There was once an AFL footballer named Dean Laidley, who started his 1987-97 career in Perth (above, left), but is best known playing for, and coaching, the small club of North Melbourne, which since the 1970s has often punched well above its weight, giving beating after thrashing to much bigger clubs for extended periods, and our boy ‘Deano’, as he was known to his mates, was a bit of a hard man as a player, and became a favourite son of the ‘Shinboners’, – as they were once called due to an abbatoir being the main source of employment in the suburb of North Melbourne in the late 19th century, later to be known as the ‘Kangaroos’, – to the happy point where he was appointed as coach, and led the team not wholly successfully in the years 2003-09, thereafter taking various assistant coaching roles at other clubs (the AFL world is if nothing a jobs for the boys thing).
That man, Deano Laidley, is no more, as he, or she, as the law basically requires us to call him, or her, is now, after having been known as a bit of Saturday night genderbender back in the day, a full time middle aged woman, who prefers the name Ms Dani Laidley (don’t forget the ‘Ms’), and Ms Dani is romantically attracted to women, to an apparently over-bearing extent sometimes, and was arrested last year for stalking one, and found later on close examination to be concealing precisely 0.43 grams of methamphetamine in a bra.
While at the St Kilda police station in Melbourne a couple of officers, upon seeing the curious sight of a well known footballing identity in make-up, a flowing, possibly floral, dress, and a wig (insert Richard Nixon/Norm MacDonald voice here) took photos and spread them around to their cop mates on Whatsapp, and have got into a lot of trouble for it, facing criminal charges:
- misconduct in public office
- accessing a police database
- disclosing police information without reasonable excuse
It looks like prosecutors combed through law books looking for any obscure law to charge them with, and they’re the kind of things that your average police officer probably does at least one of every week, even day.
Their court cases are ongoing, and in the midst of this the police have been proven to be quite obsessed with sharing photos of Ms Dani, and Ms Dani can’t get away from them even at the track, a few weeks ago: Dani Laidley ‘disappointed’ after police officers share photo of her at races.
There’s clearly a big blokey transphobia problem at Victoria Police and it needs to be rooted out, and given the investigation into the WhatsApp photo sharing thing encompasses over 200 officers we’re confident that they’re going to sort it out good and proper and these cops will learn to respect males who have embraced womanhood and not treat them as if they were circus freaks, like the brave and stunning Ms Dani.