Gary Burns calls for a comprehensive national anti-homopbobia campaign

Australia has an homophobic side’ according to gay rights activist Gary  Burns. 

NEARLY half of Central Queenslanders questioned in a national poll think homosexuality is ‘immoral.’ Roy Morgan Research,which involved about 700 Capricornia residents over two years,revealed 45 % thought homosexuality was immoral.

Mr Burns, a Sydney gay rights activist said,”this is a very scary thought” and is calling for a comprehensive anti-homophobia campaign to run across the nation to remove community attitudes against homosexuals.

Recent anti-homophopbia campaigns such as the AIDS Council of NSW’s ThisOZ campaign were typically ‘pop’ limited to online media and even feature inapropriate persons such as Paul Vautin, host of the Footy Show, subject of Burns complaint to the ADT for homophobia, to promote it.

Mr Burns calls on all federal M.Ps to get out into their constituency and promote some tolerance and understanding for other peoples differences. Mr Burns claims the M.P for the federal seat of Capricornia Ms Livermore has ‘sat on her cross stitching’ and done nothing about homophobia in her far north QLD seat for nine long years. 

“Ms Livermore is a person in a powerful position because she is a member of the federal parliament. She has responsibilities to remove any view promoting homosexuals are immoral or unfortunate crazies,”Mr Burns said.

Mr Burns claims the members of the Parliament of Australia should be doing more to promote a more inclusive Australia.

” We should all be loving each other like two old shoes and not having to duck hatred of a proportion equalling the war zone of the Gaza Strip“, concluded Burns.

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Gary Burnshomosexual vilification complaint against Nine’s Footy Show has been decided
The NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) is about to hand down its decision in a homosexual vilification complaint against Channel Nine‘s Footy Show.
Gary Burns, a prominent Sydney gay rights activist, lodged the complaint against Channel Nine’s Footy Show alleging its skit ‘My Three Sons‘ aired on 7 May 2009 vilified him on the grounds of his homosexuality. He was offended as a member of the group. The skits’ message suggested his homosexuality was “faulty and unfortunate”.

In the skit, the homosexual male child’s father who was played by Nine’s Footy Show producer (whose name is, bizarrely, also Gary Burns) said in the skit: “I want to return this” (i.e. the camp male child dressed in women’s clothes). “It’s faulty.”

“Nine’s Footy Show producer Gary Burns’ support for a gay jihad was pernicious and hateful,” said gay activist Gary Burns.
“I have a picture of Bette Davis on my mantlepiece at home because she’s my favourite Hollywood Goddess. But I reckon the other Gary Burns would have a picture of former One Nation founder Pauline Hanson on his mantlepiece because she too got her kicks from xenophobia by raising fear and loathing in everyday Australians against other Australians because of their differences. After all Hanson did describe homosexuality as ‘unnatural’. My homosexuality is part of the essence of my character and personality,” said Mr Burns.
Mr Burns believes the dropping of the human pronoun entirely in regards to the homosexual child in this insidious skit was vilification.
The skit promoted the message that homosexual males should not be treated in society with any legitimacy but as faulty and unfortunate.
This decision will be handed down on Wednesday 10 November at 10 a.m.

at THE ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS TRIBUNAL.

LEVEL 15/111 ELIZABETH STREET, SYDNEY. NSW. 2000.

Gary Burns said: “If this complaint is not substantiated what’s the point of having any anti-vilification provisions in the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act (1977)? If this complaint is not upheld it sends the wrong message because it will endorse as acceptable that male homosexuality is ‘faulty’ and males with those characteristics should suffer a lesser legitimacy in society because of it. It will also legitimise a view it’s okay to refer to other minority Australians like Jews as dogs, Muslims as terrorists, and Aborigines as coons,and Asians as chinks,etc.
“Where do we draw the line in the sand on what’s acceptable public conduct toward minority Australians if my case against The Nine Network is dismissed?”
Mr Burns believes this case is in the “public interest” and the judicial members need to reflect this in their judgement. The purpose of The Act is to promote tolerance and understanding for minority Australians,including homosexual Australians. Mr Burns is confident his complaint will be substantiated.
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Above The Law

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“Is Whanganui Mayor Michael Laws a covert Homosexual ” ? asks Sydney Gay Rights Activist Gary Burns

Gary Burns, a Sydney gay rights activist famous for suing former Sydney radio broadcaster John Laws for calling gay men “pillow biters” has entered the fray of the Whanganui (N.Z.) Mayoral race.

 

21 year old Mayoral aspirant Jevan Goulter claims Mr Michael Laws has been making unfounded and unsubstantiated complaints against him in attempt  to discredit his suitability for public office. Mr Goulter fears for his personal safety as allegations fly from the has-been radio hack.

 

Gary Burns said, “This boofhead is similar in characteristic to former Sydney radio hack John Laws as he once thought he was above the law. I suspect Michael Laws is a covert homosexual who finds the younger Jevan  Goulter attractive. I can understand that. Jevan is a very handsome young man. I would let him put his fluffy slippers under my bed any day. Does Mr Laws want to ask him out for a baked dinner ?
“It seems to me Mr Laws has a fear of his own feelings. The best way to attack your own fears is to attack others of the same kind. This is the substantiative problem in this matter. Bullying and thuggery is unacceptable behaviour from a person in a powerful position like Michael Laws”.

 

Mr Burns believes those who seek public office have responsibilities. “I am thinking of coming to New Zealand to assist Mr Goulter with his campaign. I will bring a little red dress for Mr Laws to slip into. Maybe he can do a bit of go- go dancing in his family closet to a Shirley Bassey record,” said Mr Burns.”

 

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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

Footy players out and proud

Eddie McGuire

Eddie Macguire – Collingwood AFL Club

 

 

From: Sunday Herald Sun
May 23, 2010 12:00AM

JASON Akermanis sparked a furore during the week when he said it would be better for a gay footballer to stay in the closet than to “out himself” and face recrimination.

While I disagree on many levels with what Aker said, it is interesting that many people still feel intimidated by alternative lifestyles in this country.

For a nation that bangs on about the spirit of the Anzacs and how they sacrificed so much so that we could live in freedom, we still appear to blanch at anything outside the mainstream.

“Ban the burqa”, “stay in the closet”, “send back the boat people” … is it any wonder we look like a bunch of rednecks?

Of course “fear politics” and opinion polls play a major role in generating this type of paranoia.

But just as disturbing as these opinions may appear, by and large, Australia remains one of the friendliest countries in the world.

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Our media may be heading towards a new level of triviality, but, when push comes to shove, Australians remain compassionate and accommodating people.

What we are prone to do is shoot first and ask questions later.

Akermanis’s comments reflect a real belief within the straight world, particularly in blue-collar communities, that gay men are a bunch of promiscuous sex maniacs.

Such a belief is not helped by the fact that the only exposure many straight people have to the gay world is through the telecast of the flamboyant Sydney Gay Mardi Gras.

Recently, I was interviewed on radio by Addam Stobbs of gay radio station JOY FM and I made the point that while it was understandable for the gay community to be sensitive to jokes made at their expense, it may be a double standard for the gay community to take the mickey out of themselves, as well as straight and religious icons.

His honest reply was that it was OK for them to have fun at their own expense, but not for it to be open season from outsiders. And that is the dilemma. Parts of the gay community are still distrustful, with good reason, of those who claim to be friends, yet still joke at their expense.

Take, for example, the furore over Mick Molloy‘s and my comments at the Winter Olympics.

Activist Gary Burns, who first lodged a complaint against Mick and me at the Human Rights Commission, did so to protect young gay men who are still bashed and vilified for just being themselves.

I regard Mr Burns as a crusader for his cause and if a few people have to cop a whack along the way, then so be it.

Once he understood the motivation behind our comments, Mr Burns was magnanimous enough to withdraw the complaint after meeting with me.

And here’s the point: once he trusted me, we were able to empathise with each other.

Similarly, my outrage at being wrongly accused as a homophobe dissipated when I realised his position was based on bringing about fairness to a group of people who have been unfairly maligned and marginalised.

I have been involved in football all my life and I fervently believe that there has never been a better time for a gay footballer to live his life openly.

As much as any homosexual young man would have been devastated by reading Akermanis’s column during the week, so too I hope he would have been uplifted when the overwhelming majority of the football world came out in support of homosexual players.

Gay footballers makes as much sense as indigenous footballers, Muslims, kids from broken marriages, wonderful families, poor suburbs, the country or Western District farmers – that is, they are just another piece of the rich tapestry of life of which the football world is a microcosm.

Aker’s view has credibility.

His words do reflect the thoughts of many people, whether through lack of knowledge, fear, bigotry or just their take on the world.

What it has given us all is the opportunity to take a step forward in the discussion and understanding of the right of all Australians to live their life.

Invariably, the first football identity to come out will be part of a circus of headlines and opinion pieces, which is why that person should heed Akermanis’s comments if only to fully prepare for the inevitability of the coverage.

But just as everyone remembers Neil Armstrong as the first man to walk on the moon, who remembers Eugene Cernan, the 12th and most recent man to do so? So too will it become commonplace and not so much of a big deal once everyone moves past the initial fuss of the first gay footballer.

Wouldn’t it be great if a group of players were so bold as to come out together?

People should not condemn Akermanis for voicing his point of view; he might well end up playing a pivotal role in the next phase of evolution in our game.

Hopefully, the gay community can help those whose ignorance overshadows their natural sense of justice and help them understand we are all in this together.

Just as Nicky Winmar and Michael Long led the charge against racial vilification, so too do we need heroes to lead the way in fighting homophobia.

I can guarantee the majority of the football world will stand as one with them.