*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
29th May 2004 Email to the Editor of the Courier Mail. Seeking mainstream press support in raising public awareness of the need to reform the Queensland Criminal Code by removal of the Sodomy Law.
From: John Frame
Subject: Action from CM re Qld's "Sodomy Law"
To The Editor,
Seeking Courier Mail support for equity in treatment of youth
through encouraging Beattie Gov't to
enactment reform of
My name is John Frame and since 1994 I have been the presenter of the community radio support program Queer Radio www.queerradio.org on 4ZZZ fm102.1.
I have made
efforts over the past 4 years to get the Courier Mail to investigate or
publish material regarding
Last July I
spoke with Sandra McLean, who was very supportive regarding an article I
had contributed for consideration in the Perspectives page. However I
was advised that senior editors had declined publication. My submission
included contact details for relevant authorities who could confirm the
validity of this issue (persons from Queensland AIDS Council, Family Planning
It is important to note that Premier Peter Beattie himself strongly recommended against any "Sodomy Law" in his official statement as Chair of the 1990 PCJC Committee on Homosexual Law Reform. He accepted the evidence of expert testimonies which defined the negative consequences of such laws - especially in that they severely impede the equitable support and acceptance of gay and bisexual youth and do damage to their self-esteem.
In that PCJC Report statement Mr Beattie said that he wanted his children to grow up in a system which enabled adequate safe sex education and support for all youth. However Parliament chose to ignore the Report's majority recommendation and enacted a "Sodomy Law" and since then adequate safe sex education has ONLY been directly toward heterosexual youth. Mr Beattie might be relieved if his sons have happened to be neither gay nor bisexual, but he should be very concerned about the numerous youth placed directly at risk in the last 14 years and who continue to be at risk through his Government's unwillingness to reform the Criminal Code.
Below is the most recent of 4 years worth of correspondence I've had with the Beattie Government. I welcome any opportunity to offer information and support to the Courier Mail on this issue.
last 4 years my own website www.queerradio.org/AgeOfConsent.htm
has been the major source of accurate information regarding age of consent and
lawful sexual activity in
I know that I am too small a voice (even with my community radio audience) and I believe that this is a major public issue, NOT a gay rights issue. I am concerned that without pressure from mainstream press the Beattie Government will simply continue to stonewall on reform of the Criminal Code by removal of Sections 208 and 209 and I urge you to act.
I look forward to hearing from you
presenter of Queer Radio www.queerradio.org on 4ZZZ fm102.1
Ph: 07 3350 1562 / 0409 501 561
more details: www.queerradio.org/JohnFrame.html
27th May 2004 Letter to Premier Peter Beattie, Attorney General Rod Welford and Neil Roberts MP (my local MP). I request
a clear timeframe for removal of the Sodomy Law. With their renewed
massive majority in the current (February 2004) Parliamentary term this should
present no political risk. I remind that
From: John Frame
(Queer Radio Presenter / Coordinator)
Ph: 3350 1562 / 0409 501 561
To: Neil Roberts MP for Nudgee
Hon. Premier Peter Beattie MP
Attorney General Rod Welford MP
Ongoing unresolved reform of
am writing to you all to request a clear statement about a timeframe for reform
You will be aware that I have been in correspondence with each of you, or with your departments, since March 2000 regarding the vital social justice aspects which impact especially on gay and bisexual male youth, and which will continue to do so until these sections are removed.
As you are all informed and
reasonable persons, I must believe that you also personally agree that this law
must be reformed. Mr Beattie’s official statement as Chair of the 1990 PCJC
Committee on Homosexual Law Reform was in clear opposition to the enactment of
any Sodomy Law. Therefore I must conclude that, as a Government, you perceive a
political advantage in continuing to delay reform. I believe however that
I welcome an early and positive reply.
As previously advised, all of the
correspondence regarding my efforts toward this reform, since February 2000, is
on public record via my website at www.queerradio.org/AgeOfConsent.htm.
I believe this site has been the major source of accurate public information on
age of consent and lawful sexual activity in