Jan 1, 2020

Your ‘ideal’ body, and why you want it?

A recent survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight, while 29% of men think about their appearance at least five times a day. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly?.

Jun 22, 2019

Self Obsession, is it a gay thing?

When I was a younger man, vanity and self-obsession with body image was something that I think just snuck up on me, and I can probably tell you the actual night it happened.

Jun 10, 2019

The truth in lies of PrEP

Firstly I want to be totally frank and admit the obvious - PrEP is a  game changer for the MSM (Men who have sex with men) community. Its efficacy is unrivalled (when the daily Truvada regimen is adhered to) and the swathe of studies showing its potential to dramatically reduce and possibly eliminate new HIV infections...  ...(other than when a participant has been infected by a PrEP-resistant strain of the virus however) is incredibly impressive. That’s not what I’m debating, this is not an article undermining PrEP, it’s about underscoring a trend in the community that is worrisome and t...

May 24, 2018

Rough and tumble love of roller derby

It was at rollercon in glittering Las Vegas that i witnessed my first lesbian marriage proposal. At half-time of the Vagine Regime vs Caulksuckers’ annual face-off, a handful of the best roller derby players in the world gathered at the centre of the elliptical track.

Feb 9, 2018

PrEPed & ready to go! Get PreP in Canberra!

“Boys boys all types of boys, black white Puerto Rican Chinese boys”. Get PreP in Canberra! So rapped Missy Elliot in her 2002 single Work It and I for one say, hell yeah!!! Until Mr Right locks me in the cellar, I see no reason not to fully explore the bounty offered in this hot little queer and mixed-race world — and I suspect a few of you adopt a similar approach to your own sex life. Of course, if we’re going to acquire a taste for the global or just the local, then it’s imperative that we also develop an equally-evolved appetite for self-protection. Because there’s no fuller stop on ...

Nov 25, 2017

Not all views deserve respect

When it comes to same-sex marriage, not all views deserve respect. One of the expectations in the ongoing debate over marriage reform in Australia is that all views should be respected. But if we want to uphold the values of the enlightenment and of deliberative democracy...

Jun 10, 2016

The gay trials of 1772

The 'macaroni' scandal of 1772: 'gay' trial a century before Oscar Wilde. Much derision was directed toward aesthetes in the late 19th century, who, led by Oscar Wilde, declared their devotion to beauty in all its forms. That moment in the history of men and their fashions is remembered today because of the fate of Wilde, imprisoned for what was then the crime of “gross indecency”. But this was not the first sensational trial of a high-profile homosexual. That had happened long before, such as in the notorious “macaroni” case of 1772. Over the centuries, all manner of dandies have attempt...

May 6, 2015

Holocaust survivor "love is stronger than hate"

This gay holocaust survivor is now the oldest member of Sydney’s Jewish LGBTI community, and on Sunday he’ll share his remarkable story in public for the first time. Pictured above in his teens, 82-year-old Frederick Weisinger will take his audience on an emotional journey through extraordinary wartime memories of bravery, resilience and courage. Recently Matt Akersten met with Weisinger in the Surry Hills home he shares with his partner, and he kindly practised telling his story with us. Since he’s not used to public speaking, he was a little nervous, but the memories soon flooded out, s...

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