MAG (Mature Age Gay) Sydney

Guest Speakers

Professor John Snowden - 26th February 2005
Suicide and its Prevention
A Talk by Bunny Gibson - 13 November 2004
Our evening with Michael Kirby - 24 April 2004
Tony Laffan - 25 October 2003
Family History
Phil Scott - 13 July 2002
Serious Cabaret
Brad Gray - 29 June 2002
Street Safety
Brendon and Mark - 8 June 2002
The Sydney Gay 2002 Gay Games VI and Cultural Festival
Michael Schembri - 11 May 2002
Adam - 27 April 2002
The Art of Bodyshaving
Professor Jeffrey Ringer - 30 March 2002
Male Love Stories
Brian Nicholls - 12 January 2002
A Saucepan In The Sky
John Marsden - 24 November 2001
Gay men should be political
Sgt Matt O'Neill - 27 October 2001
NSW Police Service
Joanne Coleman - 25 August 2001
A Part time-girl
Peter Whitford - 28 July 2001
Mexicans with Mobiles

Gay men should be political

John Marsden - Guest Speaker on 24 November 2001

John's a man who accepted his sexuality in his 30s and who had spoken to MAG once before. He has many loyal friends among our membership. "I am eternally grateful," he said, "for MAG support."

John Marsden had long been prominent in his profession. So much so that the solicitors of NSW elected him president of the Law Society. And then - in two major programs - Channel 7 defamed him. John sued and the jury agreed with him. Then the nightmare of the 'trial' began. When it comes to damages, after the jury makes its finding they leave the courtroom and the lawyers battle it out toe to toe in front of a single judge.

It's been seven years, said John. A difficult, hurtful and exasperating process: "I stood at the edge of the cliff on many occasions." But now he's "feeling emotionally worse off than during the trial" because he's got to battle for hundreds of thousands of dollars more in costs than the judge awarded. "Eight months after the judgement I am no better off financially or emotionally," he said.

Why was the trial hurtful? (Rhetorical question.) Apart from me, John said, no one else in the court understood our lifestyle. "I suddenly understood the Aboriginal peoples' problem. We too, the gay community, have a long way to go before we get anywhere near equality before the law." Later he said: "There are still 54 pieces of legislation in NSW that discriminate against gay men." Mardi Gras had lost direction when it moved away from political activism - "Gay men should be political. I've got to admit, I'd myself become blase about that."

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