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Rainbow Reporter - News, Current Affairs & Commentary from GLBTIQ to U with Doug Pollard

 
Doug Pollard's Rainbow Report airs Thursday 1900-2000hrs AEST Joy 94.9 FM Melbourne Australia, streaming worldwide http://www.joy.org.au/listenlive and via the Joy iPhone app, available free from iTunes. Follow The Rainbow Reporter on Facebook and @rainbowreporter on Twitter. He also edits The Stirrer http://www.thestirrer.com.au. You will find Doug from time to time on the Drum, Crikey, and wherever else he can earn a crust. But wherever you find him, the opinions belong to him and not to the platform he's standing on.
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Win a Jeep Wrangler Sport like this worth $35,000 by becoming a Joy member this week


CANCELLED
Unfortunately the doc tells me I have bronchitis and must rest, so I will once again be unable to bring you the show tonight. But please DO BECOME A JOY MEMBER!



BECOME A JOY MEMBER & WIN
You’ll be hearing a lot about coming along on the Joyride this week: you do that by becoming a member and going into the draw to win our magnificent prize, a Jeep Wrangler Sport worth over $35k. Like this one with me in it. Plus a roof.

It’s easy to do: call 1300 JOY 949 during the show with your credit card in your hand: it’s only $72 a year, that’s around 20c a day for everything Joy does.

Joy costs around $3k a day to run, even though we do it on the smell of an oily rag and almost everyone on air does it for free. Memberships are great, but they are never enough.

So here’s a challenge: my partner and I will match all donations made during the Rainbow Report, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $500. For every dollar you give during the Rainbow Report, up to a total of $500, Joy gets two.


I want to look at WHY it’s so important you buy a membership and make a donation to keep the Joyride going. Why it matters to have Joy 94.9 – and of course, The Rainbow Report - on air.

THE POWER OF JOY
This week I’ll be talking to people about the power of Joy as a voice for you: holding politicians to account, helping raise money, finding volunteers, breaking stories the mainstream media increasingly follow up.

Because Joy isn’t just about the gay community entertaining the gay community: it’s about teaching everyone that we’re people like them, with the same needs, loves, hopes and fears.

JOY - THE GAY FRIEND YOU HAVEN'T MET YET
They say that as more people come out and more people discover they have a gay friend, or relative, or employee, the closer equality comes. Well for many many straight people, Joy IS that gay friend for all those who haven’t met a gay person yet – as far as they know.

MAKING A NOISE
And unless people know we are here, we get left out. It wasn’t until we started making a big noise right here on this program that people started taking gay and lesbian youth mental health and suicide seriously, and put real money into tackling the problem. Rob Mitchell from the RJM Trust knows what a Joyride that has been – and it’s not over yet.

KEEPING THEM ACCOUNTABLE
We’ve kept an eye on what happens to money for GLBTI needs: we recently reported the collapse of GLBTI youth counselling services at 2nd Story in Adelaide; on the chaos that is HIV prevention efforts in WA; and in coming weeks, I’ll be looking at what’s happened to Way Out in Kyneton.

WATCHING THE DOCTORS
Joy continues to push the needs of GLBTI elders up the agenda, too. One case we’re still on: Dr Kuruvilla George may be gone from the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission but he’s still Deputy Chief Psychiatrist in this state, in charge of the mental health of the elderly.

We’ll look at why some think he should lose that job too, with Dr George Forgan-Smith, otherwise known as The Healthy Bear, about the dangers of homophobic doctors. Really Long Link

LOCAL MP
We’ll talk to Prahran Liberal MP Clem Newton-Brown about Joy’s role in making sure he’s doing his job for the gays and lesbians in his constituency and statewide. Really Long Link

MARRIAGE MATTERS
And Alex Greenwich will testify to the power of Joy in the campaign for equal marriage. Really Long Link

UPDATE: Marie-Claire magazine and Sunrise on 7 with Mel & Kochie have joined forces with Australian Marriage Equality in the "I DO" campaign to support equal marriage. Really Long Link

They'll be broadcasting live on THURSDAY, JUNE 7 2012 - please,if you can, go along and show your support and mingle with some of the supporting celebs.

Sydney 6am-9am, Martin Place.
Melbourne 6am-9am, Bourke St Mall.

The Australian Christian Lobby - the extremist fringe evangelical lobby group - have launched a campaign against them. They have provided some helpful links here Really Long Link so you can complain direct to the show sponsors such as include Purina, The Coffee Club, Accor Hotels, Myer and Jetstar: can I suggest you use them to say thanks instead?



CAN YOU TAKE CARE OF A KID?
We’ll also be asking you for your help for others: no-one would call fostering a Joyride, it’s a difficult and demanding job, but it’s also immensely satisfying. We talk to Kevin Barker, a carer for Berry St, who are looking for more people to care for kids who need a home. http://www.berrystreet.org.au/

PLEASE - SUPPORT OUR WORK
So - we'll have operators standing by: we want your memberships and your money so we can keep up this important work. Call 1300 JOY 949 with your credit card in your hand, and remember, every dollar you donate during the show on top of your membership, I’ll match it, up to a total of $500.

CONTACTING US
On air every Tuesday 1900-2000hrs AEDST Joy 94.9 in Melbourne Australia, streaming live at these times worldwide

SMS 0427 569(JOY) 949: email onair@joy.org.au: call 1300 569(JOY) 949: tweet @rainbowreporter : post on The Rainbow Reporter Facebook page
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Rainbow Report on Dissent

April 17th 2012 04:07

Politicians and government bureaucrats like to talk about something called ‘consensus-building’, getting everyone on-side. Dissent is when you refuse to come to the party.

Today’s guests are all bar one, dissenters.

WE GOT A SEX PARTY
Fiona Patten, leader of the Australian Sex Party was a panellist at the atheist conference, daring to wonder out loud “if we have a register of MPs business interests, why don’t we have a register of MPs religious interests?”

Fiona dissents from the common view that one’s faith is a private matter, even though it may influence you when you’re framing the laws of the land.

WE GOT A BABY
Sam Everingham dissents from the mainstream view that there’s something wrong with gay men forming families and bringing up babies. He’s Secretary of Surrogacy Australia, and they are about to have the first ever Australian conference here in Melbourne.

Email: admin@surrogacyaustralia.org Phone: 1300 307 447

WE GOT DUDDED
Over in Adelaide The Second Story is an organisation which provides services to help young people who are feeling vulnerable because of their sexuality.

After a consultation lasting two years, have launched a new model of the way they provide those services, and according to peer educator, Gipsy Hosking gipsy_hosking@hotmail.com , it ain’t working.

OR NOT
Director of the Community Health Division Dr Alison Smith says it is working– and she’s my non-dissenter for the night.

INTERSTATE REFUGEES
You probably know that there was, surprise surprise, a pro marriage equality demo outside Bob Katters offices in Mt Isa, back before the Queensland election. Now that’s dissenting from the mainstream with a vengeance, and the man who organised it, James Newburrie, is here in the studio.

As well as regular panellist and Joy newsreader Rod Swift.

PLEASE MAKE A SUBMISSION
Thanks to you, the Senate inquiry received more submissions than any other in history, and over 60% called for change - congratulations! Now it's a game of numbers in this House of Representatives survey. Over 100,000 have already participated, and while most support ending marriage discrimination, the Australian Christian Lobby and others are asking conservative voices to flood the survey. The official results will be considered in Parliament, so it's obviously important that we speak up for equality. Click here to participate.

LISTEN
On air every Tuesday 1900-2000hrs AEST Joy 94.9 in Melbourne Australia, streaming live
at these times worldwide or via the free smartphone app.

TALK
SMS 0427 569(JOY) 949: email onair@joy.org.au: call 1300 569(JOY) 949: tweet @rainbowreporter : post on The Rainbow Reporter Facebook page Really Long Link
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Blogging LIVE in The Age today

March 18th 2012 23:59
Doug Pollard Michael Sort Age Zone
Picture from The Age today


Your Rainbow Reporter is in The Zone in The Age today, spruiking for marriage equality here.

NEED YOUR HELP
I will be blogging LIVE on the page (Comments) from 1200-1300 AEDST today: please join in with your own comments (feel free to disagree - but be nice!)

There's a full transcript of the interview here.

A thousand thanks to The Age and especially Michael Short for the opportunity to make the case for equality and justice. And thanks also to Neil McMahon for introducing me to Michael. Thanks!

Don't forget to tune into The Rainbow Report tomorrow evening 1900hrs AEDST on Joy 94.9 FM Mellbourne, or live on the web Really Long Link or get the smartphone app and listen on your iPhone etc.
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RAINBOW REPORT ON REVOLUTION

October 27th 2011 04:39
Ali Hogg Equal Love
Ali Hogg of Equal Love pic:Margherita Coppolino

Are we about to see a revolution in the Labor Party? Are they finally going to come down off the fence and adopt a principled position on marriage equality?

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RAINBOW REPORT ON SELF HELP

September 8th 2011 05:38
Media Anarchist
pic: media anarchist

Last week we looked at motivation: what makes people decide to get off their backsides and do things to make life better.

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RAINBOW REPORT ON ACTION

August 25th 2011 03:18
Bert and Ernie


Too often we ask, why doesn’t the government? Why doesn’t anyone? Tackle this or that problem


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RAINBOW REPORT ON CYBERBULLYING

August 18th 2011 06:17
Prof Marilyn Campbell
Prof Marilyn Campbell, National Centre Against Bullying

Cyberbullying.

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But he says he loves me!

If you're gay and you're not happy with your present political partner, have you thought you might be in an abusive relationship? It may be time to end what has become a toxic situation and move to Greener pastures. A simple questionnaire will soon uncover the truth.

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The HomoMenu Saturday 26 June

June 25th 2010 22:08

An occasional collation of GLBTI themed stories from around the world.

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Leatherman


My previous column, about the tired, tawdry and largely out-of-date nature of what passes for gay ‘culture’, drew a predictably venomous response from defenders of the status quo


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Would you like drag with that?

February 28th 2010 04:32
Dame Hilda Bracket
Dame Hilda Bracket aka Patrick Fyffe


To paraphrase a famous saying, whenever I hear the words ‘gay culture’, I reach for my (metaphorical) revolver


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Dolly Diamond
Dolly Diamond

DAYLESFORD’S ChillOut – the largest queer event in rural and regional Australia – kicks off for its thirteenth festival on the Labour Day Weekend (March 5-8, 2010).

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Jim Wallace
Ex-SAS Brigadier Jim Wallace, leader of the Australian Christian Lobby


So the Senate enquiry has said no, the ACT ceremonies have been castrated, the Equal Love rallies are over for the time being. But that doesn’t mean equal marriage is off the agenda


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Where's MY apology?

November 18th 2009 02:05
sorry
Kevin Rudd, Cardinal Pell, Jim Wallace - please copy

While it’s very proper and appropriate that native Australians and now the forgotten Australians have received an apology, it’s time the gay community had a few, too.

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