Freshly Doug Weekender

Australian Christian Lobby v The Evil One (us)

From the ABC’s Lateline:

BEN MCLEAN: The chairman of the ACL board Tony McLellan says Australia is in the midst of a spiritual war.

TONY MCLELLAN: It’s against the kingdom of God by the Devil. The Devil doesn’t like God and doesn’t like everything God stands for. I would say that people who are trying to change the definition of marriage, which has its roots in Christianity, are obviously trying to deconstruct Christian’s views of what marriage should be. And they well may be motivated by the evil one to do that.

Who is Tony McLellan?

For a brief rundown of his background and history, check out my old blog here.

BrieflyMcLellan lived and worked overseas for 25 years as President and CEO of e.g., L. J. Hooker in America and Barrick Gold. He co-founded two US Christian ministries: We Care America, and chaired one of them Citizens for Community Values.

We Care America, which provided ‘faith based services’ to the state of Ohio, appears to have run into financial trouble in 2007 (after McLellan returned to Australia), filing a voluntary petition for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7 liquidation with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, and now no longer exists. What little I could find was rather interesting here and here.

Citizens for Community Values  still exists and campaigns vigorously against gay rights along with its allies, the American Family Association, Focus on the Family, and the Family Research Council.

McLellan has been a Director of the Liberal Party think-tank, the Menzies Research Centre since 2005.

A great marriage equality music video

Sport

The British Football Association, soccer’s peak national body, is forging ahead with a new initiative to kick homophobia out of sport. They’re launching a program to find, recruit and train openly gay managers, coaches, referees and other officials. HINT: when will the AFL start getting this creative??

‘One of the key parts of the plan is about taking positive action to be more inclusive and there’s an acknowledgement at the moment that LGBT people need a bit of encouragement to get into football, coaching and management,’ said Louise Englefield of Pride Sports..

She added: ‘It’s significant because it’s the first time the FA has specifically targeted LGBT people in this way.

‘It’s groundbreaking really and I suspect it’s probably the first time a governing body anywhere in the world has run something like this.’

Tony Abbott

A remarkable piece of snivel and drivel re Tony from the Mudrock Press: apparently he knows how to wash up, and would rather blub over Downton Abbey than watch footy. I guess he might start feeling threatened by all thos big butch men in tight shorts . . . .

US election

Gay activists are encouraging LGBTI Americans to push their friends and family members to vote for pro-gay candidates in the upcoming eloections.

“People came out to vote for our rights when an LGBT friend or family member personally asked them. So let’s ask. Let’s reach out to all of our friends and family in battleground states now, before voter registration starts closing this week.”

Pink

After listening to the raucous chatter of the massed lesbians at Joy 94.9 studios as I prepped my show last night, I now know that nothing excites them so much as Pink., who is, I am reliably informed, super-hot. I’ll take their word for it. She does seem to be one savvy straight woman. Here she is on her gay fans.

“They’ve been the most loyal part of what I do. They’ve been my most loyal friends, to be honest. I’ve had a lot of my gay boys around, but my gay girls are my rootstalk. They’re my honesty in an ocean of bullshit. I should be gay by the way that I look and the way that I am. I just happen to not be. But it just makes perfect and complete sense.”

Ellen

The award-winning gay chat show host will be presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour, at the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington DC.

Orlando Cruz

The first boxer to come out fighting, so to speak.

“I developed physically and mentally to take such a big step in my life and in my profession, which is boxing, knowing that it would have pros and cons, highs and lows in this sport that is so macho,” he said. “I kept this hidden for many, many years.”

Alan Jones

Everyone seems to have weighed in on this to the point where I’m heartily sick of it.

Jane Douglas, sometime contributor to The Stirrer, has a great piece on her blog about dealing with bullies like Jones.

Jones is acting like a bully who has gotten away with his behaviours for far too long. To me, it looks as though Australia has risen to its feet and said in a loud voice, and without trembling, that we’re not going to put up with his nonsense any more.

Ben Peter-Terpstra, on the other hand, plays ‘shoot the messenger’, calling Jones ABC critics homophobes

Rainbow Report

Last night’s show on Joy 94.9 was a corker. All the Stirrers – James Newburrie, Rob Mitchell and myself – in the studio together, tackling Big Data: the government’s plans to store ALL our digital activity – mobile and internet, calls, sms’s, email, Facebook, Twitter – for up to two years. The police want to keep it for ever.

It’s touted as a security measure to keep us safe from cybercrime and terrorism, but will it.

Hear Neil Gaugher, National Manager, High Tech Crime unit, Australian Federal Police; internode founder and one of the founders of the internet, Simon Hackett, and Nigel Waters of the Australian Privacy Foundation kick it around: click here for the podcast download or listen below.

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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. "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)