New State guidelines for transgender students and school sport
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Victorian schools will soon have to follow new participation guidelines aimed at tackling discrimination against transgender students in sport. Transgender students are often excluded from girls and boys teams, and can spend years on the sidelines while their classmates play sport. “The department continually ensures that its policies align with anti–discrimination legislation. This includes supporting schools in creating environments where transgender students are not discriminated against in sport.” Read more about it HERE
LBQ Women’s Health Conference 2016 Update
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VAC and ACON are pleased to announce that they have extended the deadline to submit an abstract for the National Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference. The extended deadline is the 12th of March. Information regarding abstract submission is available on the website. VAC and ACON are looking for sessions from a range of perspectives and topics. In particular, they would love to hear from you about workshops and discussion spaces you would like to facilitate …
Would you let Cory Bernardi near your kids?
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Today, the Australian government decided they’d have a meeting. And in that meeting a bunch of ministers decided to save the children. Not just any children. The children who would be most hurt by learning that just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you’re someone to fear. They complained mainly about the “appropriateness” of asking school children to consider other viewpoints.
Zoolander 2 is All wrong
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So, it’s no secret that Zoolander 2 features a genderqueer “supermodel” called All played by Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. As Buzzfeed writer Alison Willmore comments: That Cumberbatch sequence manages to crystallize all of Zoolander 2’s off-target fumblings in one easy moment. It’s a messy scene in which the joke quickly slides from Derek and Hansel’s cluelessness to squirmy panic, right before the three are due to hit the catwalk at …
The scourge of equality
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In the Age newspaper today is a report about the STOP SAFE Schools Coalition, an apparently new group presumably against making schools safe for everyone who attends. Their Facebook page explains their manifesto: A page to get real information about the Australian Governments “Safe Schools Coalition” initiative and the danger it presents to all children. SSSC have posted on their Facebook page that their members should purchase tickets for Minus18’s Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal. PLEASE …
Trans* Pathways Survey
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Penelope Strauss is a researcher with the University of Western Australia, and she’s part of a team researching the mental health of trans young people and their parents and guardians. This research is a collaboration between the University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute, Curtin University, YouthLink and the Freedom Centre. She writes: I am reaching out to you because my research team is currently conducting a study looking into the mental health and barriers to …
Think of the children!
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Writing in The Age today, Australian Catholic University senior research fellow Kevin Donnelly objects to the Safe Schools Coalition’s observations. The material endorsed by the Safe Schools Coalition argues that gender and sexuality are fluid concepts and that all forms of sexuality are acceptable.  The belief that there are basically two sexes is condemned as “heterosexism” and students are told to celebrate diversity and difference. One resource argues “there are many genders beyond ‘male’ or ‘female’; gender can be …
My white mice have escaped!
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Writing in The Age this week, Bridie Smith, explains how gender matters when doing science. Especially if you’re a mouse. Dr Hill has just completed a review of 710 scientific papers, with the results published this month in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. She found just 15 per cent of studies analysed used rodents of both sexes. Of those that did, 80 per cent established there were sex-specific results. In other words, males and …
The Danish Girl
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The Danish Girl by Mr. Tom Hooper is beautifully shot, the cinematographer Mr. Danny Cohen has produced a well composed, Scandinavian filtered picture. With echoes of Lili’s own paintings; the starkness, wintery dreamscapes of desolate blackened trees and pink dawns, this seems to set up a visual chill that does run through the spine of this film.
David Bowie – Interpersonal Rockstar
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To many of us who are self-confined to the labels – queer, outsider, lonely, misfit, weird – David Bowie became an icon for our collective non-normative status long before his recent passing. A week after he died, whilst attending a celebratory evening in his honour, I experienced the sensation of him as a unifying force, a human bridge between the queer and the hetero-normative, an important symbol of transcending your circumstances and tolerating the exotic …