March 2017

These are entries collected from various blogs written by Australia's GLBTQ community. They are aggregated here to make it easy for you to follow the blogs and find those that are of interest. If your blog is not listed here please email Panther with your details.

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Why don't those people who have children and who want paid parental leave and paid childcare pay extra tax to pay for it? A system like HECS for education could be set up for those people who have children, so they could pay extra tax over a period of time to pay for the costs of their own children. Why can't that be done?

Primarily, I was thinking about the problem of childcare, which seems to be a problem for which nobody has a solution. 60 minutes had a piece on it this week. People also seem to be concerned about parental leave and it not being enough for families to raise children. So, why don't we adopt a user pays system, like education and HECS, or even tolls on new road developments, families could have as much parental leave and child care as they choose, or want, and then with an increase in their tax, like HECs, they could pay for the amount used over a period of time until the debt had been paid off, just like HECS and then their ...
The contrast between the eastern Melbourne suburb of Camberwell to the south London suburb of Camberwell has always interested me. There is gentrification happening in London's Camberwell. No need for that in our very posh Camberwell. To paraphrase former PM, the late God Gough, its north south traffic sewer, Burke Road, contains the longest stretch of bible bashers in Australia. Yes, Camberwell is ever so middle class, with many church goers and is a 'dry' area. That is no hotels and if a restaurant wants to serve alcohol, as is the normal, it must apply for a liquour license, but also to the local council, whereupon residents must vote in a referendum on the application.

Another suburb name sticks out, Brooklyn. The borough of Brooklyn in New York is undergoing rapid gentrification. I suppose most people get to Brooklyn using the Brooklyn Bridge. We used the Subway.  I remember it as being the first time I saw a lad on those electric ...
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The green unicorns have shed their horns and wandered back to their pastures... the glittery pink and green rainbow that's been spread over the city for the last month has shone it's last... the 2017 Fringe is well and truly over.

It's been over a week since I went to my last show and I've watched, somewhat sadly, from the bus each morning as both the Garden and Gluttony are dismantled and returned to regular and slightly dull parks (albeit with a little bit more albino grass than before).

Weirdly, while I don't feel like it's been the busiest Fringe, I did equal my previous record of 24 shows (although this was ...
Are you fully present and awake in your life? Are you aware of what’s going on around you and of your own behaviour? And would you know if you weren’t? I live in Australia which holds the unenviable title of one of the fattest countries in the world. Yet about half of all overweight people don’t consider […]
Before we all hide for the winter, just a word of thanks to our sponsors this year.

Firstly to Rival who came in at very short notice and provided 100 pairs of great swimwear.  Many thanks to you for your efforts.  We can't speak highly enough of them and encourage everyone to spread the word about Rival and Running Bare.

And secondly, to Google and Mardi Gras who provided grant sponsorship, which allowed us to get the great lights and sound installation for the truck.  With better weather next year, we'll remove the tarp and see what they can really do.  We are a really proud recipient of their Community Parade Grants and would encourage anyone involved ...
Last week the Queensland Parliament at last removed gay panic defence from the statute books of Queensland. No longer will men be able to claim that they killed someone in panic because of an unwanted sexual advance to them. There have been two cases in Queensland where that type of defence was raised- and in both cases those charged were convicted of manslaughter, not murder. Both cases came

AussieBum have long been at the forefront of technology and innovation for their underwear. Now they have just launched a promotion that is leading the way in innovation but with age old references. Golden fabrics were the exclusive domain of the rich and powerful centuries ago. Now you can have some 24 Carat support for your “boys” in the form of a very very limited edition, custom made pair of underpants. This kind of special treatment does come at a price but with only 5 pairs being made it’s a nicely exclusive club.

One pair has already been purchased by a long time fan of the AussieBum brand, at the

There are some days it is better than others to wake up in the morning, and today was one of those magic days. Facebook told me that today was the fourth anniversary when I and six other ordinary citizens had defeated a proposal by then Attorney-General Bleijie to criminalise gays, lesbians and singles from becoming parents through surrogacy. On the very same day, four years later, my husband