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Gay Street Parade for Canberra?

By johnboy 10 February 2006 44

I was on the Cube website looking for information to share with you about Gay Speed Dating events held at that club (No, really). Members of the Gay community feel free to let us know if this concept appeals more than hiding in bushes on Black Mountain Peninsula? (Maybe the concept will take off as the nights get colder?)

In any event the last one was on 08-FEB-06, so we’ve just missed it.

However while there I saw they’re looking for feedback on development of a gay and lesbian street parade called Carnivale for Canberra. So get cracking on the form if you’ve got views on the concept.

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Ari 3:45 pm 10 Feb 06

But Johnboy et al on monkeybikes pulling a giant effigy of Pat Carr gagging on a dagwood dog.

Now that would be something to see.

terubo 3:05 pm 10 Feb 06

The fact remains, a couple of tractor-driven floats and a Territory Police Band do not a parade make.
Although I like JB’s idea that like-minded creatures could arrive from all around the country. Good for the economy, let’s have it.

simto 2:52 pm 10 Feb 06

Hey, you’re the one who brought sex into this, not me. And I’m happy to agree with the obvious scientific fact that an act of intimacy between two people of opposite genders has a possiblity of creating a child, while an act of intimacy between two people with the same gender has no possibility at all (barring divine intervention, and that hasn’t happened in quite a while).

But we’re not talking about that. We’re talking about how people live there lives once they’ve got kids. And people are remarkably unwilling to remain in the simple boxes you place them in.

Once someone’s had been impreganted, they might change the gender they’re interested in.

A man might lose his wife and then find his next love is a man, and he would like to raise his young children with his new partner.

We’re remarkably good, as a species, at creating wide and varied forms of living our lives, with or without government intervention. And I would say that anybody raising a child should be equal to anybody else raising a child. Anybody in a partnership should be equal to anybody else in a partnership. Anything else just seems wrong to me.

Oh, and I appreciated the Aristophones reference. I don’t get much classical Greek mentions around my daily life…

Unbeliever 2:43 pm 10 Feb 06

It’s easy to get stuck on specifics of wills and properties. The greater issue is that discrimination against same sex families flies in the face of so much that has been achieved in recent years. It also runs contrary to principles of humanity and decency and to conflict with the international instruments to which Australia is a party e.g.
(a) guarantees of equality before the law and non discrimination in articles 2.1 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”); and
(b) the right not to be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with a person’s privacy and family in article 17.1 of the ICCPR

…at least according to Alastair Nicholson AO, RFD, QC, (Chief Justice of the Family Court in Australia)(Sep 04).

It’s Friday afternoon, I’m off for a beer.

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