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

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

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...
Sunday Essay: The Myth Of The Ancient Greek ‘gay Utopia’

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

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...
what economics has to say about same-sex marriage

What economics has to say about same-sex marriage

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...

Australians vote overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage

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...
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

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...

The Coalition’s record on social policy: big on promises, short on follow-through

The marriage equality debate raised questions of religioos freedom that have yet to be resolved. Danny Casey (AAP) Religious freedom Anja Hilkemeijer, Law Lecturer, University of Tasmania; and Amy Maguire, Associate Professor, University of...
After A Long Struggle, The Uniting Church Becomes The First To Offer Same-sex Marriage

After a long struggle, the Uniting Church becomes the first to offer same-sex marriage

For some, this recent decision is a source of celebration and perhaps even symbolic, finally, of full equality in the church for gay and lesbian members. Wes Mountain From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will...
jon kudelka/supplied all colours of the rainbow: why tasmania’s new gender identity laws are warranted

All colours of the rainbow: why Tasmania’s new gender identity laws are warranted

Image: Jon Kudelka/supplied In late 2019, Tasmania became the first state to allow its citizens (especially transgender/agender people) to obtain a birth certificate that accurately reflects their gender identity. Given the novelty of the law,...

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The cold snap this week has really got us missing Summer. Keeping rugged up and indoors during the rainy weather is a safe option but it can become a little melancholy. Don't worry... We have...
sunday essay: who was jeanne barret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe?

Sunday essay: who was Jeanne Barret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe?

A modern portrait of Jeanne Barret disguised as a man, based on the author’s interpretation. Timothy Ide, Author provided In 1765, a young, peasant woman left a remote corner of rural France where her impoverished...