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People, music, fashion – What makes a queer bar queer?

People, music, fashion – What makes a queer bar queer?

OPINION When your favourite gay venue has recently been renovated and is now one of the nicest looking spaces in town, it has the best DJs, amazing lighting, reliable security and friendly bar staff – it’s no surprise that it becomes the venue that everyone wants to hang out in. But what happens when the […]

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Reflections on 365 days without a drop of alcohol

Reflections on 365 days without a drop of alcohol

On December 23rd 2017 the OUTinPerth team ended the last working day of the year with a friendly get together with friends and business colleagues. We drank wine, shared plates of food, compared notes on the challenges of running smaller business, and traded our plans for the Christmas and New Year break. The glass of […]

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Outrage over Thomas the Tank Engine getting new female friends

Outrage over Thomas the Tank Engine getting new female friends

OPINION Thomas the Tank Engine is getting an overhaul and in some new episodes the show’s long running gender imbalance will be addressed. New episodes introduce new characters, including a whole lot of female characters, and they’re bringing a multi-cultural international flavour to the show too. Thomas and Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! will air in […]

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Marriage equality will not be Malcolm Turnbull’s legacy

Marriage equality will not be Malcolm Turnbull’s legacy

Opinion There was no chance that Malcolm Turnbull was going to survive as Australia’s Prime Minister this week, and as he packs his boxes to move out of the Prime Minister’s Office and hands over the keys to The Lodge, he must be pondering what he achieved during his two years and 345 days leading […]

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Diversity in the armed forces – imagine if it was more than a finger nail

OPINION Sweden’s armed forces are celebrating the country’s annual Pride celebrations and highlighting that their military is an organisation that embraces diversity and equality. During the Pride celebrations their armed forces have launched a campaign called We Don’t Always March Straight. The campaign involves a website and newspaper advertisements that highlight their commit to diversity […]

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Sexting – give kids the knowledge to make informed decisions

Sexting – give kids the knowledge to make informed decisions

Outrage and dismay was proclaimed by right-wing politicians and conservative newspaper columnists when it was revealed that a high school in Victoria had developed guidelines for young people about safety and sexting. All the usual suspects who proclaim ‘the world’s out of control” and “political correctness has gone mad” lined up, Lyle Shelton, Pauline Hanson, […]

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The Coalition for Marriage’s Mums wrote a letter to my Dad

The Coalition for Marriage’s Mums wrote a letter to my Dad

OPINION My Dad got a letter in the mail yesterday, it’s from the Mums featured in the Coalition for Marriage’s TV ads. Heidi McIvor, Pansy Lai and Cella White, alongside Marijke Rancie’s letter said voting ‘Yes’ in the marriage postal survey would inevitably lead to compulsory radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education programs in classrooms. […]

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Please Sir, can I have some marriage rights and respect

Please Sir, can I have some marriage rights and respect

OPINION In the lead up to the marriage postal survey kicking off, and since it’s been underway, there’s one image that continually returns to my mind. It’s the moment that Oliver Twist walks up to Mr Bumble and asks for a second bowl of Gruel, uttering his most famous phrase “Please Sir, I want some […]

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It’s incredibly offensive to erase the history of LGBTI Australians

It’s incredibly offensive to erase the history of LGBTI Australians

OPINION Forget what you know about the history of LGBTI rights in Australia, and discount a large chunk of your own lived experience. If you read the latest piece from News Corp’s Des Houghton, it can simply be brushed away. Less than a week ago, the government announced it’s plan for a $122 million postal […]

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New poll shows growing support for the plebiscite- but it’s still a bad idea

New poll shows growing support for the plebiscite- but it’s still a bad idea

OPINION A new poll published in today’s The Australian shows that a growing number of Australians want a plebiscite on the issue of marriage equality. In what the newspaper describes as “a blow” to Liberal MPs who want the issue to be dealt with via the parliament, the latest poll shows that 46% of people surveyed […]

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