I’m fine!

Just a note, since I seem to have worried some people.

I’ve deleted my Facebook and Twitter accounts because I’ve decided that being called satanic and told that I’m heading straight for hell over my support for marriage equality is not good for my mental health. For the same reason, I’m screening my calls.

Neither Facebook nor Twitter want me to go and it will take at least 30 days before my ‘deleted’ accounts are really deleted. In that time I might have decided that I can again face social media and I’ll re-establish them. Or I might have discovered that without social media I have so much more free time that I’ll allow the deletes to become permanent.

But, either way, I’m fine. Well, relatively fine. This ‘postal poll’ debate is not good for my mental health. There’s a reason the entire LGBTIQ community, which never agrees on anything, was united in its opposition to the plebiscite. We knew that it would unleash hatred. But I’m fine in the sense that I’m not currently suicidal.

Dear God, I am worried for younger people and those who aren’t ‘out’. Having the entire country vote on the rights of a minority that already has higher than average rates of mental illness was a very stupid idea, but it seems to have made Mr Shelton and Mr Abbott and Mr Howard happy, and I guess that’s the important thing for the Prime Minister.


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5 Responses to I’m fine!

  1. PaulW says:

    Glad you’ve deleted the accounts, rather than having to delete all the trolls when you return.

  2. Stay safe and keep writing!

  3. Sorry to hear about all you’ve had to go through. Glad you’re OK!

  4. yasminke says:

    May Karma treat the trolls on an appropriate and comical manner. Luv ya

  5. Laura Cregan says:

    Dear Avril,

    Hi, my name is Laura Cregan, we have not met but I’ve worked for the Synod in a few roles for about five years.

    I follow your blog posts and thought it was great that you were so courageous when you disclosed your personal thoughts on your sexuality.

    I’m sorry for the hate emails/letters /twitters etc. that may have come through.

    I wanted to let you know that I admire your bravery anyway.

    Take care of yourself, there are people that support you.

    Kind Wishes,


    Laura Cregan
    Church Relations and Partnerships Manager Vic.Tas
    Marketing and Communications


    …to inspire people, enliven communities
    and confront injustice

    130 Little Collins St Melbourne VIC 3000
    • M 0437 507 599 • P (03) 9251 5493
    • Laura.Cregan@victas.uca.org.au

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