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.
The most outlandish plotlines on BoJack Horseman don’t even belong to BoJack — they belong to his buddy Todd Chavez (voiced by Aaron Paul). In three seasons, the title character’s unemployed 25-year-old roommate has joined two jail gangs, penned a space-themed rock opera, and stumbled upon a Scientology-esque improv comedy troupe. He’s even facilitated a romance between two smartphones — but he’s never once had an even remotely romantic or sexual story arc for himself.
That’s by design. In a wide-ranging Season 3 finale jam-packed with spaghetti strainers and wild horses, a quiet scene between Todd and his sort-of high school sweetheart, Emily (Abbi Jacobson), stands out. Over massive ice cream sundaes, she confronts Todd, unable to tell after years of awkward moments and a couple of almost-sexual encounters if he’s interested in her as more than a friend. Emily asks if he’s gay.
“I’m not gay. I mean, I don’t think I am. But I don’t think I’m straight, either,” he says slowly, playing with his spoon. “I don’t know what I am. I think I might be nothing.”
The word “asexual” doesn’t come up in Todd’s answer, but it’s certainly implied. And that matters: Characters, especially prominent ones, coming out as asexual — or even thinking about coming out as asexual — isn’t something that happens all that often on TV or elsewhere in pop culture, even though aces (the umbrella term that covers people spanning theasexual spectrum) aren’t thought to be all that uncommon. That spectrum includes straight and queer identities ranging from demisexual (people who are interested in sex, but only with people they have emotional connections to) to aromantic asexual (people who are not interested in pursuing sex or romance).
Crikey has revealed the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has written to the Attorney General George Brandis calling for national TV networks to be obliged to air their advertisements decrying same-sex marriage as evil as part of their anti-same-sex marriage campaign during the proposed plebiscite on marriage equality.
The Attorney-General, George Brandis, has indicated he is open to changing laws that make it compulsory for transgender teens to seek permission from the Family Court before they transition to another gender.
If Game of Thrones fans thought they were getting a raw deal with Foxtel, spare a thought for fans of reality competition hit RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The show is credited with bringing underground drag culture to the masses and creating an international community of queer misfits devoted to the art of drag. It was last month nominated for its first Emmy Award.
But for Australian fans, getting in on the celebration isn’t easy. Foxtel has the exclusive screening rights for the program in Australia, which it airs a month after episodes premiere in the US.
Gay, bisexual and queer trans men are the focus of a bold new multiplatform sexual health campaign set to roll out nationally.
The campaign is called GRUNT and it has been produced by the Peer Advocacy network for the Sexual Health of Trans Masculinities (PASH.tm) and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO). It features images of real gay, bi and queer men (both trans and cis) and provides accurate, inclusive and sex positive sexual health information to transmen who have sex with other men.
SHIRLEENE Robinson is lucky her partner Sarah Midgley is British.
Because Sarah has UK citizenship, they were allowed to marry in the UK Consulate offices overlooking Sydney Harbour — a ceremony that many of their friends who are also in same-sex relationships can’t enjoy.
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.
It is believed the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has rejected submissions to add Truvada to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Star Observer understands PBAC has denied the application based on the high cost of the medication declared by pharmaceutical Gilead.
Truvada is the drug which forms the HIV preventative pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medical treatment and is not currently available on the PBS costing people hundreds per prescription, or forcing them to import the drug from overseas.
In May, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved Truvada for use as PrEP in Australia and the next step to make Truvada available to those who need it was for PBAC to recommend that the government subsidise the drug through the PBS.
There are many reasons to oppose a same-sex marriage plebiscite. The campaign will undoubtedly be ugly and cause anguish for many LGBTI people, especially the young. It will be expensive and, as we know, even the outcome is not binding on Parliament. However, for members of the Liberal Party and those who identify with liberalism one reason should stand out. A public vote which allows or even compels one group of citizens to sit in electoral judgment of the rights of another is not democracy, but the antithesis of it. The party of John Stuart Mill ought to live up to its name.
As we head into the second half of 2016, some might accuse Australia of fiddling while Rome burns. We are debating the why, when and how of a plebiscite on marriage equality when lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in other countries are being persecuted and killed because of who they are.
Achieving marriage equality in much of the Americas and Europe has freed advocates in those parts of the world to start playing a more active role in fighting for the human rights of LGBTI people globally.
There have been openly LGBT pro wrestlers, and presumably some in the closet. And while any kind of contact sport is rife with homoerotic underpinnings, there has never been a storyline in pro wrestling about gay protagonists.
All of that could soon change at WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), the world's largest pro wrestling association.
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon spoke with reporters at NBC Out last week at Beyond Sport, a Brooklyn, New York, event that brought together representatives from various sports to discuss diversity and inclusion.
"Absolutely we will integrate LGBT storylines into our programming," McMahon told NBC Out backstage at the event.
The clause urgently inserted into Australian law in August 2004 gently declared: "Marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life." Those words do not merely linger on the statute books - celebrants are required to read them aloud at the altar, though many couples opt to add a statement signalling their disagreement.
This week, Fairfax Media spoke with several families directly affected by Howard's law.
The hook-up app (in this piece, I’m referring solely to those that facilitate men having sex with men, as that’s where the bulk of my experience with these apps lies) has, in less than a decade, become integral to gay culture—in fact it is designed and run to be a gay space (profiles posted by cis women are deleted), and as such, it’s one of few pure examples in this era of increasing visibility/assimilation of formerly all-gay spaces. The male hook-up app is exclusive in the way that many gay bars with their screaming bachelorettes are not. (Which isn’t to say, of course, that its exclusive ethos isn’t vulnerable—the Daily Beast’s now-deleted Olympics Grindr piece, in which straight journalist Nico Hines mined Grindr for data on gay athletes, is a perfect example of how these apps can be infiltrated by heteros.)
The hook-up app is integrated into gay culture, and integrated into the hook-up app (or, if you prefer a softer term, dating app) is an open sense of dependency on it and of pushing back against that. At least, that’s how it is in New York, a place that offers what feels like unlimited opportunity to meet other men who are interested in having sex with men. Part of my eventual disenchantment with hook-up apps, I think, came from its functional redundancy in a major metropolitan area teeming with gay bars and weekly parties and sex clubs and circles of friends who get together at one person’s apartment and fuck. Were I in the Midwest, for example, where the nearest available sex partner might be 20 miles away instead of 20 feet away, my experience with these apps might be different, as might this piece.
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