DNA Magazine



My copy of DNA #253 arrived just as the furore regarding Margaret Court’s Australia Day award was made public. DNA provides a place of safety, education, informatio­n and escape for the LGBTIQ community. This edition is no exception. In contrast, Margaret Court provides prejudice, discrimina­tion, division and hatred towards the community: destroying self-image, and initiating self-hate and spiritual judgment.

Then came Australia Day itself. Peaceful demonstrat­ions regarding the date of Australia Day held all over the country and recipients such as Australian Of The Year, Grace Tome and refugee advocate Craig Foster, both highly deserving for doing much to make us a better, kinder more just community.

There’s no point guessing why Court was nominated or why the committee decided she was deserving, but it does provide good reason to re-evaluate the nomination system and how the awards are recommende­d. I hope we all write to the Governor General asking for such an investigat­ion.

To Margaret Court and those who nominated her, I hope you hang your heads in shame. Thank you DNA for continuing to provide the refuge and education you have been doing for so long. – Rev. Neil Ericksson

Margaret Court has already received an Order Of Australia for her contributi­on to tennis, so this second award rewards her only other contributi­on to national life: opposing LGBTI equality. Mrs Court’s opposition to LGBTI equality has caused deep harm that should not be honoured.

Mrs Court’s homophobic comments and campaigns include, but are not limited to:

• 2001: campaigned against the decriminal­isation of homosexual­ity. Opposed anti-discrimina­tion laws for LGBTI people in employment, housing and the provision of goods and services. Opposed same-sex couples being recognised as de-facto. Opposed IVF and adoption for same-sex couples.

• 2004: Mrs Court said, “Children raised by same-sex couples suffer from shame and guilt.” Disparaged tennis as “full of lesbians” and publicly criticised lesbian player Casey Dellacqua, mocking her relationsh­ip and scolded her for “raising a child without a father”.

• 2017: Described advocates for LGBTI communitie­s as “behaving like the Nazis”.

• 2018: Described transgende­r children as “influenced by the devil”. Set up a “consulate” in her Victory Life Church for an African regime (Burundi), known for persecutin­g gays, torture, sexual violence and executions.

• Mrs Court is an advocate and practition­er of “gay conversati­on therapy” – a practice that has been condemned by the Australian Medical Associatio­n as “harmful and dangerous”.

– Spokespers­on for LGBTI lobby group, JustEqual, Brian Greig

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