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The right to post on YouTube: Is what you do outside work your own business?

By balmainboy - 5 March 2009 66

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PqnicgX510

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

See: http://www.mardigras.org.au

[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]

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The right to post on YouTube: Is what you do outside work your own business?
Jim Jones 10:12 am 05 Mar 09

Stripping would pay more money, and provide more job satisfaction as well.

Deadmandrinking 10:11 am 05 Mar 09

I agree, Jim.

I don’t know if they are, Jake. I’m sure entertainers are protected by at least some of the law in regards to discrimination.

Mr Evil 10:10 am 05 Mar 09

He could always quit and go and get a ‘real’ job?

jakez 10:07 am 05 Mar 09

I think entertainers are exempt from the anti-discrimination laws aren’t they?

Besides, bugger those laws. I want to use non-coercive boycotting and ostracism. RIOT!

Jim Jones 10:05 am 05 Mar 09

Media outlets still do interfere in people’s personal lives and ‘discourage’ them from coming out of the closet.

In Canberra alone I can think of about 4-5 media personalities that are closet gays only because it would be damaging to their careers to come out.

Really sad stuff.

Deadmandrinking 10:00 am 05 Mar 09

The whole idea of a ‘closet’ tends to be a bit stupid. It doesn’t matter what you do in the bedroom or on Oxford St. – as long as it’s not illegal. He shouldn’t feel pressured either way. If he wants to announce it, fine, if he doesn’t, fine. If 2CA is interfering with his personal life, they should be subject to the full force of anti-discrimination laws.

Kramer 9:58 am 05 Mar 09

I have heard of a number of agencies who handle classified information, that active discourage staff form having any online presence – including UTube, Facebook, MySpace, etc. The theory is that putting too much of yourself out there can provide either leverage, or information for baddies get into the system.

jakez 9:38 am 05 Mar 09

Deadmandrinking said :

I was just wondering…it says 2CA announcer. Could it be that 2CA are trying to control their announcer’s public image? If so, that’s probably technically part of the deal. But it’s also ridiculous. Who gives a hoot if the announcer is gay? If someone is comfortable with their own sexuality and confident enough to express it, that only adds to them being a prime candidate for the job.

Wasn’t there some thread on RiotACT a few months ago about a prominent radio announcer who was a closet gay? It was some sort of complaint about him not being able to come out of the closet or something like that I think.

Loose Brown 9:31 am 05 Mar 09

Hmmm on reflection Balmainboy should rename himself Balmain MardiGraspromotionboy.

Deadmandrinking 9:29 am 05 Mar 09

I was just wondering…it says 2CA announcer. Could it be that 2CA are trying to control their announcer’s public image? If so, that’s probably technically part of the deal. But it’s also ridiculous. Who gives a hoot if the announcer is gay? If someone is comfortable with their own sexuality and confident enough to express it, that only adds to them being a prime candidate for the job.

ebony57 9:26 am 05 Mar 09

Depends on what sort of job you have, really, and there’s no way near enough information given to know whether it is “fair” or not (and no, I don’t think we need any more information that might identify the individual, nor their place of employment). Was there an employment contract/conditions of employment? It’s quite common to have something in them which basically says you cannot do anything in your own time which may reflect poorly on your place of employment.

I don’t think it matters what sort of activity/content would be depicted in any video/website – it’s the potential consequence or damage to reputation of both employer and employee that is the issue.

ant 9:23 am 05 Mar 09

It is very bizarre that an employer could do this. Is there any info we don’t have, like that the individual is a well-known rep of the employer, or something of that nature? If not, it’s ridiculous and I hope he/she does something about it.

jakez 9:17 am 05 Mar 09

It doesn’t particularly strike me as a gay rights issue (unless his managers objected on those grounds).

If your friend would like to go public, unless there is some valid reason that I don’t know about for the command I’d be happy to boycott.

Failing that, yeah it sucks.

Loose Brown 8:57 am 05 Mar 09

You are ridiculous. Your ‘friend’ has already been busted at work for this issue and you go and spread it around the widest Canberra audience possible.

He must be white faced at this moment, making desperate phone calls to JB to have this taken down.

You have no escuse turning this into a ‘gay rights issue’.

You have made a very grave error. I hope your partner and his friend never speak to you again.

justbands 8:57 am 05 Mar 09

That is very ordinary…goes beyond a gay issue even, that’s a violation of his rights full-stop.

I read online recenty about a woman who was banned from xbox live for identifying herself as a lesbian….

http://consumerist.com/5160187/identifying-yourself-as-a-lesbian-gets-you-banned-on-xbox-live

Worse was the reports of players being harrassed by others for simply saying they were gay. Grow up world…seriously, grow up.

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