Search Browse On This Day Map Quotations Timeline Research Free Datasets Remembered About Contact

Gays compared to terrorists

Wed 10 Dec 2003 In: New Zealand Daily News

Gays have been put in the same category as terrorists and petty criminals in the latest tirade from an afternoon talk-radio host. Radio Pacific host Mark Bennett falsely alleged last Tuesday that homosexuality had taken over Premier House for a taxpayer-funded cocktail evening with Sir Ian McKellen. Unmoved by statements from the Prime Minister's office and MP Tim Barnett that said the function was self-financing, Bennett continued on Friday to insist that taxpayers had subsidised it, after selectively quoting on-air from a GayNZ.com article on the affair. “If you don't happen to be Algerian, if you're not a terrorist, if you're not a petty criminal and if you're not a gay, it's hard to get an even break in this country,” said Bennett. Creating links between criminal or deviant elements in society and the gay community is not new for Bennett. In October he suggested an LGBT police liaison officer in the Waikato should be joined by one for paedophiles and necrophiles.    

Credit: GayNZ.com News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 10th December 2003 - 12:00pm

Rights Information

This page displays a version of a GayNZ.com article that was automatically harvested before the website closed. All of the formatting and images have been removed and some text content may not have been fully captured correctly. The article is provided here for personal research and review and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of PrideNZ.com. If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us