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Staunch Seventh Day Adventists Mr and Mrs John Preston Kellogg saw little need of education for their 17 children. It was the 1850’s for God’s sake! They expected the Second Coming of Christ any day now. Who needs algebra for a blissful eternity of endless days drifting on heavenly clouds playing harps? Spoiler: the anticipated …

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Stock photo man lifting weight

By Phillip Joy and Matthew Number, Dalhousie University Gay men currently receive little research attention when it comes to health issues such as eating disorders and other body image concerns. Yet expectations are high for gay men, as the western ideal masculine body is muscular and fat free. Evidence also indicates that there are unique …

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Lady Phyllis Cilento photoshopped image

In 2018 about 900 medical staff at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital signed a petition for Phyllis Cilento’s name to be removed from the institution. After a poorly run poll, the state government did remove her name, but controversy continues around the decision – though with the benefit of very few facts to inform the …

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Philip Ruddock

Many LGBTI people breathed a sigh of relief that the Ruddock Review didn’t recommend a roll back of LGBTI human rights. Many were pleased Philip Ruddock said there’s not a lot of evidence of discrimination against people of faith, particularly given how stridently the religious right claimed during the postal survey there was such evidence. …

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By Andy Kaladelfos, UNSW; Bianca Fileborn, UNSW; Lisa Featherstone, UQ; Shirleene Robinson, Macquarie University, and Yorick Smaal, Griffith University Lessons learnt from a NSW parliamentary inquiry into hate crimes against Australia’s LGBTIQ community could change the way police and communities respond to complaints, and acknowledge the continued impact of past injustices. The inquiry is the …

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lgbt+ pride network

By Anja Hilkemeijer, University of Tasmania Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released both the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and the government’s response. Given the panel’s recommendations were leaked to the media some time ago, the full report contains few surprises. But today’s announcement ends months of speculation on how the government …

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lgbt+ pride network

Recently, RJ Miles shared with us the discrimination she experienced as a gay teacher in a religious school. Now Paloma Cole and Chris Peppel from Maurice Blackburn’s PRIDE Network examine the legal aspects of such discrimination. The good news is – such discrimination is not tolerated under Queensland law. On the surface, Australian anti-discrimination laws …

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Gary Venamore QNEWS

A 2018 review of suspicious deaths in Sydney found that 27 of the 88 were probable gay hate crimes. QNews Magazine looks back at the unsolved 1968 murder of a Brisbane gay man. Despite a $250,000 reward for information, that crime remains unsolved. At the age of 35, Gary Venamore still lived at home with …

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Tumblr app on smartphone stock photo

By Zahra Zsuzsanna Stardust, University of New South Wales The social networking and microblogging site Tumblr announced on Monday that from December 17 it will no longer host adult content on its platform. The Washington Post reported that the policy “removes one of the last major refuges for pornography on social media”. But the move will …

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WPATH transgender conference

Hola amigos! I’m back from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I attended the 25th meeting of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), an organization formed back in 1979. WPATH is most famous for their Standards of Care, a set of guidelines for the medical management of trans and gender diverse people. These guidelines have …

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