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The UN committee urged Australia to end offshore processing and bring the men on Manus to Australia or another safe country. AAP

UN slams Australia’s human rights record

The UN report findings show that concerns far outweigh any improvements in Australia's human rights record.
There are considerable mental health and wellbeing benefits conferred upon those in the fortunate position of being able to legally marry. AAP/Lukas Coch

Evidence is clear on the benefits of legalising same-sex marriage

The majority of academic research is either non-committal or in favour of the benefits afforded by legalising same-sex marriage.
A rainbow wreath laid by defence forces at a contemporary Anzac Day service. Daniel Spellman/Defence Gay and Lesbian Information Service

Witch-hunts and surveillance: the hidden lives of queer people in the military

Until 1992, being a gay or lesbian soldier was illegal in Australia. New research is unearthing the heartbreaking stories of people who devoted their lives to the military but were discharged when their sexuality was exposed.
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.

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