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Australian minister David Campbell quits after being filmed at gay sex club

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  1. Poor man, poor wife, poor family. This is what happens when you cannot live your life as an open “anything” thanks to the Australian penchant for gay bashing and homophobic jibing.
    Hopefully the man will try to live with a sense of relief now that his sexuality is out in the open and not spend his life being guilt-ridden and full of shame.
    Hopefully, the love he has for his family (nothing to do with his sexuality) will help him, and them.

  2. Patrick James 20 May 2010, 5:02pm

    It is a poignant example of how significant a force homophobia is when someone lives a life as a lie and then feels they have to resign from government when the truth becomes known.

  3. Mihangel apYrs 20 May 2010, 5:32pm

    if he wasn’t actively opposing us, as some politicians and pundits have, I can feel sorry for him and everyone else concerned: his life is in tatters because he made a devil’s bargain.

    I hope he can salvage something from his life, especially as his wife is so ill.

  4. Ah, Ken’s Karate Klub, aka KKK, aka just “Ken’s! I remember it well! Ken’s is a no-holds-barred riot of a gay orgy club. I used to have a right old time there back in the 70s. Glad to hear it’s still going strong and attracting the political elite!

  5. douglas in canada 20 May 2010, 9:28pm

    If he was really good at his job, it’s a shame he has to resign. I can’t see how he would be any less capable now than before.

    What a terrible thing that a society might not be evaluating his work for it’s own sake, but instead, judging according to where you stick your willy.

    I sincerely wish him well in his new “out” life.

  6. Its his wife I feel sorry for, a victim of his self-denial, only for it all to fall apart when she’s battling cancer. Sad.

  7. He could have entered the priesthood and lived his life to the full.

  8. Peter Baird 20 May 2010, 10:45pm

    A Sydney Taxi Driver has stated over the Radio that, ‘He has driven many well known Pillars of society to the same club’.
    Gay club? Yes. Clientele? All sorts.
    If you wish to see homophobia in all it’s glory, holiday in Queensland. Police on horseback Galloping through the sand dunes arresting anyone who looks like a pervert. Bribie Island Police to the rescue! If you are a percieved Gay Carer and MP. Peter Wellington from the same area finds out, yeah… Send in the Roma
    Street Sex Police to intimidate & terrorise. There are plenty of professional homophobes in Queensland Mental Health also. You think Gay people have it tough in Russia & Slovakia? NAH!

  9. I really don’t see what the deal is with this. There’s plenty of married men out there who go to gay sex clubs.. they get away with it and live perfectly normal lives. Why, just because he is a politician, should he be castigated by everyone, including gay men, for seeking sex, albeit in a somewhat sleazy joint?

  10. Its sad too see a reasonably tolerant society like N.S.W still has a strong homophobic streak, why should he have to resign ?. His sex life is irrelevant to how he performs his job as a minister. Is it just me , or is campbell a bit of a silverfox?

  11. …….

    I am from Australia….This news was leaked by channel seven- a pillar of gutter journalism at its best! The entire Australian community has been commenting on news website, talkback radio, etc about how this is absolutely reprehensible conduct from the journalist who did the expose (which even had footage of the minister leaving the premise). The minister has been found to have not breached any of his official duties and therefore this should have remained a private issue for him and his family. For a man struggling with his homosexuality for 20 years this could very much prove fatal for either him or his critically ill wife. Vile, reprehensible, deplorable journalism from a homophobic lyncher that should be ashamed of himself! I could not imagine how you could shame someone so publicly and have a conscience…………

  12. It highlights MEN and hangups they still have with their sexuality. This is the very reason men suffer with homophobia so much. If Men could deal with their sexuality in an open and honest way. Homophobia would be eliminated. Sex is sex, regardless of who you have sex with. Men will and always will never be able to handle and be comfortable with their sexuality. Which is a shame. Men do need to challenge themselves and who they are. Otherwise for generations to come, this issue will keep on arising. Sad day for all, especially his family.

    I have, myself met many men who are married and enjoy the occasional romp with men, then go home to the wife and kids. Many men enjoy living the “Double Life.” That is where society finds hard to deal with.

  13. “I have, myself met many men who are married and enjoy the occasional romp with men, then go home to the wife and kids. Many men enjoy living the “Double Life.” That is where society finds hard to deal with” – by John.

    I agree that there are many straight people who are still ‘shocked’ when someone in public life they thought was straight turns out to be gay.

    However, let’s not forget there are victims in these situations – their wife and children for starters. Now it may well be that their wives are already aware of the issues, but its not their fault and hence can extremely stressful for them when it goes public.

    Their children. Without doubt the very same people that everyone would agree need to be protected, are the very ones that suffer the most due to the scum hacks breaking such news stories about their dad, as well as the blame which can be attributed to the dad themselves of course.

    So its not just about society finding it hard to deal with, there are real victims in these stories which break remarkably often, especially in the USAs currently polarised politics usually on the republican side.

    I think if someone marries and later accepts their being gay, then they should get their house in order before going out to gay bars etc. Like others here, I know plenty of people who got married, but they sorted that situation out before heading out on the gay scene. This way they’ve avoided wrecking their relationship with their children in most cases.

  14. Whatever..like 21 May 2010, 1:04pm

    Good old Aussie prejudice and homophobia, this despite Sydney having more gays than you can shake a dick at. Oh well, at least he’s not some cherished Aussie Football star, if he were he’d be lynched by a mob of sexually suppressed neanderthals and his seed wiped from the earth.

  15. I seem to recall quite a number of UK gay sex scandals but they are conveniently forgotten.

    Yeah Australia is such a horrible country! I’m Australian and the anount of Australia bashing is hilarious. This is a country where polls show over 6o% support gay marriage, 85% support equality laws and where the biggest sport in the country the AFL had players take part in IDAHO day this week.

    Australia is not perfect but it’s a whole lot better than 90% of the world.

  16. I’ve enjoyed and appreciated the comments thus far; no bitching, backbiting, no “aminotacleversodwithwords” types – just sensitive people who focus on the story and make reflective comments.
    Great! Thanks, all you lot!

  17. Perhaps the real pity is the apparent willingness of the NSW Premier to accept his resignation. It would have been so much better for all concerned and for the public good if she had the balls to refuse to accept it … assuming that he was an effective Minister … and it would have been ‘one in the eye’ for a gutter TV Channel.

  18. Whatever..like 21 May 2010, 3:25pm

    Anthony, regarding your comment ‘Yeah Australia is such a horrible country!”…..see, that’s what we’ve been TRYING to tell you.

  19. Andy Leonard 21 May 2010, 4:25pm

    I have more of a problem with Keneally using her car to ‘drive to church’ than Campbell using his car to go to a sex club … Because the latter might be a bit gross for a married man to be cheating on his wife, BUT the former is a politician using her government car to go to church, mixing state and church matters … That’s worse than mixing smut … I’m not saying that he was any good as a transport minister, but I’m sure blowing off at a sauna wouldn’t have hurt his judgement, if anything it would have made his job a little easier not having as much stress …

  20. @AndyAS:

    Good statement. That would be the day, wouldn’t it?

    Absent anti-gay hypocrisy, I’m totally puzzled why the knee-jerk reaction is to resign, and to accept the resignation. If the poll numbers as posted above are true, no political damage would ensue if Campbell just went on with his career.

  21. The one positive from this story if there is one has been the absolute condemnation from other media, MP’s and talkback radio of C7 who ran the story.

    There was no public interest and it seems apparently that the reporter has a vendetta against the MP.

    The good news for him is that he will stay on as an MP and the premier has informed him that he could retun back to cabinet.

  22. Well Anthony , I too had a negative perception of Australia , until I went there. The people were great , it is quite progressive and liberal. Yes there were homophobes but I meet people like that even in northern Europe too. No Aussie bashing here , thanks for the memories.

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