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Oh settle down, nobody said 50% of kids are gay

Oh settle down, nobody said 50% of kids are gay




OPINION Journalists, opinion writers and commentators are up in arms this morning over reports that Roz Ward, one of the founders of the Safe Schools program, suggested that 50% of kids are gay. Except Ward never said that at all. The latest ‘clutch your pearls’ moment from the mainstream media began with a report from Rebecca […]

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Concerns over Margaret Court should be taken seriously

Concerns over Margaret Court should be taken seriously




OPINION   For many people, hearing the name Margaret Court provokes thoughts of a tennis court and a great Australian sporting champion. For many LGBTI people, the name Margaret Court makes us think of a religious leader who has made unfounded, insulting and often ridiculous claims about our sexuality and families. The calls for Melbourne’s […]

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IDAHOBIT Day: Do we have tunnel vision for marriage equality?




With the coming of IDAHOBIT, Perth is gearing up for a whole lot of queer events. Unfortunately, this year they’re almost all focused on marriage equality. I want to be clear in saying that I 100% want the right to marry as a gay person myself, but Perth: we have much bigger problems right now. […]

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OPINION | Let’s Internalise Love: On not rejecting HIV+ guys

OPINION | Let’s Internalise Love: On not rejecting HIV+ guys




The recent backlash against Charlie Tredway, the newly crowned Mr. Gay New Zealand, over his positive HIV status and sexual practices highlight the continual need to discuss HIV stigma. Despite his negotiations of condomless anal sex with partner/s (and despite his openness about his HIV positive undetectable status), Tredway has faced bullying from commentators who […]

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Why Coopers’ marriage debate video was a bad move

Why Coopers’ marriage debate video was a bad move




OPINION The Gay and Lesbian community are being compared to Nazis, religious organisations are up in arms, and the widespread negative responses to the Coopers debacle is being depicted as intolerance, labeled as ‘shutting down of free speech’ and portrayed as Orwellian manipulation. Meanwhile other less reactionary voices are asking why the video of the […]

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OPINION | The War on Rainbows

OPINION | The War on Rainbows




There seems to be a war on rainbows, with the LGBTI community’s symbol of inclusion and diversity being challenged and deemed an offensive by our most vocal opponents. The Australian Christian Lobby complained about the ACT government flying the flag on government land. Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the rainbow had become a political symbol […]

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Is it right to un-invite Malcolm Turnbull from Mardi Gras?

Is it right to un-invite Malcolm Turnbull from Mardi Gras?




OPINION Yesterday’s Annual General Meeting of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras saw a motion put forward to officially un-invite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from next year’s celebrations. Malcolm Turnbull made history in 2016 when he became the first sitting Prime Minister to attend Mardi Gras. Turnbull posed for selfie’s with spectators and participants and […]

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Mental Health Week: If you can’t like yourself…




October 8th – 15th is Mental Health Week in Western Australia and across the country, a time to raise awareness of the internal struggles that we may all face – in varying degrees, in different forms. It is fitting that our two feature stories this month are with Please Like Me stars Keegan Joyce and […]

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Mother perplexed when she met a transgender person

Mother perplexed when she met a transgender person




The Daily Telegraph has published an opinion piece from a mother who was upset when she met, what she presumed to be, a transgender person working at her local Woolworths. Niamh Kavanagh shared with the newspaper’s readers how she recently became flustered when she met a woman with a deeper voice working on the checkout. […]

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When will we stop putting people in boxes and categories?




OPINION This week is bisexual awareness week, 7 days to note that people who are bisexual often get a raw deal, and face even more discrimination than gays and lesbians. Bisexual people can face discrimination for not being heterosexual, and also encounter discrimination from other sexuality minorities. They face suggestions that they are ‘undecided’, ‘in […]

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