GRUNT was created by a group called PASH.TM – Additional Receipts

The following text is is from PASH.TM’s Facebook Page. It clearly shows who was behind the website GRUNT, which has just been taken down.


PASH.tm was established in 2014 after four queer trans guys got to talking at the AIDS2014 conference in Melbourne about the invisibility of guys like us (trans men into other men – trans MSM) in the Australian HIV response.

We immediately set about developing a plan and this involved:

1 – finding more trans guys to join us

2 – getting our name out there

3 – creating education campaigns

4 – writing policy position statements

5 – contributing to the evidence base

In the last five years we’ve managed to achieve all of this. It’s been incredible, rewarding and super challenging. We have all worked hard as volunteers with full time jobs and/or full time study obligations.

As we look to the horizon of 2019, some of us are now working in the very few trans-focused positions in Australia, others are working in important health roles and others are continuing their studies, expanding their art practice or getting back into it after surgery and life adventures. We are also all continuing to undertake capacity development and advocacy, often in an unpaid capacity, with a broader focus than the sexual health and HIV needs of trans MSM.

With that in mind, it’s time now for the Peer Advocacy Network for the Sexual Health of Trans Masculinities, PASH.tm, to close.

From a group of motley dudes desperately trying to be seen as the gay men we are, to being a national voice across the HIV sector. We produced, and are so proud of, GRUNT, Australia’s first sexual health campaign and resources for trans men who have sex with other men. We also produced a PrEP campaign, gathered a fierce and predominantly trans-led investigative team for Australia’s first national trans and gender diverse sexual health survey with the findings presented during the opening plenary of the biggest HIV/AIDS and sexual health conference in the country. We have presented at so many conferences and meetings over the last five years. We wrote position statements and made submissions about data collection and PrEP, we advocated successfully for the inclusion of TGD people in the national HIV strategy, and we contributed to global discussions about trans men who have sex with other men claiming our place.

There is still so much work to be done, and we will continue the fight for the health and rights of all trans people, including gender diverse and non-binary people, alongside our sisters, siblings and brothers.

Although our work on PASH.tm specifically is coming to an end, this page will stay open as an ongoing educative and networking resource for our communities.

Thank you so much for all of your support.

Thank you to our HIV positive family, to all the trans men and trans mascs from Australia and abroad who worked with us, participated and contributed to the work, to our trans sisters and trans femmes who guided us and told us to keep going, to Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) for supporting us, and auspicing GRUNT, to all the AIDS organisations and councils, and LGBTQ organisations (NAPWHA, ACON, Thorne Harbour Health, AIDS Action Council, Queensland AIDS Council, WA AIDS Council, Northern Territory AIDS & Hepatitis Council, SHINE SA, SAMESHNational LGBTI Health Alliance and many others) for listening to us and shifting your practice (keep going!), to the HIV and sexual health researchers who stayed curious and interested, who listened and fought hard to adopt our data collection recommendations and who advocated successfully for the research project, to our intersex allies (Intersex Human Rights Australia) who also guided us and built our understanding (we will always fight for you, as you will for us) and finally to all the HIV-vulnerable and affected populations of Australia who have met, seen and supported us. To our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family, our sex workers, drug users and to all the gay, bi and queer cis men who have understood why it is so important that gay, bi and queer trans men are meaningfully, adequately and accurately included.

Lou Sullivan (1951-91), pioneering gay and trans liberation activist who was the first recorded trans man to die of AIDS related illnesses once wrote, “they said I couldn’t live as a gay man, but it looks like I’m going to die like one”. We hope we’ve made a difference so that guys like us can live proudly and safely as gay men.

Love always,

Ted Cook – co-chair

Jeremy Wiggins – Jez Pez – co-chair

Aram Hosie – Hosie Bear

Laurie Hopkins

Max Mackenzie – MJ Beck

Ethan Kristy


Bullying of gay venues

Remember that time when PASH.TM banded together to bully a gay venue for trying to cater to gay men? A number of women were going to a gay spa called Wet on Wellington. WoW sent out a survey to consult with patrons. The trans lobby did NOT like it.

The text of their demand letter is below for posterity.


TW: transphobia & trans exclusionary behaviour

We heard about what has been happening with Wet on Wellington and it was alarming enough to bring us out of hibernation. We wanted to share this community statement that has been created by members of the trans masculine community in response to recent incidents at Wet on Wellington (a sex on premises venue in Melbourne).

Transphobia is never okay. We stand with those who have been hurt by the decisions of the management team at Wet on Wellington and we urge people to read and share this post. This is a time for our cis allies to step up.

This is a call to action to do two simple things:

1. Please share this post and tag Wet on Wellington to raise your concerns about their actions. We call on all people, trans and cis to speak up in support of this statement.

2. Please contact Wet on Wellington direct by writing to their management to express your concerns about the harm that is continuing to occur and request that they listen and take this statement on board. Email: info@wetonwellington.com.au

Image description: The two images are photos of the statement, black text on a white background. The statement reads as follows:

Community Statement: regarding Wet on Wellington’s recent trans-exclusionary actions

On the 6th of April, 2021 a number of members of the trans masculine community from various backgrounds came together to discuss the impact of Wet on Wellington’s discriminatory actions related to the rejection of entry of some trans masculine people, the recent creation of a transphobic survey and their subsequent decisions to manage the consequences of the survey.

Those in attendance noted that trans masculine people have a long history of attending Wet on Wellington and other similar venues around Melbourne, but that the recent actions of Wet on Wellington’s management have directly led to making a previously enjoyable experience feel unsafe and inaccessible.

As a result of discussions at that meeting, those in attendance agreed on the following statements:

1. The Wet on Wellington survey was transphobic and caused significant harm to our community. It was unethical and discriminatory and we do not accept that it was a reasonable mechanism to build an inclusive environment. We request that the survey results be destroyed and for Wet on Wellington to discontinue referring to or sharing the results.

2. We do not accept Wet on Wellington’s recent online apology, especially given the following:

a. that trans masculine people have recently been ejected from the venue and are still being refused entry on the basis of being trans;

b. trans masculine people continue to be told that it is a venue for cis men only; and

c. that the venue continues to refer to and share the survey results.

3. We do not support the establishment of Wet on Wellington’s ‘Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Reference Group’ because it is unsafe for trans community, was not co-created with trans community, is not consultative, is not listening to trans advocates and is not being led by trans people. We will not participate in it and we call on cis allies and other organisations to stand with us on this.

4. We require a trans-led process, that first requires Wet on Wellington to respectfully listen to and meaningfully engage with trans people.

5. We expect Wet on Wellington to issue a proper apology that has meaning and is accompanied by concrete actions to improve, including the following:

a. Wet on Wellington management and staff to undergo training in both their legal obligations (from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission) and best practice trans inclusion more broadly (from Transgender Victoria)

b. Wet on Wellington to produce and publish a formal policy on trans inclusion specifically, as well as consent and safety policies for all patrons

c. Wet on Wellington to engage in a restorative process with individuals who have been directly impacted and discriminated against, if those individuals wish to engage.

The group also expressed thanks to the cis individuals and organisations who have stood as allies with the trans community on this issue. We respectfully request that going forward all allies support and advocate for the actions detailed in this statement, and refrain from enabling or participating in any processes, groups or activities that are not aligned with the those detailed above.

We would also like to pay respect and express gratitude to Sally Goldner AM for kindly donating her time to facilitate our meeting, and to express our solidarity with trans women and trans feminine and non-binary people who often experience similar exclusion and discrimination, including the recent experiences of those seeking to access the McIver Women’s Baths in Coogee.

Signed –

• Aram Hosie (Member, Victorian LGBTIQ+ Taskforce; co-Founder PASH.tm; former Board Director Thorne Harbour Health)

• Chris Rohr

• Dee Chryssomallos (Founding Committee, FTM Shed; International Mr Transgender Leather, 2014; Awarded Special Service Award, Thorne Harbour Health, 2020)

• Felix Oni

• Florin Risley Douglas

• Gabe Curtis

• Jeremy Wiggins (Victorian LGBTI Person of the Year 2018, Churchill Fellow 2016, Co-Founder of PASH.tm)

• Jo McMahon

• Dr Julian Grace (Member, Australian Professional Association for Trans Health Education Committee)

• Lex Townsend (Queer Officer, University of Melbourne 2013 – 2015)

• Mary Fox

• N.K Madden

• Nevo Zisin (Author, Finding Nevo (2017) & The Pronoun Lowdown (2021); transgender awareness trainer)

• Ted Cook (Vice President, Australian Professional Association for Trans Health; co-Founder PASH.tm)

(A further 2 people who attended the meeting also support this statement but wish to remain anonymous.)

Wet on Wellington apologised profusely The are all about Queer women.


GRUNT IS GONE! (NSFW) – Receipts

What if you needed to clean up your image a bit, and quickly? Would you try to erase evidence of your counselling women to trick gay men into sex?


On 13 March this article was posted online about the NHS in the UK advising women to prostitute themselves to pay for gender transition, and to conceal their sex at gay orgies.

On 18th March, Alex Greenwhich MP announced he will be leading the charge on the NSW Equality Bill. It is our version of the “conversion practices” bill that will bring mandatory affirmation to our state. Similar legislation in other states has also delivered mandatory affirmation therapy for children, harsh penalties for even discussing the option of not acting on same-sex attraction, and a powerful commission to hunt down dissenters.

Greenwhich is advised by ACON’s Teddy Cook.

ACON’s Teddy Cook, creator of GRUNT

RIP GRUNT

In the wake of a discussion online about women in men’s spaces, I decided to update my post(s) about GRUNT. That’s the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) website dedicated to helping WOMEN invade gay male spaces.

I noticed some images and links weren’t right. GRUNT is down.

Domain Name De-Registered

In December 2021 the domain name registration read:

Domain Name: GRUNT.ORG.AU
Registrant Contact Name: Ted Cook
Registrant: AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF AIDS ORGANISATIONS INCORPORATED
Registrant ID: ABN 91 708 310 631
Eligibility Type: Non-profit Organisation

whois

Now it reads

NOT FOUND

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But it was there and it promoted RAPE BY DECEPTION

The Wayback Machine captured slices of GRUNT over time since 2016.

Receipts

Here are a couple of captures for your reference. Including one or NSFW images.

Booklet

Remember these names

GRUNT hasn’t been taken down by accident. It has been taken down because it might make some high-profile people look bad. Perhaps as they become more politically visible (Teddy Cook). Or simply because a similar advice was recently highlighted in the UK, with an understandably negative reaction.

These the are names they want you to forget. The female leaders of the space invaders:

Teddy Cook (trans man) – now at ACON as Director, Community Health where she oversees client services, LGBTQ community health programs, Pride Training and Trans Health Equity. Inventor of ACON’s TransHub.

Jeremy Wiggins (trans man) – Executive Officer at Transcend. This is the mother-son charity that worked tirelessly to remove the roadblocks preventing Australian children from accessing puberty blockers and wrong-sex hormones.

Aram Hosie (trans man) – Head of Strategic Communications at Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission

Laurie Hopkins (nb female) – seems to have gone to religion and is a motivational speaker. She was always more gender-fluid anyways.

Max Mackenzie (trans man) – Director of Resilience Enterprises, and named “rural trans activist of the year” in 2019 in Queensland. Not bad.

Ethan Kristy (trans man) – graduated from photographing lesbian orgies staged to look like gay male orgies, and went on to become an artist capturing the queer experience.

How ACON Captured the Australian Government

This is my talk from IWD Brisbane Meanjin earlier this year.

This is the introduction they have used, and I think it is apt.

Have you ever wondered why the ABC and SBS constantly promote gender identity ideology and never allow feminist spokespeople to present the alternative perspective?

Kit Kowalski has researched how ACON, using its Australian Workplace Equality Index, has captured Australian agencies. This is Kit’s presentation from the annual Brisbane feminist conference.

IWD Brisbane Meanjin

If you’re in Australia, I strongly suggest you

Australian Media’s Pro Bono Work for ACON Pride in Diversity Leaderboard Scheme – Part 1 – ABC

ACON’s Pride in Diversity lists only a few “media” members.

  • 10 ViacomCBS (Channel 10)
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • Initiative Media
  • SBS

In this part 1 I will talk about ABC. In part 2 I will look closely at how SBS uses talent to make pro bono or in kind contributions to the Pride in Diversity mission in exchange for AWEI points.


The AWEI

The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) is a voluntary leaderboard scheme run by Pride in Diversity. It is open to all organisations in Australia. The template is 45 pages long. Organisations answer detailed questions and submit their answers for marking. They receive a ranking score out of 200. Every few years the index changes to make it harder to get a high score.

Pro bono work, contra deals and a stable of talent

There are several questions in the AWEI that demand financial contributions or pro bono support of LGBTQ charities. Yes, Pride and Diversity qualifies as a charity despite also taking in $6600 membership fees and additional revenue for training sessions that are mandatory under the AWEI.

ABC’s Pro Bono Work

This post only deals with a small number of examples, and only where talent and cultural capital have been deployed to win AWEI points.

Both SBS and ABC have a stable of media talent they can lend out to events and score points. Such as that time ABC’s Jeremy Fernandez hosted a session at Pride in Practice conference in 2020 (page 20). This netted them 2 points.

I wonder how much money his time cost the taxpayer?

2 points awarded for Jeremy Fernandez hosting a CEO panel event.
ABC’s redacted submission.

The same conference hosted another session prepared by the ABC. How many person-hours were spent trawling the archives at taxpayer expense? Note the reference to First Day an ABC production glamourising transgender children.

This presentation was worth 1 point under additional work.

Additionally, they paid for 4 conference tickets to send their staff members (2 points). This is recommended in Questions 30 and 32 specifically.

Q30 demands development opportunities for LGBTQ employees and Q32 demands that LGBTQ staff attend external conferences.

ABC sent transwoman Julie Peters to speak at a Pride in Diversity Sapphire (womens) event (1 point). ABC has recently run a story (collection of stories across channels) on Julie Peters. Let’s see if these come up in the next round of AWEI submissions.

Corporate Heroes

Manda Hatter, the Head of Operations, spoke at Big Stays In conference (1 point). She attended a Diversity Council of Australia event Out at Work: Inclusion at Work for LGBTIQ+ Talent (1 of 4 events offered for a 2 point question). She also volunteered on the panel of Out50 – a Deloitte publication dedicated to LGBTI+ leadership (1 point). ABC’s Mon Schafter (they/them) gets a profile in the issue.

Manda Hatter’s public profile as a high-powered “dyke on bike” operations manager lends credibility to the ABC’s claims of LGBTQ solidarity. It certainly helps her profile to be able to spruik her personality at events – and Pride in Diversity gets incredible social cache from platforming Manda’s public performances.

Mardi Gras

Is this newsworthy, or is this advertising? It’s a fine line.

Newsworthy? Advertising money could not buy

ABC staff marching in the Mardi Gras for the first time was worth 1 point. Now in 2022, the ABC hosted and relentlessly promoted the Mardi Gras which will hopefully be worth more for them.

Not all roses

Unfortunately for them, host Mon Schafter “dead-named” or “misgendered” Elliot Page and caused members of activist 272k-member strong Facebook bully group LGBTI Rights Australia to have a little fit.

ABC should be aware that negative media attention can attract a 25 point penalty in the AWEI!

Where talent fails to get the points

ABC failed to get the 2 points for having Ita Buttrose and David Anderson (their MD) marching in the Mardi Gras. In the submission document, ABC gushes

ABC Chair Ita Buttrose and Managing Director David Anderson both played an exceptionally strong leadership role for 2020 which is demonstrated here as they both are seen about to head to the 2020 Mardi Gras parade float.

The AWEI response is terse: “Marching in MG isn’t evidence of CEO speaking at events”

Time and effort

Think of the effort, time, lost productivity that goes into organising attendance at these 1 pointer events. The ABC’s score in 2021 was 177. That gives you an idea of the scale of effort they go to on an annual basis.

Influence

There’s a quote from Andrew Breitbart that seems apt – “Politics is downstream of culture”.

What we are seeing here is an attempt to influence the company culture at an employer. It just happens to the national broadcaster, the ABC, bought and paid for by the taxpayer. Trusted by every Aussie as a companion to morning coffee and background radio through our workdays.

Politics is downstream of culture

Andrew Breitbart

The culture matters. The leaders at ABC are modelling behaviour they expect to see replicated by ABC employees: journalists, designers, publishers, broadcasters and more. Those leaders are performing inclusion – but are they doing inclusion?

This leaks into our everyday politics. Recently I counted the number of articles ABC published with the subject matter “transgender” – 35 within a 7 day period. All rabidly pro-trans. None taking into account alternative viewpoints. When the ABC leaders model transgender inclusion at all costs, this attitude filters down to staff. It then spreads out into the culture at large, not with a ripple, but with the force of a bomb.

How can women advocate for their rights when the friendly “lefty” state-sponsored media has already decided that the word “woman” is a bigoted dog whistle? They think we can’t. They are wrong.

Sources of information:

ABC and SBS submissions to the 2021 AWEI scheme were obtained under FOI and are freely available for you to download.

Please get in touch confidentially via twitter or email if you’d like to discuss these or similar documents.

ACON’s Relationship Manager Advises ABC on How to Define “Family” (and Promote Trans Narratives for Points)

The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) is a voluntary leaderboard scheme run by ACON’s Pride in Diversity. It is open to all organisations in Australia. The template is 45 pages long. Organisations answer detailed questions and submit their answers for marking. They receive a ranking score out of 200.

The ABC’s 2021 AWEI score was 177 out of 200 and they were ranked as a gold tier employer.

Managing the Relationship

This this an accident? No, Pride in Diversity employ a number of relationship managers to assist organisations to complete the AWEI and participate in Pride in Diversity activities.

Chris Nelson is one such person.

Why is the ABC relying on a lobby group to define “family”?

Chris is available for advice and questions. Such as helping ABC grapple with interpretation of the word family. This email was sent by an ABC staffer to Chris. Note the definition of family explicitly disregards gender.

Source: FOI – https://ladykitkowalski.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/document-7.pdf

Chris responds helpfully with an attachment holding this definition which again explicitly disregards gender gender:

An immediate family member is a:
Spouse or former spouse (regardless of gender)
De facto partner or former de facto partner (regardless of gender)
Child
Parent
Grandparent
Grandchild
Sibling
Spouse or de facto partner’s child, parent, grandchild, grandparent or sibling
This definition includes step-relations and adoptive relations.
A household member is any person who lives with the employee.

FOI – https://ladykitkowalski.files.wordpress.com/2022/03/document-6.1.pdf

Where did Chris obtain his definition and how is it more correct than any other? It doesn’t include in-laws, even if living in the same house. Or people one is close to on their life’s journey – “you’re like family” or “we’re sisters”.

Helpful hints

Some other examples of Chris Nelson, on behalf of Pride in Diversity, influencing the programming and content produced by the ABC.

“This is AWEI worthy”

Please note that through all the politess, he totally MISGENDERS Ed Ayres by calling her “her”.

“There are AWEI points in it too”

This gamifies the adding of suicide helplines to the bottom of every story. It is not difficult to imagine a future where every slightly upsetting story carries mental health warnings and impressionable young people begin to associate these dire warnings with feeling slightly challenged by media content.

“it would be good to use this as extra work in the AWEI. It is normalising trans experience”

Note importing the language: “affirmed his gender”.

What about the stories of women who regretted medical transition?

There is no praise for journalistic integrity, for tough investigation or unbiased reports. Chris praises the feel-good stories, and grooms ABC to further promote these. He actively instructs ABC to “normalise” taking drugs to alter your body and lying about your sex.

Proof it works?

Have you checked out ABCQueer lately? Full of feel-good stories about affirming gender, new buzzwords and new interpretations of old words such as “woman”.

Sources of information:

ABC submission to the 2021 AWEI scheme was obtained under FOI and are freely available for you to download.

Please get in touch confidentially via twitter or email if you’d like to discuss these or similar documents.

Who is paid up to ACON’s Pride in Diversity Leaderboard Scheme? (Australian Public Sector)

These government organisations pay to be members of ACON’s Pride in Diversity scheme.

ACON receives $17 Million annually from NSW government and “other government” grants. It’s mission is supposed to be slowing the spread of HIV. Not handing out inclusivity ticks.

Membership rates

They publish a sample business case document to help activists make the case for spending $6600 annually for membership.

The rates:

TECHNOLOGY ONLY$3,600 + GST
SMALL EMPLOYER <100$2,675 + GST
EMPLOYEES STANDARD$6,000 + GST
PRINCIPAL PARTNER$10,250 + GST
Source: includes the list of perks

Imagine these 65 local, state and federal government agencies each pay standard rates:

$6,600 x 65 = $429 000 additional income from the government purse. That’s the taxpayer funding pronoun workshops.

Pride in Diversity encourage government organisations to provide contra, pro bono and financial support to themselves and other rainbow charities.

As well as spending money on ‘diversity training’. For instance the ATO annually sponsors an $11k awards dinner for Pride in Diversity AWEI participants.

Public Sector Organisations and Agencies

Federal Government Agencies and Statutory Bodies

Australian Border Force
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Australian Federal Police (AFP)
Attorney Generals Department
Australian Public Service Commission (APSC)
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Education and Training
Department of Jobs and Small Business
Department of Defence
Department of Finance
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Department of Health
Department of Home Affairs
Department of Human Services (DHS)
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Department of Premier & Cabinet (VIC)
Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PMC)
Department of Social Services (DSS)
Department of the Treasury
Geoscience Australia
IP Australia
National Disability Insurance Agency
National Indigenous Australians Agency
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman
Safework Australia
Department of Defence (Fed)
SBS

State Governments, Agencies and Organisations

ACT Government
Department of Communities (WA)
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC)
NSW State Emergency Service
Victoria Police
Art Gallery of NSW
Country Fire Authority (VIC)
Department of Communities & Justice (NSW)
Department of Communities, Housing & Digital Economy (QLD)
Department of Education (QLD)
Department of Education and Training (VIC)
Department of Energy and Public Works (QLD)
Department of Energy and Water Supply (QLD)
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (VIC)
Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (VIC)
Department of Justice and Regulation (VIC)
Department of Transport (VIC)
Department of Treasury and Finance (VIC)
Melbourne Water (VIC)
Northern Territory Government
NSW Police Service
Parks Victoria
Queensland Police Service
Transport for NSW
Western Australia Police Force

Local Governments

Brisbane City Council
City of Newcastle
Hawkesbury City Council
Inner West Council
Mackay Regional Council

Source:

List from October 2021 – https://web.archive.org/web/20211020063627/https://www.prideinclusionprograms.com.au/members-list-2/

There may be others who are signed up to the scheme anonymously.

You do NOT need to be a member of Pride in Diversity to participate in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). This is a different (but intersecting) list who are being influenced in by the AWEI.

See also…

Nolan Investigates Stonewall where “Nolan Investigates looks at the influence Stonewall has in public institutions across the UK. We talk to a range of voices with a view on sex, gender and identity.”

The BBC is paying to lobby itself

Stephen Nolan

The Nolan report lead to a number of UK government organisations leaving the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme.