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Australian Football (AFL) considers dropping Brunei sponsorship over Gay rights abuses

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Sport
allout brunei afl gayDid you know that soon being gay in Brunei could get you stoned to death? That's one of the harsh new penalties the country's leader and richest man, the Sultan of Brunei, wants to impose.

But now we have a chance to hit him back where it hurts – in his wallet. The Australian Football League (AFL) is about to decide whether or not to drop Brunei’s airline as one of their sponsors. People inside the AFL are pushing for its leaders to take a stand and tell the Sultan that killing people because of who they are is not only wrong – it’s very bad for business.

Thousands of Aussies joining together to tell the AFL to drop Brunei Airlines is our best chance to win. And it’ll send a strong message to Brunei’s leader that laws attacking human rights will cost him his reputation and millions of dollars. The AFL grand final is in two weeks: having the AFL drop this sponsor before one of the world’s biggest sporting events would send a powerful message.

The AFL is making its decision any moment – let’s get their attention!  Will you take one minute to sign the ALL OUT petition and share it with your friends and family?

Brunei is small and wealthy, but has international ties that could influence its leader, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. He's linked to some of the world's most exclusive hotels in the US and Europe. And, Brunei is currently negotiating a high-profile trade agreement with countries like the US.

Brunei’s national airline sponsors organisations like the AFL because it helps their image and gets them huge exposure internationally. Together, we could push more organisations to stop doing business with Brunei while the Sultan lets innocent people be stoned to death – and raise a global outcry against this cruel law.

Bingham Cup madness takes over Sydney

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Sport
10597298 1473147416273663 2006279091 nThe world cup of Gay Rugby has kicked off in Sydney and the city is awash with burly, sexy, sporty and fabulous people - all vying to take home the cup, or take home a Rugby player.

Over 400 participants participated in a 'pub crawl' on Wednesday night, hosted by drag superstar, and longtime Sydney Convicts "Mascot" - Maxi Shield. The crowd was made up of visitors, players and officials - all having a fantastic time checking out Sydney's limited gay club and pub scene - but many venues do sponsor and support the clubs and the tournament.

The players and visitors to Sydney have been given the 5 star treatment by event organisers, from events at the iconic Opera House, the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) to nightclubs and even the rugby fields.

Slight rain hasnt dampened spirits, with Sydney's iconic Ocford street pumping with visitors, all clammering to catch a glimpse of world famous drag stars, gogo boys and DJs.

The competition continues over the weekend - so if you want to head out and be a part of the action, now is the time.

For all you Sydney siders - why not take part in the #GOCONVICTS campaign, change your social media profile shot or cover image to show your support for your local boys.

The first day of the Bingham Cup also coincides with Wear it Purple Day, when people around Australia will wear purple to support young people in being proud of who they are, regardless of sexuality or gender identity. Many people at the grounds will be wearing purple to show their support.

The Bingham Cup is a gruelling tournament of intense rugby with 24 teams playing 6 games over three days.

Almost 1000 players and supporters representing 30 gay and inclusive rugby clubs from 15 countries have arrived in Australia for the Biennial event named after 9/11 terrorism hero Mark Bingham. 

Like Bingham, players at the tournament will smash misconceptions about gay people that often underpin the homophobia, which remains common in Australian sport.

A recent study found 85% of gay, lesbian and bisexual and 75% of straight Australians said they had witnessed or experienced homophobia either as a player or spectator.