Happy new year!
I hope this year will be good for all of you. I know there were a few sour notes for many in 2016, and some downright tragedies. It was a year that saw much fear, anger and sadness. It held some largely unpredicted events, like Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. Election. I’ve got to say, the reaction from some Hillary Clinton supporters has been apalling, and, if anything, hasn’t done progressive/centre -Left politics or causes any justice.
The backlash against centre Left extended to Australia, with conservative parties like Pauline Hanson’s One Nation winning major influence in the Senate. Things went pear – shaped when Pauline Hanson refused to help Rod Culleton pay personal legal bills. Culleton later resigned.
The same – sex marriage debate dominated the political landscape for a few weeks. So – called ‘respectful debate’ ended up in intimidation against Mercure motel staff in Sydney, and a bomb threat against Melbourne’s LGBT radio station, 94.9 Joy FM that that caused 30 staff to be evacuated. Unfortunately, the second event got minimal coverage in the mainstream media, and little condemnation. Should I be surprised or not?
Tragedy and terror rocked the world, with Nice in France, Belgium and the U.S. to name a few being attacked by terrorists. One that I wrote about was the shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida, where 50 people were gunned down at the Pulse Nightclub.I wrote that the attack opened a floodgate of fears among LGBTQ+ people, bringing back memories of a history of violence and abuse sparked by queer – phobia. It did bring people together and many people did stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. I hope the solidarity continues. Please continue to support and love your LGBTQ+ family members and friends. And, when safe to do so, speak out against queer – phobic violence. That includes media personalities.
2016 saw a continuation of one of the worst human rights and humanitarian disasters in living memory. Reports have claimed that the conflict has caused the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. The reports, images and footage in the mainstream media and on – line have been absolutely horrific. Late last year, a cease fire was declared in the rebel – held city of Aleppo in order to let citizens escape from the war – torn region.
So, what about this year? Who knows. I hope to hear less about culture wars. Even though they are good to blog about, they can be emotionally draining. I really don’t know what else to say about Syria. It’s such a tragedy. I don’t see it ending any time soon, to be honest. I’ll just leave it at that.
On a more personal and a lighthearted note, I’m so glad to be starting this blog. I can’t wait to see what happens with it. Surprisingly, I had moderate success in the three blogs that I wrote in the most, which I’m grateful for. But I think it’s time to move on. Plus, I have study and other stuff I’ll be doing throughout the year.
What are you up to this year?