What’s Your Gay Agenda?

Im gay and I vote

You’ve all heard of The Gay Agenda. Our opponents are always accusing us of pushing The Gay Agenda. Of course, there’s no such thing. Not if you mean ‘an agreed program of social change that all queers all over the world sign up to and promote’.

We each, however, have a gay, lesbian, bi, trans, intersex, queer agenda of our own. Our hopes for the future. The changes we would like to see so that we can be full and equal citizens in our own country.

Many activists and public figures have accepted our invitation to write about their gay agenda, and those contributions will be published over the coming weeks and months.

But the stirrer is also inviting YOU to tell everyone – what’s YOUR agenda?

You have up to 1,000 words to describe My Gay [or Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Intersex, Queer] Agenda. Send your contribution to the stirrer IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL, with My Gay Agenda in the subject line. I won’t open attachments due to potential viruses.

A few rules:

  1. Keep it clean, decent, legal, honest and truthful.

  2. Please write comprehensibly: my time is limited. Pieces requiring extensive sub-editing and correction will not be accepted.

  3. The editor (that’s me) reserves the right to edit all contributions.

  4. The editor also reserves the right to decline any contribution.

In this busy election year it’s important to get our concerns into the public debate. So get writing!

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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. 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)