FROM THE ED­I­TOR

WHY WE STILL NEED TO BE LOUD AND PROUD.

DNA Magazine - - CONTENTS - An­drew Creagh Found­ing Ed­i­tor

Trend spot­ting is a ca­reer for some and a hobby for oth­ers. In this, our Next Big Thing is­sue, we’ve iden­ti­fied what’s new and up-and-com­ing from the worlds of film, mu­sic, fash­ion and tech­nol­ogy. But there is no clear trend when it comes to global gay pol­i­tics. For ev­ery step for­ward, some­one wants to shove us back a pace or two.

Un­der Obama, gay civil rights in the USA leapt for­ward, most notably with the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion on mar­riage equal­ity. Pres­i­dent Trump has in­di­cated that there will be no un­wind­ing of mar­riage equal­ity and, although Trump is a sea­soned and unashamed liar, it seems on this point he may stay true. How­ever, that has not stopped in­di­vid­ual Repub­li­can-held states from in­tro­duc­ing bills to re­peal the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion.

Along with this comes pro­posed leg­is­la­tion that would re­strict trans peo­ple from us­ing the pub­lic bath­room of their iden­tity gen­der. In some in­ter­pre­ta­tions trans peo­ple would be pre­vented from us­ing any pub­lic bath­room.

In France, Marine Le Pen, an ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive in the pres­i­den­tial race, says she would re­verse France’s same-sex mar­riage laws if she came to power. France… a coun­try fa­mous for its pro­gres­sive so­cial at­ti­tudes and its cher­ished Lib­erté. And yet China, a coun­try we of­ten as­so­ciate with so­cial and po­lit­i­cal re­stric­tions, has in­vested state devel­op­ment money into Blued, a Chi­nese gay dat­ing app. Can you imag­ine any Western gov­ern­ment fund­ing a Grindr start-up?

Across the For­mosa Straight, China’s neigh­bour Tai­wan is re­view­ing its mar­riage equal­ity laws and could be­come the first Asian coun­try to al­low same-sex unions – po­ten­tially beat­ing Aus­tralia to it.

Ah… Aus­tralia. The birth­place of Kylie Minogue, Dame Edna Ever­age, Priscilla, Queen

Of The Desert, the speedo, the world’s big­gest night-time gay and les­bian event, world class gay ath­letes like Ian Thorpe and Matthew Mitcham, and gay lit­er­ary giants like Pa­trick White – and yet, at a con­ser­va­tive fundraiser, a fa­mous car­toon­ist can make a speech prais­ing Mus­lims for “throw­ing pil­low-biters off build­ings.”

Are our civil rights so ten­u­ous? Do Marine Le Pen, Larry Pick­er­ing and Amer­i­can con­ser­va­tives re­ally lie awake at night, anx­ious that two men in love will be the un­do­ing of civil­i­sa­tion? No. They don’t. But they do un­der­stand that vil­i­fy­ing the gays is the eas­i­est and quick­est way to drum up sup­port from a fear­ful and in­tol­er­ant few who can be mo­ti­vated into vot­ing. We are, un­for­tu­nately, one of the small­est mi­nori­ties and we are easy to de­monise. Luck­ily, we have pow­er­ful allies. Our de­fend­ers come from all sides of the po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious spec­trum. We have cham­pi­ons in the worlds of busi­ness and en­ter­tain­ment.

Im­por­tantly, we have each other. We have stood to­gether through op­pres­sion, crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion, the HIV/AIDS cri­sis, and the fight for mar­riage equal­ity. We are LGBTI.

Don’t be worn down by hate­ful words; be proud of your sex­u­al­ity. Re­mem­ber how far we’ve come and how much we have con­trib­uted. Fight fair, party hard, be kind.

Syd­ney Gay And Les­bian Mard Gras 2017.

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