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Philip C. Almond asks: Are Christian souls gendered?

Within Christianity, the question of the nature of human identity has been a messy and complex one. For its first 200 years, Christianity adopted the Hebrew understanding of human identity as a unity of physical and spiritual parts, not divided into body and soul. There is no concept of the immortal soul in the Hebrew …

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Here’s why we need to count LGBTIQ communities in the next census

By Brendan Churchill, University of Melbourne There’s an old maxim: not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. But there are some things we should count, and gender and sexual diversity are among them. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has abandoned preparations to ask questions about sexual orientation …

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Trans parents: ‘If a man gives birth, he’s the father’

By Ruth Pearce, University of Leeds The UK’s High Court has ruled that Freddy McConnell, a transgender man who gave birth to his child, does not have the right to be registered as a “father” on his child’s birth certificate. McConnell, who is transgender, has indicated his intention to appeal. At present, people who give …

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OPINION: Caster Semenya in impossible situation after IAAF testosterone ruling

By Jaime Schultz, Pennsylvania State University A years-long saga between a middle-distance runner and her sport’s ruling body may be nearing something that resembles a conclusion. In 2018, the International Association of Athletics Federations dictated that female runners with naturally occurring high testosterone levels and specific “differences of sex development” must lower their testosterone in …

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Death and imprisonment: A brief history of queer ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

By Stephen M Hornby, University of Salford Game of Thrones is back. The most-watched show from HBO in nearly half a century is in its home straight after seven years – and the last six episodes will be among the most expensive television ever made. Given the way the world of television is rapidly splintering …

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Intersex soldiers and cross-dressing women at war

By Olivia Murphy, University of Sydney A documentary from the Smithsonian Institute, examining new DNA and physical anthropology evidence, suggests the famous cavalry officer Casimir Pulaski (1745-1779) might have been a woman, or intersex. Casimir Pulaski is a hero of the struggles for Polish and American independence. He is credited with saving George Washington’s life …

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REVIEW: Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ follow-up ‘Douglas’

By Jana Perkovic, University of Melbourne Hannah Gadsby’s new show, Douglas, is not earth-shattering the way Nanette was; but then, nothing could be. Many of us watched with fascination as Gadsby’s tenth solo show, Nanette, took her from a local niche market in queer comedy to international superstardom, skipping quite a few steps in between. …

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Will the African nation of Botswana decriminalise homosexuality in June?

By Andrew Novak, George Mason University Botswana’s High Court is considering a challenge to the provisions of the penal code criminalising consensual same-sex relations in the country. It will hand down its judgment in June. The challenge raises similar legal issues as the one pending at the Kenya High Court, which is due for a decision in …

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OPINION: Why Dorothy’s red shoes deserve their ‘gay icon’ status

By Marguerite Johnson and James Bennett, University of Newcastle The legendary film, The Wizard of Oz (1939) and the glorious, dazzling ruby slippers worn by its heroine, Dorothy Gale (played by Judy Garland), have long been symbols of hope – especially for the LGBT+ community. Last year, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in …

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OPINION: Five ways we still need to progress LGBTIQ rights in Australia

By Liam Elphick, University of Western Australia Wednesday, November 15 2017, Northbridge Plaza, Perth, 7.00am: “Yes responses, 7,817,247, representing 61.6% …” read the chief statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, David Kalisch, on the big screen. The huge crowd erupted. Hugging, crying, comfort, joy. That was one of the happiest moments of my life, …

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