All posts tagged oppression

Your honour it was the victims fault

Published July 17, 2009 by Michael C Leeson


is the practice of treating people differently on the basis of distinctions made without regard to individual merit. Examples of categories on which social discrimination is seen include race, religion, gender, weight, disability, ethnicity, height, employment circumstances, sexual orientation and age.

Gay panic = Homophobia

HAD = Homosexual Advanced Defence

Homosexual panic

Hate crimesViolence against LGBT people




Sissyphobia: Gay Men and Effeminate Behavior

Biphobia Lesbophobia Transphobia Lavender baiting

Michael Savage

Iris Robinson

Matthew Sheppard

How to Get Away with Murder: A Guide to the Gay Panic Defense | jaysays.com |

16 July 2009 Author: jaysays

Nelson Mandela: A Man

Published July 14, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Nelson Mandela: a man turned into statues in his own lifetime | World news | guardian.co.uk

Madiba is a man who has faced oppression and through his humanity developed resilience that beams from his every word and action. He is no superhero, but an activist who stood up against his oppressors to gain justice, at great personal risk. It is this quality, his resilience that singles him out in history as a great man of principle, a leader who embraced his humanity and showed respect to others that has given him authority. In our community we have many people through their lived experience have gained that quality of inner strength to bounce back or adapt.

In reality we all have that potential however it takes commitment to both principles and action.  It is in the word and deeds that say to our oppressors, that you can marginalise me, oppress me, deny my culture beat me, imprison me and even kill me but I will not be defeated.  I was here yesterday, I am here today and I will be here tomorrow demanding my rights to be treated as a human being.

A Liberal’s Hit List: Poverty in the LGBT Community

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

A Liberal’s Hit List: Poverty in the LGBT Community

The article gives some limited commentary on a recent report by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law titled

“Poverty in the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community”.

It highlights a number of findings that question the myth of ‘the power of the pink dollar’, in that households in Our Community are at least as likely—and at times more likely—to be poor than married heterosexual couples. The rigour of this claim may need further consideration however the point here is to be mindful that our people come from a diverse socio-economic background.

CentreRight: I don’t apologize for Section 28

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

CentreRight: I don’t apologize for Section 28

Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 (UK)


(1) A local authority shall not—

(a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality;

(b)  promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.

Having said that the author goes on to explain that those ‘Gay Liberationists” got themselves elected to public office, not that a majority of citizens elected the people.

“These activists then used their political position to force school libraries to carry literature directed at five and six year old children teaching them that it was perfectly normal to be raised in a family with homosexual parents.  The best known of these books was “Jenny lives with Eric and Martin”.

I am sure somewhere in the world Jenny may live with Eric and Martin, as her loving and caring parents. However, this seemingly incensed the powers to be who subsequently legislated to ensure the integrity of heteronormativity.

The blog is a classic of conservative ignorance in that they used or abused their power to dictate to the citizenry. Americans especially progressives would be aware of the conservative rant about the perils of government impinging on citizens rights.  This particular rant starts with a length qualifier around I have queer friends, then progresses to say this intervention was required but is unsure why other than it was an initiative of a conservative political party.  The author argues it was a measurer required to ensure those subversive queers did not pervert 5-6 yr olds into reading stories about the diversity of social relations.

My question what would this mean for Jenny, how would she understand her lived experience?

Jenny Sanford: “Gay marriage wrecked my family”

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Jenny Sanford: “Gay marriage wrecked my family” | theDiscust

When I first read the headline, I was perplexed had the Honourable (dubious) gentleman from South Carolina had ‘jumped the fence.  However, it seems like a true Southern Belle the vapours may have overcome her or she may have taken a little too much of the recipe. The Honourable Lady claimed that

“Our marriage was perfect until these laws started passing around the country. Clearly the slow dissolution of the sanctity of marriage in America seeped into Mark’s psyche until he no longer felt compelled to abide by our vows.”

Obviously, her husband’s Adultery (Exodus 2:14 & 17 must have slipped her mind) was because of the recent recognition in some states (US) of same-sex unions. I think the term she used was moral decay.

My questions

Is your husband an adult?

Whose behaviour is it?

Did he not take the vows?

Did he not break those vows?

I am not taking any moral position here, however would like to remind the Honourable Lady of Exodus 2:16.

“Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbour”

Do we also have to bear the sins of philandering heterosexuals as well?

40 Years Later, Still Second-Class Americans

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Op-Ed Columnist – 40 Years Later, Still Second-Class Americans – NYTimes.com

The article written by a straight who acknowledges his ignorance to our history gives a clear commentary on the changing attitudes to our community from the Stone Wall Riots through to the present. In 1969, we had no political muscle, no presents, other than as phantoms of the tearoom. Even the much-laundered  Stonewall Riots  seen today as the birth of our civil rights movement was simply them others causing public mischief.  According to the author, it was not until the AIDS crisis in the 1980s that we popped up again. Not as a proud community but as a threat to public health, we became the disease. He goes on to reflect on various public policy, politicians and ambivalent public attitudes that have and still frustrate us. His conclusion which seems quiet amusing upon reflection

“The cultural climate is far different today, besides. Now, roughly 75 percent of Americans support an end to Don’t Ask, and gay issues are no longer a third rail in American politics. Gay civil rights history is moving faster in the country, including on the once-theoretical front of same-sex marriage, than it is in Washington. If the country needs any Defence of Marriage Act at this point, it would be to defend heterosexual marriage from the right-wing “family values” trinity of Sanford, Ensign and Vitter.”


In Australia, gay men as television characters appeared in the 1970s with Number96 butch Lawyer Don Finlayson (Joe Hasham) and The Box’s Lee Whiteman (Paul Karo) man bag carrying effeminate television producer. This was my introduction to representation of gay characters in mainstream media. These characters were presented as normal people, not monsters or strangers but accepted for who they were, althoughwhi being soaps there was always a crisis. I can’t remember which year but under the Xmas tree was a parcel for Lee, that was me, being a kid I did not appreciate the meaning, that Mum already knew who I was before I ever guessed.

I also remember the first Sydney_Gay_& Lesbian_Mardi_Gras held to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots , which ended in a violent mêlée caused by over enthusiastic homophobic police. I was angry and excited, I wanted to be there, and the activist was steadily growing but had not yet found his voice. The other event AIDS, it was first described to me as a new form of cancer, being anything but sexual active it passed. However, as the crisis grew, I took note in 1985 QuAc or the Queensland AIDS Council Incorporated, formed by concerned members of Our Community and interested organisations(another story). It received recurrent government funding and AIDS subsequently addressed as a public health issue (yet another story). Since then QuAc has morphed into the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC – pronounced ‘quack‘)..

Related Themes

The article cites a number of themes I have compiled a simple compare & contrast on the differences in attitudes between the  US & Australia

Pride in Brisbane in June with a march and fair day.

DOMA (USA) – IN Australia Same Sex Marriage Australian full story

DADT (USA) – In the defence force members of Our Community serve their Australia with PRIDE

Police force we have LGBTI Community liaison officers (Queensland)

Overview of the Australian Government’s Same-Sex Law Reforms

(effective July 2009)

Some of my memories

In the 1970s I have 2 other memories upon reflection I now find interesting the first was an insight into my family’s attitude, towards gay men. My great-uncle made his only visit home after a long period, Mum told us Uncle Bill was coming to visit. In a childish way I though ok some old bloke was making a visit, but she went on to tell us that he would be with his partner (not sure what that meant), who was also a man named Joe. She explained we were expected to show them all due respect, I was thinking what about my father (another story), it was then made clear the instruction were from my father. Ok I was confused, when they arrived with my favourite larger than life aunty (we all have one, but I was lucky I had two another story) they were openly welcomed link any long lost family. They chatted on for hours about the old days and their life in Sydney, there was a meal, it was so normal. When they left my father made no negative remarks and seemed glad they visited, I was very confused by this acceptance. So gay marriage was/is normal and has been for a very long time.

Bigotry remains

Published July 11, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Advocates: Bigotry remains | TimesDaily.com | The Times Daily | Florence, AL
Advocates hope the festival brings awareness of the difficulties the disabled still face – workplace discrimination if they can get a job, the expensive resources for day-to-day living, and getting people to get to know the person behind the disability instead of just the blindness and/or deafness.