A couple of days ago, Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi opened the Pride festival with these words: “Gay, straight, who cares?”
She went on to talk about wishing to make Perth as gay-friendly as Sydney and San Francisco, and said that it’s about time people got over the issue of sexuality and embraced diversity and acceptance.
Pride patron Aram Hosie, partner of Senator Louise Pratt and a transman, spoke about the fact that transgender acceptance was lagging far behind gay acceptance.
And then, the homophobic shit hit the big rainbow fan.
Today’s West has some responses: “Gay vision for Perth wrong, say churches”. Oddly, the headline and lead paragraph omit the fact that our recycled Liberal Premier, presiding over the cobbled-up Not A Coalition, also put his two cents’ in.
Premier Colin Barnett said people should certainly not set out to make a name for Perth as a city for gay events.
“It’s not being pro or anti, I just don’t think it’s the future of Perth,” he said. “Perth is very much a family-friendly, nice, easygoing place.
Because gay people? Family-hostile! Nasty! Uptight! This is “not being pro or anti”, Barnett?
The churches’ responses were predictable: Margaret Court  of the Victory Life Church said that “Ms Scaffidi’s comments did not represent the majority of people or families with values,”. This is unsurprising, as she has in the past pronounced, “God made man for woman to have babies”, and “Fornification (sic) is a sin of the flesh”, and believes that she can heal homosexuality.
The article also mentions that Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey said that homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to “dominate” the city, though they should have the right to associate with each other.
We’re living in a cesspit over here. Have Barnett and his mulchfodder sideckick Troy Buswell cut all funding to vaguely gay-related services yet? I’m sure it won’t be long.
 Yes, that Margaret Court
 Yay for my value-free family!
 There’s a crack in here somewhere, but I just can’t quite get to it.
 Good to know he doesn’t think they should be rounded up into camps or put on home arrest, I suppose.
[Image: Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, from PerthNow]