Former Premier of Queensland Anna Bligh has a new look. Isn't it just so de rigeur to focus on a female politician's looks? I see her new look as being freed from the constraints of looking conservative and well groomed. Good on her. I recently read of her legislative achievements for Queensland gays and lesbians when she was in a position of influence and power, and they were significant. Politicians cannot stop homophobia, but if the laws are there, at least the chatter goes behind closed doors. It works the same for racism.
Who could forget how well Anna Bligh handled the disastrous Queensland floods of a couple of years ago. She made not only Queensland proud, but the rest of Australia.
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Russia seems to be the opposite, where politicians like to gee up the populace against gays. The protests against Russian government homophobia had some effect. It went behind closed doors, and that is an achievement. My own City of Melbourne is debating whether it should continue is sister city relationship with St Petersburg, because the city has enacted some extreme anti gay laws. I don't think breaking the relationship is a good idea. Keep talking and arguing is best.
Later: City of Melbourne, at the urging of gay organisations in St Petersburg, kept the sister city connection with St Petersburg.