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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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#BiWeek: This or that? Not for me, thanks




For a long time, I thought self-acceptance of my own bisexuality was enough. No one asked me for a label and I experienced very little overt discrimination. I toyed with the idea of telling my folks early on, but an older lesbian friend of mine advised against it. She knew that coming out to family […]

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Shelly Argent: The Absurdity of Politics

Shelly Argent: The Absurdity of Politics




OPINION Haggling over implementation of the plebiscite has started. Mr Turnbull constantly tells us the debate about Marriage Equality will be respectful. Well, it seems as usual he has no idea and is just hopeful. Debate about the Plebiscite (assuming Liberals win) is starting with hypotheticals about Private Members Bills, new Senators not being supportive […]

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Dr Sally Talbot: The plebiscite will stigmatise innocent people




OPINION: Dr Sally Talbot MLC The 2012 Special Inquiry by Hon Peter Blaxell into child sexual abuse at St Andrew’s Hostel in Katanning shed light on the extent to which the legal and social environment of the 1970s and 1980s contributed to the misery of boys who were being sexually abused by men in authority. It […]

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Is the death of the Beaufort Street Festival a good thing?

Is the death of the Beaufort Street Festival a good thing?




  Beaufort Street Festival just announced the cancellation of the festival. I can already hear people screaming about how their favourite day of the year to walk the streets and get drunk in the sunshine has been taken away from them. In fairness, that’s also one of the main reasons I love Beaufort Street Festival. […]

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Rachel Siewert: Support needed for Aboriginal mental health services

Rachel Siewert: Support needed for Aboriginal mental health services




OPINION Anyone that lives or works in Central Australia would tell you that Alice Springs Pride holds the same sense of excitement that comes with Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. I was in Alice Springs in the lead up to 2015 celebrations and across town cafes were proudly plastered in posters promoting events that […]

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In the wrong city: Israeli LGBTI activists blamed for stabbing

In the wrong city: Israeli LGBTI activists blamed for stabbing




  OPINION Yishai Shlissel claimed one young life in his violent attack. A 16 year old girl. Who was among five others who were stabbed at Jerusalem’s LGBTI Pride Parade. Shira Banki died in hospital, to the devastation of her family, friends and her broader community. Her attacker, an Orthodox Jew, who is not a […]

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Concern Over Gay Headline




OPINION  I am finding it hard to believe that still we are fighting for such simple things like fairness in everyday life. You would not see a headline in a newspaper read “Straight Prime Minister Tony Abbott cracks down hard on un-vaccinated children.” If we were to see this, I am sure that society would […]

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Mayang Prasetyo: A Culture of Entitlement to Trans Narratives

Mayang Prasetyo: A Culture of Entitlement to Trans Narratives




OPINION Yesterday, major news outlets discovered that Mayang Prasetyo, a transgender woman of colour, was murdered and in the process of being cooked by her husband, Marcus Volke. Media outlets have been quick to report that Ms Prasetyo was a “transgendered prostitute” and rush to the defense of Mr Volke, citing his “outspoken opposition of violence […]

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Cougar Bourbon’s Message: Queers, Straight(en) Up.

Cougar Bourbon’s Message: Queers, Straight(en) Up.




OUTinPerth contributor Claire Alexander shares her opinion on the latest advertising campaign from Cougar Bourbon.  Driving around the ‘gaybourhood’, you may have noticed a billboard that advertises Cougar Bourbon. It depicts a man in an orange ice-dancing leotard, with the caption “Yes. You do look ridiculous. Cougar Bourbon. Straight up.” Working on the proviso, albeit stupidly, […]

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