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Teaching kids that homophobia is wrong won’t necessarily stop sexuality or gender bullying. Teaching kids that homophobia is wrong won’t necessarily stop sexuality or gender bullying. Flickr/Kurt Lowenstein Education

Telling kids homophobia is wrong won’t stop bullying in schools

There is no doubt that homophobic bullying is a problem in Australian schools. The latest Writing Themselves in report published by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria reports 80% of young gay, lesbian or…
You don’t have to look too far to find homophobia, hostility and discrimination against LGBTI people. You don’t have to look too far to find homophobia, hostility and discrimination against LGBTI people. Network Ten/ AAP

Ian Thorpe came out, but not in Australia – a wise decision

Few who watched Ian Thorpe’s “coming out” interview with British interviewer Michael Parkinson on Sunday night could haved failed to be moved by his story. The anxiety and turmoil he felt in telling the…
So much so that it doesn’t matter any more? So much so that it doesn’t matter any more? andres musta

Maybe ‘that’s so gay’ is actually ok for young people to say

The phrase “that’s so gay” has traditionally been understood as homophobic. Stonewall’s School Report argued this position, and it will be discussed in their upcoming Education Conference. Stonewall argues…
The standard image of domestic violence doesn’t fit everyone. The standard image of domestic violence doesn’t fit everyone. Shutterstock

Domestic abuse services are failing LGBT victims

Services for women fleeing domestic abuse and sexual violence in the UK have developed over the past 40 years, from grassroots services staffed by volunteers to a professionalised (if still small) sector…
To dream … the impossible dream. Impossible in Northern Ireland, apparently. To dream … the impossible dream. Impossible in Northern Ireland, apparently. Paul Faith/PA Wire

Nightmare in Northern Ireland seeing race replace religion as society’s open sore

For the rest of the world, Northern Ireland already has a notorious reputation for religious intolerance and sectarian hatred. This well-worn yarn tells of ancient enmities dividing Irish Catholics and…
Kenyans stage a rare protest against Uganda’s tough stance on homosexuality. Kenyans stage a rare protest against Uganda’s tough stance on homosexuality. Ben Curtis/AP

200-year-old text sheds light on Uganda’s homophobic bill

In Uganda, the President Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill which will punish same-sex relations with fourteen years' imprisonment. Next to this, Vladimir Putin’s support of the 2013 Russian legislation…
Masculinity must be learned and there are severe consequences for not upholding it. Masculinity must be learned and there are severe consequences for not upholding it. Vladimir Byazrov

Time for a step-change in how we view men on the dancefloor

On Sunday, So You Think You Can Dance Australia returned to Channel Ten, promising spectacular performances from male and female dancers around the country. And yet, in the non-TV world, it seems the men…
Bamboozled won best film at Tropfest on the weekend, causing much controversy. Bamboozled won best film at Tropfest on the weekend, causing much controversy. Tropfest

Why playing trans people for laughs at Tropfest is lame

On the weekend, Bamboozled was awarded the best film prize at the Tropfest. It has sparked controversy for its homophobic and transphobic narrative devices. The film portrays an encounter between Peter…
The best-film award for Bamboozled has angered many movie fans. The best-film award for Bamboozled has angered many movie fans. Tropfest

Bamboozled wins Tropfest by turning gay sex into a dumb joke

It would have been hard to avoid the news that the best-picture award at Sunday’s Tropfest short-film festival in Sydney was given to filmmaker Matt Hardie for Bamboozled – and even harder to ignore the…
QPR’s Joey Barton wore rainbow laces in a recent match. QPR’s Joey Barton wore rainbow laces in a recent match. John Walton/PA

Solving homophobia in football? Don’t bet on it

Last week, world football was shocked by a match-fixing scandal that swallowed a minor league Australian club and cast it into a world of international betting intrigue. As allegations were levelled at…
Historically, the Church provided a safe-haven for same-sex attracted men. Historically, the Church provided a safe-haven for same-sex attracted men. Victor van der Horst

Inside the stained-glass closet: exploring holy homophobia

Pope Francis made conciliatory overtures to gay Catholics in a wide-ranging press conference on Monday. His comments made headlines around the world and indicate a change in attitude to closeted priests…
Fans of English soccer club Brighton & Hove Albion have faced constant homophobic taunts over the years - and they’ve had enough. Fans of English soccer club Brighton & Hove Albion have faced constant homophobic taunts over the years - and they’ve had enough. rockjimford

Soccer and homophobia: why even homophobes are sick of it

It’s been an ugly week in English soccer. Up north, outrage of many persuasions flowed around Paolo Di Canio’s politics. Down south, supporters from Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion presented…
Campaigns makes clear that homophobia is wrong, but do nothing to affirm that being gay is good. Campaigns makes clear that homophobia is wrong, but do nothing to affirm that being gay is good. Niv Singer

Anti-homophobia campaigns are linking being gay with misery

Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex is joyous! Make no mistake, it’s the experience of homophobia and transphobia that can destroy lives and often leads to depression, anxiety and poor…
Ex-gay therapies utilise spiritual methods such as prayer, and a personal relationship with God. Ex-gay therapies utilise spiritual methods such as prayer, and a personal relationship with God. Leland Francisco

California’s gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban challenged

A law banning therapists in California from attempting to change the sexual orientation of same-sex attracted youths was tested in the courts this week. At issue were the rights to professional free speech…
A protest outside Exodus International’s 2009 anual conference. A protest outside Exodus International’s 2009 anual conference. Kevin Zolkiewicz

Gay “cure” renounced by world’s largest “ex-gay” group

Alan Chambers, president of the world’s largest “ex-gay” organisation, Exodus International, recently renounced the group’s long-held position that homosexuality can be “cured” – that gay people can become…

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