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I am so fuck­ing dis­heart­ened to see that in­sti­tu­tion­alised gay hate is on the rise. I thought we were past all that. I thought we had won our rights and could move on. Yet, here we are, in Aus­tralia, still strug­gling for gay mar­riage equal­ity, and now we have the lu­natic fringe of One Na­tion vil­i­fy­ing us, and the Q Society prais­ing Mus­lims for throw­ing “pil­low-biters” off build­ings.

Through­out the 1980s I helped in the cam­paign for de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion, and in the ’90 I protested with ACT-UP and at­tended can­dle­light ral­lies dur­ing the AIDS cri­sis. I thought our bat­tle was over and done. No! The way pol­i­tics is go­ing we are go­ing to have to man the barricades yet again to se­cure our ba­sic hu­man rights and I, for one, am up for the fight.

You fired me up with the Don­ald Trump story [DNA #204]. It’s been clear since he made his pub­lic de­but (dis­crim­i­nat­ing against black ten­ants and ly­ing about it even when he was pub­li­cally caught out) that he is not an honourable or trust­wor­thy op­er­a­tor. How did the USA make such a blun­der? Can Aus­tralia learn from this and not go down the same path, please! – Christophe­r Roberts, Clovelly NSW Yes, the LGBTI com­mu­nity must raise its voice in protest, but con­dem­na­tion must also come from fel­low con­ser­va­tives who find this hate speech of­fen­sive. – Ed.

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