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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 …

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson

 Twenty years ago, I sort of had a night on the town with Pauline Hanson, writes Destiny Rogers. The One Nation leader was in Cairns campaigning for the 1998 federal election. She was already famous for her attacks on Indigenous Australians, Asian immigrants and the LGBTIQ community. She said of Sydney’s Mardi Gras, “I don’t …

gender inequality

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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In 1970s Australia, it seemed inconceivable that a gay person could hold the office of Prime Minister. But was Australia’s 20th Prime Minister Sir William McMahon gay despite that? Few in Canberra doubted that of Billy McMahon at the time. Sir William McMahon had a long climb up the ladder of success. Once at the …

Aftermath of the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombing

In March 1973, the firebombing of Fortitude Valley’s Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub resulted in the deaths of fifteen people. Excluding the appalling colonial decimation of Aboriginal populations, the Whisky Au Go Go fire was the worst mass murder in Australian history before the Port Arthur shootings of 1996. Among the people killed that night …

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Long before civil unions or legalised same-sex marriage became a reality in Queensland, a newspaper reported on Brisbane’s secret history of gay weddings.  The Arrow newspaper claimed in 1932 that Brisbane was a magnet for effeminate gays. “The growth of the pervert population of Brisbane, beautiful capital of Queensland, is astounding, and in the last …

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital cilento was no lady

Recently, QNews Magazine revealed something of the character of Phyllis Cilento after whom the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is named. The Queensland Government are currently conducting a poll seeking feedback on whether to change that name. Social media discussion shows both those for and against the change agree on one thing. They all laud Phyllis …

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In Queensland Senator Fraser Anning’s maiden speech to the Senate this week, he called for a return to predominantly European migration and described gender diversity as “garbage”. Senator Derryn Hinch described the speech as “disgraceful, racist, homophobic, divisive, misogynist, spiteful [and] hateful.” But Anning’s opinions echo those of Lady Phyllis Cilento after whom a prominent …

Slain Ugandan LGBTIQ activist David Kato refugees

Australia recently (July 2018) accepted 50 mainly Ugandan LGBTIQ refugees from Kenya under the Refugee Visa (subclass 200) for people fleeing persecution in their home country. But why is Uganda such a dangerous country for its LGBTIQ communities? Ugandan law criminalises both male and female homosexuality. Males especially risk life imprisonment for “carnal knowledge against …

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell has been a regular face on Australian TV screens since the 1990s. His career has taken him from soap opera, to game show hosting, TV dramas and now his current career in music. As he prepares for the release of his second studio album he sat down with Michael James to chat about …

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