Queerty is better as a member
The same rights and dignities are enjoyed by gay people in Australia. The only inconsistency is marriage. Other than that, covered in equal measure to straight people. PM Abbott has nothing against gay people, he has a lesbian for a sister! He just doesn’t do marriage, which is annoying, sure, but there is far more to the legal position of gay people in our laws as well as the social attitude than just who allows gay marriage and who doesn’t
“In New Zealand”? Did you even read the story?
@smitz: And dd you not study Triple’s comment? His comment is correct as New Zealand as marriage and Australia does not. He was making a comparative analysis. Pay attention and READ!
“As I dragged the case through the terminal…”
“I was degraded. I was shamed. I was humiliated.”
Gee, what about this story makes me think it’s bogus and full of crap.
If I got my luggage and a bunch of stickers said “GET F**CKED” or “EAT SH*T”, I think I would have filed a complaint, maybe taken a picture, and before leaving the area like 99.9999999999 percent of the world, would have removed the stickers.
I just think back to a recent story about a woman who wrote something called a “Mommy Blog” and it was proven most of her stories there were complete BS and fiction for the purposes of hits for her blog.
I now remember, the Mommy Blog lady wrote her little boy was slapped in a WalMart by a stranger who was upset he dressed like a girl. So instead of calling the police or one person in store management or security, she ran home to write a blog entry about it.
@Snapper59: It’s not like anyone’s made up a story about “homophobic” baggage handlers before and posted it and the gay media fell for it.
@Snapper59: Yes, I have to admit, I’m a little suspicious – it’s hard to believe that blue collar workers in this economy would even have the time to do such a thing.
Only office workers have the time to plan birthday parties, play Angry Birds, send around joke e-mails and conspiracy theories, and cook up bizarre cr@p like this.
This sounds like an office worker’s bored imagination and class-ism.
Perth Airport is in Australia, NOT New Zealand!!
So . . . it would have taken him 30 seconds to peel them off, yet he walked around with them on his luggage. Sounds fishy to me.
@Caleb in SC: YAY for gay media credulity!
@EricNYCity: Apparently the guy was flying from Perth to Brisbane… that’s where this happened. In his blog, he said he had a connecting flight on Qantas, with a short window between the two. Was his final destination New Zealand? Dunno.
Baggage handlers in Australia are a bit pathetic. In Sydney, a marketing manager was taking materials – including a crocodile suit and a camel outfit – down to Melbourne. He checked them. As he was sitting in front of the floor to ceiling windows in front of his gate, he saw a baggage handler being driven across the tarmac wearing his checked in camel outfit.
It is quite easy for me to believe that some moron in the back said “watch this” as he taped “I am gay” across the luggage. It was first off the carousel. I’m sure he found it hilarious, just as I’m sure his union will do their best to prevent any repercussions to the individual – assuming he is even identified.
@the other Greg: Gee, stereotype much?
@redspyder…. the original post said this took place in New Zealand… it has since been revised to a New Zealand man traveling from Perth.
Australia is a backward place. This story sounds phony.
As with most stories posted on “Queerty”, the official fact checker was out to a three martini lunch, & could not be reached for comment.
But hey, did you see the non-Nick Gruber story, about HIV, that Queerty made into a story about Gutter Trash Gruber? Wait are we sure it wasn’t Mr. Gruber who had his suitcase vandalized at the airport? Come on Queerty I’m sure we can tie him into this story too! No?
I call shenanigans, this sounds like more bad story telling from bad writers on the Queerty staff.
I also recall another story about some woman who’s wig got snatched and flushed down the toilet, just like in Valley of the Dolls. And don’t get me started on the raising my rainbow hag either.
@Snapper59: “Gee, what about this story makes me think it’s bogus and full of crap.”
You could have done a google search for “sleepy dad”, and gotten his blog the first hit. You could have done your own fact checking.
Then you can go accuse him of making it all up to his face! Since you are so sure. (You aren’t the first person to raise the question of why he didn’t peel off the stickers. So sorry.)
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Watch out. People can reply. They aren’t as tame as they are here.
“For no good reason I had had a slur marked over my luggage. I was degraded. I was shamed. I was humiliated.”
He chose to use that word as a slur instead of owning it and giving it a different power. And I don’t know why he should feel degraded, shamed, and humiliated because people were snickering at his luggage. Is that what he thinks it’s like to be gay? Is that really walking a mile in my shoes?
I don’t need his pity. When I’m at the airport or supermarket or at my job, I am just me. If someone thinks that he or she knows that I’m gay and snickers or laughs, then that’s all on them-not me.
This is a ridiculous story that helps the perception that we see ourselves as victims who need to be helped and save. Nonsense.
@tom-ba: Yeah, comment on his blog that needs publicity, after he’s been “contacted by media worldwide”. As with all good blogspots using Google’s response system, your comment gets posted after it gets approved. Hence the universal praise and lack of “why didn’t you peel off the stickers”?
@Snapper59: 8:48 am
I think you’re on to something…
@marc sfe: @marc sfe: He flew from Perth (AU) to Brisbane (AU). He’s from Queensland (AU). My comment is not a reply and has nothing to do with what Triple S has written, but what Queerty has incorrectly posted. Pay attention next time, you won’t embarrass yourself then.
perhaps he didn’t remove the stickers in case their provenance or how they were applied could be used to trace the perpetrator?
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