June 4th 2012 06:07
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.
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
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
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.
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.
On air every Tuesday 1900-2000hrs AEDST Joy 94.9 in Melbourne Australia, streaming live at these times worldwide
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