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US: Five Key Moments in Queer Activism, from Stonewall to Today

In speeches written for our Queeroes Awards dinner, historian Hugh Ryan revisits some of the most crucial moments of our community's history.

Stoning Gay People to Death in Brunei Is an Outrage and Not My Definition of Islam

I WAS 13 years old when I first heard of the Sultan of Brunei. The absolute ruler of a tiny, oil-rich kingdom in Southeast Asia, Hassanal Bolkiah was the subject of a much-discussed TV documentary by the British filmmaker Alan Whicker in 1992. A

Notes On "Camp" by Susan Sontag, Published in 1964.

Camp taste is a kind of love, love for human nature. It relishes, rather than judges, the little triumphs and awkward intensities of "character." . . . Camp taste identifies with what it is enjoying. People who share this sensibility are not laughing at the thing they label as "a camp," they're enjoying it. Camp is a tender feeling.

Australia: Report Into Historic Gay-Hate Murders Calls For Justice And Healing

“The relationship between LGBT communities and NSW Police has moved forward in the last 40 years. We are in a very different place now compared to what it was and that needs to be further developed. Progress has been made, but there’s still more to do. It is important we continue to foster and maintain dialogue to encourage ongoing cultural change.”


Sri Lanka: The Psychological Impact of Homophobia

Sri Lankan legal system does not protect sexual preferences of gays, lesbians and transsexuals. Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Sri Lanka. Homosexuality is illegal and considered to be a taboo subject. Those who do advocacy for the LGBT population often face threats and humiliation.  

Australia: Sydney Mardi Gras: How a violent first march spurred change

On Saturday, Sydney's famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras marks its 40th anniversary - and its first celebration since Australia legalised same-sex marriage. Much has changed since violence marred the first parade, writes Sharon Verghis in Sydney.