Fighting Fires The LGBTI Way

Posted on Tue 02/05/2019 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

A bushfire is not sexist. It will burn you, man or woman, gay or straight. Yet a taxpayer-funded “Gender & Disaster Pod” in “progressive” Victoria issues a report with these recommendations, requiring yet more of your cash:

Support training of emergency management employees and volunteers to better understand discrimination based on gender and sexual identity in the context of emergencies… Employ professional support to update household guides for emergency preparedness with a gender lens to ensure the different needs of women, men, and everyone of diverse gender and sexual identities, including LGBTI people, are covered in preparing for an emergency.


Reader Daniel:

Do LGBTI drink different water, have different portable radios or ring a different phone number in an emergency? Probably not.

I can see how recommendations like this make the authors feel noble, and give work to “gender experts” who’d otherwise struggle to make a dollar.

But does anyone genuinely believe that all this busy-busy will save a single life?

Then there’s this complaint:

Men may experience peer pressure to stay and ‘fight’ the fire or defend their property, and women may be pressured to play roles of nurturers, putting their own needs last. Such messages have omitted consideration of the LGBTI community.

Gays need to be told to fight a fire or help those who do? Gays are too helpless to decide for themselves their priorities? How very insulting and patronising to have written this bleat of victimology.

So who is responsible?:

The Gender & Disaster (GAD) Pod is an initiative of two Victorian Women’s Health organisations, Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and Women’s Health In the North (WHIN),working in partnership with the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI).

The GAD Pod was formally established in 2015 to promote an understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to natural disaster, and to embed these insights into emergency management practice.

And you pay their bills.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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