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Say no to homophobia in sport

“I’d like to tell you what it’s like being a gay footy player. I’ve experienced homophobia in Aussie Rules Football first hand – now it’s time to end it.” That’s what twenty four year old footy player Jason Bell had to say when launching his petition to tackle homophobia in the AFL. The petition, being … Continue reading

Women in sport

The 2012 London Oylmpics was billed as the “women’s olympics”. For the first time ever women made up half the competition and represented every county competing at the games. As we look back at London, it’s worth asking, how far have we come when it comes to women and sport? There’s no doubt that women … Continue reading

A conscience vote

Originally published in FUSE, July 2012 What is it with our obsession with conscience votes? Whenever big social policy changes are mooted, conscience votes are brought up from those on the left and the right as a way to deal with them. This is happening in the marriage equality debate now. In the lead up … Continue reading

Youth politics

Originally published in FUSE, 27 June 2012 When I was in high school I became involved in the anti-Iraq War movement. My involvement was limited (i.e. I attended rallies and put up posters), but really important to me. I got involved because I thought the cause was extremely important and I thought that I could … Continue reading

Book review – Role Models

Originally published in FUSE Online, 21 March 2012 (http://www.fusemagazine.com.au/index.php/regulars/op-ed/2217-role-models-by-john-waters)  When we think of role models we think of sports hero, rock stars and Hollywood hunks.  But, how about having a porn star as your role model? Or an alcoholic, verbally abusive owner of a local bar? Or, how about a member of the Manson family? … Continue reading

Born this way?

Originally published in FUSE, March 2012 “I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me.” This is what Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda in Sex and the City, and a woman who spent fifteen years in … Continue reading

Looking ahead to 2012

Originally published in FUSE, December 2011 In 2009 I spent a year in Sweden. Around August Stockholm held their annual pride march. The march is huge, often attracting around 500,000 viewers. This year, it was held approximately 6 months after the Swedish Government, with an overwhelming majority, approved same-sex marriage in the country. The passage … Continue reading

Should we react to the far right?

Originally published in FUSE, August 2011 It seems as though almost every week a far right activist causes a storm through saying some extremely ridiculous, or insulting, about queer people. For example, in the United States, presidential candidate, Michelle Bachmann has made headlines for signing a pledge that implied that black children were better off … Continue reading

The GLBTI bunch

Originally published in FUSE, June 2011 Around the world, GLBTI people are having increased influence on the political stage. More GLBTI people are now being elected to higher political positions, and in doing so are breaking down some of the barriers put up against queer people who want to enter the political field. Yet, as … Continue reading

Fighting in a man’s sport

Originally published in FUSE Magazine, February 2011 Bianca Elmir Is Fighting in a Man’s Sport. Kickboxing isn’t a sport one often associates with women and 2012 will be the first year women are allowed to compete in it the Olympics. Yet, one Canberran hasn’t been deterred by the male dominance of the game. Bianca Elmir … Continue reading