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Rodney Croome: We can defeat the religious privilege bill – here’s how

Rodney Croome: We can defeat the religious privilege bill – here’s how

OPINION: Rodney Croome is a long-time LGBTQIA+ advocate. History is repeating. Ahead of the 2004 election the Howard Government sought to wedge Labor and pick up seats in Western Sydney by introducing a bill banning the recognition of same-sex marriages. It was a backlash to growing legal recognition of same-sex partners. It came straight out of […]

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Opinion: Real Lives, ‘ex-gays’ does it matter?

Opinion: Real Lives, ‘ex-gays’ does it matter?

OPINION: David Kernohan We are seeing an increasing number of churches hosting talks by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) and the ‘ex-gay’ organisation True Identity. Does this matter?  For the majority of us, who have scant interest in what churches do or do not do, we may read of these events and roll our eyes, thinking […]

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Race and Drag – Perth, we must do better

Race and Drag – Perth, we must do better

OPINION Professor Braden Hill is Pro Vice Chancellor Equity and Indigenous and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin at Edith Cowan University. He is a Noongar man and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community in Perth. A Perth drag queen’s racist past has provoked an important discussion amongst LGBTQ+ communities throughout Australia. Scarlet Adams, a well-known queen […]

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Conversion and the The Wizard of Oz

Conversion and the The Wizard of Oz

OPINION David Kernohan Before setting off, down the yellow brick road, a couple of provisos. Firstly, I write from my perspective as a same sex attracted man. While there may be similar experiences for other members of the LGBTIQ+ community, I cannot write with any authority of the differences that may exist for other members […]

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Religious freedom, misinformation and ‘conversion therapy’

Religious freedom, misinformation and ‘conversion therapy’

OPINION Colin Longworth is a psychologist in private practice and long term volunteer with Living Proud and it’s predecessor organisations. It seems to me that opposition to protecting the public from the ‘noxious weed of ‘conversion therapy’ is raising its ugly head again in Western Australia. Partly it seems, in response to the idea that […]

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LGBTIQ+ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians

LGBTIQ+ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians

OPINION Alison Xamon MLC is a member of The Greens in the Western Australian Parliament. LGBTIQ religious conversion ‘therapy’ is still hurting Western Australians. It is hurting them in complex and long-lasting ways. While it is impossible to quantify exactly how many Western Australians are directly affected, La Trobe University’s February 2021 report Healing Spiritual […]

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Red Coats on January 26 a cultural cringe for all Australians

Red Coats on January 26 a cultural cringe for all Australians

OPINION There is obviously a debate around January 26th as a national public holiday for Australians. Regardless of people’s thoughts on that debate, a group of men dressing up as British Red Coats on that day, walking through the streets of Perth and brandishing a British flag, shouting “Aim, fire,” was a clear attempt to […]

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Australia needs a day for formal recognition of our racist past

Australia needs a day for formal recognition of our racist past

OPINION Last Monday the United States celebrated Martin Luther King Day. Although for most people it was a day off work, it’s not intended to be a holiday. It is a day set aside to commemorate the life of the great man with acts of community service. Martin Luther King Day is a day of […]

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Dr Anja Ravine: Gender identity is not a choice

Dr Anja Ravine: Gender identity is not a choice

Dr Anja Ravine is transgender and a past member of Pride WA’s organising committee. Dr Ravine now works in Sydney as a genetic pathologist. Previously in Perth, Anja was for some time professor of medical genetics at the University of Western Australia. Speaking on Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas’ recent remarks about trans and gender […]

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More than half a century after Stonewall the fight continues

More than half a century after Stonewall the fight continues

OPINION It’s over half a century since the Stonewall riots in New York’s Greenwich Village started on Saturday 28th June 1969. With these being seen as a significant event in the battle for LGBTIQ+ rights in the United States, it can however be sobering to consider what has happened, and not happened, since then. To […]

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