No wonder gay men in Australia come out with issues of self-hatred and ignorance. This is a snapshot of a mainstream newspaper on the north coast of NSW. At the top is the all-too-common racist rant against asylum seekers arriving here by boat, “Start cutting the aid to Indonesia for every boat arrival.” (How about the Indonesians write in their paper, “Stop racist Aussie yobs from throwing up on our beaches in Bali”?). This is followed by an cartoon of a great white shark attacking a Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras float. THIS IS 2012. Welcome to the new dark ages people.

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