Freshly Doug Wednesday

News Yet to Happen

Cory Bernardi, who recently compared gay people to people who have sex with animals, is attending Flinders University today for a Labor/Liberal student debate. A protest is slated for Flinders University Plaza at 12pm. He ought to know better – animals are only interested in one another.

 God’s Therapy Corner

Philip Pocock, the psychologist standing for the ACT seat of Mongolo, who is running on a platform that appears to be composed mainly of anti-gay obsessions, has now told the press that God has told him that he will be Prime Minister.

Since God seems to have made the same promise to Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull, I wouldn’t put too much faith in that, Phil.

Phil doesn’t hold much faith in conventional psychology/psychiatry, and nor does  Brian Camenker, head of the anti-gay hate group Mass Resistance.

He says the professions only removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses due to the actions of an extreme terrorist movement in the medical community. I thought it was the anti-abortionists who went around bombing doctors offices, not gays, but maybe I missed something.

He’s also appalled by the outlawing of ‘reparative therapy’ in California, for kids under the age of consent. He’s not alone. Extremist Christian group the Pacific Justice Institute is challenging the law , filing suit on behalf of a psychiatrist and a marriage and family therapist who is also a church pastor in San Diego.

Professional bodies in both UK and Australia , with  countries warning against the therapy, with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) telling its 30,000 members formally that being gay is not a “mental disorder”. More of them pesky gay terrorists at work, I guess.

Dan “It Gets Better” Savage is coming under fire for pointing forcefully to the effects of the anti-gay rhetoric coming from the religious right, saying that every dead gay kid is a victory for them. He continued:

“They argue that the gay lifestyle is sick and sinful and dangerous and they point to the suicide rate, and then they turn around and do everything in their power to make sure that suicide rate does not come down and to drive it up. Tony Perkins [head of the Family Research Council, which publishes junk science supporting reparative therapy] sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work — and he calls himself a Christian.”

More religious nuttery

More evidence that religion drives you crazy. Either that, or it’s a haven for people who are already off on another planet.

If women were allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia the supply of virgins would dry up, and the number of homosexuals increase, according to Saudi Arabia’s all-male religious council, Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala. Pornography, prostitution and divorce would also boom.

You mean, men would be driven into frenzies of lust at the sight of women on wheels? Time to update the driving test to include a segment for men on how to steer one-handed.

Meanwhile those noisy anti-gay street-preachers of Adelaide continue to fight for their right to spew venom where and whenever they like. They claim they must be allowed to preach in the Mall because they are banned from everywhere else. WTF?

How Tassie Marriage was derailed

A behind the scenes explanation from veteran advocate Rodney Croome. Rodney still thinks state marriage has a chance, this time in South Australia. What do you think?

Just for fun

If you haven’t yet had enough Alan Jones, here he is at his fffing finest: not safe for work.

After years of obscurity, Rupert Everett has tasted publicity & he wants more. Foot firmly back in mouth, he again bites off more than he can chew, saying he doesn’t know why some queens want to get married in church. Living proof that there is no correlation between acting ability and intelligence.

And a great story of parental love at its best.

The Bad News

They still hate us in Ukraine and Jamaica.

 

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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)