Moral panic indeed

Just read Benjamin Law’s essay – Moral Panic 101 Equality, acceptance and the Safe Schools scandal in the Quarterly Essay.

I don’t normally read academic literature but I wanted to support Law and the magazine around this issue.

I didn’t learn much new, having aquatinted myself with the facts around Safe Schools a long time ago.

However having it laid out as it unfolded is another depressing litany of rampant homophobia that I was hoping had died in my thirties.

Yet here I am near 46 and still people are insisting that there can’t be anyone different than gender male/female heterosexuals in the world and if there are, well, then they are deviant or even worse, just don’t know themselves.

Read the essay – it’s 86 pages are easily eaten in a few hours. Learn and grow and be less afraid.

After all, you wouldn’t say it was wrong for people of colour to ride the front of the bus now, would you?

Wishing you all the happiness the Universe can bring

Tanya

Another one bites the dust

Out of Instagram I go, on my quest to be less on my devices.

It’s working too – so far I’ve finished off American Gods by Neil Gaiman and am three quarters through a book recommended to me called Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

I feel better reading for pleasure than devicing for it and it’s better for my brain.

Wishing you all the happiness the Universe can bring

Tanya

Stupid survey argument 

I’m still mad… Facebook post today…

If you haven’t voted yet and you intend to vote no, please consider this-
No traditions will be changed (it’s the civil marriage Act we’re talking about) not religious and PS traditions change CONSTANTLY otherwise you wouldn’t be working Sundays and living together before heterosexual marriage.
No religious freedoms will be hurt (religion can already make legal choices about employment etc re LGBTIQ people).

No children will be harmed (look into it FOR YOURSELF and you will see Safe Schools was never ‘dangerous’). If you think LGBTIQ people are pedophiles, you are not looking at the facts around child abuse statistics (Dad’s are more likely to abuse their children than strangers – pretty crap eh?)
Now, knowing all that, are you still ticking the No box?

That means you think you are more worthy of legal protection and recognition than me. That you are better, higher, more important with more special relationships.

Not true you say? 

Then tick YES. 

Otherwise don’t pretend to me it’s for the above reasons which are not reasons at all. 

And yes, I’m still hurting and my children are hurting and my LGBTIQ friends are hurting and if you love me and you are not hurting, then do you really love me, or just who you think I should be?

Getting close!

Last week of work before our leave and then a week later we fly out!

If you want to see what we’re up to, this is where to do it!

Itinerary:

Iceland

London

Up the coast of Britain to Scotland

Down the other side to Wales

London to Seattle

Sitka, Alaska

Vancouver

Then home again!