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By Luke Beck, Monash University Social Services Minister Dan Tehan called in a recent speech for a federal Religious Discrimination Act. While Liberal Senator James Paterson has backed the call, Just Equal spokesman Brian Greig has warned such a law may be a smokescreen to allow discrimination against LGBTI people. Liberal backbench MP Tim Wilson has echoed those concerns. …

Stock photo of IVF reproduction reproductive therapy

By Damien Riggs, Flinders University For any person needing medical care, informed consent is vital. Yet for transgender people, informed consent may be hindered by how medical professionals share information. This is especially the case in the context of reproductive health, where speaking about reproductive materials is often highly gendered. Both the World Professional Association …

Stock photo of cigarette smoke

Nearly everyone who has smoked for more than 5 years wants to quit. Being a smoker makes you a train wreck waiting to happen – the slow poisoning of your lungs, your heart and your arteries will likely one day lead to heart attack, stroke, blood clots, lung cancer and chronic lung disease. Have you …

Qweens On King fag/stag Yummy Brisbane Festival 2018

Eight Brisbane same-sex couples will get hitched at a special event at this year’s Brisbane Festival, which officially unveiled its program on Tuesday. This year’s festival will host more than 70 events at 17 venues across the city including QPAC, Brisbane Powerhouse, the Riverstage, the Tivoli, the Southbank Cultural Forecourt, and the South Bank Piazza. …

Rainbow Mountain

Australian ski destination Thredbo and LGBTIQ party starters Heaps Gay are hosting Rainbow Mountain, a five-day festival of crazy, fun, glittery LGBTIQ action in the snow. From August 29 to September 2, the LGBTIQ community will take over the mountain with a huge line up of events, parties, live concerts, cocktails, champagne lunches, and plenty …

RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 cast group photo

By Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong For a reality TV show about a queer subculture, RuPaul’s Drag Race has achieved extraordinary success. In the show, which winds up another series this Friday, drag queens compete to be named “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. Across 13 seasons (including three of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars) it has …

Brisbane non-binary activist Jade Mirabito performs on stage

By Jade Mirabito Gosh, gender is a bizarre thing. It took me many years to carve out a nook that feels comfortable in regards to terminology, expression, presentation, language for me and my body, spaces I can use, and so many countless little things you don’t really realise is a decision you can make until …

Patti LuPone

By Paul Dellit Since the Golden Age of Broadway there have been many leading ladies that have fallen into the category of diva, particularly in the field of musical theatre. Whether she likes it or not Patti LuPone has unofficially been crowned the reigning Broadway diva of her generation. The word ‘diva’ is of Latin/Italian …