Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Good About Oz

God, how old is this unpublished post? Stinking heat!!! We are now freezing.

In the stinking heat late morning we waited for a tram to get home from town. The wait is not long, but can be longer if you want a tram with air conditioning, which we did.

A cute young blond guy walked past hand in hand with who was obviously his older Asian male partner, both nice looking. The younger guy was a bit of pretty and stylish lad and the older Asian guy was neat and very masculine looking. While I noticed them, I scanned around and no one else was taking any notice. It may well be a little Pollyanna like but it was nice to see a stereotype broken down, that is an older Anglo Australian with a younger Asian Australian. This was the opposite and it pleased me to see. I also suspect it is an example of successful immigration where a newcomer to Australia has very successfully blended himself into Australian society to the point where he can confidently walk hand in hand with his same sex partner and no one raises an eyebrow.


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  1. I think people are much more toleranT than they were in the pAST

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    1. Gosia, the world has changed in that way and it is a good thing.

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  2. Australia always had the second highest proportion of people not born in this country (26%). Only Israel had higher (51%). Hopefully we became a tolerant nation that draws on different cultures, languages, cuisines, sports, religions etc. About time marriage equality legislation confirmed that tolerance.

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    1. Hels, is that not what Australia generally has marched towards since the seventies? People are much better, I won't say tolerant, about differences, be they racial, sexual and disabilities. What a waste of money this stupid plebiscite will be. If marriage equality legislation won't go through parliament, then we will have to continue to agitate until it will. And what if there was a no vote to the plebiscite? I would never forgive Turnedbull for that.

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  3. It's good to see people can do what they want with whom with a fair degree.
    From Cairns.

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    1. Margaret, all quite unimaginable a couple of decades ago. You would remember the mainland produce boycott against your state for not enacting legislation.

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  4. I see lots of people holding hands and never notice gender or nationality, just think how nice it is to see people still hold hands these days.

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    1. River, I rather like it when I see foreign students holding hands when it is clear that they are just friends. It's nice.

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  5. It is chilly up here too. Which I prefer to the heat.
    How lovely to see that shift because yes, mostly it does seem to be an older Australian with a younger Asian partner (whatever the gender).

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    1. EC, and the older Australian with the younger Asian partner works more often than if fails, but the failure rate is quite high.

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  6. What a lovely picture you painted with those words!

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    1. Thanks Cranky. Btw, I think you did well to move away from a state that might have its governor as second in charge of the USS after Trumpet.

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  7. Nice people hold hands. you see them in the streets and shopping Malls, these are persons who have a contented aura surrounding them. I suppose there are a few who are conniving their way into their lovers wallet.

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    1. Vest, as cynical as I am, I never view people holding hands with any cynicism. When I met my partner some 37 years ago, it was unthinkable that we could hold hands. We could now, but we are old and so conditioned to not do such a thing. That is why it makes me so pleased to see people do it naturally.

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  8. You are on an eloquent roll Andrew (have just read last post.. letter to the Greens, sooo good! I don't have any problems with gender relationships but I have to say I have never been comfortable with age differences.. older men/women with much younger men/women I find a bit icky! Thank heavens Aimee has no 'father figure' issues :)

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    1. Grace, yes, once the gap is getting to around to 20 years, I too feel uncomfortable. Thanks.

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  9. There doesn't seem to be much hand holding anymore. I like to see it, no matter who is holding whose hand.

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    1. Strayer, you are right. We don't see it as much as we used to. I wonder why.

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  10. Nathan and I reinforce the stereotype. He is older...by 11 days.

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    1. Seems like you struck it lucky with your older sugar daddy, Ad Rad.

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  11. At the hospital the other day a couple (male/female) from a a NSW country town was waiting in the admissions lounge as I was about to escort another couple (male/male) to a ward. They kissed each other as the patient said good bye to his partner who had decided not to continue to the ward.

    I noticed the hetero couple looking on in interest at this display of affection but without any trace of disapproval or surprise evident in their faces. Maybe we are making progress.

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    1. Victor, R and myself did it once at the airport when he was going overseas. That was as brave as we have been. Without doubt we are making progress but how would two men kissing go down at Campbelltown emergency?

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    2. I think even Campbelltown has some awareness of the LGBTI community but I take your point; not everyone is open minded.

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