Matrimony Sanctimony: My own Hypocrisy

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What is the marriage equality debate in Australia about? Two people of the same sex getting married? Wrong! In the months since postal vote was announced, and the debate began in ernest, it has become about political correctness, the safe schools program, freedom of speech, boys in dresses and political leadership brinkmanship. Throw in some defaced Captain Cook statues for some intersectional nonsense, because why not at this point? No one comes out of this looking good. Marriage equality has exposed deep divisions in Australia and thrust the LGBT community into the centre of Australian political and social debate where they have been exposed as the vindictive, intolerant group it has become since being taken over by the socialist activists.

The debate is getting ugly, with most of the ugliness, as I expected, coming from the Yes side. At this point the only remaining No voters are those who will forever cling to their traditional ideals. There is no use, or joy, in debating these people, so the masochistic Left has decided to destroy them, while picking up as many victim points as they can along the way. Fake gay hate posters? 20 points to Gryffindor! Their latest target is a doctor who is campaigning for the No side. They have started a petition to deregister her as a medical professional because of her political point of view (amongst the usual death and rape threats). You know you’ve gone to far when even that liberal scream sheet the Sydney Morning Herald thinks you’ve gone too far.

But marriage equality has also exposed my own hypocrisies.

While Australia as a whole may be progressing on social issues, until the marriage equality issue there was reluctance among politicians and the media to discuss ‘gay’ issues (Dear Home and Away, I’m still waiting for that story line about the lithe tanned surfer boy exploring his sexuality in the sand dunes, just FYI). I can’t even remember the last time an LGBT issue was this prominent in Australian discourse or went on for so long. Perhaps the 1997 decriminalisation of homosexuality in Tasmania, which, good lord, was 20 years ago now. But don’t take that as a complete complaint. There’s a degree of comfort in being ignored by society at large and being able to slip in and out of politics as you wish. Being one of those annoying “I’m not like the other gays” gays, I was happy having gay issues stay out of the spotlight because it meant I didn’t have to think too hard about my own hypocrisies and uneasy relationship with my sexuality. Even if it meant I was not taking part in debates that were determining my own future as a gay man. That’s what the activists are there for, right?

Now staying out of politics is impossible. Now the uncomfortable questions I have avoided for so long are demanding answers, especially in relation to my conservative identity. The divisions I created between my gay lifestyle and conservative ideals and the excuses I use to justify the excessive behaviour of each have become increasingly untenable as the community splits over same-sex marriage.

It’s easy to criticise activists as rabble-rousers when you’ve always been too busy or lazy to take part in a protest. And it’s easy to identify with a conservative political party, and shamelessly ignore its darker side, when they are talking about power prices or GST distribution. Less so when they are talking about the intimate details of your lifestyle and comparing it to marrying a bridge. Even with the moderates in charge of the Liberal party, and a Prime Minister in support of it, marriage equality could not go to a parliamentary vote. And who knows how much longer he will be around for (Three more months. That’s how long). If the extreme right of the party takes back the prime ministership their backlash to the excesses of the Yes campaign will be swift and ruthless. And I honestly don’t know how I feel about that.

 

 

Going Postal Votes

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Today the deflating souffle that is Australia’s leadership voted down the plan for a compulsory national plebiscite on same-sex marriage and instead the measure will go to a non-compulsory postal ballot costing $122 million dollars. Will this process ever bloody end? Attorney-General George Brandis says same-sex marriage will be law by Christmas. I think there’s a greater chance that by Christmas he’ll be nibbling mince pies in the London Embassy.

There are worse ways to decide this, I suppose. As a precedent for the Australian government asking the public for opinion on policy, Mathias Cormann cites the 1974 phone poll of 60,000 randomly selected Australians to ask for their view on changing the national anthem. Try that these days and not only will the participants skew heavily towards the older generation who still have landlines, but you’ll end up with a result of 50 percent for ‘yes’ and 50 percent for ‘fuck off calling me a dinner time, call again I’ll shove the phone up your bloody arse’

So with a postal vote all but certain (today at least), here is a list of pros and cons of this political shirking of duty by democracy:

Con: Waste of my money and time

Fact: That money would have been wasted anyway. And you spent all day yesterday on the couch watching The Bachelor. Shut up.

Pro: Will be run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, not the Australian Electoral Commission, which means the government does not need senate approval to fund the vote. Hopefully that means that the activists determined to stop the vote will not be able to.

Con: The Australian Bureau of Statistics crashed out on the census and they had five years to plan. This would have to happen in months. Also, the legal challenges have already begun.

Pros: Postal ballots can’t be hacked by the Russians.

Cons: If the ABS stuffs this up they’ll probably blame hackers anyway.

Pro: Avoids ugly scenes at polling stations and removes people who would vote no out of resentment for having to show up.

Con: No plebiscite day sausages.

Pro: Only people who feel strongly about the issue will vote.

Con: This could result in a near 50/50 split similar to Brexit.

Pro: Brexit was the reclamation of sovereignty from a corrupt elitist system whose only goal is to enrich itself through the total control of all aspects of society.

Con: Entitled millennials dressed in the European Union flag.

Pro: There might be enough self-righteous millennials to push the ‘yes’ case over the line for same-sex marriage.

Con: Ugh, millennials.

Pro: Once same-sex marriage gets passed they might shut up.

Con: You know they won’t. One shudders to think what deluded activism they might take up in the absence of the marriage equality fight.

Pro: I wouldn’t have to go to anymore Marriage Equality fundraisers and listen to that terrible choir.

Con: The postal vote only means that parliament gets a free vote and the law might still not get passed.

Pro: There is most likely enough votes to pass marriage equality in parliament and by the end of the year same-sex couples will have the right to marry and enjoy the legal protections that that entails under Australian law.

Con: Regardless of the result, the Liberal government tears itself apart and Bill Shorten becomes our next Prime Minister.

Sigh. Well Liberal Pride Launch will be interesting now!

 

 

Australian LGBTI Awards: The Gold Logie in Activism

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Nominations are open for the 2018 Australian LGBTI Awards. Time to celebrate the bland homogenous face of Australia’s LGBTI community. How did we go from Priscilla Queen of the Desert to the pantsuited activist brigade? This is not to disparage their work, they do more for the LGBTI community than I ever will, but it represents how the gay community has become a circle jerk of leftist politics and political correctness. Which I could actually forgive if the winners weren’t so boring.

Some of this years winners:

Hero of the Year: Rowena Allen, Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality. Activist. Yawn.

Journalist of the year: Chloe Sargeant.
“Proud activist and staunch feminist”. Perhaps she won for her brave stance boycotting Coopers Beer?

Inspirational Role Model of the Year: Sharon Carroll, Diversity & Inclusion Business Partner at Australia Post.
Someone from the post office? Which is a major sponsor of the awards? Ok then.

LGBTI Celebrity of the year: Ruby Rose.
Is this really the best we could do? A person who has built an entire career out of the type of faux-lesbianism that peaked in the late 90s but is still apparently titillating to Australians. She didn’t even show up to claim the award.

Politician of the Year: Penny Wong.
I adore Penny Wong. Penny Wong in Senate Estimates investigating who broke the Prime Minister’s marble coffee table is the greatest moment in Australian politics. But lets see how many Labor and Greens members they get through before they award it to a conservative like Tim Wilson.

Community Initiative of the Year: Australian Marriage Equality.
Well that’s a surprise. I thought they might have given it to the Australian Christian Lobby.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Molly Meldrum.
I think they had to rush this one out; he isn’t going to be around for next year’s ceremony.

Brand and Organisation of the Year: SBS.
Ok, I’ll give them this one. Watching Queer as Folk on SBS at 2am with the sound off taught me everything I know about life and being a gay man. Thank you too for Eat Carpet, the compilation of student films that had so, so many lingering soft focus shots of uncut East European penises.

All from the same side of politics. Apart from Penny Wong, all the individuals who won were white. AIRBNB got an award, but no Indigenous Australians. I got a pretty neat handy while I was working at the Novotel, maybe they can get an award next year. The Australian gay community is so diverse, it’s a shame to have chosen such safe, correct winners as our representatives.

On the other hand, I don’t really blame them for favouring the activists over the more exciting controversial gay media personalities. Because we don’t really have any. For all the feather boa waving of Mardi Gras, Australia is still a conservative country. Neighbours had its first gay kiss in 2012. And remember the national shitstorm over the lesbian kiss on Home and Away? That was only frikkin’ 2009. In fairness, 2009 was a crazy time all round. We were all delirious from swine flu and the random $900 cheques that arrived in our letterboxes. Singer Peter Garrett was a minister for some reason. A black face minstrel show was deemed acceptable prime time entertainment…. but not a tender kiss between two women, apparently. It seems the only way for a media personality in Australia to be accepted as gay is to become an icon then come out once their legend status is enshrined, such as Molly Meldrum and Magda Szubanski, make it a part of their whole shtick, like Joel Creasey, or just shut the hell up about it.

Or you can be an activist. Become the issue. Get wheeled out for talking points on the news and award ceremonies so that Australia can pat itself on the back for how progressive it is. Hey, its still not as degrading as the Logies.

Sidenote: I have a long list of Australian celebrities that I believe to be closeted gays. I have another list of celebrities that are semi-confirmed as gay because a ‘friend of a friend’ has slept with them. But neither shall be revealed because I don’t want to get sued into oblivion. (Just to be a dirty tease: there’s a newsreader who dresses up teenage rent boys in his son’s school uniform and a footy player who gets on the pipe and visits bathhouses in states where he thinks he won’t be recognised.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching Transition: Safe Schools Gets Worse

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When I was in primary school I had to get a permission slip signed so that I could learn from a nun about the strange new places I would start growing hair. But now it seems schools in Victoria can help young children change genders without their parents even knowing, as part of the Safe Schools program.

Disturbingly, it took an American, Amanda Prestigiacomo from The Daily Wire, to bring this to public attention (where’s a Daily Tele columnist when you need one, are they all spending the day raking through the ashes of Fairfax?). While the article headline “Australian Schools Say They’ll Facilitate Gender Changes For 6-Year-Olds” is misleading, it does raise serious questions.

The part of the Guide Supporting Student Affirm Transition (GSSAF) that is causing most concern is the following:

  • Assess the support given by a student’s family members or carers, and think through the needs of any siblings, especially those attending the same school. If a student does not have family or carer support for the process, a decision to proceed should be made based on the school’s duty of care for the student’s wellbeing and their level of maturity to make decisions about their needs. It may be possible to consider a student a mature minor and able to make decisions without parental consent. 

This is not about confidentiality or protecting the child from a potentially family situation. A parent would notice if a school follows the GSSAF guide and their child dresses and socialises differently, attends different classes and activities, and oh yeah, has a different name.  Plus the news of a transgender student would instantly do the rounds of the canteen mum set, and once they know, everyone will know.

So the child’s family knows, how does the school assess family support? Do they have family consultations or rely on a mopey tween complaining “my parents don’t understand me”?

Will schools provide help for parents who don’t understand transgenderism or write them of as bigots and deal only with the child? (It’s not the school’s job to educate you!) This would be a horrifying scenario as it would rob the child of potential support during such a vulnerable time.

The leftist mob is pushing the age when children can decide they are transgender younger and younger. What if a parent is fine with their child being transgender but wants to wait until they are older than 6 to start making life-changing choices? Will leftist teachers start reporting these as ‘unsafe homes’?

To be clear, the guide is not suggesting in any way that children should be given any gender changing drugs or surgery. Lord knows schools can’t even give out painkillers these days – there was a very lucrative black market trade in Panadol Menstrual at my high school. But can we trust individual radical teachers not to become empowered by this guide, now implemented in 300 schools across Victoria, and start taking matters into their own hands if they feel the child is not ‘supported’ enough and slip them some ‘special’ pills?

Transgender and gender-questioning children need family input and support for their decisions; not needed is some English Major ‘teaching while they work out what to do in life’ diagnosing and renaming other people’s children.

NB. Alarmingly, on the author list alongside the Marxist Roz Ward is Dani Wright Toussaint, the militant activist who has pushed themselves onto every LGBT group in Perth and has the whole community living in terror of their PC reign. The self-described gender-non-conforming female body person describes themself as being in a ‘same-sex, similar gender relationship’.  I’m old enough to remember when she was just a lesbian. But I suppose Tumblr makes fools of us all.

 

Gay bashings still ignored in Australia

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At least 5 gay men were severely bashed in Perth, Western Australia, earlier this year by a man who misrepresented himself on Grindr and lured them to parks at night. I confess personal connection to this case; one of the victims is a close friend who has been deeply traumatised. Another victim has critical head injuries.

In an era where, to quote the liberal media, LGBT people are apparently “literally fighting for their lives”, one would think this would be major news. There were only two small mentions in the mainstream news: a four sentence article at the bottom of page 14 of the West Australian newspaper on March 14 and a small news segment that has been posted online:

https://thewest.com.au/news/crime/gay-bashing-bc-5357468909001

To Channel 7’s credit, they are doing more than would be expected from the mainstream media in a conservative state. What is disappointing to me is that there is no mention of these events anywhere in the gay press. I can find no coverage on outinperth.com or starobserver.com.au. Samesame.com.au is down (oh no! how else will I find out when Mardi Gras is?), but a search of the archives reveals nothing. If someone could prove me wrong on any of this, I would be very happy.

I know for a fact these gay bashings were being discussed in person and online as they were occurring. The Perth gay community is a one degree of separation kind of place and I find it inconceivable that those running the gay media did not hear about them.

Why the silence?

Maybe it’s because cis gay men aren’t ‘intersectional’ enough to be allowed as the face of LGBT victimisation, even when being chased and stomped on.

Maybe gay men cruising for anonymous sex in parks is too old fashioned for the new ‘queer’ rendering of smiling transgender children and resistance rallies. It wouldn’t fit the narrative pushed by the sanctimonious marriage queens, either.

Maybe had this story been published early in the bashing season some men may have been saved. Instead, it fell victim to the identity politics and infighting that is tearing apart the LGBT community. In the 1980s dozens of gay men were murdered on Sydney’s Northern beaches and the media never reported it. I feel deep shame that today the silence is from our own community.

NB. In the course of my gay media research I ended up pouring through a lot of clubbing photos and I have some advice for the twinks: if you’re going to party with your jeans half down your bum, don’t wear your Kmart undies.

Bigoted Beer Boycotts and Backlashes

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The do-gooders are boycotting Coopers Brewery beers in Australia after the family-owned business created a video with two Liberal MPs, one of whom is openly gay, debating marriage equality over a beer. The problem not being what was said, but the fact that marriage equality was debated at all. In this country any opinion that wavers from the marriage equality line is branded hate speech. A look at Coopers twitter feed will show this is no exaggeration. The activists had a field day, all trying to out virtue signal each other in their disposal of Coopers products. The staff at a gay bar gleefully smashed the bottles one by one. How happy they were to finally be oppressed!

Why must everything we do become political? I was talking to my most leftist acquaintance, a man who talk to for an extended period I require not just beer but hard liquor and psychotropic substances, and he mentioned he only frequents businesses that advertise in the gay papers. Not only did he want to support businesses that support the gay community (they are of course allies, not just grabbing that sweet, sweet pink dollar) but he was concerned about being discriminated against when the topic of him being gay comes up. And for him it will come up. This is a problem I’ve never faced before. I guess I’m just old fashioned in that I keep conversation with my dentist to the weather and sport, not what I stick up my bum.

Now Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is in on the controversy, telling Australian CEOs not to use their positions – and shareholder money- to push social agendas. He has a point. We are becoming like America, where minimum wage retail and hospitality workers just trying to make a living are on the front line of endless boycotts, backlashes, and political posturing.

Yesterday it was time to take a stand against this madness!
I was going to drink a cold Coopers beer and stand up to the leftist bullies!
I don’t actually like Coopers Beer, but this was for freedom!

I went down to the bottle shop in full fight mode, ready to take on anyone who told me I was a hateful bigot for buying this beer, but the store was empty and the cashier semi-conscious. I walked all the way home unchallenged, and with my empty political gesture done for the week, I had nothing else to do. So I necked the four-pack while watching The Real Housewives of Sydney, got very windy and bloated and passed out by 6 pm. I think that puts me about the level of an anti-Trump protest.

 

 

Update on 2017 Predictions

At the start of the year I posted a list of predictions for Australia in 2017. As it turns out, the world is falling apart quicker than I thought. Here’s how some of the predictions are going:

  • Australia’s position in the world:

    Despite a flurry of attention from late-night hosts doing terrible Australian accents after Trump and Turnbull’s phone call, Australia is mostly being ignored on the world stage. Things are so desperate that Turnbull invited Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Australia for the first time and the media hasn’t stopped talking about it for two weeks. Sigh, call me when Australia gets a visit from a Shinzo Abe or higher.

  • Western Australia state election:

    The Liberals might actually pull this off, thanks to an unexpected deal with One Nation. Only three days until we find out if Colin Barnett is going to be given the traditional West Australian politician send off – dropped from a plane into the Pilbara with no supplies so that he can become one with the iron ore. If he emerges from the desert triumphant he is given Western Australia’s highest honour: Mining Consultant.

  • Retail collapses:

    Already this year Australia has seen the collapse of clothing retailers Herringbone, Rhodes & Beckett, Marcs and David Lawrence. Allphones also went bye-bye, thus depriving us of the only place to buy a decent phone charger after 5 pm. Amazon is expected to launch in Australia by the end of the year, cutting a scythe through local retailers. This could be a wake-up call to the government that an environment where commercial and residential rents keep rising but wages stay the same is going to end poorly for everyone, but I don’t expect them to do much of anything…about anything.

  • Obama’s legacy:

    His web of lies and surveillance is quickly unravelling. It’s beautiful. I predict no more smarmy water skiing photos after his full corruption is exposed to the American people.

  • Has Cory Bernardi released a nude calendar to fund his new party?

    No, but a boy can dream.

  • Is Turnbull still Prime Minister?

    Let’s check on that in a few days.

 

Gender Biased Traffic Lights

Ten traffic light pedestrian figures will be changed to women in Melbourne, with the aim to eventually make 50 percent of pedestrian walk signs into female figures. The stated aim is to ‘reduce unconscious gender bias’.

Says Victorian Minister for Women Fiona Richardson, “There are many small — but symbolically significant — ways that women are excluded from public space”.

For a moment let’s leave aside the fact that this is patronising, a waste of money, ignores real issues women face and only serves to reinforce the view of feminists as nagging harpies. If indeed we all need to be represented in traffic pedestrian signals, lest we collapse into a shrieking mess every time we cross the road, here are some pedestrian – AND VIRTUE! – signalling ideas that truly represent Melbourne:

  • A green female figure with bright pink hair, to represent the feminists.
  • A green female figure that turns red monthly when blood pours from her vagina.
  • A green figure in a burqa, or even a little green ISIS man smashing little green ancient relics.
  • Just a big sign that says “Boycott Israel”.
  • A figure that alternates between a green man and a red woman at random times with no relation to actual traffic conditions that yells at you if you get its pronouns wrong.
  • In a tribute to ‘rape culture’ and today’s undebatable feminists, just a big red signal that says NO MEANS NO and doesn’t let anyone cross the road.
  • A gay man in a sling that alternates between yellow and red depending on what he’s chasing.
  • Green refugees that will not actually live in any Green seats.
  • A big Adam Bandt face, 1984 style.
  • Emma Watson with her tits cut off.

Gosh, when I put it like this, the idea of gender specific traffic lights seems almost ridiculous!

Plebiscite Then

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Why am I leading this post with a photo of Liam Hemsworth? Its not just to bring the thirsty, thirsty gays to this site.

Last Saturday marked the date of what was supposed to be Australia’s same-sex marriage plebiscite. If, instead of arguing over the ‘right’ way to achieve marriage equality, we had toughed it out and gone through with the damn thing, there would be many happy gay couples legally married today.

And I would be married to Liam Hemsworth. The lack of plebiscite is the only thing preventing that…yeah…excuse me while I put on this soiled wedding dress and cry into my Lean Cuisine…

Campus Debate in Australia

Controversy! Controversy! Everyone to your twitter stations! Sky News presenter Ross Cameron made several derogatory comments towards gay people this week at a Q Society fundraiser, and boy is everyone in a tizz. Everyone from the Greens to Cory Bernardi is lining up to attack him. There are two comments the media is focusing on:

  • That the NSW division of the Liberal Party was “basically a gay club”

I do not understand the problem with this comment. Its true! I have made similar statements on this very blog. Gay men are heading to the right. Perhaps the problem is that the screeching classes just don’t wish to admit their role in pushing the biggest group of out homosexuals – white gay men – to the right with their constant calls for privilege checking, white-shaming and binary gender exclusion.

  • That the Sydney Morning Herald should be renamed “The Sydney Morning Homosexual”.

A juvenile comment, akin to shouting “gaaaayy” out a car window, but a succinct appraisal of the SMH’s biases.

Cartoonist Larry Pickering got in on the action, stating:

  • That he “can’t stand Muslims, but they are not all bad, they do chuck pillow-biters off buildings.”

A hideous comment that I find offensive. But not personally offensive, because that’s a waste of my time and energy. What I find more offensive are the attempts by protesters to shut down the Q Society fundraiser altogether. Unless Ross Cameron and Larry Pickering are inciting violence (and though Pickering gets close, I would argue he is not), they have the right to speak. Freedom of speech is for everyone, not just people who agree with you, or for the inoffensive, or even the mostly coherent.

Victoria University issued an apology for allowing the event to be held on its premises after receiving a letter of protest from students and staff and are reviewing administrative procedures. It appears this protest has nothing to do with the content of the speeches, but rather the goals of Q Society itself. Their stated goals are an end to muslim immigration and halal certification. Neither of these things are basic rights that should be immune from debate and criticism. I fear this victory for campus ‘activists’ is the start of a quick descent into the ‘no-platforming’ policy that has crippled debate at universities in the UK and emboldened the leftists to riot, destroy property and physically attack those they perceive as fascists, that is, everyone, on campuses in the USA.

I hope one day Milo Yiannopoulos comes to Australia so that the hypocrisies and pretensions (how are university Marxist societies still a thing?) of the modern Australian university are laid bare for the mainstream to see. His presence will create serious debate and will mean no more easy victories for those intent on silencing conservative points of view.  It’ll be a riot!

Excuse the bad joke, I’m fasting before Mardi Gras and am quite light headed.