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Dear Reader,

Welcome to my web portal.  I invite you to explore my life and interests online using the menu on the right. My hope is that you will find material that will engage us in conversation and reflection.

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Tony

 

Just Dates September

September is

30 August- 5 September  Legacy  Week 

1-7   Spina Bifeda Awareness Week /  /

3      Indigenous Literacy Day

6      Fathers Day

6 – 12 Child Protection Week

7     National Threatened Species Day /

8     International Literacy Day

10   World Suicide Prevention Day / RUOK Day

12 White Balloon Day

13 – 19  Disability Action Week Queensland

14 – 20  National Stroke Week

15 International Day of Democracy

16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

20-26 World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

21 International Day of Peace

29 Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison (1983) prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Local Events in and around Brisbane 

PRESS RELEASE: Alternative Voice on Marriage Equality for Catholics

Catholic and Wearing It Purple

When I was young I liked purple. However my parents and community didn’t think it was an appropriate colour so I was not allowed to wear it.

I loved Lent and Advent because the Church was decorated in purple and the priests wore purple vestments. But no-one told me that purple was a colour for celebration.

So now I wear purple in solidarity with young people who respect diversity and sexuality. I wear purple as an older man to make up for the years I missed out on this experience as a young man.

Today is a great day for this media release from Australian Catholics for Equality.

Source: PRESS RELEASE: Alternative Voice on Marriage Equality for Catholics

I have recently accepted an invitation to join the advisory board of Australian Catholics for Equality.

This new role provides guidance to the Council of Moderators on issues affecting LGBTIQ Catholic persons, their family, friends and allies. The Advisory Board provides practical and strategic advice to support the total work of the organising community, improving the lives of LGBTIQ Catholics, their families, friends and allies to promote a just and inclusive church and society.

I look forward to the challenge and the opportunities of this new and exciting project.

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Tony Robertson, Advisory Board Member
Tony is a Brisbane based social worker, who also uses his skills as a photographer to promote social change and equity in the community. He spent six years with the Capuchin Friars as a young adult and has been involved in various public ministries of the Church as a speaker, educator and retreat leader. Tony is an occasional commentator on LGBTI issues for the ABC and has extensive media experience writing press releases and responding to interview requests. He is currently the Spiritual Life facilitator for the L’Arche community in Brisbane. Tony is a member of the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group and supports Gar’ban’djee’lum Network an independent social network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, sistergirls and brotherboys (GLBTSB) in and around Brisbane.

Australian Catholics For Equality

I have recently accepted an invitation to join the advisory board of Australian Catholics for Equality.

This new role provides guidance to the Council of Moderators on issues affecting LGBTIQ Catholic persons, their family, friends and allies. The Advisory Board provides practical and strategic advice to support the total work of the organising community, improving the lives of LGBTIQ Catholics, their families, friends and allies to promote a just and inclusive church and society.

I look forward to the challenge and the opportunities of this new and exciting project.

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Tony Robertson, Advisory Board Member
Tony is a Brisbane based social worker, who also uses his skills as a photographer to promote social change and equity in the community. He spent six years with the Capuchin Friars as a young adult and has been involved in various public ministries of the Church as a speaker, educator and retreat leader. Tony is an occasional commentator on LGBTI issues for the ABC and has extensive media experience writing press releases and responding to interview requests. He is currently the Spiritual Life facilitator for the L’Arche community in Brisbane. Tony is a member of the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group and supports Gar’ban’djee’lum Network an independent social network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, sistergirls and brotherboys (GLBTSB) in and around Brisbane.

Holding The Man

Holding the Man came a generation after my Catholic schoolboy days but the cultural paradigm was familiar. This is a powerful screen production of one of the great Aussie love stories. I was honoured to attend the Brisbane preview and fundraising event for Queensland AIDS Council.

Throughout the story the Catholic Church as institution and cultural guide struggles with the rich dynamic of human intimacy and young love.Although Tim Kroenet gives the Jesuits a gold star for being “relatively progressive and inclusive” the shine is tarnished at John’s funeral the priest who knows that Tim regards John as his husband dismisses their relationship as mere friendship.
Catholic schoolboy life in the 60s and 70s was cruel and unwelcoming for those of us attracted to our peers. I sat for my HSC  in 1970 and for the six years of my life at St Joseph’s College Geelong I had spent much of my break time in the school day with the same group of mates. Of that group three of us were gay but we had neither the language nor community to support each other’s journey into sexuality. We went different ways into life’s joys,hopes, grief and anguish.


I have my own connections to this love story. At one time I had a job interview at Xavier College and one of the members of the panel was disturbed that I wore odd socks.I wasn’t offered the position.
I am proud that my old school is now a participating member of the Safe School Coalition. I have life membership of the Old Collegians and have been invited back as a Gay man to tell my story of a different era and to encourage inclusion and welcome as school and footy oval values.
Come and see this film when it is in your neighbourhood and in these localities.. The acting is passionate, the story is ours. ‪#‎HTMMovie‬
Need a guide to help you unpack the story?  Check out this set of Teacher’s Notes

Just Dates : August

1-7 World Breastfeeding Week

2-9 Donate Life Week

3-9 Homelessness Prevention Week

4 National Aboriginal and Islander Children’s Day

6 Hiroshima Day

8 National Bookshop Day

9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

11-17 – Brain Injury Awareness Week 

12 International Youth Day

14 Feast of Micah the Prophet

15-23 Seniors Week Queensland

19 World Humanitarian Day

22- 28  Children’s Book Week

23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

23-29  Hearing Awareness Week

31 International Overdose Awareness Day 

Local Events in and around Brisbane 

Just Dates July

In Brisbane  this is Black History Month
Time of Ramadan

4: International Day of Co-operatives
5  National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday
5-12 NAIDOC Week
11 World Population Day
13-19 National Diabetes Week
18 International Nelson Mandela Day
24 Stress Down Day
26 National Tree Day
28 World Hepatitis Day

Local Events in and around Brisbane