Posted: 19 November, 2014

The Jacqui and Pauline Show???

If you think it’s a circus in Canberra, wait till you hear this!

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Tags: Geoff Field, Jacqui Lambie, Pauline Hanson, Clive Palmer

Posted: 31 October, 2014

Coming Out And Being Gay, A Gift From God?

Apple’s chief executive has created headlines by coming out as gay!

Timothy Cooke has become the most prominent executive of a public company to come out.

In an essay Mr Cook says “Let me be clear, I’m proud to be gay” and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has even given me”

While I may not necessarily about it being a “gift from God”, I think it’s great that a man is such a powerful position has made it clear there’s nothing to be ashamed of about your sexuality. 

My dream is that one day in the future there will be no need to “come out” because we will all be humans without labels,  but at the moment it is still necessary, given the discrimination and fear many people in the LGBTI community  still suffer.

I remember when Ian Thorpe announced he was gay earlier this year, that some people asked whether it was really necessary?

In my opinion it was, as it is in this case, because we need to show governments who are still pursuing policies that discriminate, that we are a force to be reckoned with, and will not tolerate being second-class citizens.

High profile people coming out also helps young gay people with self-esteem issues, and will hopefully reduce the above average suicide rate.

So the more people that “come out” the better in my opinion, because eventually it will become a non-issue and we can all live together, in what I hope is more accepting society.

Only time will tell, but I think Timothy Cook’s “coming out” is a great move that will help million of LBTI people still struggling to be themselves, in this often cruel world.

Here’s Timothy earlier in the month, hinting that he may be ready to tell the world!

Apple CEO Challenges Home State on LGBT Rights

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Posted: 17 October, 2014

Lay Off Mia Freedman!

We live in a world where the slightest gaffe, can turn into what’s known as a “gotcha moment”, and ruin people’s reputations and cause all sorts of problems.

I believe Mia Freedman is genuinely mortified by her comments made on “The Project” last night where she said “We accept that gay people can’t change who they love and who they’re sexually attracted to, so why do we think that people who are sexually attracted to children can be rehabilitated?"

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Comments made by Mia Freedman on The Project have caused a stir amongst some members of the community.

The Mamma Mia editor was talking about the need to establish a national paedophile register, and knowing Mia, I’m sure she did not mean to link child molesters to gay people.

However it set off a storm on social media, with many (understandably) upset over what they had just seen on the TV.

When Mia realised what she had said she immediately apologised and tweeted she was mortified she had caused offence. 

I believe she was sorry and just had one of those moments when what she said didn’t come out the right way.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all done that!

Mia Freedman addressed a fundraiser for Marriage Equality two years ago in a function I hosted, that raised thousands of dollars for the cause.

Her speech was passionate, heartfelt and genuine, and I believed and still do, that she is one of our greatest supporters.

Some of you may be upset or even angry, but give the lady a break.

Sure she stuffed up, but there was no intent and she immediately apologised, unlike others who have only done so after days or even weeks of public outrage.

OK, I needed to get that off my chest, now can we all move on?

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Tags: Mia Freedman, The Project

Posted: 13 August, 2014

Hurry Up Canberra, Our Patience Is Running Out!

Today represents 10 years since the Howard government passed a special law to the “Marriage Act”, to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Since then the Marriage Equality movement has gained strength, and a year later Jason and I staged an "Illegal wedding" on 2Day FM’s breakfast show and national TV in protest at the law.

After the wedding, which received coverage on the news, on current affair’s show and in magazines, the Greens introduced a bill to legalise same sex marriage, but it failed, because it didn’t even get the numbers to be debated in parliament!

Here we are in 2014, and nothing has changed, except politicians are becoming more out of touch with public opinion.

A week ago a new survey came out showing 72 percent of Australians support gay marriage, with a staggering 90 percent of women aged 18 to 30 in favour.

Many of us who have been fighting for change are getting very impatient, with both Labor and now the Liberal government putting I into the “too hard” basket.

We’ve also had to deal with the last two Prime Minister’s Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott repeatedly stating their opposition to marriage equality.

It’s time to get angry people.

We are becoming a laughing stock while many countries outlaw discrimination including the Conservative government in the UK

Let’s maintain the rage !!!  

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Tags: Marriage Equality, Marriage Act, Canberra

Posted: 14 July, 2014

Does Coming Out Still Matter?

Geoff Field Weighs In

Before I give you my thoughts on this issue, may I wish Ian Thorpe all the best in the future and honour him for his decision to be true to himself. In spite of all the media attention over the 'revelation' in the interview with Sir Michael Parkinson, I know he will find a greater sense of peace in himself.

That said I really believe a person's private life is exactly that, private, but seeing Ian has previously stated he's 'heterosexual' I think it was important he decided to be honest. This matters not only for his own sense of wellbeing, but also to countless other young gay and lesbian people who might now find the courage to no longer live a life in the shadows.

I have been in Ian's shoes. Back in 2004 when I began working on the nationally syndicated 2DayFM drive show I was asked by the hosts if I was happy to be "myself" on-air. At first I had no idea what this really meant, then it dawned on me that if they were talking about what they did on the weekend with their partners, I would have to be open about my life with Jason too.

So, the following day hundreds of thousands got to hear about my relationship with Jason. The impact of that hit me the following week when a newspaper published an article about me being the first openly gay radio newsreader on Australian radio!

I became known across the country as Geoff on radio, "the gay newsreader".

To be honest, although I had my reservations I'm glad I did all that because back in 2004 being gay was rarely mentioned on-air. Coming out helped change that. It meant that being gay was not something to be hidden from the public. In fact Jason and I decide to get married on national TV and radio in an effort to highlight the discrimination that we still face. This was a catalyst for the now thriving Marrriage Equality campaign.

My coming out has been a profound and exciting journey.

You might well ask what I make of "the gay newsreader" label? At the time I was fine with it, however 10 years later I think it's time for society to move on. Being gay is part of who I am, it's not a label. In a perfect world it would be nice to think that after Ian's interview there is no need for people to announce that they were gay. My dream is to live in a world where people are people and not labelled by their sexuality.

Sadly there is still al lot of homophobia in the world and it's not always easy for people in the LGBTI community to be completely honest about their sexuality, but I believe Ian Thorpe has helped break down barriers by being true to himself and showing people there is nothing to be ashamed of.

In the end if we all just respected our differences this whole subject will be redundant.

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Tags: Geoff Field, Ian Thorpe, Gay athletes, Gay Rights

Posted: 27 June, 2014

Sydney's First Legal Gay Marriage With A Twist

UPDATE:

Peter and Gordon have married in Sydney’s UK consulate, however their vows won’t be legal as soon as they leave.

EARLIER:

Back in 2005 Jason and I got married on the 2DayFM breakfast show in what was billed as Sydney’s first “Illegal” gay wedding. 

Although same sex marriages remain banned in Australia, a couple will get around those laws today, using a legal loophole.

Peter and Gordon will marry in Sydney’s UK consulate today, but their vows won’t be legal as soon as they leave.

However the ceremony will draw attention to the fact that we have a long way to go, before marriage equality becomes a reality here.

Good luck to Peter and Gordon, and I hope they enjoy their few minutes being legally married here, thanks to progressive laws in the UK

To see pics of the marriage ceremony head when it happens on Friday afternoon head to the Australian Marriage Equality website.

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Tags: Gay Marriage, Australia, LGBTQ

Posted: 24 February, 2014

Geoff And The We're Waiting Campaign

Recently Geoff and his husband, Jason, travelled to Canberra for the launch of the Australian Marriage Equality "We’re Waiting campaign".

Geoff spoke to the media at a press conference at Parliament House, together with rugby union star David Pocock, about the importance of encouraging MP’s who are wavering in their support for marriage equality to come on board and get the laws changed!

David and his girlfriend Emma even promised not to tie the knot until marriage equality laws were passed.

You can learn more about the We’re Waiting campaign here.

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Tags: 2DayFM, Geoff Field, Marriage Equality

Posted: 18 April, 2013

Why I Won't Be Getting Married In New Zealand

First and foremost congratulations to the conservative government of New Zealand for allowing a conscience vote there.  It has become the 13th country in the world to recognise gay marriage.

I was so happy last night when I received a phone call telling me the MP's across the Tasman had made such a progressive and positive decision.

Many people have asked me recently whether Jason and I would travel to New Zealand to officially tie the knot. The answer to that is 'no'.

I have been campaigning for many years to have marriage equality laws changed here.

After countless rallies, Mardi Gras and even the my own 'illegal' marriage on the Kyle and Jackie O show, politicians in this country are still dragging the chain and refusing to reflect public opinion .

Last years vote against gay marriage in our federal parliament was a disgrace, as are Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott's continuing comments opposing gay marriage. 

Good luck to those who are going to New Zealand to get married, but remember you won't be recognised as a couple under Australian law. 

Jason and I have waited this long for change and we will continue to do so. 

Hopefully the decision in New Zealand and other progressive countries will put more pressure on our MP's who are looking increasingly isolated.

I look forward to the day when I can get married to my lifelong partner, Jason, here in my home country. I don't think that's too much to ask.

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Gay Marriage Legalised In New Zealand

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Tags: New Zealand, Gay Rights, Marriage, Same Sex, Legalised

Posted: 7 February, 2013

The House of Commons In Britain Has Passed Gay Marriage Laws - But Will Our Gay News Reader Geoff Marry In The UK?

Will society eventually look back and realise it allowed discrimination?

(Source: Channel 10 News)

In Britain the House of Commons has passed laws that would allow gay marriage - a great step forward! But would Geoff and Jason marry in the UK?

No way says Geoff, who's been with Jason for 20 years, and of course took part in Sydney's first illegal gay marriage on the "Kyle and Jackie O show" in 2005.

We have both decided we will wait till Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott or whoever is in power to change the laws.

Why should we have to travel overseas to get a marriage certificate that has no legal standing in this country.

We know the public is behind us on this issue, so I wish the politicians would start listening and do something.

In my opinion, the person that leads the change, will become a national hero.

In 20 years time, society will look back and think " how did we allow this discrimination to happen"?

In the meantime gays and lesbians continue to be second class citizens in this country with immeasurable damage being done to you gay people with self-esteem issues.

C'mon Australia, if the UK can do it and it's about the change in the USA, why are we dragging the chain?   

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Tags: Gay Marriage, Britain, UK, United Kingdom, The Kyle and Jackie O Show

Posted: 12 November, 2012

Movie Charity Night at SLIDE

Tomorrow night at SLIDE nightclub an event will be held to raise money and announce details about the upcoming movie Drown The Movie.
It will be hosted by Charlotte Dawson and there'll be entertainment from Sarah McLeod and Altiyan Childs.

It's really important this project is well supported, so come along and say hello, as tickets are still available

All the details including the Facebook page and details of the event can be found here

http://www.drownthemovie.com

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Posted: 7 August, 2012

Just do it JULIA - Geoff Field On Same Sex Marriage

A poll released by Galaxy last night shows support for gay marriage has risen to 64 percent, and a TV commercial was released in support of equality.

Three cheers to the Tasmanian and ACT governments who are trying to circumvent the federal laws which ban same-sex marriages, despite overwhelming public support for marriage equality.


A poll released by Galaxy last night shows support for gay marriage has risen to 64 percent, and a TV commercial was released in support of equality.


I am dumbfounded by the stubborn manner in which both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have handled this issue, an issue that is all about choice, equality and removing discrimination.


We can only hope the Tasmanian and ACT parliaments have the courage to pass the legislation. We then have to wait and see whether Canberra will try and overturn it in the high court.

While I'll be happy for Tasmanian and Canberra to change their laws I don't intend giving up the fight until we have laws that apply nationally.
As much as I like Hobart and Canberra I want to be married in Sydney to Jason.


I keep coming back to this simple argument; why shouldn't same-sex couples who want to spend their lives together be given the right to marry? Until we are given that right we remain second class citizens.


I'm sorry, but I don't buy the argument that marriage is for a man and a woman. Just because that is the "traditional" way doesn't make it right. And we shouldn't forget the fact that John Howard was the one who changed the laws to ban gay marriage - that's how recently it happened.
Once, blacks and women weren't allowed to vote, but society eventually realised how wrong it was to exclude them from a process that everyone else was allowed to participate in. The same goes for gay marriage.


I'm sure things will eventually change, but we have to keep up the fight so politicians know there is a growing movement for change right across Australia.


I find it extraordinary that Jason and I, who have been together for 19 years, are still not allowed to legally marry in this country. In fact, I think it's a disgrace.


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Tags: Geoff Field, Same Sex Wedding, Marriage Equality

Posted: 28 June, 2012

Geoff Field - You're Not Alone

Earlier this year I was approached by a group called The Community Brave Foundation who campaign against bullying, homophobia and youth suicide.

Earlier this year I was approached by a group called The Community Brave Foundation who campaign against bullying, homophobia and youth suicide.
I was only to happy to film this piece for them on how I felt about certain issues relating to bullying, with the intention of helping people who may be suffering or have been victims.
Many others have helped out including Jessica Rowe, Shelly Horton, Charlotte Dawson, Melissa Tkautz and Josh Flynn have added their voice to this important cause.
You too can become a Community Brave mentor and help change the world, the details are at the end of this video.
I hope you learn something from the video. One piece of advice I can give you is that most bullies are cowards who back down once they realise you are onto them.
Remember that if you ever become a victim. Thank you for taking the time to watch.

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Tags: Geoff Field, Bullying