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Sydney equal opportunity campaigner and openly homosexual man GARY BURNS appealed against the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT)  dismissal of his complaint alleging TheNine Network‘s Footy Show skit “my three sons” had breached the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act (1977) because it severally ridiculed and portrayed him and homosexual men contemptuously will be handed down today.

Mr Burns, who had a homosexual vilification complaint against Nine’s Footy Show dismissed last year appealed.

The decision will be handed down today Friday 20 May 2011 at 10am at the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT), Level 15, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney 2000.

Mr Burns’ complaint of homosexual vilification relates to The Footy Show skit ‘My Three Sons’, which was initially broadcast on the Nine Network and affiliates on May 7, 2009.
Mr Burns complained to the President of the Anti-Discrimination Board (ADB) on May 25, 2009.
The skit, which featured a fictitious gay brother of NRL players Andrew and Matthew Johns (‘Elton Johns’) saw ‘Elton’ described as the “shame” and “black sheep” of the family, and taken to hospital for being “faulty”.
“I want to return this – it’s faulty,” the Johns brothers’ father (played by Footy Show producer Gary Burns – who bizarrely shares the activist’s name) told hospital staff in the skit.
The case was heard at the ADT on May 19, 2010 but was subsequently dismissed on the grounds that the skit did not contravene 49ZT of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act (1977).
Mr Burns, who disagreed and immediately lodged an appeal, said: “This skit was simply an expression of a vilifying nature against me and homosexual men in general.

“It portrayed me and homosexual men as being unfortunates and proffered that homosexual men should be rejected in society based on their homosexuality characteristic.

It portrayed male homosexuality as something sinister and dirty needing to be repaired to a normal condition.I didn’t pick up my homosexuality at Knock and Kirby’s as a fashion accessory,it is not what I am as a person it is part of who I am as a person,and I shouldn’t be publicly ridiculed and treated contemptuously because of it”.
Mr Burns is quietly confident of winning his appeal and will be available today to speak to the media for doorstop interviews regardless of the outcome.
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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.



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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