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Love is love is love is love is love is love. But whose hate are we now defeating with all this love? My fellow straight, white, cis people, I suggest that the hate originates with us, and now would be a really good time to honestly reflect on what our systemic prejudice has wrought.
This week’s tragic events have been a sad reminder that homophobia and transphobia are still very real. And also a reminder that we need to keep LGBTI rights firmly on the agenda; both in our community and in our political debate.
It's kinda strange to think that hundreds of years ago -- you know, before property ownership, patriarchy, religion and capitalism drummed us all into the tired social construct of monogamous bliss -- humans happily roamed the planet in bonobo-inspired communities with multiple sexual partners. Oh, and everyone banged. Loads.
Sydney is counting down to Saturday night's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with almost 200 floats and more than 10,000 marchers
On Wednesday, a Catholic school in Sydney told young-adult author Will Kostakis that his speaking visit is no longer 'appropriate' after he came out as gay. Is contemporary Australia one step away from building a pile of books, dousing them in petrol, and striking a match?
This year at Mardi Gras, by all means enjoy the show. But look behind the glitter to see the hurt, violence and inequality that still exist.
Homosexuality was finally decriminalised in the state in 1984. In 2014, parliament passed into law a bill moved by Notley
Pride is the opposite of shame. It is the antidote to that corrosive feeling that makes people hide who they really are. Pride is everything, because for some, shame can kill.
Most of the problems the GLBTIQ community experiences in accessing services all return to this one issue: we are not equal. Being 'less than' in Australia leads to problems with mental health, isolation and a sense of failing to be part of a more global community.
"Being gay isn't as sexy as ISIS. So no-one pays us any attention." These are the words of Amir Ashour, a 25-year-old Iraqi