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In what's been
dubbed the Homo-
phobic Oscars, a
new awards event
has been launched
to highlight the
outrageous and ig-
bic comments made
by the public in the past year. Taking their
inspiration from the ERNIES, which for
20 years has doled out gongs for the most
sexist comments of the previous 12 months,
the inaugural 2010 GLORIAs (Gay & Les-
bian Outrageous, Ridiculous and Ignorant
comment Awards) were launched by NSW
Labor MLC Penny Sharpe, the state's first
openly lesbian parliamentarian.
"Every day there are public comments
about people in the LGBT community that
are ignorant, unhelpful and sometimes dan-
gerous. The GLORIAs are a new event that
will shine a light on these comments and
provide a fun night to expose homophobia
in our community," Ms Sharpe said.
Nominations conclude on April 22 but
public voting kicks off from April 27 via the
GLORIA website. The GLORIA Awards
Dinner will be held on May 17 (Interna-
tional Day Against Homophobia) at NSW
Parliament House and hosted by author and
journalist David Marr. There are seven cat-
egories: media, sport, politics, law, religion,
online and silliest LGBT comment made
from within the LGBT community.
"Tony Abbott's recent forays into the
threatening (or not) nature of homo-
sexuals and Eddie McGuire's handling of
men's ice skating are just a couple of the
nominations we have already received," Ms
The Golden GLORIA for the worst com-
ment of the year, will be decided at the din-
ner via a 'boo off.'"
Vote online at: www.theglorias.com.au
Fight goes on as
Gay lobby groups in Tasmania have vowed to
keep up pressure on the newly-formed minority
state government led by the Labor Party follow-
ing April's elections. Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian
Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome,
said the previous Labor government had made
important changes, but there was still work to be
done. "Labor is committed to improvements in
LGBT-related legislation, policy, consultation and
services, and we will be holding it to all these com-
mitments," he said.
e new Labor government, which gathered 10
seats, will need the support of the Liberal party (10
seats) or the Greens ( ve) to pass legislation. e
elections follow the law change which allows same-
sex couples registering their relationship an o cial
Lesbian couple Isha Cavan and Sonja Plitt en-
tered a Tasmanian Deed of Relationship in an of-
cial ceremony, one of the state's rst.
"It's important for us to be part of the commu-
nity we live in, and to publicly acknowledge our
relationship so people can support it and rejoice in
it," Plitt said.
"Having our relationship recognised in this way
helps our families and the community understand
that our love is as real and as valid as heterosexual
love," Plitt said. e couple moved to Tasmania
two years ago and have a son.
Parents: read all about your gay kids
A new book about the personal journey of a woman
whose son came out includes a guide for parents
coming to terms with their gay or lesbian children.
Former High Court judge Justice Michael Kirby
says parents of lesbians and bisexual women across
Australia could bene t by reading author Shelley
Argent's book Opening the Door: A Mother's Journey
When Her Son Comes Out.
"As her gay son James says, Shelley Argent is 'an
exceptional lady.' She tells how to handle a child's
coming out. anks to her, Australia is 'coming out'
of the dark ages of prejudice and medieval stigma."
In the book, Argent details how she dealt with
unaccepting family friends but went on to become
involved in AIDS education and a passionate sup-
porter of gay rights in her role as national spokes-
person for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
(PFLAG). Argent was honoured in 2006 with an
Order of Australia for her work.
"If just one parent picks up this book and gets
something out of it, it will have been worth it," Ar-
"I've met parents who say, 'I'm glad you're doing
all that stu because I never could.' But that's what I
felt once too. By writing the book I wanted to show
that we can all make a di erence."
All proceeds from the book will go to programs run
by PFLAG in Brisbane. Details: http://longuevill.
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