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How important are our pre-teens and tweens?

I want to tell you what I have realised.  I’ve realised that our pre-teens, tweens and their parents have little information to help them when it comes to being LGBTIQ+ and this is impacting on the mental health of adults.  This is not due to a lack of desire to help by all the wonderful…Continue Reading

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What’s in a Word; how to make communication a little easier?

“Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.” – Natsuki Takaya

This quote says a lot more than its mere 16 words. It truly can be as simple as one word spoken by a person to you that can be completely benign or even funny, the same word…Continue Reading

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To be in the mainstream if only for a day!

The most memorable day since I started living openly as a lesbian was the first day I ever went to a Pride rally, march and fair day.

Until only a few short years before this I had spent my life living as part of the mainstream or the majority, depending on how you like to put…Continue Reading

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Adjusting sails

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails.” H Jackson Brown Jnr.

It’s unlikely that you have missed that Marriage Equality has been high profile in Australia during the past week.  I continue to watch two sides of the debate so diametrically opposed that I question if either is actually hearing…Continue Reading

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The decision is made for now

Breaking news!  After a marathon sitting the coalition party room has decided not to allow a free vote on Marriage Equality.

I cannot describe how deeply this hurts.  I am numb.  Why is our fate at the hands of a room of people who have not even spoken to us.  Correction, they have heard from us…Continue Reading

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Actions or words? Both matter right now! Part 2 – actions. 9 easy steps you can take.

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I often wonder what drives people to action?  For me action seems to come naturally – I can’t help but act, however I’m sure I don’t act on topics that do not impact on me personally.  Logically it seems to me that if it is important…Continue Reading

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Actions or words? Both matter right now! Part 1 – conversation.

start-conversationA few weeks ago Monique and I agreed to be interviewed by a journalist about homophobia.   Recent research indicates homophobia is experienced in outer metropolitan areas similarly to that experienced in regional and remote communities.  Sadly the research didn’t surprise me and as the article…Continue Reading

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Change your language!

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I have a request for you, anyone who is reading this, please stop using the phrases “Gay Marriage” or “Same-sex Marriage”.  Around the world Marriage Equality is occurring.  I am not asking for Gay Marriage or Same-sex Marriage; we are not asking for a different definition…Continue Reading

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The Irish Have It

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Along with thousands of others across the world I want to share my thoughts and feelings on the referendum for marriage equality in Ireland over the weekend and what it means to Australia.  I am ecstatic with such an amazingly positive outcome in favour of marriage…Continue Reading

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The Enemy, Silence

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When was the last time you had a conversation with your children about homosexuality?  When was the last time you had a conversation with friends or family about homosexuality?  When was the last time you had a thought about homosexuality?

Do you support equal rights for all…Continue Reading

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