"As you know the AFL is to hold a gay “Pride Match” on August 13. The AFL’s Respect and Responsibility Vilification Framework calls for social inclusion of a wide range of groups and promotes player, club and community education programs to counter “vilification”, which it defines as:
“Acting towards, speaking in a manner, or engaging in any conduct which threatens, disparages, vilifies or insults a person on any basis but not limited to, a person’s race, religion, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin, special ability/disability or sexual orientation, preference or identities.” (pg. 7)
As a matter of justice, nobody should be discriminated against on any of these grounds. All people should be respected regardless of their race, or whether they are gay, or religious people, or people with no religion.
But has the AFL really considered the implications of not just promoting tolerance and social inclusion, but of holding a gay “pride match” thus promoting one group over others?
ACTION: Please write paper & pen letters & mail to AFL commissioners and/or your club to express your opposition to the gay pride match on August 13th between Sydney Swans and St Kilda at Etihad stadium.
Please consider sending a registered letter for $3.80 each + $1.00 for acknowledgement receipt (although the receipt is not essential, it is recommended so that you know the AFL or club officials have received them).
POINTS/QUESTIONS FOR YOUR LETTER
1. A gay pride match is playing “identity” politics. Keep politics out of sport.
2. A large part of the AFL’s social inclusion policy, Respect and Responsibility Vilification Framework, is focused on countering violence and sexual assaults against women. At the same time, the AFL policy to counter vilification extends beyond sexual orientation (gay/lesbian) to "sexual...preference or identities". This definition includes transgender (e.g. men self-identifying as women). Does the AFL's policy extend to allow men, who identify as women, to use the women's toilets at games?
If so, this raises serious questions about safety for women at games.
• Under its policy, will the AFL be providing separate toilets for men identifying as women and women identifying as men? If not, will the AFL be allowing men identifying as women to use the female toilets, and if so, how will they guarantee protection for women in the toilets at football grounds?
• This is now a major issue in the US where transgender men/women are claiming the right to use the change rooms and toilets of the sex with which they identify. It is also becoming more and more an issue in Australian schools. Furthermore, the overseas experience has shown within a very short period of time after allowing trans men to use the female toilets, sexual predators have pretended to be trans men and have endangered women and girls in the toilets.
• Are our wives, sisters, girlfriends and daughters going to be safe using the female toilets at matches? Or should they just stay home and watch the footy on TV?
3. Are the rules for everyone or just a protected minority? Will there be special rounds to celebrate religion, or disability or ethnic descent? All groups covered by the AFL policy face issues in the community. Why does tolerance require singling out one group over others? Why can't the AFL have a 'tolerance' match that simply promotes tolerance for all groups of people?
• On its website the AFL quotes figures of 8.6% of men and 15.1% of women reporting “feelings of attraction to the same gender”. This is misleading if taken as the figure for the numbers of Australians actually identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or of other sexual orientations. Feelings of attraction can be fleeting and transient and can be elevated during the turbulence of adolescence.
• These figures are much higher than the figures for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and “other sexual orientations” as measured by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In 2014, the ABS General Social Survey (ABS cat. no. 4159.0) found that around 268,000 identified as gay or lesbian (1.14%) and 255,000 identified as bisexual or other sexual orientation (1.08%). The Australian population in December 2014 was 23.6 million. This means a total of 2.2% of Australians identifying as not being heterosexual.
• It could be perceived that the AFL is propagandising the gay issue by quoting the above statistics that can mislead unsuspecting readers by giving the impression that 'same-sex attractedness' and 'gay' are one and the same and showing the gay percentage of the population to be many times higher than the only reliable statistics, free from bias or prejudice.
• Why does the AFL allow itself to be put in the position of perceived propagandising one minority over others instead of showing tolerance for all?
Australian Family Association
List of AFL Commissioners
Address: GPO Box 1449, Melbourne VIC 3001
§ Chairman - Mike Fitzpatrick
§ Chief Executive - Gillon McLachlan
§ Commissioner - Richard Goyder
§ Commissioner - Paul Bassat
§ Commissioner - Kim Williams
§ Commissioner - Major General Simone Wilke
§ Commissioner - Jason Ball
§ Commissioner - Andrew Newbold
§ Commissioner - Gabrielle Trainor
Every child comes from and needs BOTH a mother and a father. Same-sex "marriage" intentionally keeps either a mother or a father from the child. Government should protect the child through upholding traditional marriage.
There is “a time to be silent, and a time to speak”. (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Now is the time to speak, so please speak up and defend children, truth and freedom. Craig Manners
“What the world needs most is a voice that courageously speaks the truth, not when the world is right, but a voice that speaks the truth when the world is wrong.” Fulton Sheen
True marriage offers true equality for children. Every child comes from and needs BOTH a Mum and a Dad. Every human being has dignity and deserves respect. All sorts of relationships can be respected at law without having to change marriage laws. In fact that has been the case legally for many years. The simple fact remains though that not every relationship is marriage.