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Police investigating the cold case murder of US man Scott Johnson, a suspected gay hate crime, at North Head, Manly, in 2020. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

‘Cold case’ gay murders: two books illuminate Australia’s dark history of police and military violence

Two books on historical gay hate crimes – the murder of George Duncan in Adelaide, 1972, and army officer Warwick Meale in Townsville, 1942 – aim to create positive change by revealing past injustice.
Illustration detail from the cover of Andy Griffiths’ international bestseller, The Day My Bum Went Psycho (Pan Macmillan).

Teacher sacked for reading bum book to students: the latest conservative book ban

A teacher was fired this month for reading his favourite picture book, I Need a New Butt, to kids. It’s an example of how US conservatives are focusing on school boards as weapons in the culture wars.
For some queer people, time at home has meant time away from communities and friends that recognize and support their gender and sexual identities. (Zackary Drucker/The Gender Spectrum Collection)

Queer people’s experiences during the pandemic include new possibilities and connections

Pandemic experiences for queer people were marked not only by loneliness but new possibilities and connections that will shape their lives when the world reopens.
March 31 marks International Transgender Day of Visibility. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Most trans and non-binary youth are supported and healthy despite stigma and discrimination

We need to commit to creating safe and inclusive environments for trans and non-binary youth, because when they have those supportive environments, they thrive.
Transgender activist Aimee Stephens sat outside the Supreme Court as the court held oral arguments dealing with workplace discrimination. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

What the Supreme Court’s decision on LGBT employment discrimination will mean for transgender Americans

In a national survey, transgender individuals had worse employment outcomes, lower incomes and higher rates of poverty than cisgender people.
Dolly Parton is having a pop culture moment. The ‘Dolly Parton’s America’ podcast explores belonging and ‘home.’ Here she performs with Joel Smallbone, left, and Luke Smallbone, right at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Dolly Parton’s broad appeal: She understands alienation, home and the need to belong

Why does Dolly Parton have such broad appeal, across lines of race, nationality, gender identity and sexual orientation?
A Zulu household, from an 1895 book called The Colony of Natal: An Official Illustrated Handbook and Railway Guide. J Causton and Sons /University of California Libraries/ Flickr

The long moral shadows cast by South Africa’s colonial history

A new history book shows how entanglements of race, gender, class and sexuality in South Africa flow from the moral contradictions of the settler colonial state.
Same sex sexual behavior is common to many species and evolved millions of years ago. oneinchpunch/Shutterstock.com

An origin story for the queer community

Conversion therapy has been pushed on some in the LGBQ community by those who think same-sex sexual behavior is ‘unnatural.’ But such behavior seems to have evolved millions of years before humans.

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