Congratulations Jason Ball – No To Homophobia At Australian AFL! (And My Busy Desk)

Okay – I am so busy that my desk currently looks like this:

Yes, that’s tea. In a teacup. Resting in a saucer. It’s just how I roll.

And the magazine is the latest edition of Australia’s Cosmos and the book is Hiding the Elephant by Jim Steinmeyer. Both highly recommended.

Those sticky notes? They’re interviews, reminders, check-lists, work details… you name it. Most of them are checked off, but there’s a lot more to go and a lot more to come.

In fact, now looking at the title of this blogpost, it seems as if I am celebrating a lack of homophobia on my desk as well as regarding the AFL… I can’t speak with any authority as to my desk’s opinion on such matters, but there is a reminder on one of the notes to catch up with Chris Stedman at one point about his forthcoming book, and I’m certain my desk is looking forward to hearing the interview as it happens. That’s all.

Speaking of Chris, I was going to blog about the Twitter drama (that I honestly missed about 90% of, because of technical glitches, a blistering busy day and being up from 5am until 11pm) that is covered in this blogpost The Subtle Bigotry Towards “Peaceful Muslims” on Non-Prophet Status by Vlad Chituc about Twitter and “MrAtheistPants” – they do it more justice than I could.

Besides, I’m so damned busy.

But I do want to give a shout-out to this news item in The Age: Gay ads to air on AFL’s big screens.

THE AFL will broadcast ”No to homophobia” advertisements on the big screen at tonight’s Sydney-Collingwood preliminary final as part of a major push to stamp out discrimination.

Fans at tomorrow’s twilight clash between Hawthorn and Adelaide will also see the clips.

The ads are a first for a national sporting code.

The move comes less than a fortnight after The Sunday Age revealed that openly gay Yarra Glen footballer Jason Ball had launched a campaign urging the AFL to show anti-homophobia ads during the grand final.

Well done everyone who signed – and congratulations to Jason and all of his effort to make this happen. I’m so very proud of you all!

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Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
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