Posts in: LGBTQ

Stopping sexual harassment is union business

Summer/Autumn 2009

Sexual harassment remains a serious problem in Australian workplaces. In 2008 the Australian Human Rights Commission conducted a telephone survey, speaking to 2,500 workers aged between 18 and 64. It found that 22% of women and 5% of men have been sexually harassed on the job. The last survey of this type, conducted in 2003,… Read more »

Right to choose: In Victoria, lesbians and all women win historic rights. Now we must defend them.

Summer/Autumn 2009

2008 ended with a stunning double victory for reproductive justice in Victoria: the decriminalisation of abortion and access to Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for lesbians and single women. Both took years of unflinching organising. Up against the terrible twins of “pro-family” reaction — misogyny and homophobia — the pro-choice forces won out. Bravo! Most people… Read more »

Radical Women talks to young queer activist, Siann Fox

Summer/Autumn 2009

Siann Fox is a 17-year-old queer rights activist from the LaTrobe Valley, about 130 kilometres from Melbourne. She says that growing up in rural Victoria is what propelled her into activism and joining Whatever, a young queer group based in the Gippsland region. Radical Women recently met Siann and talked about Whatever’s work. “In rural… Read more »

Review: A Pleasing View

Winter/Spring 2008

The View from Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers by Mathew Hays. Arsenal Pup Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-55152-220-3. 384 pages. The View from Here is rich in its diversity. Mathew Hays, a film critic and author with the Montreal Mirror since 1993, conducts 32 interviews with directors and screenwriters about their work. He gives… Read more »

Urgent action needed to end transgender discrimination

Summer/Autumn 2008

We welcome the publication of Tranznation, an important new study launched by the Australian Research Centre of Sex, Health and Society at LaTrobe University. The report confirms that the oppression of transgendered people runs deep. The findings of Tranznation are based upon an online study of 253 transgendered Australians and New Zealanders. Doing it tough…. Read more »

Same-sex relationship equality: Organising to win!

Winter/Spring 2006

Last June, Federal Member for Melbourne, Lindsay Tanner, told attendees at Pride Or Prejudice, a queer community forum, why the Australian Labor Party (ALP) had voted with the Howard Government to pass homophobic amendments to the Marriage Act. Not surprisingly, Tanner copped flack from queers angered by the bi-partisan support for the legislation which defined… Read more »

Activists fire up for Equal Love

Summer/Autumn 2006

On 1 December 2005 the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in the country, ruled that same-sex marriages have the same legal status as those between a man and a woman. In contrast, the Howard Government legislated an explicit ban. On Saturday, 13 August 2005 — the first anniversary of the reactionary Australian… Read more »

One year on: queers fire up to resist same-sex marriage ban

Winter/Spring 2005

August 13, 2004 was a bleak day in Australia’s history. It was the day the Federal Parliament enacted legislation banning same-sex marriage — the only country in the world to do so! This happened with the support of both the Coalition government and the ALP opposition. August 13, 2005 will be a more positive occasion…. Read more »

Bob Brown: Not quite revolutionary

Summer/Autumn 2005

Bob Brown — environmental activist, turned Senator — has loomed large on the Australian political landscape for nearly three decades. In 1983, when the first issue of Outrage, a new gay and lesbian magazine, hit the streets, I was on the editorial board. We considered our interview with Brown to be something of a scoop…. Read more »

Defeat John Howard’s homophobic wedge politics: defend gay marriage!

Winter/Spring 2004

Last Federal election, John Howard lied about “children overboard” and succeeded in whipping up racist panic and hysteria around refugees on board the HMV Tampa, a tactic many commentators think won him the election. As the next election looms, he is up to the same tricks, and this time it is gays and lesbians he… Read more »