Showing posts with label Gay Dad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gay Dad. Show all posts

April 13, 2017

Dad From Homophobe to Ardent Supporter After Son Comes Out






Since his son Nathan came out 12 years ago, Thomas has been a vocal advocate for same-sex marriage and other LGBTI causes.

And now he's spreading the message in an extremely Australian way: by decorating his ute.

Thomas told BuzzFeed News he "grew up homophobic" and spent a lot of time in settings that were hostile to gay people.

"I spent nine years in the army, I'm a Vietnam veteran, I was a plumbing contractor," he said. "I was conditioned to be homophobic, and then one day my son comes out to me.

"I had to ask myself the question – what is it about gays that I didn't like? After that, I decided it was unfounded fear, ignorance and prejudice. Then I came to the view that my son wasn't equal in law and that really got up my nose, so I became a very strong advocate for marriage equality.

"I'd had this talk with some people and I said, 'Every man and his dog supports marriage equality'. And I thought, I'll put that on my ute!"

The ute, which is a few months old, received the equality makeover last week. Thomas paid for the signs himself.

Thomas said he spends a lot of time driving around Sydney, so plenty of people will get to see his rainbow flavoured vehicle.

Later this month he will take the ute on a round trip to Melbourne, Mount Gambia and the Riverina region to talk to people about same-sex marriage.

Thomas said he doesn't understand why we can't legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.

Geoff Thomas:
"To me it's a civil rights issue. It's got nothing to do with religion, nothing to do with gay people having babies. In the 12 years I've been advocating for this, I'm yet to hear a reasonable argument against it."

The Australian parliament is at a political impasse over same-sex marriage, despite majority support among federal politicians and the Australian people.

The government policy is to hold a national vote on the issue before it can be legislated, but that policy was defeated in Australia's Senate by politicians who argued it should be subject to a regular vote in the parliament.

Unlike Ireland, Australia does not need to pass a national vote before same-sex marriage can be legalised.

Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.
Contact Lane Sainty at lane.sainty@buzzfeed.com.

September 20, 2016

Gay Dad Answers to MP’s Outrage at Age of Consent Lowered for Teen Boys

Australian Conservative MP George Christensen was outraged last week when Queensland lowered the age of consent for anal sex, suggesting the move would lead to16-year-old boys being “preyed upon and groomed” by 50-year-old men.

Australian Conservative MP George Christensen was outraged last week when Queensland lowered the age of consent for anal sex, suggesting the move would lead to16-year-old boys being "preyed upon and groomed" by 50-year-old men.

It prompted one of his constituents and long-time party supporters, 71-year-old Peter Roberts, who has a gay son, to write this reply that has started going viral on Twitter.

Mary Roberts:

A few Anzac years ago you bought me a beer, as a 20 plus
veteran with two tours of Vienam. If you did it now I would tip the bloody thing
over your head. The typical homophobic, they must be pedophiles. So it is
alright for old men like me to try and find a younger women but not a Gay man.
I have a GAT SON who Iam so proud of what he has  achieved in his life. His
condition, or what you want to call it, came from my fathers ancestry so I 
have passed it on to him. He should have the same right as I have to marry, to
adopt if he and his partner wants to and not have clowns like you who live in
the past helping run this country and make decision for us and him. If you
decide to come to the Reef Gateway hotel at Cannonvale for an anzac day
please ask for me. 18201 Warrant Officer Second Class Peter Roberts. I have
hacked my wives Facebook for this as she probably would be harsher.


Dale Robets
@Ozdale

My dad is a Nats supporter in Dawson - last night he wrote this on George Christensen's page

It reads:

A few Anzac years ago you bought me a beer, as a 20 plus veteran with two tours of Vietnam. if you did it now I would tip the bloody thing over your head. The typical homophobic, they must be pedophiles. So it is alright for old men like me to try and find a younger women but not a Gay man. I have a GAY SON who I am so proud of what he has achieved in his life. His condition, or what you want to call it, came from my Fathers ancestor,y so I have passed it on to him. he should have the same rights as I have to Marry, to adopt if he and his partner wants to and not have clowns like you who live in the past helping to run this country and make decision for us and him. If you decide to come to the Reef Gateway Hotel at Cannonvale for an Anzac Day please ask for me. 18201 Warrant Officer Second Class Peter Roberts. I have hacked my wifes facebook for this as she probably would be harsher.

Peter’s son Dale told BuzzFeed News that his Dad saw the Facebook post as a “direct attack on myself and our family”.

Peter's son Dale told BuzzFeed News that his Dad saw the Facebook post as a "direct attack on myself and our family".
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“Dad is by no means public with his politics. And definitely not on social media. He’s 71 and doesn’t have his own account,” said Dale.
“He’s very quietly supportive of me (he met my partner for first time recently at mum and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary), I think he’s just frustrated that we don’t have the same rights and opportunities he does.”

Dale said growing up gay in Christensen’s north Queensland electorate of Dawson was tough for him and his family, and the politician’s comments “comparing gay men to pedophiles” doesn’t help.

Dale said growing up gay in Christensen's north Queensland electorate of Dawson was tough for him and his family, and the politician's comments "comparing gay men to pedophiles" doesn't help.
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“Growing up and knowing other gay people in his electorate I know how damaging his comments can be, not just for LGBT people but also their families as well,” he said.
Dale said the other thing that frustrates his dad is Australia dragging its feet on marriage equality.
“I think dad’s post and the reason it’s gone off is because people can relate to the frustration with it all, marriage equality can happen immediately. 
“Let’s get it done and treat all Australian people and families the same.”
Mark Di Stefano is a political editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.




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