Mardi Gras Extra Freshly

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Waddya mean, I’m s’posed to come out? I’m well off where I am, thanks.

It’s Mardi Gras, and Sydney is gay for a day. Here’s some extra little tidbits for all you stirrers.

President Obama explains why he’s weighing in on Prop 8 at the Supreme Court.

Australian Council for Social Services tells the politicians to get real on discrimination and gay rights.

My show on Joy, The Rainbow Report, this week covered the stoush over the Bairnsdale Advertiser, the banning of a queer film from MQFF, Daniel Witthaus new gay education venture NICHE, and intersex icon Tony Briffa’s problems getting a birth certificate, and a marriage licence. As the Community Broadcasting Association podcast site is again failing to load, here’s the podcast.

Ivan Hinton, my co-worker on Rainbows Over Margaret Court Arena and now VP PLFAG Capital Region, gives the PM a sobering reminder of why Mardi Gras still matters.

Anthony Callea opens mouth, inserts foot and shoots, complaining it’s bizarre that gay people have to come out, ‘cos straights don’t. As one Facebook commenter succinctly put it, assimilationist bullshit. As I put it, stick to singing, Tone.

Happy Mardi Gras!!

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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)