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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 Caitlyn Jenner speak about trans experience, how does it serve the development of trans rights? AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

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

A number of high-profile trans people have come out in recent months, such as Cate McGregor and Caitlyn 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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