Posted: 12 August, 2015

Our Gay Newsreader Lashes Out

Find out why Geoff is losing patience

I am angry and disappointed once again.

When are politicians in this country going to respect the majority of Australians allow same sex marriage?

Many of you would remember the so-called “Illegal Wedding” on 2 Day FM back in November of 2005 when Jason and I tied the knot, hoping it would result in changes to archaic laws which prevented same sex marriages in this country.

Despite rallies, petitions and polls showing overwhelming support for Marriage Equality, nothing has changed in the nine and a half years since our marriage.

Me and my mother Judy at the "illegal" wedding

I remember the feeling of disappointment in 2012 when the Australian parliament overwhelmingly rejected a bill to change the Marriage Act, but last night I was furious when I heard that two thirds of the coalition voted against allowing a free vote on the issue, meaning there is not even a chance of  law reform until after next year’s election.

Can someone please tell me why my 20 year relationship with Jason cannot be recognised under the Marriage Act? And for the record I don’t wish to be married in a church, so people with religious beliefs have nothing to worry about.

I’m really sick and tired of the delays, and I’m running out of patience, because I want my dear mum to attend our legal wedding while she’s still well enough, and also want to see my older gay friends in long term relationships have the opportunity to marry before it’s too late.

Surely that’s not too much to ask?

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Tags: Same-sex marriage, Opinion piece

Posted: 20 July, 2015

Bronwyn Bishop, It's Time To Go

I’m not a political journalist, nor do I have any allegiances to one particular party, but I do believe it’s time for Bronwyn Bishop to go.

Today Prime Minister Tony Abbott tried to defend his embattled speaker over that $5,000 helicopter flight from Geelong to Melbourne, and an overseas trip where she racked up $90,000 in expenses.

The PM insists she is sorry, but added Mrs Bishop is “now on probation”.

Mrs Bishop was widely criticised, even by Liberal party supporters, when she refused to apologise at a news conference on the weekend,  saying it was “an error” of judgement.

Dr John Hewson who ran for PM for the coalition back in the 90’s says the longer she stays in the job as speaker, the more damage she will do to the government.

I completely agree with him, because Australians have been told to tighten their belts on one hand, while the speaker of the house swans around in a helicopter and takes lavish overseas trips.

Even Treasurer Joe Hockey says Mrs Bishop’s actions don’t pass the “sniff test” and says the infamous chopper trip “was not a good look”.

The longer this drag on the worse it will get for the government, and ultimately the public’s opinion of politicians.

As they say on Big Brother... it’s time to go Mrs Bishop.

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Posted: 26 May, 2015

How Close Are We To Gay Marriage?

I believe we are closer to marriage equality than we’ve ever been, but until Tony Abbott changes his mind, it won’t even have a chance of happeningI’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve written about this subject since Jason and I had our “illegal” wedding back in December 2005.
 
Back then the Greens introduced a bill to try and roll back John Howard’s change to the marriage act which prevented anyone tying the knot, others than a male and female.
 
Naturally it was well and truly defeated, because most of the Australian population were against marriage equality.
 
But how things have changed over the past nine and a half years!
 
Now around 72 percent of the population support it, but the issue remains a controversial issue for some politicians.
 
Today Green’s Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has taken advantage of the momentum from the Irish referendum and promised to introduce a Marriage Equality bill for  debate next month.
 
While I commend the Senator for her action, it is bound to fail, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott refuses to allow his MP’s a conscience vote.
 
I believe we are closer to marriage equality than we’ve ever been, but until Tony Abbott changes his mind, it won’t even have a chance of happeningI’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve written about this subject since Jason and I had our “illegal” wedding back in December 2005.
 
Back then the Greens introduced a bill to try and roll back John Howard’s change to the marriage act which prevented anyone tying the knot, others than a male and female.
 
Naturally it was well and truly defeated, because most of the Australian population were against marriage equality.
 
But how things have changed over the past nine and a half years!
 
Now around 72 percent of the population support it, but the issue remains a controversial issue for some politicians.
 
Today Green’s Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has taken advantage of the momentum from the Irish referendum and promised to introduce a Marriage Equality bill for  debate next month.
 
While I commend the Senator for her action, it is bound to fail, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott refuses to allow his MP’s a conscience vote.
 
I believe we are closer to marriage equality than we’ve ever been, but until Tony Abbott changes his mind, it won’t even have a chance of happening

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, Geoff Field, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Geoff's husband Jason at a fundraising event.

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve written about this subject since Jason and I had our “illegal” wedding back in December 2005.

Back then, the Greens introduced a bill to try and roll back John Howard’s change to the Marriage Act which prevented anyone tying the knot, other than a male and female.

Naturally, it was well and truly defeated because most of the Australian population were against marriage equality.

But how things have changed over the past nine and a half years!

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Tags: Geoff Field, Marriage Equality, Gay Marriage, Sarah Hanson-Young

Posted: 12 February, 2015

Grow Up, Or Go Away!

When I was a kid, my dad played rugby league for the Nowra Warriors. I was never a huge fan of the game, but I used to go along to most of the matches and a few times a year we’d go to Kogarah Oval to watch the mighty St George!

Back then, it was all about the game and the skill of the players, and although I was and will never be a sports-mad person, I used to look forward to heading to the big smoke to see the game live.

Over the years I’ve watched the game from the sidelines, and in recent years, read my news from State Of Origin matches in Sydney and Brisbane and from the clubrooms of the team’s involved in the grand finals.

Unfortunately over the last decade I have grown increasingly frustrated with the game, mainly because of the shameful antics of some of its highly paid and increasing arrogant players.

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Posted: 13 January, 2015

The Lockout Review And What You Need To Know

Are you confused about the controversial Sydney CBD lockout laws?

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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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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!

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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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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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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