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Been There Done That – celebrating gay icons & dykons

Latest Episodes

Show Number 850 … give us a break !

Yes – Show number 850 – a good reason to have a bit of a break – for four months at least. In the meantime checkout our back catalogue of podcasts. In this show, Gordon tells us of his royal travels and having a man-servant. We envy the life-style he enjoyed while away at sea and we welcome him back to reality. In honouring some ‘gay-sters’ from the past, we talk of Doris Day born 3/04/1924 and still alive and kickin’. She was often portrayed in film in the squeaky-clean image of ‘an ideal wife to-be’ but noting that she played a rootin’ tootin’ not-so maidenly woman of the Wild West in the film Calamity Jane – much to the delight of some gay women. She was also teamed with Rock Hudson which helped him hide his preferred identity (gay). The Dane Hans Christian Anderson (born 2/04/1805) wrote some twisted fairy stories, often revealing his own tortured life as a closeted gay man. Also having a birthday around this time was Rudolph Nureyev – Russian Ballet star – born 17/...

42 MIN2019 APR 9
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Show Number 850 … give us a break !

I heard it on the grapevine …

We welcome Will to the program for his second show while Gordon is away on the high seas. Chris tells of two great films from the recent Melbourne Queer Film Festival, which included some scenes of the early days of modern closeted gay societies in Hollywood and in New York, when everything was listed as illegal but people continued enjoying their sexuality. There are also horrifying scenes of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, which shocked the world. In our anniversaries, we mention the birthdays of Elton John born on 25/03/1947 – UK singer musician and part of the popular music scene since 1960 and AIDS activist, and the forthcoming film called Rocketman which covers his early years when he was “broken and damaged”. We also celebrate the birthday of Diana Ross born on 26/3/1944 – a musical legend of the modern era, starting with the group The Supremes and moving on to a long solo career. With our tongues firmly planted in our cheek, we celebrate the birth on 21/03/2233 of James T Kirk,...

46 MIN2019 MAR 27
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I heard it on the grapevine …

What is reality … ?

While Gordon is on the high seas, we welcome Will to the program for 2 shows, and he will share his knowledge with us. At this sad time, we offer our sympathies and concern for those innocents in the recent dramatic eventsin Christchurch NZ. We can’t help noticing the increasing frequency of natural and man-made events where there are a great losses of lives, and we hope that this is not the ‘new normal’ for our world. In our anniversaries, we mention the birthday of gayJim Parsons on 24/3/1973 – the star of the TV Show Big Bang Theory, where he plays a socially-inept nerdish character sharing lives with others members of his TV social circle. In his private life, Parsons is proudly married to his male partner. Gay writer Arthur C Clarkewas born on 16/12/1917 and died on 19/03/2008. He was a science-fiction writer and futurist; and the author of 2001: a Space Odyssey. Many of his predictions in the film have since come to pass – like iPads, geo-sync satellites, home computers, ...

42 MIN2019 MAR 20
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What is reality … ?

Somethings take time …

In this week’s show, we talk about our Labour Day holiday which has morphed into Moomba. The origins of the 8-hour working day are being forgotten in the modern world of low wages, poor working security and conditions, and the attitude ‘the fittest survives’. Meanwhile Moomba has become a multicultural festival providing a wonderful festive occasion for all our citizens. In our anniversaries, we are reminded about the Partnerships Bill passed in Victoria on 14 March 2008, whereby couples could register their relationships and enjoy some rights and respect for their relationship. This was a forerunner but not quite a substitute for equal rights and same-sex marriage. On 11 Feb 1969, Michael Kirby (later to be High Court judge) met his life partner Johan van Vloten and on the 50th anniversary of that event, the two were married under the recently passed marriage-equality legislation. We also talk about the realisation that biodiversity is dwindling in nature, and that the insect po...

42 MIN2019 MAR 19
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Somethings take time …

Our Rainbow World …

In this week’s show, we chat about the Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras telecast and what pleased us (as viewers) – and note that the parade was enthusiastically received by the crowds lining the streets. There was so much colour, movement, joy and pride; it really is coming-out in a wonderful safe and welcoming event. In our anniversaries, we feature items about John Inman best known for his portrayal of Mr Humphries in the BBC TV comedy “Are you being Served?”. Born on 28 June 1935, he died on 8 March 2007. UK comedian Matt Lucas was born on 5 March 1974, and is best remembered for the irreverent TV series “Little Britain”. Someone less well-known is Angela Morely who was born on 10/3/1924 as Wally Stott and became a famous and popular musician, composer and orchestra conductor for the BBC, before transitioning in 1972, continuing her musical profession with musical compositions for Hollywood block-busters. She died 14 January 2009 and is honored in a plaque. We also tal...

42 MIN2019 MAR 6
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Our Rainbow World …

All that glitters …

In this week’s show, we discuss how Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is planning to become ‘carbon neutral’ with the reduction of rubbish after the parade, and elimination of glitter (gasp) and balloons. We are pleased to know that the 41st parade will still proceed at dusk, probably with plenty of political guests – in this year of state and federal elections. From international sources, we learn what happened when a lesbian waitress in US was denied a tip for being gay and how she calmly obtained justice; and in Disney TV a gay character turns around a homophobic situation with wise words. The President of the US (POTUS) professes ignorance of his administration’s proposal to launch a global campaign to decriminalise homosexuality. And a researcher at the University of Montreal, Canada has concluded that gay dads make great fathers. In our anniversaries, we feature items about UK soul singer Dusty Springfield (died 2/03/1999) who suffered with her sexuality;Lou Reed (Walk...

43 MIN2019 FEB 26
Comments
All that glitters …

Eye Candy on the screen and on the streets …

In this week’s show, we discuss in broad terms the wonderful program listing of the forthcoming Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and applaud the range of films to be shown and the reflection of positive changes in public acceptance. We also note the queer graphic novel (web comic) Heartstopper for the Young Adult, who would appreciate this form of story presentation with its affirming messaging. It is a love story set in a British all-boys grammar school. In view of the recent report that Grindr intends to conduct a 5-year survey of users’ attitudes and preferences of body imaging in current advertising and social media, we note that even the classical artists and sculptors showed many body types in their works, and our modern eyes identify our modern preferences – and these types can also be seen on the Mardi Gras Parades. We wonder if they are healthy examples of body types, creating unreal expectations or body shaming in the younger generations. From international sources, we le...

42 MIN2019 FEB 20
Comments
Eye Candy on the screen and on the streets …

Still out loud and prod

In this week’s show, we honour gay icons who have birthdays around this time, and who have entertained us and widened our horizons of what it means to be gay. We salute the lateGraham Kennedy – a Australian TV legend who entered our Melbourne living rooms and flaunted humour (often gay or risqué) to our parents and us; And whoever would have thought that (Dame) Patricia Routledge – who played Hyacinth Bucket (Bookay) – was actually a member of our larger gay family; We also gratefully acknowledge our own Robert Dessaix – now a famous writer and journalist. On the anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generationsby Prime Minister Kevin Rudd 10 years ago, we refer to the actions in 1846 of Tasmanian aborigines displaced onto Flinders Island, petitioning Queen Victoria about their mistreatment, and to the recent Uluru Statement from the Heart which continues the fight for respect and political recognition. At our recent Pride March, our Premier announced that Victoria was to b...

40 MIN2019 FEB 13
Comments
Still out loud and prod

Pride – letting the world know that we’re here…

Once again, Pride Marchrevealed the breadth and depth of our wide community to the general public in a wonderful display of colour and movement, held in fierce morning sunshine in Melbourne, with a gentle breeze off the Bay. Earlier we had thought that smoke from bushfires may drift over us. With this latest burst of hot weather, we are reminded of the 10-year anniversary of massive fires in nearby forests and the great loss of lives. Gordon interviews Stephen Nicolazzo – Director of the play Merciless Gods, a staging of some stories of queer immigrant experiences by author Christos Tsiolkas, to be presented at the Arts Centre Melbourne. From the Anniversaries Book, we’ve selected Don Dunstan (died 6/02/1999) – the 1970s gay Premier of South Australia who broke down conservative state laws and allowed the wider gay community of the time some relief and advancement of society. We compare this with the way our current state politicians acknowledge and support our existence and are ...

41 MIN2019 FEB 7
Comments
Pride – letting the world know that we’re here…

Public Holidays … let’s do away with them?

In this week’s show, we wonder whether we Australians look forward to a public holiday but tend to ignore the reasons behind the non-work day. There is now greater interest in the celebration known as Australia Day, as well as much debate about the appropriateness of the date and also the reasons or circumstances surrounding the public holiday. We refer to the anniversaries of Ellen DeGeneres US TV talk-show host, and her wife, Portia de Rossi, Melbourne gay pop-music icon Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, US Olympic HIV+ diver Greg Luganis and popstar Justin Timblerlake – all having birthdays around this time. From international sources, we learn of President Trump’s edict to block transgendered people from serving in the US military – effectively sacking 13,700 trans people from the military. Meanwhile, in 2010, Australia repealed a ban on transgendered people serving and this action implemented anti-discrimination legislation applying to all Australians. We also learn that in Germany, a...

41 MIN2019 JAN 31
Comments
Public Holidays … let’s do away with them?

Latest Episodes

Show Number 850 … give us a break !

Yes – Show number 850 – a good reason to have a bit of a break – for four months at least. In the meantime checkout our back catalogue of podcasts. In this show, Gordon tells us of his royal travels and having a man-servant. We envy the life-style he enjoyed while away at sea and we welcome him back to reality. In honouring some ‘gay-sters’ from the past, we talk of Doris Day born 3/04/1924 and still alive and kickin’. She was often portrayed in film in the squeaky-clean image of ‘an ideal wife to-be’ but noting that she played a rootin’ tootin’ not-so maidenly woman of the Wild West in the film Calamity Jane – much to the delight of some gay women. She was also teamed with Rock Hudson which helped him hide his preferred identity (gay). The Dane Hans Christian Anderson (born 2/04/1805) wrote some twisted fairy stories, often revealing his own tortured life as a closeted gay man. Also having a birthday around this time was Rudolph Nureyev – Russian Ballet star – born 17/...

42 MIN2019 APR 9
Comments
Show Number 850 … give us a break !

I heard it on the grapevine …

We welcome Will to the program for his second show while Gordon is away on the high seas. Chris tells of two great films from the recent Melbourne Queer Film Festival, which included some scenes of the early days of modern closeted gay societies in Hollywood and in New York, when everything was listed as illegal but people continued enjoying their sexuality. There are also horrifying scenes of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, which shocked the world. In our anniversaries, we mention the birthdays of Elton John born on 25/03/1947 – UK singer musician and part of the popular music scene since 1960 and AIDS activist, and the forthcoming film called Rocketman which covers his early years when he was “broken and damaged”. We also celebrate the birthday of Diana Ross born on 26/3/1944 – a musical legend of the modern era, starting with the group The Supremes and moving on to a long solo career. With our tongues firmly planted in our cheek, we celebrate the birth on 21/03/2233 of James T Kirk,...

46 MIN2019 MAR 27
Comments
I heard it on the grapevine …

What is reality … ?

While Gordon is on the high seas, we welcome Will to the program for 2 shows, and he will share his knowledge with us. At this sad time, we offer our sympathies and concern for those innocents in the recent dramatic eventsin Christchurch NZ. We can’t help noticing the increasing frequency of natural and man-made events where there are a great losses of lives, and we hope that this is not the ‘new normal’ for our world. In our anniversaries, we mention the birthday of gayJim Parsons on 24/3/1973 – the star of the TV Show Big Bang Theory, where he plays a socially-inept nerdish character sharing lives with others members of his TV social circle. In his private life, Parsons is proudly married to his male partner. Gay writer Arthur C Clarkewas born on 16/12/1917 and died on 19/03/2008. He was a science-fiction writer and futurist; and the author of 2001: a Space Odyssey. Many of his predictions in the film have since come to pass – like iPads, geo-sync satellites, home computers, ...

42 MIN2019 MAR 20
Comments
What is reality … ?

Somethings take time …

In this week’s show, we talk about our Labour Day holiday which has morphed into Moomba. The origins of the 8-hour working day are being forgotten in the modern world of low wages, poor working security and conditions, and the attitude ‘the fittest survives’. Meanwhile Moomba has become a multicultural festival providing a wonderful festive occasion for all our citizens. In our anniversaries, we are reminded about the Partnerships Bill passed in Victoria on 14 March 2008, whereby couples could register their relationships and enjoy some rights and respect for their relationship. This was a forerunner but not quite a substitute for equal rights and same-sex marriage. On 11 Feb 1969, Michael Kirby (later to be High Court judge) met his life partner Johan van Vloten and on the 50th anniversary of that event, the two were married under the recently passed marriage-equality legislation. We also talk about the realisation that biodiversity is dwindling in nature, and that the insect po...

42 MIN2019 MAR 19
Comments
Somethings take time …

Our Rainbow World …

In this week’s show, we chat about the Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras telecast and what pleased us (as viewers) – and note that the parade was enthusiastically received by the crowds lining the streets. There was so much colour, movement, joy and pride; it really is coming-out in a wonderful safe and welcoming event. In our anniversaries, we feature items about John Inman best known for his portrayal of Mr Humphries in the BBC TV comedy “Are you being Served?”. Born on 28 June 1935, he died on 8 March 2007. UK comedian Matt Lucas was born on 5 March 1974, and is best remembered for the irreverent TV series “Little Britain”. Someone less well-known is Angela Morely who was born on 10/3/1924 as Wally Stott and became a famous and popular musician, composer and orchestra conductor for the BBC, before transitioning in 1972, continuing her musical profession with musical compositions for Hollywood block-busters. She died 14 January 2009 and is honored in a plaque. We also tal...

42 MIN2019 MAR 6
Comments
Our Rainbow World …

All that glitters …

In this week’s show, we discuss how Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is planning to become ‘carbon neutral’ with the reduction of rubbish after the parade, and elimination of glitter (gasp) and balloons. We are pleased to know that the 41st parade will still proceed at dusk, probably with plenty of political guests – in this year of state and federal elections. From international sources, we learn what happened when a lesbian waitress in US was denied a tip for being gay and how she calmly obtained justice; and in Disney TV a gay character turns around a homophobic situation with wise words. The President of the US (POTUS) professes ignorance of his administration’s proposal to launch a global campaign to decriminalise homosexuality. And a researcher at the University of Montreal, Canada has concluded that gay dads make great fathers. In our anniversaries, we feature items about UK soul singer Dusty Springfield (died 2/03/1999) who suffered with her sexuality;Lou Reed (Walk...

43 MIN2019 FEB 26
Comments
All that glitters …

Eye Candy on the screen and on the streets …

In this week’s show, we discuss in broad terms the wonderful program listing of the forthcoming Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and applaud the range of films to be shown and the reflection of positive changes in public acceptance. We also note the queer graphic novel (web comic) Heartstopper for the Young Adult, who would appreciate this form of story presentation with its affirming messaging. It is a love story set in a British all-boys grammar school. In view of the recent report that Grindr intends to conduct a 5-year survey of users’ attitudes and preferences of body imaging in current advertising and social media, we note that even the classical artists and sculptors showed many body types in their works, and our modern eyes identify our modern preferences – and these types can also be seen on the Mardi Gras Parades. We wonder if they are healthy examples of body types, creating unreal expectations or body shaming in the younger generations. From international sources, we le...

42 MIN2019 FEB 20
Comments
Eye Candy on the screen and on the streets …

Still out loud and prod

In this week’s show, we honour gay icons who have birthdays around this time, and who have entertained us and widened our horizons of what it means to be gay. We salute the lateGraham Kennedy – a Australian TV legend who entered our Melbourne living rooms and flaunted humour (often gay or risqué) to our parents and us; And whoever would have thought that (Dame) Patricia Routledge – who played Hyacinth Bucket (Bookay) – was actually a member of our larger gay family; We also gratefully acknowledge our own Robert Dessaix – now a famous writer and journalist. On the anniversary of the apology to the Stolen Generationsby Prime Minister Kevin Rudd 10 years ago, we refer to the actions in 1846 of Tasmanian aborigines displaced onto Flinders Island, petitioning Queen Victoria about their mistreatment, and to the recent Uluru Statement from the Heart which continues the fight for respect and political recognition. At our recent Pride March, our Premier announced that Victoria was to b...

40 MIN2019 FEB 13
Comments
Still out loud and prod

Pride – letting the world know that we’re here…

Once again, Pride Marchrevealed the breadth and depth of our wide community to the general public in a wonderful display of colour and movement, held in fierce morning sunshine in Melbourne, with a gentle breeze off the Bay. Earlier we had thought that smoke from bushfires may drift over us. With this latest burst of hot weather, we are reminded of the 10-year anniversary of massive fires in nearby forests and the great loss of lives. Gordon interviews Stephen Nicolazzo – Director of the play Merciless Gods, a staging of some stories of queer immigrant experiences by author Christos Tsiolkas, to be presented at the Arts Centre Melbourne. From the Anniversaries Book, we’ve selected Don Dunstan (died 6/02/1999) – the 1970s gay Premier of South Australia who broke down conservative state laws and allowed the wider gay community of the time some relief and advancement of society. We compare this with the way our current state politicians acknowledge and support our existence and are ...

41 MIN2019 FEB 7
Comments
Pride – letting the world know that we’re here…

Public Holidays … let’s do away with them?

In this week’s show, we wonder whether we Australians look forward to a public holiday but tend to ignore the reasons behind the non-work day. There is now greater interest in the celebration known as Australia Day, as well as much debate about the appropriateness of the date and also the reasons or circumstances surrounding the public holiday. We refer to the anniversaries of Ellen DeGeneres US TV talk-show host, and her wife, Portia de Rossi, Melbourne gay pop-music icon Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, US Olympic HIV+ diver Greg Luganis and popstar Justin Timblerlake – all having birthdays around this time. From international sources, we learn of President Trump’s edict to block transgendered people from serving in the US military – effectively sacking 13,700 trans people from the military. Meanwhile, in 2010, Australia repealed a ban on transgendered people serving and this action implemented anti-discrimination legislation applying to all Australians. We also learn that in Germany, a...

41 MIN2019 JAN 31
Comments
Public Holidays … let’s do away with them?
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