Australian play Lost Boys explores same-sex marriage and history of gay hate attacks

Australian play Lost Boys explores same-sex marriage and history of gay hate attacks

Posted May 18, 2018 05:03:01 Same-sex marriage might be legal now, but the ‘yes’ vote did not bury Australia’s grim history of anti-gay violence. The issue is the focus of a new play, Lost Boys, by award-winning writer Lachlan Philpott. It juxtaposes the national plebiscite on same-sex marriage in 2017 …

‘Treatments’ as torture: gay conversion therapy’s deep roots in Australia

‘Treatments’ as torture: gay conversion therapy’s deep roots in Australia

By Marguerite Johnson and James Bennett Posted May 03, 2018 10:50:42 Photo: While some psychiatrists saw homosexuality as a “disease” of the mind, some religious groups see it a “sickness” of the soul. (Unsplash: Ben Smith) Related Story: From electroshocks to religious ‘cure camps’: Survivors share reality of gay conversion …

Gay couple attacked as ‘sickheads’ in hateful note left outside home, car tyre punctured with knife

Gay couple attacked as ‘sickheads’ in hateful note left outside home, car tyre punctured with knife

Updated April 24, 2018 11:32:14 Photo: The note found on the couple’s car outside their home north of Brisbane. (Facebook) A same-sex couple who had their car tyre punctured and a note left outside their home calling “lesbianism an abhorrent practice” is encouraging anyone else targeted in the same way …

Gay conversion therapy survivors share painful legacy of ‘ex-gay’ treatments – RN

Gay conversion therapy survivors share painful legacy of ‘ex-gay’ treatments – RN

Updated April 21, 2018 06:55:13 Photo: Liam Webb attended a gay conversion camp in the US that he thought would “heal” his sexual orientation. (ABC RN: Siobhan Hegarty) Related Story: ‘Harmful’ gay conversion therapy should be banned: rights group “It’s wrong… it’s totally unacceptable. I’m an example of the enormous …

Michael McCormack says he has ‘no view’ on gay conversion therapy | Australia news

The acting prime minister, Michael McCormack, has said he has no view “one way or another” on gay conversion therapy in his first major speech as Nationals leader. Speaking to the National Press Club on Thursday, McCormack outlined a vision for attracting doctors and teachers to the bush but appeared …

Israel Folau has failed as a role model with his Instagram comments on gay people

Israel Folau has failed as a role model with his Instagram comments on gay people

By Katharine Gelber Posted April 18, 2018 13:02:09 Photo: Folau has failed to appreciate the special responsibilities he carries as a role model for young people everywhere. (AAP: David Moir) Much has been made of Wallabies star Israel Folau’s comment last week on Instagram that gay people needed to “repent …

Greg Hunt interview goes off rails over ‘free speech’ and gay conversion therapy | Australia news

Greg Hunt has repeatedly questioned whether an ABC presenter believes in “freedom of speech” in an interview defending Victorian Liberal members’ plans to debate gay conversion therapy. The health minister told Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas he does not support gay conversion therapy but refused to say if he was …

Gay ANU student forced to leave dormitory after threatening, homophobic letters

Gay ANU student forced to leave dormitory after threatening, homophobic letters

Posted April 12, 2018 06:35:20 Photo: The student eventually requested to be moved from Ursula Hall after months of harassment. (ABC News: Jake Evans) A gay student at the Australian National University (ANU) was forced to leave his college home after enduring months of homophobic threats from an unknown perpetrator. …

Israel Folau a ‘strong role model’ despite saying gay people go to hell, Rugby boss Raelene Castle says

Israel Folau a ‘strong role model’ despite saying gay people go to hell, Rugby boss Raelene Castle says

Updated April 10, 2018 14:07:52 Photo: Israel Folau’s social media post landed him in hot water. (AAP: Dave Hunt) Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle has described besieged Wallabies star Israel Folau as a “strong role model” despite his social media post saying that gay people were going to hell. …

Olton Enterprise newspaper criticised for removing gay husband from mother’s obituary

Olton Enterprise newspaper criticised for removing gay husband from mother’s obituary

Updated March 17, 2018 17:10:32 Photo: A reference to John Gambill was left out of his mother-in-law’s obituary, which was printed in the Olton Enterprise. (Supplied) A newspaper has been slammed for removing a reference to a man’s husband from his mother’s obituary. Key points: Olton Enterprise editor Phillip Hamilton …