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Renée Vivien June 11

On this day: Renée Vivien – haunted by the desire for death

Despite her French name and exclusively French poetry, Renée Vivien was English. Wealthy heiress Pauline Tarn moved to Paris at the age of 21 and adopted her pen name soon after. She was born June 11, 1877. The strikingly melancholic poet wrote sonnets of Sapphic love. She also translated the poems of Sappho, the ancient …

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On this day: state-sanctioned drowning of gay children

On this day in 1566, the Swiss Republic of Geneva drowned 15-year-old Bartholomé Tecia for the ‘crime’ of sodomy. The republic also drowned other gay children a couple of years before. The Republic of Geneva Geneva acted as a Protestant hub in the second half of the 16th century, exporting dogma to fledgling congregations across …

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On this day: Henry IV of Castile: Eat dirt, f_cker!

Detractors accused King Henry IV of Castile of homosexuality, impotency and of arranging his own cuckolding. When the king proved indisposed to being deposed, they arranged an elaborate public ceremony without him. They stripped an effigy of royal accoutrements and shouted “Eat dirt, f_cker’ at the wooden statue. It achieved nothing. Henry IV remained king. …

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Revisiting Bill Smith, Australia’s first transgender jockey

North Queensland jockey Bill Smith lived life to the full, and on his own terms. But on his deathbed, ill health forced the 88-year-old to reveal a secret. Bill Smith was Australia’s first transgender jockey. However, in 1975, neither he nor society possessed the language to describe his racing career in those terms. I lived …

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On this day: Kaiser Wilhelm II and the German Vice

Kaiser Wilhelm II famously led his country to defeat in World War I. But prior to that, the erratic ruler suffered a nervous breakdown over the Eulenberg affair and his association with the so-called ‘German Vice’ — homosexuality. He died on this day — June 4, 1941. Germany’s Eulenberg affair eclipsed even the Oscar Wilde …

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QNews talks to LGBTQIA+ conversion therapy survivor Glen Worrell

Sarah Davison talks to conversion therapy survivor Glen Worrell about his experience and response to a recent report on the practice. For members of Tasmania’s LGBTQIA+ community, the recent report by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute on conversion therapy practices was a watershed moment. However, conversion therapy survivor Glen Worrell said the report was a …

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On this day: The Sacred Band of Thebes, army of male lovers

During a turbulent war-torn four decades of Greek history, a legendary army of male lovers reigned supreme as the greatest military corps of their time. The Sacred Band of Thebes comprised 150 pairs of male lovers hand-picked for their fighting prowess. On this day 210 years ago — June 3, 1812 —  a holidaying Englishman …

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LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day: Survivor shares her story

LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day highlights domestic, family and intimate partner violence and abuse in LGBTQIA+ communities. The national campaign recognises the additional struggles facing members of the LGBTQIA+ community when experiencing domestic violence.  A recent literature review by Our Watch found that rates of intimate partner violence within lesbian, gay and queer relationships are …

Rakib Khan may 11 gay refugee

On this day: why was the life of Rakib Khan expendable?

Rakib Khan died on the tiny island of Nauru on May 11, 2016. Two days before an ambulance transported him to the local hospital suffering from chest pains, palpitations, nausea and vomiting. A doctor diagnosed an elevated heart rate. But he turned the young gay refugee away with Panadol. Despite extensive and powerful investigative reporting …

Bill Smith australia's first transgender jockey

Bill Smith, 1886 – 1975, Australia’s first transgender jockey

Successful far northern jockey Bill Smith never caused much of a commotion in life. But just before his death at the age of 88, ill health forced Bill to reveal a secret to medical staff. Bill Smith was Australia’s first transgender jockey.  A headstone on his grave now declares him ‘Australia’s first female jockey’. Although …

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