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Cross-dressing dad denied blue card

A CROSS-dressing Sunshine Coast father has been denied a blue card because of his sordid past and refusal to deal with his sexuality.

The man applied for the blue card that would allow him to work with children so he could become a member of his local surf club and enrol his young children in Nippers.

But he was denied the card and applied to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Court to overturn the decision.

QCAT found against the man, listing his criminal history as one reason why he should not receive the card.

The man was fined for possessing methamphetamine and for masturbating in a car park while wearing high-heeled boots and a G-string.

He said he did not realise he was in a public place at the time. He said turned to drugs and cross-dressing after his marital relationship broke down.

The man felt helpless as he was not living in Queensland at the time and his partner had advised him she was moving to the state with their two young children.

He admitted to a substance abuse history, including binge drinking, smoking cannabis, and consuming ecstasy and methamphetamine irregularly.

In its published decision, QCAT found the offences were not serious but were compounded by his continuing embarrassment and apparent reluctance to address his personal issues in a more formal manner.

In a report for QCAT, a psychologist and former police officer found the breakdown of an earlier relationship appeared to have led him to experience intimacy deficits, loneliness and feelings of low self-worth.

She said to cope with this he turned to drugs and cross-dressing.

While the man said the cross-dressing was a "one-off", his mother said she had found women's clothing in his possession from a much younger age.

While QCAT found it was an "embarrassing" issue for the man to discuss and not directly relevant to the negative notice for the blue card, it agreed with the Public Safety Business Agency chief executive - who initially denied the card - that the issue needed to be resolved for him to respond appropriately to life stressors.

He stated he might need one or more sessions with the psychologist and he said he had earlier undertaken a Lifeline training course on relationship breakdown and been a volunteer.

He also helps his co-workers through a special program.

- APN NEWSDESK


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