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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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No Need to Label Me Trans

No Need to Label Me Trans

A few weeks ago I was reading an article in OUTinPerth  about the Reclaim the Night event from late October and I’ve let it brew in my head for a bit, because I wasn’t down with the whole idea. For those of you that don’t know, or don’t want to go back and read it: […]

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Will Radicals Set Back the Marriage Equality Movement?

OPINION A gradual take over the Equal Love organisation by members of socialist groups is threatening to set back Australia’s long walk towards marriage equality. With increasingly more aggressive arguments being put forward and less people attending each rally, there is a danger that the organisers will eventually be standing alone. I attended my first […]

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Can Tony Abbott Ignore Marriage Equality?

Can Tony Abbott Ignore Marriage Equality?

OPINION International news reports describe the coalition’s win and the rise of Tony Abbott to the highest office in the land as a major step backwards for the marriage equality movement. But how long will the new Prime Minister be able to ignore the majority of Australians who disagree with him? Within hours of the […]

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Families in Transition – Coming Out to Children

Families in Transition – Coming Out to Children

Glen (not his real name) decided to leave his marriage.  He’d known he was gay when he married but hoped it was only a phase.  Now 15 years and 3 children later he accepted his sexual orientation.  His difficulty was how to tell his children and build new positive relationships with them. Many men experience […]

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