‘treatments’ As Torture: Gay Conversion Therapy’s Deep Roots In Australia

‘Treatments’ as torture: gay conversion therapy’s deep roots in Australia

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Gay conversion therapy is often carried out in the name of religion. Shutterstock Less than six months after Australia voted to legalise same-sex marriage, the topic of gay conversion “therapy” reared its head in Victoria. A proposal to debate...
How The Histories Of Mardi Gras And Gay Tourism In Australia Are Intertwined

How the histories of Mardi Gras and gay tourism in Australia are intertwined

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Within a little more than a decade following the 1978 riot, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and Parade nourished the emergence of a budding gay and lesbian tourism...
The Term ‘lgbti’ Confuses Desire, Behaviour And Identity – It’s Time For A Rethink

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

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Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap. AAP/David Moir The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and...
Sunday Essay: The Myth Of The Ancient Greek ‘gay Utopia’

Sunday essay: the myth of the ancient Greek ‘gay utopia’

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The Fall of the Titans, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, circa 1590. Wikimedia In recent years, we have seen significant advances won for LGBT rights through hard-fought legal cases and well-targeted political campaigns. Yet it is...
How The Same-sex Marriage Vote Will Impact On Human Rights And Democracy

How the same-sex marriage vote will impact on human rights and democracy

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Supporters of the ‘yes’ vote celebrate the result at a street party outside the Victorian Trades Hall in Melbourne. AAP Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s promise of same-sex marriage by Christmas will almost certainly be honoured....
THE ROAD TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SUPPORT HAS BEEN LONG – AND THE FIGHT ISN’T OVER YET

The road to same-sex marriage support has been long – and the fight isn’t...

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People celebrate the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey in Melbourne. AAP Image/Luis Enrique Ascui Wednesday's same-sex marriage survey results represent a moment of extraordinary change. It is well within living memory that...
AUSTRALIANS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO LEGALISE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

Australians vote overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage

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Supporters of same-sex marriage in Melbourne celebrate the Yes result. David Crosling/AAP Australia should have same-sex marriage legalised by Christmas after an overwhelming 61.6% “yes” vote in the voluntary postal ballot, to 38.4% for...
what economics has to say about same-sex marriage

What economics has to say about same-sex marriage

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If people want commodities like: love, company, doing tasks together, they are better off if marriage is permitted. David Crosling/AAP Love and companionship make most people happy and generally represent two of the key...
marriage equality – why a yes vote is important

Marriage Equality – Why a YES vote is important

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An Editorial Now the papers for the non-binding vote on marriage equality have started to be delivered and with them, comes a very important decision. Do you vote YES to the right of people to marry...
marriage vote : how advocacy ads exploit our emotions in divisive debates

Marriage vote : how advocacy ads exploit our emotions in divisive debates

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The ‘Yes’ campaign’s first ad focused on the evidential flaws with the ‘No’ campaign’s ads. The same-sex marriage debate in Australia was always bound to be divisive and emotive. And as a public vote...