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Cathy Freeman was criticised for flying the Aboriginal flag at the 1994 Commonwealth Games but the same act at the Sydney 2000 Olympics was hailed as a moment of reconciliation. Reuters/Jerry Lampen

Why being a sporting role model isn’t as simple as most people think

Athletes are increasingly expected to be good role models. But we don’t usually expect them to sacrifice their chance of winning to help others.
While some conservatives worry about the Safe Schools program ‘turning’ kids gay, they in turn seem determined to turn queer kids straight. Shutterstock

Safe Schools Coalition: what is the Christian Right afraid of?

The review of the Safe Schools program is yet another example of the misguided conservative anxiety that talking about homosexuality can "turn" children gay.
People take to the street to celebrate the annulment of an anti-homosexuality law by Uganda’s constitutional court in Entebbe last year.The law was signed by the east African country’s President Yoweri Museveni earlier. Reuters/Edward Echwalu

Behind South Africa’s reluctance to champion gay rights on the continent

South Africa, whose constitution protects gay rights, is well positioned to defend the continent’s LGBTI citizens. But it is reluctant to take positions at odds with the majority of African states.
Persecution based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex variation is recognised as a legitimate ground for seeking refugee status. AAP/Terry Scott

Out of the frying pan and into the fire: the plight of LGBTI refugees

It is estimated that there are 175 million LGBTI persons living in persecutory environments worldwide. Only around 2500 asylum claims founded on sexual orientation or gender identity are successful annually.
Australians are surprisingly bad at thinking about the place of religion in society. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Religious freedom should not necessitate sexual discrimination

Australia has an apparent conflict between religious freedom and sexual anti-discrimination legislation. It is particularly prominent in three areas: marriage, education, and social service provision.
Policymakers and the outcomes they produce can play a powerful role in shaping public opinion on questions of same-sex rights. AAP/Alan Porritt

How do individuals shape their views on same-sex rights?

Government policies regulating sexuality play a significant role in shaping citizens’ attitudes about sexual orientation and same-sex relationships.
When public figures such as Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner speak about trans experience, how does it serve the development of trans rights? AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

After Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner, what now for trans rights?

A number of high-profile trans people have come out in recent months, such as Cate McGregor and Bruce Jenner. Do these big media moments help advance trans rights across society?
The Indonesia Ulema Council issued a fatwa that says same-sex relations should be punished by death. from nito/www.shutterstock.com

Does the fatwa on homosexuals in Indonesia matter?

What are the implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Indonesians of an edict from the nation's top Muslim clerical body that homosexuality is a sin that should be punishable by death?
To many in the LGBT community, the policy is an act of intimidation because it violates their right to define who they really are. Henk Kosters/Flickr

Facebook’s real name policy won’t stop queers getting bullied

To her fans and friends in the Australian LGBT community, her name is Roma Therapy. But that’s not how she’s known on Facebook. Roma is one of thousands of queer performers who have been affected by Facebook’s…
The LGBTI community has unique needs that are often overlooked during the response and recovery stages of a natural disaster event. euphoriadev via Flickr

Speaking with: Scott McKinnon on LGBTI issues during natural disasters

Speaking with: Scott McKinnon.
When natural disasters strike, the impact varies significantly across different social groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities are poorly accounted for in disaster…

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