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Croome: The postal survey was damaging and must never happen again

Croome: The postal survey was damaging and must never happen again

OPINION A year on from the marriage equality postal survey it’s time to bust some myths about why it was held and what impact it had. The postal survey was not necessary to win marriage equality. It did not change hearts or minds for the better, carry parliament over the line or cement reform It […]

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Preventing progress: why we must oppose a federal “religious freedom” law

Preventing progress: why we must oppose a federal “religious freedom” law

OPINION We can’t be sure exactly what Scott Morrison wants to “prevent” with religious freedom legislation, but there’s enough evidence to make an educated guess. In a recent television debate I had with Sydney Anglican bishop, Michael Stead, the bishop surprisingly said he did not want wedding businesses and government registry staff to be allowed […]

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Maintaining the rage against political and religious conservatives

Maintaining the rage against political and religious conservatives

In the euphoria about finally getting marriage equality in Australia, readers of OUTinPerth may not have noticed (or forgotten) that the Prime Minister, (apparently as a way of trying to silence conservatives in his party and the broader community) has formed an expert panel to examine religious freedom in Australia – led by former MP […]

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Hypocrisy in the Age of the Postal Survey

Hypocrisy in the Age of the Postal Survey

Between 1905 until the section was repealed in 1955, The Aborigines Act 1905 (WA), (entirely repealed in 1964), specified that our First Nation Peoples in WA could not marry a non-Aboriginal person without permission from the so-called ‘Chief Protector’ (Between 1905 and 1936, this only applied to Aboriginal women marrying non-Aboriginal people, after 1936 it […]

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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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