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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 …

Freda Mae Terry Lewis drag queen

In 2017, Queensland passed laws to enable gay men to apply for expungement of historic gay convictions from the years before the state decriminalised homosexuality. However, eligibility requirements mean the convictions of men such as Alf Stanton, aka Brisbane drag queen Freda Mae West, will stand. Arrested in 1954 for buggery by the infamously corrupt …

“Won’t someone think of the children?” cried the far right during the recent plebiscite, where the nation was invited to vote on the validity of our families. One of the biggest cannons aimed against marriage equality was the idea that our relationships — and conception! — couldn’t be discussed with children. I can’t speak for …

mardi gras

By Nita Green I am really looking forward to Mardi Gras this weekend, but there’s a part of me that’s anxious about it as well. For whatever reason this anxiety has been manifesting itself in an obsession about which shoes I’ll wear. It is literally keeping me up at night. The truth is I’m worrying …

I recently got acquainted with a young Asian man in his 20s. He had struggled with social anxiety since his teens. He feared people and their harsh judgments and found himself avoiding social interactions at all costs. In the last few years, he had worked hard to overcome his social anxiety and had made great …

Jennifer signed up to the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) in 1979. She told me, “until I joined the Army, I had no awareness of gay people. I had no awareness that I was gay. I didn’t know that world existed.” The secret history of lesbian women in Australia’s armed forces. By Shirleene Robinson, …

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 …

Tourism operators in Tasmania are pushing for the Apple Isle to become a premier destination for same-sex couples to tie the knot and enjoy their honeymoon. Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality has teamed with the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania to launch a social media campaign extolling the virtues of the state. It comes as this …

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 Phoebe Hart, Queensland University of Technology The fag hag. Never were two more scornful words so spectacularly smashed together. Stereotypes around the fag hag, fruitfly, fish, handbag – whatever you’d care to call her – abound. Search the Internet and you’d believe she’s a sad, overweight, trashy woman with too many cats unable to …

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