Australian ‘Family Values’ MP David Campbell Resigns After Being Filmed Leaving Gay Sex Club

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Australian Labor MP David Campbell resigned today after being filmed leaving a gay sauna, the Herald Sun reports:

Campbell  "Campbell is accused of using a ministerial car to go to a gay club in Anzac Parade, Kensington, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, on Tuesday evening, Channel 7 reported tonight.

It is alleged he stayed for two hours at Ken's, also known as KKK , which is a popular gay sauna. The club lies in Ms Keneally's electorate of Heffron.

The club has a $22 entry fee and assures clients discretion as they offer services for men who prefer men.

TimeOut Sydney described Ken's as 'today's most popular gay sauna … The iconic sauna has been servicing queer Sydney's sexual appetites for more than 25 years. Between the dimly lit steam room, sizzling sauna, glory hole maze, dark room and porn theatre, Kens caters for every taste … Butt Naked nights are towel-free so patrons get to size up their prey before they commit to getting a room, while weekday Lunchtime Specials pull in a crowd who take the concept of Happy Meal to a whole new level.'"

Campbell is married with two children.

Said Campbell in a statement: "I have resigned as Minister for Transport and Roads for personal reasons, not for any reasons relating to my Ministerial duties. I apologise to my wife, family, colleagues, staff and the community for letting them down. This will be a very difficult time for my family and friends and I ask for their privacy to be respected."

Same Same reports: "Channel 7 allege that Mr Campbell spent two hours at Kens. Campbell has been member the Wollongong seat of Keira since 1999, and has campaigned strongly as a family man. He is the former NSW police minister."

Comments

  1. David in Houston says

    This self-loathing homo made me think of the ELO song:
    Everybody all around the world, gotta tell you what I just heard
    Everybody walkin’ down the street, I know a place where we all can meet
    Everybody gonna have a good time, everybody will shine till the daylight
    All over the world, everybody got the word
    Everybody everywhere is gonna feel tonight

    Yeah, Mr. Campbell got to feel tonight… in a glory hole.

  2. Arturo Beeche says

    Yet another hateful, self-loathing homophobe homosexual…how tortured can these guys be…goodness gracious…is it not better to live openly and without fear?

  3. simon says

    Umm, I don’t think he’s a ‘family values’ Politician. He’s just an ugly fat man who was quite hopeless in his job and clearly in his life. I’d be careful with what is said, it could backfire.

  4. walter says

    hey just glad to see family hippocrits are the same all over the world. i guess sex with a man is not considered an affair. defending marriage seems to make you need an affair. what next maggie gallagher in a lesbian affair with ann coulter. they deserve each other

  5. TampaZeke says

    Homo-hypocrisy is reach PANDEMIC proportions.

    It’s time to invest heavily in finding a cure for homophobia.

  6. says

    ugh that bathhouse / sauna sounds disgusting. Who actually uses places like that? Dirty old men and closet cases I suppose.

  7. Sean R says

    Hilarious to see that hypocrisy isn’t confined to the US politicians, etc.!

    Oh, and KFLO, saunas are an integral part of gay men’s culture… there’s room, as Eric Rofes put it, for everyone in the community tent!

  8. says

    “their PREY”!? “their [fucking] PREY”!? Really Herald Sun, really!? First your publishing of a homophobic “editorial” of some ignorant douche, and now calling us queers and marginilising us by choosing to narrate our consenting activities as PREYING on one another? I’ll be writing this backwards, WRONG “paper.”

  9. Steve says

    The Hypocrite Club has a new member – say hello to Larry Craig, George Rekers, and the other inmates!

  10. Hollywood, CA says

    “This will be a very difficult time for my family and friends and I ask for their privacy to be respected.”

    ROTFLOL! Now you want privacy? What about our PRIVACY! Down with these hypocrites!

  11. anon says

    Aussies pride themselves on their own lack of neurosis. Hopefully this will be a bit of humble pie for all.

  12. ty says

    Chris- sorry to say, but bathhouses are all about hunting for prey. They need to be eliminated completely, as they provide closet cases a safe place to hide.

  13. Luke says

    I’ve shot my load many times in Kens Kum Klub. The venue attracts Sydney’s muscle boys and some of those guys have some donkey dicks. It’s a fucken hot place to lick big pecs and grap onto Aussie biceps while you go for a ride. God I miss that place! I can see why he gave up his ‘values’.

  14. BobN says

    This whole idea of “prey” is pretty ridiculous.

    Sometimes you want to be the lion, sometimes you want to be the gazelle. And sometimes both of you just want to be ground squirrels.

    Something like that.

  15. coolbearinmd says

    The spin on this, and the vituperative comments in response, are mistaken and unfair. Campbell was a Labour (that’s left of US Democrats, generally) MP with a decent record, including initiatives to prosecute anti-gay hate crimes. He resigned not because the story exposed any hypocrisy, but because his use of official transportation for non-work-related leisure activity was questioned–and because since he was outed, he needed some time with his family. His story is not very different from that of many closeted married men, who deserve love and support and not unwarranted, uninformed judgment. I’m saying this as someone who’d be happy to spit in the face of someone like George Rekers, whom he should not be compared to.

  16. says

    He wants his privacy respected, eh?

    How about “no?”

    Sorry bud… you poke your nose into my bedroom and victimize my family and tromp all over my rights? Well sorry, but you started the war and like a good boy, you’re going to lay there and take your medicine. If your family’s life is ruined in the process, maybe you’ll understand what YOU did to the families of Gays and Lesbians in Australia.

    Payback’s a bitch. So are we.

  17. jaragon says

    LOL- they are self hating closet case that can’t resist the urge for man candy!

  18. ernie says

    Thanks for providing a bit of balance, Coolbearinmd. He never declared himself Mr Family Values ( particularly in respect of that that means in US Politics. He was a decent man whop married his wife at age 19 which would have been back in the 70’s. I don’t think it that unusual that he married and was closeted, it would have been very common atb that time. It’s a very said story for all involved. Feel for him and his wife & kids.

  19. Davy Crocket says

    Are you people fucking stupid? A politician who has only ever been pro-gay rights gets outed by a camera crew who stalk him, and the politician is the one you attack.

    Sometimes I wonder why I bother with this fucking movement.

  20. Michael says

    I am a little disappointed at the media. Not every married politician that is outed is an anti-gay hypocrite. We’ve gotten so used to politicians being outed being anti-gay that we’ve all sort of lumped David Campbell in with them.

    David Campbell was a man who has sex with men, is married with two children, and he was not a vehemont anti-gay politician. The Labor Party in New South Wales has done much for reforming legislation to improve equality for same sex couples. David Campbell is no Larry Craig.

    Before you start adding him to any “hypocrite” lists, can I ask anyone to provide any evidence he was anti-gay?

  21. Lez says

    Thanks Coolbearinmd, Ernie, Davy Crocket and Michael – for cooling the flames of the attacks David Campbell is getting from those who think they know him and his history.

    David Campbell in my memory is not of the same ilk as your American anti-gay league, and the labour party in NSW whilst still not 100% behind GLBT issues are making headway.

    Sometimes I see very little difference with some of the remarks on this site and the anti-gay league you have in the USA – no wonder USA is gun culture – people talk before they think, easier to shut someone up with a gun when you can’t win your argument with words.

  22. nudel says

    He hasn’t done anything wrong!

    There are *no* restrictions placed on personal use of ministerial cars. There is *no* evidence to suggest his voting/campaigning record on gay matters is hypocritical. It is *not* a crime to visit gay saunas. His private life is (was) his own. The scum here is the journo who exposed him and who has now created immense pain and trauma for him and his family.

    Please get the facts before spewing such vitriolic hatred. He is not George Rekers, he is not Larry Craig, he is not Ted Haggard.

  23. luke says

    family values? he’s got a family I assume by him having a family the Australian media assume he stands for family values, he’s Labor which isn’t essentially a conservative party… I think comparing him to monsters like Rekers or haggard isn’t very fair he’s never come out in the media and attacked gays. I feel sorry for this chap, to be outed like that I certainly wouldn’t be able to deal with that much publicity. His X labour leader called him a disgrace, well I understand her trying to distance herself from him but she just looked like a bitch! when I was younger I use to hate closeted men they had it all family, job and gay sex on the side, as I became older I realised I pity them because I am very comfortable with my sexuality and so is everyone around me yet they have to risk all sorts of infections or “glory hole grime” to get their “fix”. it’s just another sad case even more so considering his wife has/had cancer recently I think. anyway I hope he can come to terms with whatever his sexuality spectrum is.

  24. says

    The ones who suffered the most? Whoever in the sauna had to SEE that fat, hideous thing trolling about!
    Some places just have NO standards!
    It isn’t ‘discriminaTION’ to be ‘discriminaTING!’
    Now….where’s my ruler? And point me toward those Glory Holes!

    ^^X^^

  25. Paul says

    Why is Towleroad running this story verbatim from the Herald Sun (=News Ltd = Murdoch = Fox)? Why not a more even handed source like the SMH or Crikey.com? This is an outrageous homophobic setup by a gutter-level amoral TV show – if he was driving to a rutty club it wouldn’t be a story.

    I’m very disappointed in Towleroad’s take on this. But as for the legion of illinformed comments at the start: you fuckwits are no better than the wingnuts and their prejudiced shitspeak. Grow a brain, poofters!

  26. Jimbo says

    “ugh that bathhouse / sauna sounds disgusting. Who actually uses places like that? ”

    Bruce Chatwin for one. The BBC even filmed there when it did I doco on him.

    But don’t let that trouble you, sweetie. He wrote big icky things called BOOKS.

  27. Michael says

    This guy was not a homophobe. The media saw him having sex with someone other that his wife and decided it was the day’s top story. No more, no less.

  28. Paul Douglas says

    I can find nothing online showing that David Campbell had an anti-gay voting record. Can someone show us something to clarify? If he doesn’t have an anti-gay voting record why is everyone so upset? Yes, its unkind for him to be stepping out on his wife and not living honestly, but the general level of vituperation on this website hints to me that a lot of us are using a rumor of alleged hypocrisy as an excuse to ventilate our floating anger. It analogously reminds me a little of masturbation. Maybe we should give this man some space.

  29. Greg says

    @ Chris….the “prey” quote was lifted by the Herald Sun from TimeOut Sydney, which I believe is a gay guide to different cities of the world.

  30. SFRowGuy says

    sure seems to be a lot of Closeted Lecherous Ignominious (political) Teabaggers in the world, we should just start calling them CLITs ….

  31. nudel says

    I fear that by now no one’s interested in the truth of this grubby (journalism) episode, but for those who still are check out the first video story “Seven Goes Public on the Private” from Australia’s ‘Media Watch’ program at the following link (it should be current for about a week until the next episode airs next Monday)… http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/video/