Rainbow Report: Beginnings and Endings


Shelley Argent at Mardi Gras 2012: pic by Eva Rinaldi Photography

This will be the penultimate Rainbow Report, counting down to the final show on October 3. Tonight, some bold new beginnings, and one sad goodbye.

Shelley Argent has been leading the charge for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays  for more than ten years, but sadly, she is now stepping down to take care of her health. We take the chance for one last conversation, and to thank her for all she’s done.

The incoming government has lost no time in putting its boots on and marching to war on dozens of government organisations and programs that don’t fit with its ideology.

If you were listening last week you’ll have heard about the ACT Equal Marriage Bill and how the government plans to stop it, if it can. Ivan Hinton, of Australian Marriage Equality, explains why we need as many signatures as possible on the petition asking them not to. Sign here.

The arrival of a new government has emboldened all kinds of people to take a stand that perhaps exceeds their authority, and/or competence. Once such was the principal of Trinity Christian School, who  forwarded a letter to the parents of students from the Australian Christian Lobby, urging them to vocalise opposition to the introduction of same sex marriage in the ACT.

Former pupil Michael Mazengarb swiftly organised a Facebook page for present and former pupils of the college to express their disagreement with the principal.  In three days the page gathered more than 1000 supporters – and a rainbow crossing appeared in the school carpark. Michael brings us up to date with the campaign.

There’s just a brief window of opportunity left for LGBTI students who need help and support to apply for a Pinnacle Foundation scholarship: Chairman Sean Linkson explains. But you only have till the end of this month.

Any questions? Email me.