Archive for September, 2012

Homophobia and Anti-Gay Slurs tracked

// September 28th, 2012 // 1 Comment » // Around the globe

A great website from designed as a “social mirror to show the prevalence of casual homophobia” in society. Watch in real time as homphobic slurs are used online.

Homophobia, Specifically Anti-Gay Slurs, Tracked in Real Time on Twitter (thanks @GayRightsMedia)

Reasons for the under-reporting of violence #1

// September 26th, 2012 // No Comments » // AVP news, Media discussion, Within Australia, Within Victoria

Wiping the slate clean: historic convictions for gay sex must be expunged: many people, particularly older gay men and within Victoria state law. R emember when a person in the blue uniform was likely to lock you up for what is lawful today. Check-out comments by long time equal opportunity activist Jamie Gardiner:

Check-out comments by long time equal opportunity activist Jamie Gardiner:

Missing woman – Brunswick

// September 23rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Within Victoria

UPDATE August 28, 2012 – MELBOURNE
The man accused of raping and murdering Gillian Meagher has appeared in court and has been remanded to reappear in January.
Its been reported that minutes before Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, of Coburg was brought into court, Ms Meagher’s husband Thomas and brother Michael McKeon entered the courtroom and sat alongside homicide detectives in the packed court’s front row.

These events follow the arrest of a man following release of CCTV footage from the street in which Ms Meagher was last seen, minutes from home in the early hours of Saturday, August 22, the preceding public media and social media campaign to gather information to assist police in discovering her whereabouts, and the finding of MS Meagher’s remains 50km North of Melbourne in the early hours of August 28th.

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ORIGINAL POST: The Anti-Violence Project are appealing to the GLBTi community who reside in Brunswick or were in the Sydney Road area in the early hours of Saturday morning, to assist Police to help locate a Brunswick woman who was reported missing yesterday morning. Jill Meagher was last seen leaving Bar Ettiquette on Sydney Road, Brunswick at around 1.30am Saturday morning. Police have been told the 29-year-old woman left the venue with the intention of walking home. Jill is described as being of a fair complexion, 165 cm tall, slim build, long curly black hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a blue dress, black jacket, black patterned stockings and high heels. Police are concerned that the disappearance is out of character, and investigators are in the process of determining whether the circumstances are suspicious. Anyone who sees Jill is urged to call Triple Zero (000) and anyone with any information about her whereabouts contact Crime Stoppers.


Gay ads to air on AFL’s big screens |

// September 21st, 2012 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Sport, Within Australia, Within Victoria

In a major first for a major Australian Sport, the Australian Football League are set to screen advertisments from the No To Homophobia campaign at preliminary finals matches tonight and tomorrow, Friday and Saturday September 21 & 22, 2012.

No To Homophobia” spokesperson Anna Brown says: “The No to Homophobia Campaign welcomes the AFL’s decision to play a groundbreaking anti-harassment advertisement during the preliminary finals and its commitment to an ongoing partnership to address the issue of homophobia in footy in a systematic way.

“One of the No to Homophobia TV ads will be played on Friday before the Sydney V Collingwood game at ANZ Stadium in Sydney and will also be played on Saturday prior to the Hawthorn V Adelaide game at the MCG in Melbourne. This is a first for a national sports code in Australia.

“Discussions about playing the advertisements during the finals series were initiated by the AFL in August as part of discussions around their public support for the campaign.

“No to Homophobia will also partner with the AFL in the longer-term to provide input into their anti-villification, social inclusion and diversity programs at every level of the game”.

Campaign spokesperson Anna Brown said this was a significant commitment to reducing harassment and vilification based on sexual orientation and gender identity and would help the campaign message reach a whole new group of people.

“The AFL is one of the most prominent and influential organisations in Australia and we have been impressed by their commitment to working with us to reduce homophobia in the community. Their backing for our campaign helped us gain extra media reach into the community and playing the ads during the finals again means more people will hear our message that homophobic harassment does real harm to people and is never okay. This is only the beginning – we will be working with the AFL over the next year to help inform their grassroots work across the country”.

Ms Brown also sent a message to Yarra Glen footballer Jason Ball whose personal campaign to raise the issue of homophobia in sports received extensive media coverage last week.

“We’ve been in touch with Jason and he’s an impressive young man with a lot of courage and a commitment to helping break down the very real issue of homophobia in sports. His personal advocacy and his petition helped increase awareness of the issues our campaign was formed to tackle. Jason has been invited to become one of our community champions and we look forward to working with him in the future.”

Escobar suspended 3 games for slur on…

// September 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // International, Media discussion, Sport

Homophobic slurs sideline Toronto short stop. And interesting reflection on how this sport handles homophobic slurs, how media reports it and how society engages or disengaged on the issue.

What’s really behind what Helen Razor sees as “The Homoerotic world of the AFL”

// September 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Within Australia, Within Victoria

Homophobia, internationally the last taboo in football.

// September 15th, 2012 // No Comments » // Around the globe, Media discussion

While debate in Australian society says No To Homophobia on and off the sporting field, Germany finally begins to tackle homophobia, the last taboo in football.