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How To Come Out… Of Your Shell

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 …

The Secret History Of Lesbian Women In Australia’s Armed Forces

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, …

Craig McLachlan’s ‘Rocky Horror’ Allegations Put Spotlight On Acting Boundaries

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 …

Why Tasmania May Well Be The Apple Of Your Aisle

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 …

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Twenty-Five Years Ago, Australia Lifted Its Gay Military Ban

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 …

It’s Time To Give ‘Fag Hags’ Their Badge Of Honour

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 …

‘Gay Rebels’: The Older Gay Men Who Don’t Support Same-Sex Marriage

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 …

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Here’s The Legal Benefits Married Couples Have That De Facto Couples Don’t

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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World War II letters reveal a forbidden gay love affair

Love letters abounded during World War II as soldiers stationed throughout Europe wrote home to loved ones left behind when they departed for the front. Recently discovered letters tell of a forbidden gay love. One such soldier, Gilbert Bradley, fell in love while on military training and shared hundreds of love letters with his sweetheart. …

Queensland Mourns 70s Rock Trailblazer Carol Lloyd

Carol Lloyd, the voice of iconic 1970s Queensland band Railroad Gin and one of Australia’s first rock chicks, has died in a Brisbane hospital after a lengthy battle with lung disease. Lloyd battled pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lung, since 2013. The 68-year-old passed away on Monday surrounded by family and holding partner Annie’s …

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