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It’s time for Labor to stop playing political football with LGBTIQA+ people

It’s time for Labor to stop playing political football with LGBTIQA+ people

OPINION Following Labor’s defeat at the 2019 election Anthony Albanese emerged as the new leader of the party, vowing to re-evaluate the party’s policies that had failed to get them into government. He argued that Labor had confused voters by having too many detailed policies, a hefty document that gave critics too many opportunities to […]

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Why I will hand back my Order of Australia if the Religious Discrimination Bill passes

Why I will hand back my Order of Australia if the Religious Discrimination Bill passes

OPINION: Rodney Croome AM is a long-time LGBTIQ+ advocate Tasmania has more to lose than any other state if the Federal Religious Discrimination Bill passes. That’s why I will hand back my Order of Australia if the major parties agree to pass the Bill in its current form. The Federal Bill targets Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Act […]

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Opinion: Citipointe was just the ‘canary in the coalmine’

Opinion: Citipointe was just the ‘canary in the coalmine’

Opinion: Owen Marsden-Readford is an activist with Community Action for Rainbow Rights in Sydney. I went to a high school like Citipointe Christian College, it was an Anglican school under the bigoted Sydney Anglican Church. A diocese infamous for its homophobia, sexism and ban on Indigenous smoking ceremonies. Citipointe’s anti-gay, anti-trans contract was shocking, but not […]

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Bigots want the right to discriminate. We must protest to stop them.

Bigots want the right to discriminate. We must protest to stop them.

OPINION April Holcombe from  Community Action For Rainbow Rights shares her fears about the proposed Religious Discrimination bill. I remember the day, four years ago, when Australia voted overwhelmingly for a YES to equal marriage rights. The following evening, 10,000 of us marched in victory down Sydney’s Oxford Street. I remember the feeling of pride, of […]

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Why the Religious Freedom Bill should be scrapped completely

Why the Religious Freedom Bill should be scrapped completely

OPINION It’s time to shut the door on religious privilege: why the Religious Freedom Bill should be scrapped completely LGBTIQ+ Australians face the real possibility of a Religious Freedom and Discrimination Bill that is less bad than previous drafts, but still harmful. We must not accept compromise. The Bill must be scrapped so Australia can […]

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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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