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Opinion piece from OUTinPerth shared on Queerty

An opinion piece published in the April edition of OUTinPerth magazine has been noticed and shared by Queerty, one of the biggest LGBTI news sites in the world. Anthony K.J. Smith shared his thoughts and experiences about how people living with HIV are treated by others. The article shared the experiences of several local gay men […]

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Labelling the community: What’s in a name?

Labelling the community: What’s in a name?

OPINION When a local Facebook community page changed their name, a conversation began. It is a conversation I have had and heard before, a complex discussion our community has been having for decades now: What is the most appropriate name for our community? The administrators of the local page shortened the “LGBTIQ+” acronym to “LGBT+”. […]

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The signs are there that it won’t be a respectful debate

The signs are there that it won’t be a respectful debate

OPINION   “Are you guys gay?” was the question a stranger recently asked me as I was walking down the street. I was walking down Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley and had just stopped at the junction to cross the road. My mind immediately went on fast rewind, had my friends and I been talking about […]

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OPINION: I have eaten lots of two-minute noodles

OPINION: I have eaten lots of two-minute noodles

I don’t know how many times I had two-minute noodles while I was growing up. Definitely hundreds of times, if not thousands. I ate a lot of them when I was a struggling student, and later in my thirties, when we were a single income household with a big mortgage, they were a staple item. […]

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The power of a 10 minute conversation

The power of a 10 minute conversation

A study has shown that a ten minutes conversation can effectively change one in ten people’s views on transgender political issues. The technique was developed at the Los Angeles LGBT Center while they were campaigning to overturn California’s Proposition 8 law which, for a short period of time, made same marriage illegal. David Fleischer, the […]

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What do we want? When do we want it?

What do we want? When do we want it?

There was a predictable echo of complaints about retired Army leader Lieutenant-General David Morrison being awarded Australian of the Year. Not long after he was given the nation’s top honour, Morrison told reporters, he, like the large majority of Australians, was in favour of marriage equality. Conservative groups moaned about the Australian of the Year […]

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Andrew Bolt Calls for Gays and Lesbians to “Defend Marriage”

Andrew Bolt Calls for Gays and Lesbians to “Defend Marriage”

Following the result of Ireland’s referendum on same sex marriage, the debate on the issue has accelerated around the world, and in Australia a number of politicians and commenters are calling for Australia to follow suit. Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt has chimed in on his blog at the Herald Sun, stating: “The battle for same-sex […]

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Is Opposition to Marriage Equality Really About the Sanctity of Marriage?

Is Opposition to Marriage Equality Really About the Sanctity of Marriage?

OPINION The other day Channel 9 posted a teaser about a new show on their Facebook page. ‘Married at First Sight’ is a new reality show where a team of experts pair up singles based on their compatibility and they then get married to each other on television. The couples meet each other for the […]

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Opinion: What’s Labeling Got to Do With It?

In an attempt to be more inclusive and keep up with the ever-evolving state of gender literacy, dating site OKCupid has been testing a new range of gender and sexuality options for some of their users. New options that go beyond the standard Neapolitan trio of sexuality (gay, straight and bisexual), include pansexual, demisexual, heteroflexible, […]

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Take Action

As I read in the last edition of OUTinPerth, of two young men being attacked (apparently) because they were presumed to be gay, I got to thinking of how things change but they don’t change. Apart from similar reports in recent years of other attacks on other gay men, in various settings including suburban streets, […]

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