George Michael and lessons from the closet

By | December 29th, 2016|General, LGBTI|

Hate is a word you’ll rarely hear me use. Not even in relation to brussels sprouts, Trump or the Australian Christian Lobby. Intense dislike is about the strongest you'd get from me. However, one thing I do hate is the closet. I hate the closet because of what it did to me for over two [...]

My Deep Water, a murder and A Life of Unlearning

By | November 8th, 2016|A Life of Unlearning, Church, General|

Australians have recently been exposed to the chilling real-life drama series, Deep Water, and subsequent documentary. Deep Water is based on the true stories of over 80 gay men who were murdered in Sydney in the 1980’s and 1990’s [1].Thirty of these cases remain unsolved [2]. Many of the original cases were written off as suicides [...]

A sobering message on World Suicide Prevention Day – LGBTI suicide

By | September 10th, 2016|Church, General, LGBTI|

Research demonstrates something I have been pointing out for many years now. That is, that LGBTI people of faith and religion experience the usual issues of resolving their sexuality or gender identity, coming out, finding their place in the community and learning what it means to live authentically in a predominately straight world. These things [...]

More on Orlando

By | June 13th, 2016|Church, General, LGBTI|

It's been an emotional morning. I find myself moving in and out of tears today as I think of the horror of over 50 people massacred in the Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse. And with so many shocking injuries, the death toll could rise. Our gay venues have been places of safety, refuge and celebration. These [...]

ABBI’s founder honoured at awards night

By | October 5th, 2015|General|

(PHOTO: Ann-Marie Calilhanna; Star Observer) The  ACON Honour Awards is an annual event which acknowledges outstanding service to or achievement within NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. Now in their ninth year, the Honour Awards provide NSW’s LGBTI community with an important and unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence and achievement within our [...]

Right wing Christian stoops to new lows

By | May 9th, 2012|General, Marriage Equality|

A mean spirited newsletter from the Salt Shakers was sent out today. It was titled.... "MORE GOOD NEWS! Be encouraged" reads (emphasis mine)..........   "Voters in North Carolina overwhelmingly support marriage between one man and one woman. The referendum - North Carolina Amendment One - was passed yesterday. Amendment One goes beyond simply outlawing same-sex marriage, which [...]

You can’t compare gays to pedophiles, criminals and addicts

By | January 12th, 2012|General, Uncategorized|

It's not uncommon to sometimes hear people from conservative religious backgrounds make the statement ‘the Bible says homosexuality is a sin’. This is actually a false statement as there is no chapter or verse for that quote we so often hear in either the Old or New Testaments. It is a belief/assumption based on an interpretation [...]