Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's same-sex marriage plebiscite plan appears to be in tatters after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten sent his strongest signal yet that Labor will block it amid growing fears a popular vote will fail and set back the cause.
In exclusive comments to Fairfax Media, Mr Shorten has hardened his criticism of the plebiscite plan in a clear indication Labor is preparing to announce it will not support the Coalition's enabling legislation.
The issue of sexual racism is a debate that keeps on raging on amongst members of the LGBT community. Apps like Grindr and Tinder have given many of its users a platform to express their like or dislike for a certain race of people and while some may argue it’s all just a preference, most would say it is blatant prejudice.
On Tuesday, I was part of a gathering of LGBT tech leaders brought together by the White House to help address issues ranging from climate change to the lack of women in tech to inequalities in the criminal justice system.
YOU know how there are those questions you should never ask?
Questions like: ‘How do gay people have sex?’ or, ‘are you pregnant?’ or even, ‘should you guys be allowed to get married?’. And yet, after caving from peer pressure, Malcolm Turnbull is still going ahead with the plebiscite, with the possible question being: ‘do you approve of a law to permit people of the same sex to marrying?’ as reported by The Guardian.
Am I not the only one who finds this possible question a rhetorical disaster? Well, thankfully, according to Twitter, I am not the only one.
But I want to find a better way to word this question, one that is simpler, rhetorically sound, and avoids political tone.
As night follows day, a court decision declaring that Britain’s National Health Service should fund the provision of PrEP for at-risk people was met with irresponsible and homophobic media coverage. More commonly known by the brand name Truvada, if taken daily, PrEP can help prevent someone who is HIV-negative from getting the virus.
AS a gay man who facilitates domestic violence and sexual assault education workshops in schools, I was taken aback but hardly surprised by the barrage of defensive and then overtly offensive responses by gay men to the recent Star Observer opinion piece ‘Gay men need to stop sexually assaulting women’ by Shannon Power.
In it, she bravely and honestly spoke about her experience of sexual assault at the hands of a gay man in a gay bar. Instead of critiquing her tone, pointing out the supposed generalisations of Power’s article, attacking her and trying to excuse the event – we should be prepared to hear the vulnerability and authenticity in her words and reflect on our own behaviours to make our spaces safer for as many people as possible.
After the initial attempted derails of “it goes both ways” and “not all gay men” were expressed by gay men, comments to the article predictably turned to horror and disgust at the “gross” suggestion that any gay man would ever want to touch a vagina. This is the epitome of both misogyny and transphobia in our language. By constantly talking about vaginas as disgusting, with the ability to strike fear and repulsion in us gay men more than the Stranger Things’ demogorgon, we are actually saying that those bodies and identities with vaginas are too vile for any of us self-respecting gay men to look at and touch, let alone ever consider having sex with them.
And shock horror, some gay men actually have vaginas. When we shriek at the vulgarity of a vulva, we are also completely screwing over trans men. It’s been said before by trans men themselves. Can’t we move beyond this tired, stereotypical trope of feeling the need to comment on other people’s genitals?
One of the lead campaigners behind Ireland's historic same-sex marriage referendum has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and parliamentarians not to go ahead with a plebiscite, warning the experience was "brutal" for gay and lesbian people and their families.
In the last few years, television has gotten better at including LGBTQ characters, but its representation of gay culture is still rather limited. While some shows—like Difficult People, Happy Endings, and The Fosters—reveal an understanding of the way queer people live now, others seem content to repeat outdated stereotypes and to obsess about gay men’s sexual types and lesbians’ use of U-Haul as a verb.
This video looks at what television talks about when it talks about “gay culture,” all the way from Melissa Etheridge to Cher and from twinks to bears.
Former High Court justice Michael Kirby says a plebiscite on same-sex marriage will create a dangerous political precedent in Australia where MPs avoid making decisions on controversial issues, instead opting for unnecessary and expensive popular votes.
The government is expected to try to pass enabling legislation for a nationwide plebiscite in coming weeks, ahead of a possible vote in February asking Australians if they agree people of the same sex should be allowed to marry.
PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce a national plebiscite on same-sex marriage in Australia for February 2017, dumping his election pledge for a vote by the end of the year.
Voters will be asked: “Do you approve of a law to permit people of the same sex to marry?”
Alternative options for the wording of the plebiscite question considered by the government, including asking voters if they support allowing people of the same “gender” to marry — which have tested poorly in focus groups funded by activists — will be dumped.
Thousands of people have called for justice and an urgent end to hate crimes against LGBT people in Turkey after the murder of Hande Kader, a 22-year-old Turkish trans woman who was raped and set on fire last week.
The Turnbull government won't say if taxpayers will fund an official guide to the arguments for and against same-sex marriage as part of plans for a national plebiscite on the issue in February.
Australian Electoral Commission advice to a parliamentary inquiry on the plebiscite in 2015 said that section 11 of the Referendum Act requires a government pamphlet outlining arguments for and against the proposal to be sent to more than 10 million households around Australia, warning it would be a "complex and expensive product".
On Saturday, controversial Silicon Valley personality Shanley Kane went on a (now partially-deleted) tweet rant about the word daddy. “Don’t have deep psychosexual Freudian and Oedipal trauma/dysfunction?” she wrote in a now deleted tweet. “Good for you. Stop appropriating ‘Daddy’
Gregory T Angelo, President of gay conservative group the Log Cabin Republicans, says he would not have been a supporter of a national vote as a way of achieving same-sex marriage reform.
“In terms of moving the needle on marriage equality in Australia, it comes down to a grassroots advocacy strategy that involves coalitions,” he told SBS at last month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Pursuing a referendum on civil rights is never something that Log Cabin Republicans had advocated for, so that’s not a strategy that I would pursue – putting civil rights, any civil rights, to an up or down vote,” he said.
Bill Shorten has prepared the ground for Labor to block the government’s proposed marriage equality plebiscite after he launched a stinging attack on the plan.
Speaking to the National Press Club on Wednesday, the opposition leader said he and many of his colleagues were “on the record as opposing” the plebiscite.
“I am gravely concerned about the merits of the plebiscite,” he said.
With senators Nick Xenophon and Derryn Hinch indicating this week that they would vote against legislation to enable the plebiscite, a parliamentary bloc is emerging consisting of Labor, the Greens, Xenophon and Hinch that would be sufficient to block it.
Paterson’s comments struck a raw nerve with me. Born in 1987, Paterson could not have any idea how long, how brutal and how vile this “war” has been, or the crucial role his political party has played in sustaining it.
This ‘war’ has been waged for over one hundred years, from the jailing of Oscar Wilde to the trashing of the Safe Schools Program. It has been war of fear and ignorance launched by religious zealots and those conservative MPs who pander to them.
We did not start this war. We want it to stop. We demand justice and dignity and equal rights through equal process, not conflict. We call on Senator Paterson to end this war by stopping the plebiscite – the biggest, most brutal assault on the LGBTI community since the 1978 Mardi Gras street riots or the 1988 Salamanca arrests.
Labor has continued to push the Turnbull government into abandoning its planned marriage equality plebiscite, but has remained coy on whether it would work with crossbenchers to block its enabling legislation.
Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality Terri Butler, the member for the Brisbane seat of Griffith, on Sunday seized on revelations the controversial $160 million plebiscite could be delayed until 2017.
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