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Flying the flag at the National Assembly for Wales

Had an awesome time on The Rainbow Report last night, with Prof Chris Hickey, Rob Mitchell and Leesa Catto: the story of women’s AFL football is especially inspiring and has lots of lessons for LGBTI as we move into the AFL family. The podcast will be online by 5pm today Friday 18: you can get it from iTunes or the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia podcast site.

We mentioned the Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas in our conversation: he was on my mind because he is once again in the spotlight in the UK – he’s in an ice-skating reality TV show, and he’s made a documentary about coming out. My favourite quote:

“The one thing I had was a big fear of coming out, and what I found was that the fear was often so much worse than actually doing it.”

Try coming out in a Star Wars game and you’ll find yourself in quarantine.

“Developers of Star Wars: the Old Republic have decided that all gay characters will be stuck on a single planet called Makeb. The move comes with the release of the Rise of the Hutt Cartel pack and the Makeb planet will be the only place in the game where players can select ‘flirtatious’ dialogue options with characters of the same gender.”

Sounds like heaven on a stick: can we exile Jim Wallace there? Because he has nothing against gays – honest. He says we shouldn’t worry about those nasty old religious exemptions in anti-discrimination law, because no-one ever uses them. Funny that, because religious brekkie cereal maker Sanitarium are right now advertising for ‘Christian’ workers for their production lines.

And then there was this in Queensland last year.

Teacher sacked over pregnancy

A pregnant and unmarried teacher at a Sunshine Coast Christian college claims she has been sacked for breaking the “lifestyle agreement” part of her contract by having a child out of wedlock.

No one uses ’em, eh, Jimbo?

Veteran gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome says Jim’s telling porkies, and has offered to introduce him to loads of people who have been denied jobs or services on ‘religious’ grounds.

Lots of Christians don’t even want the exemptions in the first place. In sharp contrast to Roman Kiddyfiddlers Inc and the Australian Christaliban Lobby, the Uniting Church doesn’t feel the least bit threatened by the loss of religious exemptions. Anyone for a brisk round of “Spot The Real Christian”?

And finally, the hordes of ‘Christians’ who turned out for a mass rally against same-sex marriage in Paris have found that the out-gay Mayor of the City, Bertrand Delanoe, has ways of making them pay. He’s stuck them with with a €100,000 ($133,000) bill for the clean-up.

Have a great weekend.

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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)