I've just sent the following to Movember and beyondblue, to explain why I won't be participating in Movember this year:

For the last 3 or 4 years, I have been the team leader of the Australian Movember team at [EDIT: my workplace. My employer has] been very supportive of the cause, by matching all donations collected by staff, and by providing significant promotion [EDIT: link removed] of the cause. Last year, we raised over $45 000 [EDIT: I previously claimed this was over $90 000. I included the dollar matching twice. My mistake.], making us one of the most successful corporate teams. [EDIT: My employer's] headcount has increased significantly since then, and we now have a staff member dedicated to managing our charitable activities, so we are poised to raise even more this year.

I was looking forward to participating in another year of Movember, until I read this article [http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/children-need-mum-and-dad-for-best-mental-health/story-e6frfhqf-1226132579875] by beyondblue's chairman. It misrepresents the report [http://sydney.edu.au/law/news/docs_pdfs_images/2011/Sep/FKS-ResearchReport-Summary.pdf] it refers to (which has nothing to say about the gender of parents), and it fails to disclose that the report was commissioned by the Australian Christian Lobby [http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2011/09/new-report-for-kids-sake-released-in-canberra-this-week/], which is actively campaigning [http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/featured-campaigns/] against same-sex marriage.

As a gay man who suffers from clinical depression, I can no longer support beyondblue while it has a chairman who uses his position in this way. Particularly when beyondblue's own fact sheet [http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=7.980&tmp=FileDownload&fid=1425] confirms that homosexual and bisexual people are overrepresented in depression statistics, and that stigma and discrimination are primary causes.

For this reason, I will not be participating in, or donating to, Movember this year.

I will instead be making a donation to the National LGBTI Health Alliance [http://www.lgbthealth.org.au/], and will be encouraging others to do the same.

These are my own views, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.

Yours sincerely,

Adrian Hempel
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