I suppose it comes as little surprise that we had a mediocre turn-out for Sydney’s equality rally. Thousands were keen to attend the Mardi Gras parade and party. And yet only a handful showed up on the weekend.

I love a dance party as much as the next. Possibly more. I once hired smoke machines and lights for a Mardi Gras recovery in our apartment. That’s another story.

But what the beejebus is happening when dance parties take precedence over equality?

The Straight But Not Narrow social media campaign caught my attention. As did the legendary fat kid who’d had enough bullying and slam-dunked his tormenter into the ground. The YouTube clip went viral, with everyone applauding the victim who struck back. It spoke to the underdog in us.

Times like this, I love the internet.

Then we gasped in disbelief at the deluded ramblings of a glassy-eyed religious nutter praising the Lord for exacting His wrath on Japan.

I also love a bit of Willy. I hear he’s on Facebook under a pseudonym. Images of his visit had me wondering if the Gen Y prince regularly tunes into YouTube. And does he tweet?

Does he accept homosexuality?

Despite the staunch monarchist upbringing laced with religious dogma, I’d like to think both the princes would be all for a venture like Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN)

What’s a ‘real man’ anyway? Gone are the days when testosterone was relative to how many heads you could punch during a night out on the turps.

And where have all these good men been hiding? The straight ones, I mean. Certainly not knocking back brewskies at Bojangles Saloon, swapping Armistead Maupin poofter jokes.

A real man expresses feelings. A real man stands up for his gay son, his gay brother, his gay mate.

Off the back of numerous anti-bullying initiatives, The SBNN campaign is nothing short of inspiring. Some of these hetero guys are actually doing more for GLBTI rights than the gay and lesbian community itself, if Saturday’s numbers are anything to go by. Let’s pull our bloody fingers out.

And if you’re a straight bloke reading this; why not ‘man up’ and support us too? It’s cool, your ‘bros’ won’t think you’re gay.

Everyone knows any resemblance to smoke machines and dance parties is purely coincidental.

info: Visit www.straightbutnotnarrow.org You can also follow Damien Stephens on Twitter: @damientweeting

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