Jason joins the Green machine

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 29-Apr-2016

Jason Ball, Rosemary Glaisher and Tania Nally.

Aussie Rules footballer, LGBTIQ and mental health advocate, and Greens candidate for Higgins Jason Ball joined the Greens Federal candidate for Bendigo, Rosemary Glaisher, for an afternoon of door knocking in Quarry Hill last Sunday.  

“It was an honour as well as a lot of fun having him along,” Ms Glaisher said. 

“This is a young man of courage and integrity who sees a wrong in society and who puts himself on the line to do something about it.”

Mr Ball is best known as the first openly gay Australian Rules footballer at any level. 

He challenged the AFL to tackle homophobia, resulting in its No to Homophobia campaign in 2012 and its commitment to the Pride Round in 2013. 

Mr Ball’s insights into the often devastating effects of homophobic bullying on young people’s mental health also prompted him to become an ambassador for beyondblue and for the Safe Schools Coalition.

He was in Bendigo as patron of this year’s Bendigo Queer Film Festival. 

At the Patron’s Breakfast, and later at a Greens dinner, he spoke about his own career and the difficulties faced by young, same-sex attracted sports people, the high rates of depression and suicide in this group and the positive steps which are being taken to address this. 

Mr Ball is challenging the assistant treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, for the Liberal seat of Higgins in the upcoming Federal election.  

“Jason and young, progressive people like him are our future – accepting of the reality of climate change and the challenges inherent in a modern, diverse society – and with the courage and the vision to implement creative solutions,” Ms Glaisher said.


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