Category Archive: activism

Opponents of same-sex marriage are losing touch with secular reality

In 2004, then-prime minister John Howard introduced the Marriage Amendment Bill, which incorporated the common law definition of marriage – “the union of a man and a woman to exclusion of all others” – into both the Marriage Act and the Family Law Act. It thereby gave Australia’s same-sex marriage movement its impetus. Australia now …

Sex on premises

Sex on premises

I passed by a familiar face at the top of the stairs. He smiled knowingly at me.   I remembered him from a one-time fuck some months ago – a face that had popped up on apps a few times, but had never materialised in the flesh again, until now. We spoke openly, the silence …

Editorial: Why Fred Nile had no place on Q&Gay

I’m just going to say this now: Fred Nile had no place on the queer episode of ABC’s Q&A. We held our first ever In Conversation with Archer event in Sydney last week. The topic was diverse identities, and how they are shaped by our age and the society around us as we grew up. …

‘BDSM does not equal abuse’: a response

This article is a response to BDSM not welcome at Rad Sex + Consent Week, published recently on Archer. I was to be the facilitator of the BDSM101 workshop which was cancelled at Monash Rad Sex + Consent Week (RSC) this year. I’ve run BDSM101 at Melbourne Uni RSC for the last two years, and …

BDSM not welcome at Rad Sex and Consent Week

Rad Sex and Consent Week is supposed to be about the sex-ed that you never got at school. It runs across the country at universities every year in first semester, and encourages discussion and a non-judgemental environment for sex talk. A workshop called ‘BDSM 101’ was scheduled to run as part of this year’s agenda, …

Sex worker activism: the scarlet umbrella

“Have you got your umbrella?” The sun is blazing, but I know exactly what I’m being asked. “Yep,” I say, tapping my DECRIMINALISE SEX WORK bag. Arriving at the rally, we join our friends and pop open our red umbrellas: the international symbol of the sex worker rights movement. On any continent, in any country, …

Malaysian trans rights activists fight back against the state

On Friday 7 November last year after a long legal battle, three Malaysian trans women secured a historic victory as a Federal Appeals court ruled that a state Islamic law criminalising trans-women is unconstitutional. Malaysia has a two-track legal system with separate Islamic laws on civil matters only decided by the conservative religious ministry which …

‘Fair go’ in sport: equal opportunity for transgender and gender diverse people

Sport: it’s Australian, mate…although in some cases if you are a trans or gender diverse Australian, you may not be given a ‘fair go’. It is therefore a great step forward to see the release of Transgender People and Sport: Complying with the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights …

Conversations: bisexual identity, masculinity and Grindr racism

Fleur Kilpatrick talks to people in parks, in mountains, in bedrooms – and out the back of museums – and records them speaking about gender, sex and beauty. Over the next few weeks, Archer will be sharing her interviews online. *Warning: this article contains explicit language. Fleur: Describe where we are. Him: We are in a park. …

Marriage equality: The In Bed Project

Frustrated by Australia’s stance on marriage equality and inspired by John and Yoko’s ‘Bed-In’ protest, I decided to have a marriage equality Bed-In. I called it ‘In bed with the Unwed – Bed-In’, or simply ‘The In Bed Project’. In the context of the bed, I photograph those who support marriage equality, including singles, couples and families. The …

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