I who may well be...

Musings from the perspective of a human being who may well be not locatable completely within the usual categories of male or female or gay or straight or transsexual or intersexed or exploiter or exploited or supplier or consumer or performer or spectator.

Friday, April 28, 2006


The following bulletins are from Amnesty International. I'm posting them to my blog because without a bit of movement from you, or at least some of you, please, without your active intervention, women and children and other worthy human beings will be imprisoned indefinitely behind razor wire in some dodgy profit-making prison in whatever country Australia can bribe to hide its shame. It's bad enough we have these poor people locked up far too long in Australia, but at least, thanks to newspaper photos, the children have been released, and others have had their release and prospects improved by being close enough to caring people for them to help.

What can we do if they are locked up on bloody Christmas Island?

Please, at least send your MP an email. We've got a week, basically.

norrie mAy-welby 28 April 2006


On 13 April 2006 the Federal Government announced harsh changes to the treatment of asylum seekers who arrive by boat.
Amnesty International Australia believes these changes undermine Australia's international human rights obligations. AIA is particularly concerned that:
asylum seekers who arrive by boat will be sent to offshore detention centres for processing, and even those determined to be refugees, will remain there indefinitely until a 'third country' accepts them;
boats of asylum seekers will be forced to return to the very places they fled, facing the risk of abuse, torture or worse;
children will be back in detention behind razor wire.
It is likely that these laws will be passed when Parliament sits again from 9 May. This is why I urge you to act quickly on this issue.
We have a very limited window to mobilise pressure on the government to stop this inhumanity. We could not do this without your support.
Take action now. Tell the Government that laws that deny basic human rights to refugees and asylum seekers are unacceptable.
Kind regards,
Graham ThomNational Refugee Co-ordinator

Take action now to oppose changes to refugee policy
20 April 2006
On 13 April 2006 the Federal Government announced harsh changes to the way asylum seekers arriving by boat are treated.
The government is yet to provide full details of the proposed changes and is currently drafting new legislation. This legislation will probably go to parliament in May so now is the time to take action. Let your local Member of Parliament and Senators know that you oppose any changes to refugee policy that will have a negative impact on the human rights of asylum seekers.
Recommended Action
Please write emails or letters to your elected Member of Parliament and Senators asking them to uphold Australia's international obligations and provide protection to refugees.
Amnesty International Australia is concerned about the following key aspects of the announced policy:
that all asylum seekers who arrive by boat will be sent to offshore detention centres for processing and will stay there until a 'third country' accepts them;
that boats of asylum seekers will be forced to return to the very places they fled;
that the proposed changes undo the Government's positive changes of 2005, such as the release of children from detention.
In your letter you could include some of the following key points:
People who have a fear of persecution have a right to seek asylum and must not be punished for the way they arrive in a safe country. Transferring asylum seekers to detention centres in remote, offshore locations is a form of punishment.
Australia has an international legal obligation to provide protection to refugees who land in Australia. This obligation can not be left to a 'third country' to meet.
Both asylum seekers and refugees will face the prospect of indefinite detention in a remote and isolated location.
Children will again be forced to grow up in detention.
Asylum seekers will be denied access to a fair and impartial review process via the Refugee Review Tribunal. Access to legal advice and representation could also be restricted. The Tribunal has reversed thousands of the government's decisions in recent years. Without this review refugees may be returned to face persecution.
The Federal Ombudsman will be unable to review offshore cases of long-term detention.
The proposed changes deny basic human rights to people who have faced persecution and breach Australia's international obligations under the Refugee Convention.
Read the media release:
Changes to Australia's Migration Act a travesty of justice

The Angel Norrie

I was just posted this photo from the Easter Sunday demo at Kirribilly against immigration detention. The photographer kindly titled it "The Angel Norrie". I'll take that, thanks.

Thursday, April 27, 2006



Yesterday I looked at my pussycat and realised that even if I am a freak, cut off from the sexual possibilities of men and women, God loves me even more than I love my outrageously breathtakingly beautiful pussycat.

This morning I pictured myself as being supported by and connected to and part of a web, the web that is woven reality, always connnected, never separate, however much I am caught in the illusion of separateness, always connected by time and confluence and so many unseen and intangible but ultimately indissoluble and unseverable ways.

And HoorAY! My best friend just came back from Europe, and I'm so happy!

We saw V again, and bounced through the Hyde park exhibition, the museum in the Domain, and Botanic gardens.

And for the last two nights we watched ABC TV together, not only nerds into the 7:30 Report, but geeks into The Inventors and Catalyst.

His boyfriend will be back from Eurpope soon, but I'm enjoying this while it lasts. It's a bit like my pussycat, who loves me enormously when I've been away, but generally ignores me. My friend is much more attentive than that, though. Gosh, he's even better than my pussycat!

Guns and hypocrisy

On the tenth anniversary of Port Arthur massacre, John Howard says "We did a lot more in 2002 and 2003 with handguns, but we really must resolve as a nation never to go down the American path. There are many things about America that I admire, but I do not admire their gun culture."

Guns rapidly become a problem in any society that sends people to war, for that's where they learn to fire and become comfortable with these weapons of destruction, and more than a few firearms find their way from the military to the civilian. People also learn by example, and our government's example in Iraq is that might makes right, and whichever bully has the best guns wins. Johnnie's hypocritical protests against American gun culture is far far too little, far far too late.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Punch and Johnny

Monday, April 17, 2006

Washing our hands of Boat People

Why are there demonstrations every Easter against jailing refugees? This weekend commemorates the state's persecution of Jesus, for daring to question the authorities, and insisting that everyone is welcome at the table of God. This message is ignored now as it was then, by church and state. Yet, now as then, a few activists call for social justice, and, now as then, most self-satisfied people will continue living blithely as if lip service and a few church events is enough to get them into Heaven ahead of the poor and heathen.

Washing our hands of boat people is more Pontius Pilate than Jesus Christ.

[This letter from me is published in today's SMH]

Monday, April 03, 2006

Happy Eunuch Birthday

The sex change operation was exactly seventeen years ago today, so now my pussy is old enough to drive ; )

The local kids commemorated the occasion by calling out "trany trany", trying to spit on me, and harassing me on my way to and from yoga class at the community centre across the road. I just made it inside and got the door closed as they came in for the kill. Transsexuals are murdered by groups of kids like that, with monotonous regularity. I was so terrified I collapsed on the floor in a foetal pose, letting my breathing go, and letting it slowly return from stark terror.

"Vengeance is Mine, sayeth the Lord", and they are pretty much guaranteed short miserable sick lives (pretty much inevitable for a disadvantaged black kid on the block without enough adult-care or self-respect to not abuse an innocent adult) no matter what I do, so I won't take it personally. But I do have less sympathy for the evil little pustules.

I sat up from the floor, saying"This will not kill me. I will not die here. This will not kill me,"Martha Washington's mantra (from Give Me Liberty, the graphic novel series by Frank Miller). Standing up, I resolved to live my life true to myself, and to never act from fear of murderous children, thugs with guns, or any other gang or bully. They will not kill me, they will not stop me from living my life as I see fit.

Well, sure, they can kill my body, but they can never kill me. And my body may react with fear, but my spirit is uncowed, and rising defiant. Freedom LIVES!