A CONFERENCE in Sydney last month heard from some of the Asia-Pacific region’s leading cultural theorists on how transqueer studies is helping break new ground on issues of sexuality, gender and transgender studies. >>>
In a speech to the NSW Parliament this week, NSW upper house Labor MP Penny Sharpe urged the government to set up a process to expunge historical convictions for same-sex sexual activity committed before its decriminalisation in 1984.
A CONFERENCE on same-sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities gave the LGBTI community a chance to discuss the challenges of supporting youth in between two worlds.
BRISBANE Council has been praised for approving moves to light Story Bridge in rainbow colours for IDAHO but its Lord Mayor has been caught out on his statement of not allowing the rainbow pride flag to be raised at Brisbane City Hall.
A RECENT statement from a leading Melbourne-based Jewish group that said homophobia was unacceptable has been hailed as a turning point for the Victorian Jewish community’s relationship with its LGBTI members. >>>
It is one of the very few parties to be held on Sydney’s harbour foreshores each year, so it’s understandable that the excitement for this weekend’s Mardi Gras Harbour Party is palpable. And according to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras chief executive Michael Rolik, it is in fact the only LGBTI-friendly party that’s ever held on the harbour foreshores.
NSW Police Force has played a pivotal safety role in the parade throughout the years but it’s our marching contingent that makes me most proud. Since 1996, NSW Police officers have added a splash of blue to demonstrate support and commitment to the lesbian, gay bisexual, trans* and intersex communities. >>>
New Zealand’s Prime Minister joined the festivities at Auckland’s Big Gay Out yesterday, and didn’t miss the chance to remind his audience that his political party was the one that passed equal marriage legislation.
New South Wales state police have agreed to more sensitive policing of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival after there were complaints of police brutality and over-policing at the 2013 festival and parade. >>>
A new in-depth study of LGBTI and queer youth has revealed insights into the experiences of these young people, including statistics around poor mental health, self-harm and attempted suicide linked to homophobia and transphobia. >>>
Advocates within Australia’s bisexual community argue biphobia is common within the broader LGBTI community, responding to ongoing debates on biphobia sparked by Olympic diver Tom Daley’s public coming out in December.