“I’m 20 and I have equal attraction to women and men. Is this OK or should I keep it to myself?” I’m wondering about Wondering, the troubled correspondent to the Lost In Love column of mX, an irritatingly-spelt piece of litter forced at gunpoint into your hands at rush hour on trains in three major Australian cities.
A gay festival in a country town is quite a thing to behold. While you expect liberalism in cities, gay people are largely invisible in places where cows and sheep outnumber the people.
Todd Karehana used to pull out his eyelashes and scratch up his face to look more masculine, after being teased at school for looking like a girl. Now in his mid-20s, he’s realised that “being masculine doesn’t mean you have to wear staunch clothes and grunt at people. It’s just being who you are.”
Freedom2b is not a church, and its aim is not to encourage gay Christians to leave church, or go back to it if they’ve already left. Faith is your own personal journey, and this is a safe space for you to explore being gay and Christian and receive support from others who have been in your shoes. And it does its job pretty damn well.
Bob Katter’s Australia Party believes in the sense of security, fun, freedom and excitement of being Australian. Today I met a woman who embodied those qualities. She is also his nemesis.
Gay men have no style because we are original, as individuals. Each one of us has our own stories, our own lives, and our own favourite item of clothing. For some it’s the suit they wear to work. For others, it’s the Collingwood jersey they wear to the pub. And yes, for some it’s the tight glittery singlet that makes their nipples stand out.
Ivan Yeo was given the lowdown on sexual racism when he first arrived in New Zealand. A friend told him. “Unless you’re white, young, blonde, then you’ll be the top line of meat,” he laughs. “Being Asian is down in the food chain, and he said I’d most likely end up with an older white male.”
When it comes to marriage equality, there are some people blocking our view. They are yet to learn the difference between equality and equity.
Michael’s vocation was not a supernatural one, but a human one. The priests, brothers and nuns he saw around him as a child were genuine role models. As a young man, he “wasn’t having deep spiritual thoughts, visions or anything like that. It was just human beings that I saw as good people, dedicating themselves to God through their work, and me saying ‘I think I could do that’.” But was there really room in the church for a gay Catholic priest?
Well, that time of the year has come where I stop talking for a while (yes it does happen occasionally). This blog has now been running for two years, and the audience has more than tripled since this time last year. Thank you all for continuing to read these ramblings and share them about the …