The term ‘cisgender’ entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015.
The prefix 'cis', meaning 'on this side of' is commonly used in chemistry and geography. More recently, it has become a way of referring to a person's gender identity.
The Macaroni, A real Character at the Late Masquerade.
Philip Dawe, 1773 (via Flickr)
The flamboyant 18th-century 'Macaronis' were so called because they were said to prefer continental pasta to good old British roast beef.
‘Love, Simon’ tells the story of a gay teenager who is ‘just like you’ - a mainstream comedy first - but what happens when they are not just like you?
(20th Century Fox)
Given the progress gay rights have made over the last 40 years, we might believe we live in queer friendly North America and that homophobia is dead. But it's not. It is just in disguise.
Nat Randall on stage and screen in The Second Woman.
The Second Woman
In The Second Woman, actor Nat Randall replays the same scene, across 24 hours, with 100 different men. Leaving the audience to join her on stage is a thought-provoking experience.
Exhibition installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 27 Oct 2017 – 18 Feb 2018.
All artworks © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Photo: AGNSW, Christopher Snee
The distinctive visual style of Robert Mapplethorpe’s beautiful, oversized images seems now more classical than shocking. But he can still reveal the subconscious of an era we think we have outgrown.
Jury found Gayle Newland guilty for a second time.
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The 'privilege of unknowing' allows onlookers to learn not to see, or otherwise sense, queer difference.
More young people are turning online for peer support networks.
Tumblr might the weird cousin of the other social media platforms, but it also makes a safe space for queer kids to hang out and understand their sexuality.
Writer Solita Solano and Djuna Barnes in Paris, 1920s.
Unlike earlier lesbian and gay movements whose politics depended on visible identities, queer theory grew out of a critique of this – and perhaps that's where Djuna Barnes sits.
Duncan Grant © Tate
In what ways do our sexual pleasures and fantasies inform the way we see the world?
Sexuality presents us with personal and private concerns that are also very political.
Perhaps we can think of the love letter and other gestures of romantic love as forms or techniques that mediate the violence of time, dispossession and exclusion.
Queer in more ways than one…The Lobster marries the romantic and political.
The narrative of monogamous coupledom exerts much force in our imaginative and social worlds - even queer films are dominated by love plots. But The Lobster, a savagely funny film about heterosexual love, is a welcome exception.
A homeless person sleeps under a post promoting marriage equality.
A new book documents how the gay rights movement has catered to a certain type of LGBT person: white, gay, male and middle-class.
The gender binary does not adequately describe the experience of people who identify as genderqueer.
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Germaine Greer's comments that "post-operative transgender men are not women" have provoked outcry from transgender activists. So let's have a meaningful discussion about gender, sex and the complex relationship between the two.