With the dazzling Sydney Mardi Gras parade exploding in colour and pageantry along Oxford Street again this Saturday night, I have heard a disturbing report from my partner’s friend in Canberra.
Apparently an employee who enjoyed shedding his clothes in his spare time and putting the footage up on YouTube for others to enjoy was told to remove the video clip by management.
This is truly outrageous and a gross violation of gay rights. What he does in his spare time is surely his own business, as long as it does not impinge upon his work.
To the disappointment of more than a thousand people, he complied and the footage was taken down. Fortunately, an overseas supporter had kept a copy and put it back up, and you can clearly see that it is hardly offensive:
At a time when Mardi Gras allows us to express ourselves without fear or inhibition, and be proud of what we are, why do we still have to be subjected to draconian measures like these?
Be part of the new Mardi Gras: Our freedom, Your freedom.
Saturday 7 March 2009, 7:45pm, Hyde Park, Sydney
[ED – Readers are warned that the subject here is not their views on homosexuality, but whether an employer should have this level of control over the private lives of their employees]