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As Lismore group Tropical Fruits celebrates its 30th anniversary of championing the LGBTIQ community in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers region, John Taggart reflects on the true significance of the organisation. Northern New South Wales – the home of trendy Byron Bay – may seem an oasis of tolerance but the shift in cultural attitudes …

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In 1970s Australia, it seemed inconceivable that a gay person could hold the office of Prime Minister. But Destiny Rogers asks, was Australia’s 20th Prime Minister William McMahon a gay man? Sir William McMahon had a long climb up the ladder of success. Once at the top, he fell off. He was not a popular …

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Australian Marriage Law

By Timothy W. Jones, La Trobe University November 15, 2018 is the one-year anniversary of Australians voting “yes” to marriage equality. The survey was an unprecedented two-month exercise in engaging with current Australian community values around sexuality and relationships. The survey returned a clear result, with 61.6% in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry. …

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J. K. Rowling is well-known for her support of the LGBTIQ community, but John Taggart ponders whether she sometimes compromises that support to maintain mass appeal – exciting her LGBTIQ audience with a gay Dumbledore but keeping mainstream audiences happy by keeping his closet door only slightly ajar. November will see the release of The …

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Transgender Teenager

By Fiona Kelly and Hannah Robert, La Trobe University Next month, Tasmania’s parliament will consider a bill that would remove sex from birth certificates. If it passes, it would be the first state in Australia to take such a step. Under the proposed law, a baby’s sex would still be recorded in the register of births …

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Aftermath of the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombing

In March 1973 a Fortitude Valley nightclub, the Whisky Au Go Go was firebombed resulting 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 …

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schools chaplaincy program

By Emily Gray, RMIT University Over the weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his government would make amendments to discrimination legislation to make clear no student at a private or religious school should be expelled on the basis of their sexuality. This move now has bipartisan support from Greens, Labor and the Liberals. The question …

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A new iteration A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and directed by Cooper, will be released this week. It’s the third remake of the original 1937 film of the same name, which itself plagiarised 1932’s What Price Hollywood? The story has a long history with the queer community, both in its …

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Australia gay conversion

By Liam Elphick, Amy Maguire and Anja Hilkemeijer Media outlets on Wednesday reported on leaked extracts of the much-awaited religious freedom inquiry report, which has yet to be released by the federal government. The leaked recommendations give us a clear snapshot into what the review means for religious freedom and LGBT+ rights in Australia. Despite …

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QNews Magazine contributor John Taggart opens up about his experiences in “gay conversion” therapy and explains just why it’s so dangerous. “Homosexuality is not of the Lord,” Father D said quietly. I sat in a prayer circle, holding hands with a Catholic housemate on one side, and Father D on the other. “Help this child …

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