Moves to remove the "gay panic" defence from Queensland law have been supported by most groups that wrote to a committee considering the bill, but others have warned it may have unintended consequences.
A survey has found over 90% of LGBTI Australians oppose targeted exemptions that would allow civil marriage celebrants to refuse wedding services to same-sex couples, while 60% oppose similar exemptions for religious celebrants.
The number of deaths related to GHB, the drug most commonly associated with chemsex, rose by 119% in London between 2014 and 2015, a new study has revealed – prompting experts to call for urgent action.
FANS of queer cabaret are in for a treat as the MELT Queer Arts Festival is set to include an epic celebration of beloved musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Director and producer James Lees, whose previous musical and cabaret projects include last year’s blockbuster Ziggy Stardust, presents HEDWIG 15 as a spectacular tribute to the queer glam rock phenomenon.
SOUTH Australia will be rolling out a new education policy on how trans and gender diverse students should be treated in public schools across the state this year.
The Education Department policy will ensure trans and gender diverse students can use their preferred names and pronouns, access toilets that match their gender identity, and choose from all uniform options available at school.
It will also ensure that gender diverse students can share sleeping quarters on school camps that correspond with their gender identity and take part in sport lessons as their identified gender.
And yet 2016 did not see our community redouble its efforts to reach out to outsiders. Instead, as I scrolled through social media and listened to the people around me, I noted an increase in expressions of anger and more desire for insularity. Especially after the election, queer folks seem to have a stronger sense of the divide between us and them. And we seem to sense that this divide is permanent—“We’ll never reach those people.” Rather than thinking more about how to break those boundaries down, it feels like we’ve decided to stick to expressing our anger within them.
No president in history has done more for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights than Barack Obama.
Obama helped lift the ban on LGBTQ people serving openly in the military, granted federal contractors protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and put a historic number of LGBTQ people in high-ranking positions. And on his watch, marriage equality became the law of the land.
“He has an epic legacy that ranks right up there with other civil rights chapters and defining attributes of great presidents who have helped move America forward,” said Evan Wolfson, founder of the marriage equality advocacy group Freedom to Marry. “He embraced the cause, he explained the cause and he advanced the cause.”
At a holiday crafts fair, a cute woman with a half-shaved head and a septum piercing pushed a tin toward me. “Smell this — it smells awesome,” she said, smiling. People brushed past me; the sun lit the woman’s head like a halo.
I reached for the tin, which had an image of a mustache on it. Our fingers touched, and I noticed a tattoo of the “female” symbol on her wrist.
“If your boyfriend has any facial hair,” she said, “this’ll make his face less scratchy for you!”
The tin held $14 beard pomade. I blinked, startled; I don’t have a boyfriend. If she casually assumed I was straight, that means she probably isn’t queer. But … how?
I backed away from her table. I was surrounded by strangers; I’d lost my way. I used to have a talent, but now it’s gone, vanished, like a beautiful dream I can’t remember.
I once had wonderful, startlingly accurate gaydar. I spent years writing a humor blog about the topic to educate fellow queers. Now I can’t always tell right away. It’s ruining my life.
The pump will use Intarcia’s Medici Drug Delivery System, which delivers HIV preventive medicine to healthy patients, ensuring they are consistent in the treatment. The matchstick-size mini-pump is embedded just under the dermal layer of the patients’ skin by a trained physician in an in-office procedure. The pump can hold six- or 12-month supplies of the drug.
ABORIGINAL elders and community members will lead Melbourne’s Pride March for the first time this year. Matthew Wade spoke to a couple of the marchers about visibility, intersectional discrimination, and being out and proud in the Aboriginal community.
Earlier this month, Poz magazine’s Benjamin Ryan drew attention to a concerning new study out of Northern California’s heath system: Using data gathered from July 2012 through June 2015, researchers found that, among a cohort consisting mostly of same-sex-attracted men on the HIV-prevention regimen PrEP, “quarterly rates of rectal gonorrhea and urethral chlamydia increased steadily and about doubled after one year.” In other words, guys on the fantastically effective pill-a-day Truvada program were avoiding HIV infection—there were no new transmissions for regimen-adherent patients over the study period, in fact—but they seemed to be getting other sexually transmitted diseases relatively often. There are a few plausible explanations for the measured increase in this particular community, including the quarterly or at least semi-annual STD battery a PrEP prescription requires (more testing almost certainly means more diagnoses compared with men who infrequently or never get tested), and emerging evidence that many men, emboldened by PrEP, are engaging in more condomless sex. Either way, gay and bi men have reason to be alarmed.
When Matthew Shepard’s killers were imprisoned for life in 1999, activists and advocates were hopeful that it would soon get easier to both prevent and prosecute the weaponization of hate. Nearly 20 years later, how much has really changed?
It should come as no surprise that today Hayden, 83, continues to support same-sex marriage. He argues it is simply about being tolerant and respectful of others, and providing equality before the law.
Hayden believes parliament should change the Marriage Act without delay. “The estimated $160 million cost of a plebiscite is a measure of the political cowardice of our elected leaders who are too timid to do what is right and fair,” he tells Inquirer. “We elected them to parliament to give us leadership.”
Hayden has never doubted what is right and fair, or failed to show leadership on one of the last instances of profound inequality in Australian law.
QUEER bars around Australia are meant to be safe spaces for young sexual and gender diverse people to explore their sexual identities, but for Thomas Banks they can become sites for rampant ableism.
In venues where able-bodied members of the LGBTI community can share an intimate moment without a second thought while busting a move to nineties-era Janet Jackson, Banks is often forced to consider how his mere presence is being perceived by those around him.
And in many cases, this perception is coloured by prejudice.
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