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Mastercard ban rubs sex workers the wrong way

BY KIERAN ADAIR Advocacy group Scarlet Alliance has accused Visa and Mastercard of discriminating against sex workers, following a recent announcement that the companies would begin blocking payments to backpage.com, a popular adult-listing website. The ban follows pressure from American-based anti-sex-trafficking activist Tom Dart, who claims the service is linked to trafficking and child prostitution. […]

Lenny Kravitz – Strut

It’s been 25 years since his debut album and he’s now 50 years old but Lenny Kravitz remains one of the coolest dudes in music. Strut, his tenth studio album, doesn’t contain much by way of surprises but what it does have is a winning mix of funk, rock and soul from one of the masters. […]

Ugly Mugs

“Sex workers deal with a lot of stigma and I’m worried – why don’t we value someone’s life equally?” asks actress Peta Brady, referring to St Kilda sex worker Tracy Connelly, who was murdered in July last year. Brady, who splits her time between working as an actress and a drug and safety outreach worker […]

Norrie wins case against gender binary

After a legal fight spanning several years and five levels of courts and tribunals, transgender activist Norrie mAy-welby has finally prevailed in the nation’s highest court. The High Court of Australia today dismissed an appeal from the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and upheld a NSW Court of Appeal decision allowing a person […]

No sex please, we’re Australian

OPINION The Australian government’s recent decision to censor an American film containing six minutes of gay sex scenes has been condemned by filmmakers, free speech advocates and the gay community at home and globally. Starring James Franco and directed by Travis Matthews, I Want Your Love was scheduled to screen this week at the Melbourne […]

High Court to decide Norrie’s case, once and for all

By Phoebe Moloney The Supreme Court’s breakthrough ruling to allow New South Wales residents to record their sex as neither male nor female on legal documents was contested last week in the High Court. Norrie mAy-welby, who identifies as being neither exclusively male nor female, has been an advocate for the legal recognition of sexual […]

Struggling to perform on Valentine’s

As Valentine’s Day looms, nervous men across Australia will have their performance in the bedroom plaguing their minds. Désirée Spierings, sex therapist and director of Sexual Health Australia, says she will receive an increased number of enquiries about erectile dysfunction in the lead-up to and the aftermath of Valentine’s Day. “Additionally we see that after […]


Looking for something a little more queenly to do this Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend? Well, look no further! Whether you’re a queen, queer, straight, gay, bisexual, transsexual, omnisexual, or anything in between, Camp Betty has your weekend sorted. A three-day festival of workshops, performances, panels and parties about the radical politics of sex and gender, […]