Saturday, April 20, 2019

Jason's on the ball

As far as I know Jason Ball was the first Australian Rules football player to declare he is gay and I don't think another has since. He played for a country team but I don't actually know if was a good player. He came out when he was still playing for the team, quite a brave thing to do in rural Australia.

I'd better find some facts. He attended Yarra Valley Grammar School and spent some time as an exchange student in Kansas, US. To quote, "“I met a succession of very lovely, deeply prejudiced people.” He was the only kid in the school who believed in evolution."  He played football for the Yarra Valley Football Club. He came out in 2012....wow, where did that seven years go? That same year he started a change.org petition urging the AFL to sponsor anti homophobia messages to be screened at football matches and for the AFL to commit to a gay pride round of matches, which did happen. He gathered a number of high profile AFL players to support him, including the rather hot Andrew Swallow. He retired from football because of injuries. He led the Victoria's Gay Pride March in 20His list of activism is long wide and very impressive and has also been very involved in mental health.

In 2017 he was awarded Victorian Young Australian of the Year in Australia.

He is now running a second time for the blue ribbon conservative federal seat of Higgins as a Greens candidate. It is not my electorate and even if it was, I would not vote for him just because he is gay, would I Comrade. But he is worthy opponent to the female doctor who is running for the conservative party and who will probably win. The Labor candidate is a female barrister.

Grooming maketh the man. You listening John Gray of Wales?


22 comments:

  1. I think it was him on The Drum the other evening- If it was he really needs to do something about his voice. Dull speaker to say the least - needs some voice projection coaching

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    1. Ok Cathy. I've not heard him speak for ages and then only briefly in news stories, so I'll take your word for it. He is probably vegan and so lacks vocal strength 😉

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  2. He sounds like a good person. I wish him luck both with his political endeavour and life.

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    1. EC, from what I have read, he is indeed a very good person and the type who I would like to see in politics, but it is a pretty well unwinnable seat for The Greens, but they will cut the margin I think.

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  3. Ever conservative New Hampshire, just elected our first Gay Congressman. He is a handsome businessman, snappy dresser and very kind. He is a democrat. I liked his views on local politics and I voted for him, much as Jack was dismayed.
    Time goes on...

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    1. Maribeth, not the one who is thinking of running as President? He sounds similar, anyway.

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    2. No, Chris Pappas is our Congressman. He is very young, and I doubt he will ever run for President. He likes what he is doing now.
      Pete Buttigieg, from Indiana is the Gay man running for President here.

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  4. Brave man but why is he standing in a blue ribbon conservative electorate? I would rather spend my energy on a potentially winnable seat.

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    1. Hels, I expect he would too. But he is perhaps the best person to shape up against The Liberals (how I hate that name as it is not a liberal party at all). If he performs well in the election, he will probably be given a more winnable electorate to fight. He is still quite young too.

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  5. I watched the episode of the Drum on which Jason was a panellist. From reading all the good things he has done, I hope he does well in his seat. He seems to me to be well presented and willing to fight for causes he believes are right and just.

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    1. Cheryl, while I am afraid the conservative side of politics has many self serving candidates, I do think Labor and The Greens candidates go in to politics for more altruistic reasons. Some get tainted by the political process though.

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  6. The only person in the school to believe in evolution? The WHOLE school? Huh.

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    1. River, evolution is probably not taught or even mentioned in schools there and children brainwashed by parents to the point they just unquestioningly believe in Good Lord, as they are taught. It takes a lot of strength to go against the very essence of your upbringing.

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  7. Anyone who can make the world less prejudiced gets my vote. Good luck to him.

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    1. And Cro, he is not a seize up the streets of Paris or London type.

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  8. I loved his comment about Kansas. Yes, the people can be lovely. Their beliefs and prejudices, not so much. I hope he was able to change a few minds.

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    1. Forsythia, so do I and I hope they remember the young gay Australian man fondly.

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  9. That is some comment: "lovely deeply prejudiced people"

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    1. Strayer, I understand what he means.

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    2. I loved that comment too and may use it myself one day. I have a lovely, deeply prejudiced neighbour, but I could never say it to her.

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  10. "I would not vote for him just because he is gay'

    I'd like to think I wouldn't either, but I have to admit, it would be difficult not to.

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    1. Kirk, well, I would certainly engage with him at a polling booth.

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