defense, I will do everything possible to the extent permissible under current law to provide equal benefits to the families of all our service members.”

Isn’t it nice to think that the appointment of a Cabinet member might be derailed by the gay lobby. Can’t wait for the day here.

The argument continues to rage – I’ve been hip deep in it all day on Facebook – about the rights and wrongs of non-condom safeish sex. Here’s my take in a nutshell: get those rubbers on, they’re the only thing proven to work. End of story. And here’s some cogent arguments on the subject from Nightcharm.

And finally, an idea worth copying from the USA. Well, if the Christaliban Theocratic Front can do it, why can’t we? This is from The Last Closet. Check them out. Reckon we should launch something similar here?

Dear Commissioner

As a concerned fan, I would like to see the end of homophobia in men’s professional sports. I fully support the efforts of The Last Closet, a web-based campaign run by the award-winning documentary film company Woman Vision, to initiate and promote conversation about homophobia and to lay the groundwork for a gay athlete in each of the top five major sports to come out while actively playing.

1. Would you invite the gay players in your league to come out?

2. What support systems would you have in place for them once they do?

We respectfully request that you make your voice heard on this important issue. Athletes are our national heroes. That none have taken the courageous step to “come out” sends a distinctly negative message to our youth. Just one professional player saying the words, “I’m a pro athlete and I’m gay.” would profoundly contribute to the emotional health of those young people without heroes of their own in major professional sports.

Thank you,

[Your name]

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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. 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)