Melbourne First, Jakarta Last

Shamira Natanagara interviews Stephanus Budiman about leaving the homophobic hometown behind Art by Winnie Jiao     CONTENT WARNING: MENTAL HEALTH, RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AND HOMOPHOBIA     “Save Indonesian Families from the LGBT Movement”, the poster says. An actual poster for an actual event, arranged by the organisation of Indonesia’s government officials’ wives (Dharma Wanita […]

12 September 2018
Queer as Mud - Sophie Sun
Queer as Mud

The most infamous tale of star-crossed lovers declares: “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” And yet, in classic Shakespearean irony, it is the names of Capulet and Montague affixed to both the hero and heroine that predicate their deaths. Were it not for the attachment of their […]

4 April 2018
Marriage Equality by Nellie Seale
Marriage Equality: End Goal, Or Own Goal?

Andie Moore on why the advent of marriage equality risks bringing the queer rights movement to a halt.

2 March 2018
Is My Sexuality Made Of Memory?

A boy in a red t-shirt and high-waisted jeans stains my mind. My memories are haunted by Gordie Lachance – his dark eyelashes and silky hair, his faintly freckled skin. If you had asked me even a month ago, I would have told you that I didn’t have a gay childhood. I can’t describe a sense of ‘knowing’, I had no primary school sexual experiences and no childhood boy-crushes; I have no memory of being gay.

22 September 2017
The Queer Umbrella

Why is it called the ‘Queer’ Department?

19 July 2016
Beyond the Binary

Trigger warning: discussions of transphobia and queerphobia Despite the chill, the annual Pride March in St Kilda this February drew a large and vibrant crowd. It was heart-warming to see the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) community marching together with its allies without fear of harassment or judgment. There was an overwhelming […]

28 March 2015
Lesbian, Gay, Bicycle?… Trains?

While the gay rights movement has been imperative in gaining visibility for gay and lesbian people, bisexual, transgender and asexual people are being left far behind in gaining both social and legal status. Mary Ntalianis discusses this issue in detail.

23 February 2015
Playing it Safe

American figure skater Johnny Weir is worried about competing at the Sochi Winter Olympics. “Just walking down the street, going to get Starbucks in the morning […] somebody could arrest me jsut because I look too gay,” he told CBS News. Does it seem too absurd to contemplate? Alarmingly, this snippet of Russian legislation means […]

30 November 2013
Some Bars I Used to Know: Edition 2

I’m over the gay bar. I think it started when I came back from California. While studying abroad, I took a class on the history of the gay bar. However, I also spent this time exhausting the West Hollywood club scene. By the time I came back to Melbourne, it was understandably time for a […]

30 April 2013