Rainbow Report on Openness

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Openness doesn’t just mean being gay and out, though that is crucially important. It means being proud and out even if you’re not gay, in support of us. Straight allies are vital to the future of LGBTI, so I’m very pleased to have an interview with the US founder of the Athlete Ally program, Hudson Taylor, thanks to my Joy colleague Hikaru Freeman.

Being open can take you into hostile territory. Sydney’s longstanding and highly respected Twenty10  organisation, which ‘works with and supports young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and friends,’ was invited to take part in a festival by the river in Paramatta, but they fell foul of Mayor John Chedid. Terence Humphreys, Twenty10 acting Managing Director, has the story.

One of the more surreal events of the week was the appearance of a Facebook page for something called Monogamous Gays Australia. A SameSame article quickly followed, and a storm of hostile reaction. And all Andy had done was to start a group calling for gay men to think seriously about marriage and monogamy.  A lot of hostile reaction to one man being open about his desire for monogamy. Why? Andy joins us later.

We’re coming up to Pride March, and this year the road has been a little rockier than usual. Bad weather last year knocked down the post-Pride fair receipts, which meant reserves dwindled alarmingly. But it is going ahead, contrary to some rumours that were floating around a few weeks back. Pride March VP Matt Renwick joins the show tonight.

Last but not least, Rod Swift is aboard to complete the lineup.

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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)