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Archive of: Culture

Strapped, Packed And Taking The Stage: Australia’s New Drag Kings

Drag kings became a significant part of lesbian and queer women’s lives globally from the late 1980s. Events featuring drag king performances were an important part of queer culture.

Sappho, A Poet In Fragments

With a mere two complete poems extant from nine books of verse, much is left to the imagination in the reconstruction of the output (and life) of this most mysterious of ancient poets.

Witch-Hunts And Surveillance: The Hidden Lives Of Queer People In The Military

Officially, gay men and lesbian women were banned from serving in the army, airforce and navy until 1992, when Prime Minister Paul Keating had the political courage to overturn the ban.

How The Nazis Destroyed The First Gay Rights Movement

In the 1930s, the Depression spread economic anxiety. Fascist parties offered Europeans a choice of stability at the price of democracy. They said that expanding liberties gave “undesirable” people the liberty to undermine security and threaten traditional “moral” culture. LGBT people were an obvious target.

Big City Gaybourhoods: Where They Come From And Why They Still Matter

In Sydney there are neighbourhoods (Darlinghurst and, more specifically, Oxford Street) that have, since at least the 1950s and often earlier, developed a reputation as queer spaces.

The Myth Of The Ancient Greek ‘Gay Utopia’

The persistent dream of a “gay utopia” is one of the constants in gay and lesbian historical imaginings over the last 200 years.

Girl Crush Anyone? The Evolution Of ‘Lesbian Chic’

The increased level of comfort with lesbian sexuality embodied in the casual use of the phrase “girl crush” in contemporary mainstream women’s magazines might look like a sign that attitudes towards lesbians and gays have lightened up.

‘I Didn’t Know That World Existed’: How Lesbian Women Found A Life In The Armed Forces

Military service presented an opportunity for women to escape societal expectations around the behaviour and expectations, career choice and marriage, that were so dominant between the 1960s and 1980s.

Laying Wreaths For Australians Who Once Served In Silence

In 1992 the cabinet overturned the ban on lesbians and gays serving in the Australian Defence Force and has gradually embracing LGBTI military service.

How Young Filmmakers Are Protecting Artistic Freedom In Kenya

Artistic freedom was always tenuous in Kenya, but it’s become even less so since Uhuru Kenyatta became president in 2013. The political pendulum has swung against political dissenters, intellectuals and a handful of media institutions that still believed in objective journalism.

Botswana Court Ruling As A Ray Of Hope For LGBT People Across Africa

Botswana’s High Court has ruled that private consensual sex between adults of the same sex is no longer criminal. The decision gives hope to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in African countries that still have similar laws in place.

Explainer: Feminism

Yet there is no society on the planet in which women are equally represented in what that society most values and rewards, whether that’s opportunity, money, status or power.

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