Have Your Say

Love him or hate him, Gary Burns is passionate about gay vilificaton and is very interested in your comments.

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.

2 thoughts on “Have Your Say”

  1. Hello Gary,
    I just want to compliment you on your tireless work and thank you for inspiring me to stick up for myself. I had been a loyal member at my local gym for 6 years. During this time I was constantly bullied, made fun of and harassed because a trainer assumed I was homosexual. It got to the point I had had enough and contacted the gym manager last October. He did nothing. In March this year I arrived at my gym to train. I felt so good about myself after successfully losing ten kilos and finally reached my goal weight. I worked so hard to do it. I ran into the trainer who had been teasing me for years. He asked me if I had lost weight. I proudly said yes. His response was “that’s what happens when you have HIV”. I was devastated. To cut a long story short, I filed a complaint with the ADB. They have contacted the gym who have put their lawyers onto it. They are claiming they are not liable in anyway because they do not employ their personal trainers. I have not been back to the gym since. I feel extremely humiliated and the lawyers are trying to intimidate me. But I shall fight on. You have inspired me to speak up and fight for justice. To assume a person is gay is one thing, but to assume they have HIV because they have lost weight is extremely disappointing and hurtful.


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