A gay guide to campaigning

When gay-rights stirrer Gary Burns phoned me the other day about my recent blog against same-sex marriage, I squared my quaintly conservative shoulders for a stoush. But surprise, surprise. Burns actually agreed with me.

Gay minister Penny Wong — insulted by the gay brigade.

‘‘I think we need a Civil Union Bill of sorts,’’ he said. ‘‘This bill should be legislatively drafted so as to represent the unique relationships gays have together because their relationships are nothing like opposite-sex couples.’’

Mind you, Burns also said that ‘‘gay marriage will eventually come’’ but ‘‘I’ve always held the view that if the GLBT community get themselves too far out in front of Australians in their push for gay marriage recognition they will become lost.’’

Burns is the kind of reasonable spokesman who does the homosexual community credit. None of the ranting anti-hetero gibberish, no kneejerk cries of ‘‘homophobia’’. It’s a shame the gay brigade doesn’t have more like him.

Compare Burns with gay-radio broadcaster Doug Pollard who threw a hissy fit on Crikey this month because major parties wouldn’t say yay or nay to gay marriage.

Pollard whined that no big wigs from Government had been available to appear on his Freshly Doug show on Joy 94.9 – not the PM, not Health Minister Nicola Roxon, not Attorney-General Robert McCellland. No, they had insulted him by offering a ‘‘clap doctor’’ (a bureaucrat from the Department of Health) instead.

Having maligned the public service, Pollard kept building steam. He said (1) Gillard had ‘‘gone on her knees’’ (sexual overtones?) to the ‘‘arch-priest of anti-gaydom’’ (Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby) and that (2) Labor Party’s faceless men were peeved that Pollard’s mob had ‘‘been rude to their tame lesbian’’.

By this, I guess he refers to Penny Wong who I thought made a very thoughtful statement on her homosexuality on Q and A a few weeks back. Difficult subject to deal with in a panel format and obviously  a very personal space for Ms Wong. ‘‘Tame lesbian’’? Charming description!

So in one serving, Freshly Doug slurred the Prime Minister and public servants,  insulted Christians and slagged off at the only one of his own same-sex community on the front bench. And he wonders why they won’t go on his show!

Mr Pollard is a shining example for all lobby groups, a lesson in how to campaign for your cause. Not!

smh.com.au Aug 27 2010

Author: Garry Burns

Gary Burns is an Australian anti-discrimination campaigner. He successfully tested the homosexual vilification provisions of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 with a complaint of personal homosexual vilification against broadcaster John Laws and Sydney radio station 2UE that concluded in his favour in 2002.[1] Burns went on to front public interest cases against high profile figures and media establishments for unlawful homosexual vilification.

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