Thursday, 21 September 2017

From country Australia, vote Yes (video)

In the lastest couple of videos from Australian Marriage Equality comes this one. Again, another personal story. This is about a gay guy who grew up in country Australia where him and his family remains. The family all supportive of him, asking why one son could get married a year earlier but the other one can't. Simply because he's gay.

Vote yes so he can be married like his brother.


US based "push polling" enters Australia against marriage equality

"Push polling" is polling that seeks to impose information onto the person being polled, rather than getting information from them about how they'll vote.

This push polling has surfaced in the media here after a Liberal MP in favour of marriage equality was robo called by it. What's more it has no authorisation as to who was responsible for it or who funded it, which is now illegal after the gov tried to patch up the postal survey's massive flaws.

The robocall, unbelievably, was from a US based organisation that was involved in Ted Cruz's US presidential campaign.
A Liberal MP, phoned by a robo-call claiming that same-sex marriage will lead to “radical gay sex education”, has labelled it push polling designed to “mislead and deceive” the Australian public. 

The robo-poll from WPA Intelligence, a Republican-aligned research company in the United States, first appeared on Tuesday last week and is now the subject of a complaint by the Equality Campaign because it does not say who authorised it. 

 The call asks a series of neutral questions before re-testing support for same-sex marriage after the proposition it “may lead to negative consequences such as radical gay sex education being taught in school, threats to freedom of speech and freedom of religion”. 

The Liberal MP, a supporter of same-sex marriage, said he received the call, which he described as a “push poll” because it “made ridiculous allegations that a change in the Marriage Act would lead to radical gay sex education”. 

 “It was clearly an effort to mislead and deceive the public,” he said. “It had no authorisation and didn’t disclose who was funding it ... I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see these deceptive phone calls aligning very closely to many of the no campaign messages.” The Guardian   

Vote Yes so these three couples can marry (video)

As always it's the personal stories that change minds and enlighten the issue. These are three LGBT couples telling their personal stories of why they want to be married.

These are people who aren't out to destroy society or the religious freedoms of fellow Australians, They don't have an agenda of "political correctness" or to reduce freedom of speech. They just want to get married.

To deny these people marriage would be cruel in the extreme. Please vote Yes so they can marry.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

How to survive the postal survey - Anthony Venn Brown (video)

Anthony Venn Brown is well known in Sydney's gay community. He was a Pentecostal preacher with the Assemblies of God but ended up not being able to hide his sexuality. He came out to the church and was summarily booted from it. The book he wrote all about it is called "A life of unlearning".

Here he gives tips on how to keep yout head above water in this whole postal survey bullshit.


Roger Corbett's cringeworthy interview against LGBT marriage (video)

Corbett is the former manager of Woolworths in Australia and is promoting the No vote in the postal survey. This interview was on the ABC's 7:30 report which goes nationwide across the country.

It has been generally described as "embarrassing".

But what would you expect? The No case has no logical argument against David and I marrying. When they do try to muster together something akin to an argument they end up looking completely stupid. As in this case.

His notion that marriage is only for straights and that gays should have their union called something else but with the same legal standing is bullshit. That's not equality.

I also noticed he said he was scared. Of what? Same old irrational fear of gays = homophobia. 

All in all his arguments are nonsensical and built out of his fear of us. No wonder people say the interview in embarrassing  😄


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Shelton supporter calls LGBT "a disease" (snipped comments)


*Update: I received one last message after politely saying goodbye to the phobe, of which I've posted the last bit of exchange below:

This an example of some of the online abuse being directed at us because of Turnbull's postal survey.

In an ABC interview with Lyle Shelton posted on YouTube (Shelton hung himself badly in it BTW it's worth a watch) I got in a discussion with a guy who was posting about the video in the comments supporting Shelton. I've posted much of it below in the snip. Note the not so subtle reference to my HIV.

So these are the sort of people who support Lyle Shelton; people who call the LGBT a "disease".

Thanks Turnbull. 

 Oh I just noticed another YouTube notification. This was a short comment I made on a Cory Bernardi interview. Note the responses from the No side. They have no argument, just nasty personal abuse.


Gov MP says "No" isn't looking down on gay relationships - Q&A (video)

And he had to audacity to say that to a gay couple in the audience. 

He also says that voting No doesn't mean you're a homophobe.

The very definition of homophobe is "a person who fears or hates homosexuals and homosexuality" The simple fact that a straight person doesn't want gays to have the same rights as them shows they're fearful of us doing so. That's why they keep banging on about "the consequences" argument to play on the fears of people in the electorate that if LGBT people get married that children will be corrupted by gayness, and that because gays are accepted in marriage then they'll be more accepted in other parts of society. Oh the humanity! That would mean society would pressure them to be more accepting as well. The stuff of homophobic nightmares folks! 

The truth is they do look down on our relationships. They don't want ours to be equal to theirs. For MP Sukkar to say he doesn't when he doesn't want our relationships equal to his in law is nonsensical and an outright lie. Not that a politician has ever been known to lie before 😁

BTW, I thank Turnbull for more of this drivel coming out of the No side.


Monday, 18 September 2017

Yes vote "on the wrong side of history" - Bernardi at "No" campaign launch (video)

It's OK to be bigots apparently
The No slogan is "It's OK to vote no", and it's really creeping seeing a whole crowd of people salving their conscience at being bigots with that slogan. As I posted the other day by Angry Aussie, bigotry is the only reason to vote no. But call out bigots and they deny it, hence the slogan I guess.

But the most bizarre part of the video is Bernardi shouting that the Yes vote is "on the wrong side of history". What planet is he on? Does he think if an unreliable survey such as this produces a No vote that we're just going to go away? Labor has already said it will introduce a bill for marriage equality in it's first 100 days if they win power, no matter what the survey says.

Sick to death of these hysterical voices claiming the sky will fall if David and I marry. Surely these extremists have held sway for far to long in Australia. They've stood in the way of LGBT people every step of the way with lies and prejudice. There must at some point when a watershed moment comes and Australians say they've had enough of these raving lunatics. A big yes vote would really stick it to them.


David and I's postal survey has arrived -Oh joy :s

So this is it. This is where it's come to. Our human rights to be decided by Australia Post, with every nutcase in the country being able to "have their say" in David and I's relationship. Only this gov could dream up something so vile and cruel.

As I've said we've both decided to vote, even though it's a complete insult, if nothing else but to stick it to the gov with a big yes vote.

I scanned it for posterity. The time when LGBT human rights were put to a vote, not by parliament but by the general population. Turnbull and this gov will forever own the vile hatred that this has unleashed in the community against us.

BTW if anyone is interested, as I worked in mailing for years, there's an identifying code on the left of the voting form. Just underneath the bottom fold. I blotted most of it out (as well as erasing the identifying bar codes) but at the very end of that code is the count number from the laser machines running the job. My one is over the 1 million mark in the 16 million run. 


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Another traumatised trip to Emergency

So yesterday the pain in my stomach came back and there was no choice but to ring another ambulance. Have never experienced such intense pain as that. Worse than broken ribs and worse than my back tooth needing a root canal. It was like being stabbed in the stomach every time I moved and breathing I had to do very shallow as taking in more air was agonising. Because of where the pain was in my stomach meant it was connected to my shoulder nerves, and it felt like someone was drilling into my shoulder as well. Ambulance had to take me in on the stretcher as I could barely walk.

Anyway after much prodding, blood and urine tests, a chest x-ray and the usual interrogation of my medical past, they tried some super duper anti-acid liquid. It numbed my throat on the way down I guess doing the same in my stomach and intestines. Doctors said it was Gastritis; an inflammation of the stomach lining'

So now I have yet another pill for that, that can be taken up to three times a day. Stomach down to the bottom of my tummy is still very sore and tender today, I'm exhausted and weak standing up can only stand for a minute or so and have to sit or lie down again. Makes even going to the toilet a challenge. Talk about a hellish time. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Agonising pain today

Have had a bit of a pain in my left side for a couple of days. A bit uncomfortable but not that bad. However I woke up this morning and the pain was excruciating. I could barely move. At various points it was so intense I was having trouble breathing though it. Went from my left shoulder down past the left side of my belly button.

David rang an ambulance after a bit as it was so bad. However in the time it took from ringing it the pain dropped off considerably. The last thing I wanted was another stint in Emergency. I rang and cancelled the ambulance explaining the improvement. The lady was really nice and said if I had problems later on to not hesitate to ring again.

So I've been a bit shell shocked today. The pain is still there but appears to be reducing. Nothing like it was. Have never felt pain like that before. Of course David has ordered me to go to hospital if the pain comes back like it was. 

The anti-gay marriage adds just got worse (latest video)

Posted on YouTube just 6hours ago, this add is the latest in the Australian Christian Lobby's efforts to stop David and I being married. Unbelievably they use the lying woman from the first add in the whole thing.

Lyle isn't just evil, he fucking stupid. To think that he used to be political advisor to Barnaby Joyce beggars belief. To think Barnaby Joyce is now our deputy PM and currently in charge of the country even more beggars belief.

The add is ridiculous. I think it's even worse than the first clusterfuck add. Here Lyle backs up his notion that parents can change their offspring's gender identity, just like they can apparently change their sexuality. 

As if anyone can change somebody's gender identity. A school program certainly can't. A parent certainly can't. The child certainly can't. They are who they are, and to try and change who they are is nothing short of child abuse and psychological torture.

This add is disgraceful. Obscene. Vile and LGBT-phobic. Protect your kids from their sexuality? FFS!

Why does this Australian Christian Lobby with only 11 full time employees able to have such an unrepresentative and hateful influence in Australia? Is it because Lyle Shelton used to be a political advisor to Barnaby Joyce?


Friday, 15 September 2017

"Stop The Horror" short film - for voluntary assisted dying campaign (video)

I've posted the half minute trailer below, but as the video is R rated you have to go to the link here

It's about a man who dies of brain cancer and him and his family suffering terribly through the ordeal despite the best of care. Victoria is soon to vote on a voluntary assisted dying bill in their parliament. As usual the Australian Christian Lobby is against it.

It's hard to describe what loved ones go through when their family member dies such a long drawn out death with so much suffering involved. Visiting my late wife in hospital for her last nine months I could certainly tell some stories of horror. In the end that suffering haunts you after the death for years and turns the grieving experience in to a horror story of it's own. Her suffering ended when she died, thankfully. Ours went on for my daughter and I.


Shelton wants minors forced into gay conversion therapy - Christians condemn him

The face of evil
Lyle Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby is really showing his extremist colours during this postal survey campaign. 

I an interview where average Australians would recoil in abject horror, Shelton has said that parents should be able to make their kids under the age of 18 go to gay conversion therapy. Which of course has been much disproved as effective and tantamount to mental torture and LGBT suicide. 

And he's the sort of extremist asshole that would say "Think of the children"? He wants homophobic parents to impose their view of what their child's sexuality should be on the vulnerable child.
Leading "no" campaigner in Australia's same-sex marriage survey, Lyle Shelton, says parents should have the option to send their kids to gay conversion therapy.

 In an interview with the BuzzFeed News political podcast Is it on? on Thursday, Shelton, who is the managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), said that while he did not think adults should be forced into conversion therapy, it was up to parents as to whether their children should be counselled about same-sex attraction.

"I think anyone who wants to seek help for any issue they might be facing in their life should be free to do that," he said.

"Should people be forced to go to conversion therapy? No, absolutely not. Now, children — they are under the care and responsibility of their parents, so I think if someone's a minor, it is up to their parents. And I think parental rights should be respected. Buzzfeed
However fierce opposition to his statements have come from the Australian Christians for Marriage Equality, condemning him over his words. The whole article is worth a read, but incredibly opposition to Shelton has even come from a Pentecostal Pastor.
Australian Christians for Marriage Equality condemns the remarks by ACL’s Lyle Shelton yesterday that parents should be allowed to force their children into ex-gay therapy. 

“Forcing children into ex-gay therapy is tantamount to child abuse. These programs are based on a fundamental lie, and are intrinsically homophobic,” said Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, Chair of Australian Christians for Marriage Equality. 

“Sadly, Mr Shelton’s comments show that deep aversion to, and a refusal to accept the existence of, LGBTI orientation and identity is at the heart of the opposition to marriage equality for many,” Dr Mayman said. 

“We call on all leaders of the Church who are encouraging a ‘no’ vote to publicly reject Mr Shelton’s dangerous and damaging words. Mr Shelton is the identified public leader of the ‘no’ campaign. When he speaks, he speaks for the whole campaign,” Dr Mayman said. 

Pastor Brad Chilcott from the Pentecostal Activate Church in Adelaide said: “The church’s involvement in ex-gay conversion therapy should be cause for shame and repentance. The Church must be a place of welcome and hospitality to all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender diversity, or else it is not a church of Jesus Christ. It is time Christians afforded same-sex attracted people the dignity of full humanity and the protection from abuse that comes with it.” 

 “Once again, Mr Shelton has misrepresented Jesus’ teachings in the Bible. The majority of Australian Christians do not feel represented by the ACL and its exclusionary opinions”, Pastor Chilcott said. Australian Christians for Marriage Equality
Not only does Shelton want to control David and I's relationship and our being able to marry, he wants a gay hating parent to send their kid to gay conversion therapy. I don't often use the word as it's a man made concept mostly to do with religion, but in this case I will. This man is evil. A religious zealot who'd probably feel comfortable if christianity imposed it's rules like the Taliban. 

Amnesty Int. says vote yes for marriage equality in Australia

Pledge to vote yes here

Some think Amnesty International shouldn't get involved in wanting gays to be able to marry, arguing ridiculously that it's not a human rights issue. There was a very viscious reaction to a page put up some months back in the reply section on Amnesty supporting same sex marriage. That they supported Amnesty in everything else but not this. I made a comment or two in favour and was summarily called a sick paedophile, and to "get help". Amnesty ended up taking the whole page down a couple of days later it was so vile.

Of course it's a human rights issue. Equality before the law is in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tell a straight person they can't get married because they're straight and I'm sure they'd be on about their human rights being violated.
Australians are coming together like never before to say YES to equality under the law. 

Right now, Australian LGBTQI couples don’t have the freedom to express their love and commitment to one another through marriage, but we have a chance to change that and with your support, we can win. Are you with us? 

Now that the postal survey is happening, it’s up to each of us to make pledge to say YES to marriage equality in Australia. Keep an eye out for the mailing form in your letter box, but in the meantime make a pledge to vote YES. 

YES to equality before the law, YES to fairness and YES to all Australians being able to marry the person they love. 

 This is for the people we love. Our friends, families, neighbours and colleagues. Join us and thousands of other Australians in the fight for marriage equality now. Let’s win this! Pledge to vote yes with Amnesty Int.