Gay-rights activist to lodge complaint against Ten Network newsreader Ron Wilson

  • AAP
  • March 07, 2011 11:40PM
  • GAY-RIGHTS activist Gary Burns is planning to lodge an anti-discrimination complaint against Ten Network newsreader Ron Wilson for his comments on the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.

    During an interview with Mardi Gras co-chair Pete Urmson, Wilson said some of the spectacles in Saturday’s parade were almost “an exploitation” of a sexual image and that “there’s a difference between colourful and disgusting”.

    Mr Burns tonight night said he would lodge a complaint with the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

    “Ron Wilson referring to homosexual people as ‘disgusting’ via a public act (in this case, television) breaches the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act,” he said in a media release.

    “The Mardi Gras may not be everyone’s cup of tea but surely diversity on a night like this is acceptable.”

    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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