Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So much for tolerance

Jay Claydon of the Sydney Convicts [Pic The Age/SMH]

Ppl keep on saying that being gay is tolerated now, and things are improving, yadda yadda.  And so they are.   Somewhat.  But even in tolerant civilised New Zealand  ...

It started with whispers in the change rooms and ended with a call from his coach.

At 18, Jay Claydon had told close friends and family he was gay. They accepted him. But inside his rugby club, he didn't feel safe coming out. He was right to be fearful.

"At training one night, people were looking at me funny. Somehow they'd found out.

"On the Friday night, I got a call from my coach saying the players had taken a vote at a meeting behind my back and they weren't comfortable having me in the team any more. He said, 'they don't want you to come back.' "

[Read more here]

 How cruel.  How vile.  How horrible.  How it reminds me of my youth.  


Monday, July 14, 2014

Ian Thorpe is gay

Australia's greatest swimmer, Ian Thorpe has come out as gay.  He's long denied it, and now says he's ashamed he did.  It's a  very hard decision to tell the world you  belong to a despised minority.  I'm sorry he took so long, and I'm glad he has finally been brave enough to tell the world.  Every person who does helps to  break down some more prejudice; helps some kid somewhere feel better about himself; helps show up the ChrisTaliban as loons.

The cartoon is from Peter Broelman, one of Australia's most underrated cartoonists.