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Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri wrote a homophobic letter to her country’s president, praising anti-gay violence. Facebook

Tamar Iveri is a homophobe – was Opera Australia right to sack her?

Opera Australia (OA) has dealt with what was becoming a significant boycott threat by sacking the Georgian soprano Tamar Iveri. The company had planned to bring her to Australia to perform the role of…
RuPaul’s Drag Race: season six queens. Logo TV/Mathu Andersen

Speaking drag: the deep insights of a show about catty queens

A siren sounds in the workroom and the contestants, still in their street clothes, stop their conversation. “Oooh, girl! You’ve got She-Mail,” says a shrill voice. For those of you just tuning in, you’re…
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…
A woman protests in Britain against the stoning of people for sexual ‘crimes’. Brunei is moving to apply the Sharia law penalty to gay people. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

As region’s homophobia turns deadly, let’s stand up for rights

Although Australia does not yet allow same-sex couples to marry, it is not a country that is generally described as homophobic. The days of it being a crime to be gay here are, thankfully, a relic of a…
The Sydney Star Observer won’t appear in a weekly print format any more – but the community it’s helped build is thriving. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Online and onwards: it gets better for gay and lesbian media

Last week’s announcement that Australia’s oldest and most respected lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) weekly newspaper, Sydney Star Observer (SSO), will change to a monthly print…
A violent clash last year at Sydney’s Mardi Gras raised old questions about the complex relationship between police and LGBTQI communities. AAP/Toby Mann

Police violence against Mardi Gras revellers reminds us of an intolerant history

Hundreds of thousands of people will be drawn to Sydney’s Mardi Gras festival this weekend. This world-famous event celebrates gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) and other sexually…
Education minister Christopher Pyne’s national curriculum review has the potential to erase the realities and lives of LGBT people and the discrimination they face from our classrooms. AAP/Stefan Postles

Australian schools must promote LGBT-inclusive education

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Kevin Donnelly, one of the men tasked with reviewing Australia’s national curriculum, had argued in a 2004 book that “many parents” think the “sexual practices…
Michael Sam (right) just wants to play ball, but his ambitions are affected by how the global sport/entertainment/media complex processes his sexuality. EPA/Chris Lee

Young celebrities and LGBT rights: what would Stuart Hall say?

Any lingering doubts about the political power of popular culture have surely been dispelled in the last couple of weeks. When actor Ellen Page courageously fought tears to come out before a global audience…
A German protester wears a mask of Vladimir Putin – one of thousands protesting Russia’s stance on gay rights ahead of the Sochi Winter Games. EPA/Axel Heimken

Are politics fair game at the Olympics? Google thinks so

This week, the largest, coolest and most promising Australian Winter Olympics team to ever leave these shores landed in Sochi. But there’s more than gold on their minds – they want their presence to mean…

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