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 …

Australia gay conversion Religious Discrimination Act

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. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan called in a recent speech for a federal Religious Discrimination Act. Liberal backbench MP Tim Wilson has echoed those concerns. Tehan’s speech attempts …

Stock photo of IVF reproduction reproductive therapy

By Damien Riggs, Flinders University For any person needing medical care, informed consent is vital. Yet for transgender people, informed consent may be hindered by how medical professionals share information. This is especially the case in the context of reproductive health, where speaking about reproductive materials is often highly gendered. Both the World Professional Association …

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 …

Australia gay conversion Religious Discrimination Act

Less than six months after Australia voted to legalise same-sex marriage, the topic of gay conversion “therapy” reared its head in Victoria. A proposal to debate the so-called treatment at the Liberal Party’s State Council was quashed by party president, Michael Kroger. By Marguerite Johnson and James Bennett, University of Newcastle The debate was to include discussion …

pbs listing hiv prevention PrEP The Game-Changer

Is PrEP The Game-Changer?,  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 transmissions …

By Leith Taylor, Edith Cowan University Where do the boundaries lie between exploring every possibility an acting role offers and still behaving appropriately, with respect to other performers? This week Victoria Police confirmed they were investigating allegations of indecent assault and sexual harassment involving actor Craig McLachlan in his lead role as Dr Frank-N-Furter in …

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 …

By Peter Robinson, Swinburne University of Technology “I … don’t for the life of me understand why the gay community has decided to emulate an institution that doesn’t work for even straight people … It is laughable.” This is what a 59-year-old black gay activist in Los Angeles told me of his views on same-sex …

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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