Campaigning gay solicitor John Marsden stunned friends and supporters this week with the announcement that he had inoperable stomach cancer.
Although doctors had been surprised at the size of the tumour, Marsden remained defiant saying that he was starting chemotherapy straight away and that he would beat it.
The first thing I would say is that I’m going to be in the Mardi Gras next year, Marsden told the Star. There’s going to be a parade next year and I’m going to be in it.
Secondly I’m not going to let Channel Seven get away with it, I’m going to keep fighting and I’m going to win against them, Marsden said, referring to his long-running defamation case against the TV network, which is still under appeal.
Marsden reveals in an upcoming interview with gay monthly DNA that the legal battle to defend his name had ended up costing him $8.3 million dollars.
In the interview which will hit the newsstands tomorrow, Marsden reveals that in spite of his 2001 court win he is still the subject of abuse. Earlier this year he was saying goodbye to friends outside his office when someone yelled from a passing car: How many little boys have you fucked today, Marsden?
I suppose that it’s not a natural life any longer. You’re very careful who you’re seen with, where you go, a reflective Marsden told DNA’s Sasha Naod, who spent the weekend with the outspoken lawyer at his Campbelltown home.
Marsden also says that he feels angry that people came to the defence of Justice Michael Kirby much more readily than they came to his aid.
I was devastated by what I think was a lack of support from the gay community. That’s probably one of the most hurtful things, he told Naod.