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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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LGBTIQ+ people’s mental health worse now than during postal survey

LGBTIQ+ people’s mental health worse now than during postal survey

Advocacy group Just.equal have highlighted that the federal government is undermining its own health goals by creating a stressful situation for LGBTIQ+ people via the introduction of religious anti-discrimination laws. LGBTIQ Australians and their allies feel the current religious discrimination and transgender debates are “payback” for marriage equality the advocacy group claim citing a recently […]

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A mental health survival guide for the religious freedom debate

A mental health survival guide for the religious freedom debate

Psychologist Colin Longworth shares some ideas on how to cope with the constant debate surrounding ‘religious freedom’ and whether it’s okay to tell gay people they’re going to hell. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York on 28th of June 1969 and coincidentally we have debates in Australia about whether […]

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What you as an LGBTI person can do to improve your mental health

What you as an LGBTI person can do to improve your mental health

Seeing the recent report in OUTinPerth about the study looking at the impact of the Marriage Equality debate on the mental health of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people got me thinking about what we as individual members of the LGBTI+ community can do to deal with the impacts of “Minority Stress” and the loneliness that […]

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Stonewall and Mardi Gras: Are they still relevant?

Stonewall and Mardi Gras: Are they still relevant?

As we come to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots nearly half a century ago on the 28th of June 1969, some may well wonder is it still relevant to commemorate these events so long ago? With this date looming (and my first attendance at an Australian gay wedding) in a few days’ time, (a change from it […]

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Conversion Therapy: It’s all about politics, not science

Conversion Therapy: It’s all about politics, not science

Like a noxious weed, from time to time so-called “Reparative” or “Conversion” Therapy sometimes known as “Pray away the Gay” and run by “ex-Gay” groups, rears its ugly head. Seeing the recent OUTinPerth articles about a report of a Victorian Liberal Party branch push to make so called “Reparative Therapy” available got me thinking; ·     Is this […]

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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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Being prepared for marriage equality and potential “sour losers”

Being prepared for marriage equality and potential “sour losers”

Seeing reports that some vocal opponents of Marriage Equality (including politicians, primarily those with a “religious” bent,) may well not accept a “YES” vote for marriage equality, I was reminded of a 2009 online opinion piece “An end to the right to discriminate” by Jim Wolfe, that I used when researching my submission to the […]

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Protecting yourself and your family from marriage equality hate

Protecting yourself and your family from marriage equality hate

What should you do if the commentary of the marriage equality debate and the postal survey become overwhelming. Psychologist Colin Longworth suggests some practical things you can do do. When I thought I saw Marriage Equality opponent Margaret Court on the Yahoo news page, (admittedly I was mistaken) I thought to myself “Here we go!”. […]

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Top tips for getting the most out of Mardi Gras

Top tips for getting the most out of Mardi Gras

This weekend will see the fabulous Mardi Gras celebrations in Sydney come to a crescendo with the epic parade down Oxford Street and massive after party at the Horton Pavilion. Psychologist Colin Longworth offers some helpful advice on how to best mentally prepare yourself for the celebrations and some tips on to make sure you […]

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