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Caro’s flotsam and jetsam: doom, gloom and stupidity edition

It turns out that those on the Left side of politics are smarter than those on the Right … plenty of people claim to have god on their side … climate change could end us all in 20 years …

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We need fewer cars, not more subsidies

Crikey readers talk public broadcasters, the car industry, free TV and what we must remember about foxes.

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Essential: unions undented by revelations; Cosgrove a popular pick

Tony Abbott’s selection of Peter Cosgrove as the next governor-general has been well-received by voters, today’s Essential Report finds.

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Razer’s class warfare: homosexuality a dangerous Western invention

Sexuality doesn’t exist; it’s a Western construct. The human rights framework that we should all love who we love is a solution to a Western problem — and not a very good one.

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Incredibly offensive: Tropfest sex change comedy sparks outrage

This year’s Tropfest winner has been accused of homophobia and transphobia by advocates. It’s another controversy for the wildly successful short film festival.

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Heterosexism or homophobic bullying: Miranda decides

Miranda Devine accused of misrepresenting the very sources used in her front-page Daily Tele attack on a NSW schools anti-homophobia program.

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Jones is a twit, regardless of who he sleeps with

In many of the critical pieces about Alan Jones this week, there’s been a strong focus on his sexuality. Why can’t we just examine his actions?

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The AFL keeps kicking behinds against homophobia

The AFL has endorsed a campaign to tackle homophobia in sport, but that’s as far as its support goes. Doug Pollard questions whether the game is uncomfortable with the issue.

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Mayne: Packer’s ill timed donation to Bob comes back to bite

While young Packer appears to have moved away from Scientology since his father’s death in late 2005, the puzzling ebbs and flows of his political associations are a little harder to fathom — Bob Katter being the latest.

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Come in Spinner: Adshel reaction to safe sex ads a case of what not to do

Adshel failed the first issues management test because it panicked after some 30 calls complaining about gay safe s-x ads in bus shelters and rushed into taking action.

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Benjamin Law: I’m not even sure I really like rainbows

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, straight people get the raw end of homophobia too. For LGBT people, one of the hardest things is to make straight people care, but it’s the only thing that will effect proper change, writes author and freelance writer Benjamin Law.

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Boys beware!

As gay marriage hits the headlines, check out this anti-homosexual propaganda from 1950s America, warning boys of the dangers in accepting lifts home from possible “sick” homosexuals. “One never knows when a homosexual is about…”

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Our same-sex marriage story: still think it’s immoral?

Crikey reader John offers up his very personal story of a gay “marriage”, including all of the “in sickness and in health” and “for better, or worse” vows. It might not have the legal recognition, but the essence remains the same.

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At Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar, there was always pressure to pair with boys

Two Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School students in a relationship were told they couldn’t go to the school formal together. Former student Jessica Crouch remembers a homophobic culture pervading the school.

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It’s not just the gays who get hurt by homophobia

Straight men are also suffering in our homophobic society, because they miss out on strong, intimate friendships with other males out of fear of being perceived as gay and lacking in masculinity.

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On the beat: debate on public sex dividing the gay community

A grassroots project that began with picnics aimed at monitoring police harassment of men at beats — public places where men gather to have casual, consensual sex — is expanding, despite controversial beginnings in Sydney’s inner city, reports Inga Ting.

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Gawker | LINKS|

All my best relatives are gay

The sister of newest Republican senator nominee for Delaware, the ultra-conservative Tea Party supported Christine O’Donnell, is an out-and-proud lesbian. She’s the latest in a long line of gay family members of homophobic politicians.

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The Hind Site | ENVIRONMENT|

Rice’s tweets reveal the real homophobes

Swimmer Stephanie Rice may have tweeted “faggots”, but the real homophobia lies in sponsors who refuse to support openly gay athletes, like Olympic gold medal-winning diver Matthew Mitcham, says Steve Hind.

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Staying in the closet a mystery in these enlightened times

Why do they do it? Why do so many men keep their homosexuality a secret, lying to wives and family, friends and colleagues, living miserable double lives skulking in the closet?

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The Age | LINKS|

The AFL closet that nobody is leaving

In April a campaign against homophobia was launched by the AFL Players Association. But don’t expect any players to actually come out, says the association’s GM of culture and leadership, Pippa Grange.

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Herald Sun | SPORT|

Eddie McGuire: But some of my best friends are gays! And black!

About two months after the fact, Eddie McGuire defends himself against accusations of homophobia following his commentary of US figure skater Johnny Weir during the Winter Olympics.

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Larvartus Prodeo | FEDERAL|

Abbott’s gay fears

Tony Abbott let it slip that he was “threatened” by homosexuality in a 60 minutes interview. Are we really going to allow homophobia in our politicians?

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Eddie and Mick feel the heat in Vancouver gay row

Mick Molloy and Eddie McGuire have prompted a blizzard of complaints to Nine with their “homophobic” schoolboy sniggering while commentating US figure skating champion Johnny Weir.

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ABC Unleashed | UNCATEGORIZED|

Tell it to them straight: you’re not conservative, mum, just homophobic

It’s all well and good for gay people to fight for gay rights, but let’s face it: they are in the minority. It’s time for straight people to fight homophobia in the home, not just go dancing at Mardi Gras, writes Katrina Fox.

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Beenie man is a product of entrenched homophobia in Jamaica

Beenie, the Jamaican DJ just dropped from the Big Day Out, may be a phenomenal talent. But he has, at various times, been openly, flagrantly — almost murderously — homophobic.

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