Gay Games Brisbane 2026

By Ryan Storr, Western Sydney University and Caroline Symons, Victoria University The largest international LGBT+ sporting event, the Gay Games, is taking place in Paris this week, with over 10,000 athletes from 91 countries competing in 32 sports. The Games have grown in size and stature since their inception in San Francisco in 1982, developing …

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Australia gay conversion

By Luke Beck, Monash University Social Services Minister Dan Tehan called in a recent speech for a federal Religious Discrimination Act. While Liberal Senator James Paterson has backed the call, Just Equal spokesman Brian Greig has warned such a law may be a smokescreen to allow discrimination against LGBTI people. Liberal backbench MP Tim Wilson has echoed those concerns. …

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By Paula Gerber, Monash University It has been six months since Australia declared that marriage is no longer an exclusively heterosexual institution. In that time, approximately 2,500 same-sex couples have been married, with NSW having the most weddings, closely followed by Victoria and Queensland. Many more couples, who married overseas before marriage equality was achieved …

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By Edwina Wright, Monash University On Sunday, April 1, Australia joined only a handful of other countries in the world whose governments have made HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) readily available to populations at risk of HIV infection. This step forward takes Australia much closer to achieving its pledge, made in 2014, to end new HIV …

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Australian Defence Force troops march in Mardi Gras

By Noah Riseman, Australian Catholic University Last week’s overwhelming “yes” vote represents another step in progress towards LGBTI equality. It built on the activism of LGBTI elders and the reforms of previous governments that have, since the 1970s, been affirming the rights of LGBTI people to participate in all walks of Australian life. With so …

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Married Couples benefits

By Hannah Robert, La Trobe University and Fiona Kelly, La Trobe University Opponents of marriage equality often say that married and de facto couples already have the same rights. To what extent is this true? And, in legal terms, how much do the differences matter? In an opinion piece last week, former prime minister Tony …

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By Shirleene Robinson, Macquarie University Last year, I interviewed a man who had joined the Royal Australian Navy aged 19 in 1967, as Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War escalated. He had a family tradition of military involvement, with a father who had also served in the Navy, and he signed up for what was …

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