News Corp journalist Shannon Molloy has responded to a group of LGBTI community members whose criticism led him to resign from the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
The criticism on social media centred on Molloy’s employment at News Corp, which has come under fire for publishing anti-gay content on topics like marriage equality and the Safe Schools program.
One man named in Molloy’s response, Rodney Chiang-Cruise, wrote on Twitter: “How can NSW GLRL call out the trans hate from News Corp when one of its national journos sits on the board?”
On Tuesday, it emerged Molloy had quit his position on the committee of the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW GLRL).
In an opinion piece published on News Corp sites on Wednesday night, Molloy described the men as “bullies” and said the criticism was all the more hurtful coming from people within the LGBTI community.
“It felt like I was a teenager again, when this kind of harassment was the core of my existence,” he said.
“Someone had me in their sights and decided to attack, and nothing I said or did was going to stop it. Suddenly, I was a kid all over again.”
He added that the criticism was despite his “extensive” coverage of a range of LGBTI issues in his three years at News Corp.
“But in Rodney’s opinion, when it comes to me, I can’t be a participating member of my community while working at News Corp, because of some of its past coverage of LGBTI issues, including Safe Schools,” he said.
“Sometimes the LGBTIQ community is its own worst enemy, when people like Rodney hijack the agenda and veer focus away from the things that truly matter.
“Mostly, I’m just sad – sad for Rodney, that he thinks the way he does, that his heart is so full of bitterness.
“However he’s not representative of the community. Don’t let him distract from the work that’s being done.”
In a statement on Tuesday, the NSW GLRL slammed what Molloy had experienced as “completely unacceptable”.
“Attacking and criticising one volunteer purely because of their employer, one which afforded them the opportunity to speak of their discrimination and victimisation they have personally experienced, is unacceptable,” the group said.
“When that behaviour comes from within our own community, it should be condemned. There is a difference between having a debate on an issue, and personally attacking someone.
“The behaviour that has been shown this week towards particular individuals that have proudly volunteered for our organisation has been nothing short of appalling.
“It is damaging, and there should be consequences for those responsible.
“It is with sadness that following the amount of public attention his role at the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby has attracted this week, Shannon Molloy has resigned.”