After my marriage fell apart, I fell into the company of those on Oxford Street. In no small way, that community saved me. I was no longer weird, I was somebody.
The question might be new in the Australian experience, but the fearmongering tactics are archaic. The No campaign tying themselves to religion illustrates this point.
As we get ever closer to the deadline, there’s the assumption that the issue will be put to rest. However, this discussion has long predated the question being asked, and thusly will remain.
I’ve voted, had my say, and made my voice heard. However we who vote Yes should not forget that we could easily be ignored, and all the pain and hurt would be for nothing. I hope I’m wrong.
With the marriage equality debate heating up on both sides, comedian Hannah Gadsby highlighted a pertinent issue: It’s no longer a debate.
As the postal plebiscite is being shuttled to letterboxes around the country to define who I can marry, I thought I’d take this opportunity to not let a label define me. I’m a person, just like you. So here I am.
The visceral mistreatment of those at Don Dale and other detention centres are merely the tip of the iceberg. Similar practices are rife in that industry, away from the watchful eye o the government.
This week has been a disheartening one for equality. But for inspiration, we should look to the past, to Don Dunstan, a man who saw inequality and refused to accept it.
Even if marriage equality is decided by a free vote, we should not celebrate. Equality for the sake of power is not the same as equality for equality’s sake.
So, we’ve finally caught up with Chris Lilley. But the decade in between has offered many examples of blackface. What’s your problem, Australia?
The demonstrations against the sentence handed out to Elijah Doughty’s killer is heartening, but I also know that we’ve been here before, and I’m not holding out for sweeping change.
In an effort to combat domestic terrorism, Turnbull has called for a new sense of Patriotism. However, in my day-to-day experience, it just enables the racial divide further.
The Northern Territory embraces its status as being stuck in the past, and ordinarily, it’s harmless fun. However, it seems the long dead idea of the ‘Page 3’ girl is alive and well.
The thoughts of Margaret Court are well documented, however, I think it’s time we take serve at her beliefs to find fault.
Despite our best intentions, the gap between the women’s movement in this country bridged by white privilege is fundamentally flawed. And we’re all guilty of it. Including myself.
Yesterday, the government rebadged Safe Schools, the key issue now being “tolerance”. Unfortunately, there’s an astronomical difference between “tolerance” and “acceptance”.
There’s a pattern that seems to repeat in this country. Whenever a minority proudly stands for Australia, white Australians immediately bite back.
The Coalition tearing down safe schools has revealed an interesting point. It’s not that they don’t understand our complaints, they just don’t care.
For gay men represented in the discussion in 2017, it would be easy to see themselves as an inhumane problem to be solved, an antagonist, an object to placate. It’s time to change the narrative.
We, as a species are kept in check by one unifying point: the need to blame the ‘other’. While it’s seemingly our way to unite only against division, I wonder if things can ever be different?
The story of James Harris Jackson, a white man who wanted to hunt black men speaks louder than the words within, in that the promotion of crime in America is still horribly biased.