When the sun shines out from the horizon, it’s usually a beautiful sight.
But that’s not the case for some.
In fact, it may be the worst time of year to be gay.
As we head into what many call the ‘gayest year of the year,’ it’s the time when people in Australia can’t stop telling stories of love, friendship, and sex with a stranger.
“It’s not just the gay people,” one gay man told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“It’s the rest of us.
I’ve had friends that have lost their job, people that have had their lives changed by this.””
I think this year, we have to be very cautious and look out for each other.”
Homophobic slurs and homophobic threats have also emerged in recent weeks.
But, in an exclusive interview with ABC Radio’s 7.30 program, ABC Radio host Pauline Hanson says it’s not all bad news.
“You know, we’ve been having some pretty nasty homophobic comments in the media lately,” Hanson said.
But you know what, I think if we were to be more careful about what we say and what we’re doing in public, we’ll be alright.””
We’ve had quite a few homophobic comments that we’ve had received from some of the younger people in the community, but it’s definitely not normal for that to be happening at this time of the years.”
“But you know what, I think if we were to be more careful about what we say and what we’re doing in public, we’ll be alright.”
In a statement, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said the organisation is investigating the comments.
“The ABC has been in contact with a number of members of the community about homophobic and other offensive comments made online,” the statement said.
“The comments are being investigated.”
The ABC says they are also reviewing the behaviour of people in Victoria and the US who have been targeted by people who hate LGBTI people.
The statement added: “We also have contacted the relevant Federal and State authorities and will continue to do so in the coming days.”
What are the risks to you?
Gay people and those who have a sexual relationship with them have been at the forefront of a wave of hate and violence that has left hundreds dead, wounded, and missing across Australia in the past year.
“We have seen a steady stream of homophobic, transphobic, racist and Islamophobic comments over the last year or so, which are often directed at people who are in the same community as us,” Hanson told ABC News 24’s Today program.
In Australia, hate crimes have surged to record levels in recent years, with the number of incidents reported in 2017 surpassing the number in 2015.”
This is very dangerous for our communities and for our society.”
In Australia, hate crimes have surged to record levels in recent years, with the number of incidents reported in 2017 surpassing the number in 2015.