NSW gay rights activist, Gary Burns has dropped his legal case against former State Premier and Beyondblue chairman, Jeff Kennett.
The two parties meet for mediation at the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal yesterday behind closed doors with Burns releasing a statement today saying he would not pursue the case further.
Burns was seeking a public apology and sum of money to be paid to gay and lesbian youth group, Twenty10 for comments Kennett reportedly made likening homosexuality to pedophilia.
Kennett’s comments were reported in the Herald Sun last year in relation to sacked bisexual football trainer, Ken Campagnolo and caused great upset in the local gay community.
Burns cited complexity of NSW Anti-Discrimination laws and cost of running a case as the reasons he was no longer pursing the matter.
“He would only make an apology to me but not to other homosexual men. He would not give any money to the Twenty10 gay lesbian,youth charity group as part of any settlement.” Burns said.
Campagnolo is still fighting the Bonnie Doon Football Club and in a separate case, the Department of Sustainability and Environment for sexuality discrimination.
Burns won a case in 2008 against radio station 2UE over comments presenter John Laws made referring to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy presenter Carson Kressley as a “pillow biter.”

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