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Saturday 05 September 2015

 Chinese Autumn?
Posted in: Comment  3rd September 2015
There are signs that the new Chinese Premier, Xi Jinping, wants to reassert the power of the Communist Party of China. But in a ruggedly free market capitalist economy, what does this mean for China's tongzhi (LGBT) population?

 Ontario's sex education wars
Posted in: Comment  30th August 2015
When it comes to what we may encounter further down the LGBT legislative reform, Canada is usually a fairly good indication on most fronts. So, what is the situation with Ontario's new comprehensive sexuality education programme?

 Scotland and the (Dis) United Kingdom
Posted in: Comment  21st August 2015
It may be a 'sleeper' international news item, but according to BBC News, the issue of Scottish independence from the United Kingdom is once again back on the front burner. How has Scotland's distinctive identity affected its LGBT inhabitants?

 Advance Australia fair
Posted in: Features  19th August 2015
Today marks two years since marriage equality came into effect in New Zealand. Jacqui Stanford writes that Australia has nothing to fear from welcoming a change that is about nothing but love.

 Aus marriage Bill introduced to Parliament
Posted in: Features  17th August 2015
"This bill is designed to create an inclusive Australia, not a divided one" - Warren Entsch has presented a marriage equality bill in Australia, as a poll has found 69 per cent of Aussies back same-sex marriage. Yet, it appears clear the Bill won't be going to a vote.

 P&R: Tipping Point?
Posted in: Comment  15th August 2015
After sustained coverage of the woes of the Conservative Party over the last month or so, this article focuses on the current activities of Family First.

 Louisa Wall's speech to Pacific Free & Equal campaign
Posted in: Features  7th August 2015
"We are citizens of our respective countries and we are not criminals," Louisa Wall has told the launch of a Pacific lgbti equality initiative.

 Comment: Focus on Transphobia
Posted in: Comment  6th August 2015
Family First anti-transgender 'research report' author Glenn Stanton works for the US Christian Right pressure group Focus on the Family. But what is Focus on the Family and why does it attack the transgender community?

 "Let them know they are loved"
Posted in: Features  3rd August 2015
“There are a thousand realities about your children that you have no control over. The one you do have control over is to let them know that they are loved by you no matter what,” says visiting American activist-theologian Brian McLaren.

 TPPA: A bad deal for people with HIV?
Posted in: Comment  2nd August 2015
Is the forthcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement going to make life more difficult for people living with HIV/AIDS?

 Comment: Trump card or joker's wild?
Posted in: Comment  30th July 2015
Recently, Donald Trump announced his ambition to run for the Republican nomination and even more surprisingly, he's ahead of the field. But can he beat Hillary Clinton, and what will happen to the 2016 US federal elections if he doesn't?

 Penny Wong's marriage equality speech
Posted in: Features  29th July 2015
Lesbian Australian Labor Senator Penny Wong delivered an emotional speech on same-sex marriage at the party’s national conference, saying “there is nothing to fear from equality”.

 X is for ... Non-Existent?
Posted in: Comment, Features  23rd July 2015
Why has the New Zealand 'exgay' movement quietly curled up and died? Why did it fail in the first place? Politics and religion commentator Craig Young takes a look.

 Reaching out to 'Silent Gays'
Posted in: Features  22nd July 2015
Jim Marjoram writes on how he is trying to reach those in our communities who have been hurt by experiences with religion, and create a safe space to reconnect with their spirituality.

 Report: Gay asylum seekers living in fear on Manus Island
Posted in: Features  19th July 2015
A new report has raised concerns about the treatment of gay asylum seekers who are being mistreated in Australia's detention centre, and who fear their fate if they are resettled in PNG - where gay sex is illegal.