Posts in: LGBTQ

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 »

Challenging the last frontier

Winter/Spring 2004

“I remember the collective meetings organising Stonewall rallies back in the ’80s — it was fabulous! Since Stonewall, lesbians and gays have managed to win important changes in relation to anti-discrimination legislation. But the last frontier is relationships and families. When the government announced its plans to ‘defend marriage’ it also slipped in an announcement… Read more »

Lesbian and gay families are finding a voice!

Winter/Spring 2004

“I went to New York last year and had the amazing opportunity to see where the Stonewall Riots happened. I want to draw some parallels with the current fight around gay families and Stonewall. Gay and lesbian families have existed for a long time privately. But there is now an increasing amount of public tension… Read more »

Harry Hay 1912 – 2002: Refusing to be a model homo

Summer/Autumn 2003

In 1982, while visiting Los Angeles, I met Harry Hay. I was a young gay liberationist and Marxist feminist and the 70-year-old Hay was a radical icon — Commie, gay pioneer and fearsome critic of gay community sell-outs of every stripe. Harry Hay has left quite a legacy. During the 1940s he reached the bold… Read more »

Assisted Reproductive Technology: The new pro-choice battleground

Summer/Autumn 2002

It seems the Liberals’ desire for Australian women to have more babies only applies to some women! During the last Federal election campaign, Prime Minister John Howard announced plans to introduce a baby bonus tax incentive to reward women who have a baby and then give up work in order to stay home and look… Read more »

World AIDS care movement wins concessions

Summer/Autumn 2002

Credit goes to the international movement, fighting to win affordable access to HIV medications, for making the biggest dent in the World Trade Organisation’s 2001 agenda. The movement scored three wins. First, the government of the U.S. was forced to drop its charges against Brazil at the WTO, charges which aimed to prevent production and… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2001

An enjoyable radical read I really enjoyed reading Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 24 — some great articles. I particularly enjoyed “I don’t want to let go of my rage” by Maria Mardones and “Loud, Proud and Effective,” the review of Graham Willett’s book, Living Out Loud. I do wish Maria and others the best of… Read more »

New chance to get it right: S11 revives the spirit of Stonewall

Winter/Spring 2001

There’s a new political mood among young queers. It’s militant and activist! The global anti-corporate movement is rapidly moving beyond protesting the ravages of neoliberalism to opposing capitalism itself. And queers — especially young queers — are at the front lines. The debate of the day is: How to achieve global economic justice — do… Read more »

Satellite nosedive shows queer workers must organise!

Summer/Autumn 2001

The collapse of The Satellite Group — the first publicly listed “pink dollar” company in the world — highlights the sharp class divisions in the gay and lesbian community.  In 1999, Satellite blasted onto the scene, buying up 80 percent of Australia’s queer press — including the national magazine, Outrage — and establishing a media… Read more »