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A pot of flowers adorned with a cross hangs from the picket fence where University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was tied, beaten and left for dead in October 1998. Gary Caskey/Reuters

Out of Matthew Shepard’s tragic murder, a commitment to punishing hate crimes emerged

Twenty years ago, Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered for being gay. A lawyer who helped implement hate crime legislation in Shepard's name reflects on its strengths and limitations.
Countries such as England and Canada have adopted more progressive approaches to inclusive sex education than Australia has. www.shutterstock.com

Why education about gender and sexuality does belong in the classroom

Sex, sexuality, respectful relationships, and gender all need to be discussed in schools as a measure to combat discrimination against LGBTQ people, rising rates of STIs and violence against women.
Self-knowledge rarely comes packaged in a single coherent narrative. Yet this is the expectation we have of the children in our lives. Billion Photos

For the parents of gender-nonconforming kids, a new approach to care

The signs might be there. But parents and clinicians will still wonder if there's some foolproof way to determine whether their children are actually trans. There isn't one – and that's okay.
LGBTQ+ scientists feel like they have to come out over and over again. Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Why I joined #500queerscientists

In many ways, science can be as much about the people doing it as the science itself. A new online initiative is addressing the invisibility of LGBTQ+ people in science.
Changes to stringent school uniform rules may help schools on the pathway to acceptance of sexuality and gender fluidity. Rawpixel/shutterstock.com

School uniforms: what Australian schools can do to promote acceptance of gender diversity

Despite the "Yes" vote, Australia has a long way to go in accepting sexuality and gender fluidity, especially in schools. Changing strict uniform rules is a small step in the right direction.

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