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OPINION: The Freddie Mercury Story That Goes Untold In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

By Laurie Marhoefer, University of Washington Millions of people will tune in to the Oscars to see Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, compete for best picture. There are already a lot of people cheering against it. Bohemian Rhapsody has been dogged by accusations of homophobia, and the film’s director, Bryan Singer, …

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OPINION: Teaching Queer Texts Could Fight Homophobia In Australian Schools

By Annamarie Jagose, Lee Wallace and Victoria Rawlings, University of Sydney Recently, the Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) — the peak professional body for Australian English teachers — published a special issue of the journal English in Australia entitled “Love in English.” It addressed the continued marginalisation of some genders and sexualities within …

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OPINION: Australia Will Never Be HIV-Free If Access To Prevention Requires A Medicare Card

By Nicholas Medland, UNSW Australia aims to “virtually eliminate” HIV transmission by 2022, according to the health minister’s new national HIV strategy. This ambitious goal has been made possible by biomedical HIV prevention, a new and highly effective way of preventing HIV using medications. But new inequalities are emerging between those who can and can’t …

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OPINION: How Body Ideals Shape The Health Of Gay Men

By Phillip Joy and Matthew Number, Dalhousie University Gay men currently receive little research attention when it comes to health issues such as eating disorders and other body image concerns. Yet expectations are high for gay men, as the western ideal masculine body is muscular and fat free. Evidence also indicates that there are unique …

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How NSW Inquiry Into LGBTIQ Hate Crime Could Improve Police Responses

By Andy Kaladelfos, UNSW; Bianca Fileborn, UNSW; Lisa Featherstone, UQ; Shirleene Robinson, Macquarie University, and Yorick Smaal, Griffith University Lessons learnt from a NSW parliamentary inquiry into hate crimes against Australia’s LGBTIQ community could change the way police and communities respond to complaints, and acknowledge the continued impact of past injustices. The inquiry is the …

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New Religious Discrimination Laws ‘Unlikely To Pass Before Federal Election’

By Anja Hilkemeijer, University of Tasmania : Religious Freedom Review Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released both the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and the government’s response. Given the panel’s recommendations were leaked to the media some time ago, the full report contains few surprises. But today’s announcement ends months of speculation …

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OPINION: Sexual Subcultures Are ‘Collateral Damage’ In Tumblr’s Adult Content Ban

By Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust, University of New South Wales The social networking and microblogging site Tumblr announced on Monday that from December 17 it will no longer host adult content on its platform. The Washington Post reported that the policy “removes one of the last major refuges for pornography on social media”. But the move will …

OPINION: This Early-20th Century German Transgender Rights Activist Was Decades Ahead Of His Time

By Elizabeth Heineman, University of Iowa The Trump administration continues its assault on transgender rights. In July 2017, Trump sought to bar transgender people from serving in the military. Then, this past October, The New York Times obtained a memo indicating that the administration was considering narrowly defining gender “as a biological, immutable condition determined …

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Violent Clowns And Panto Dames: The Origins Of Rocky Horror’s Frank-N-Furter

By Anna-Sophie Jürgens, Australian National University Dr Frank-N-Furter, the snappy alpha-alien who stars in The Rocky Horror (Picture) Show, is one of the most memorable characters to grace the stage and screen in recent decades. In his castle-spaceship from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania, Frankie creates a carnal athlete named Rocky and …

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OPINION: Marriage Has Changed Throughout History But Gender Inequalities Remain

By Michelle Brady, University of Queensland and Belinda Hewitt, University of Melbourne One year ago, Australians were asked “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. The answer was a resounding “yes” – more than 60% of those who expressed a view backed marriage equality. The anniversary of this historic moment offers …

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