Important Public Cervix Announcement

This is an important Public Cervix Announcement! Regardless of your gender or who you have sex with, if you have a cervix, are between the ages of 25 – 74 and have ever sexually active then you need to participate in regular cervical screening.

 “The fact is, all LGBTIQ people with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 74, need cervical screening every five years to reduce their risk of cervical cancer, no matter who they have as a sexual partner.”

Drawing on a campaign developed by Cancer Council Victoria and Thorne Harbour Health, Women’s Centre for Health Matters and Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council) are raising awareness of the importance of regular cervical screening for everybody with a cervix. We hoping to reignite conversations in our communities about the importance of looking after our bodies. We know that regular testing and prevention is the key to reducing incidence of cervical and other cancers in our community.

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Sequin in a Blue Room

After a chance encounter at an anonymous sex party, a sixteen year old boy hunts through the world of a hook-up app to track down the mystery man.

Favouring the instant gratification of anonymous, no-strings sexual encounters over meaningful relationships, high schooler Sequin is part of the always logged-on, but never-engaged, hook-up generation.

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Conversion therapy in India and why it persists

India is facing a prolonged backlash from its LGBTQ+ community over the continued use of conversion therapies to “cure” homosexuality by changing people’s sexual orientation. In May, the tragic suicide of Anjana Harish, a 21-year-old bisexual woman in Goa, sparked online protests. Harish had posted a video online before her suicide describing how she had been subjected to conversion therapy by her family in her home state of Kerala. Her death revitalised efforts by activists to call for an outright ban on the practice. 

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Seoul LGBTIQ clubs hit by COVID

South Korean officials are scrambling to contain a new coronavirus outbreak, searching for thousands of people who may have been infected in a cluster of cases linked to nightclubs and bars in the capital city Seoul.

Most of the new cases were linked to an outbreak at a number of Seoul nightclubs and bars, many of them catering to members of the LGBTIQ community.

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Trans debate rages around the world

LONDON: As British politicians wrestle with Brexit, Britain’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community - like others around the world - is grappling with a potential split of its own. 

Can the coalition of allies, which traces its roots back to the early days of gay liberation in the 1960s, survive in its current form? 

Caught in the crossfire between trans activists and feminists over the nature of what it is to be a woman, calls for a break-up of the longstanding LGBT+ alliance back to its constituent elements are starting to emerge. 

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COVID-19 + U

I saw a meme the recently: if 2020 were a movie, it would be written by Stephen King and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The meme game has been strong lately, but it offers a little respite from a really difficult period. My anxiety and depression have slowly crept back. I feel trapped in a heightened state of stress. Not being able to see my friends – my chosen family – because of social distancing has made it especially hard.

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Grindr removes 'ethnicity filter'

The controversial function allowed paying users to filter out prospective partners based on ethnicity labels such as “Asian”, “Black” and “Latino”. Long criticised as racist, the filter also helped to create a culture where users were emboldened to express their racism.

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Apple launches new pride watch bands

June is Pride Month in the US and Apple typically celebrates the occasion by launching an accessory or new feature. This year, most Pride parades and gatherings have been cancelled due to COVID-19, but Apple continued the tradition by launching two Pride-themed bands for Apple Watch.

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Zambian president pardons gay couple

Zambia’s president has pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 15 years in prison in November under colonial-era sodomy laws in a case that caused a diplomatic row with the United States.

Japhet Chataba, 39, and Steven Sambo, 31, were among nearly 3,000 inmates pardoned by President Edgar Lungu last Friday to commemorate Africa Freedom Day, according to the government gazette.

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Mental health and coronavirus

Is your mental health deteriorating during the coronavirus pandemic? Here's what to look out for. Before the pandemic, one in five Australians experienced mental ill-health every year.

But the uncertainty and instability around coronavirus has the potential to exacerbate existing anxiety and depression and contribute to the onset of new mental health problems.

So what are some of the signs your mental health might be declining during the pandemic? And what can you do about it?

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FUSE62 — Be Your Own Role Model

IN THIS ISSUE: Cover: Dylan Mooney, Reflections Of A Young Indigenous Artist. The Rise Of The Queer Superhero. Australian Cold Case Reveals A Wave Of Antigay Violence. Cancel Culture Is Here. 2020 Covid-19 + U. NSW Eases Gay Blood Donor Restrictions. Birth Certificates Break From Gender Binary Norms. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and more.

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We maybe gay for social, not sexual reasons?

Homosexuality may have evolved for social, not sexual reasons.

How did homosexuality in humans evolve? Typically, this question is posed as a paradox.

The argument is this: gay sex alone can’t produce children, and for traits to evolve, they have to be passed onto children, who get some form of competitive advantage from them.

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Dealing with Stress

These are common refrains that we hear everyday — from others, from the media, from ourselves. “Life is stressful”. Yes, life is full of challenges and stressors — deadlines, traffic jams caused by the new light rail building works, arguments with a spouse, work pressures, social anxieties, too many competing priorities, new relationships, navigating school or study — all are potential causes of stress in some degree or other.

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