After being part of Australia’s beloved Matildas squad in two World Cups and appearing in more than 60 international matches, it’s no doubt that Sally Shipard has had a stellar soccer career. But in her private life, her coming out journey has had its ups and downs. Shannon Power caught up with her to get the latest.
Each month, with the help of Kaleidoscope Australia Human Rights Foundation, the Star Observer’s “Snapshot” segment shines a light on the current state of LGBTI rights and law reform in one of our regional neighbours. This month, we take a look at Myanmar (formerly Burma).
While the rest of Australia excelled during the early response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, one state government dragged its LGBTI citizens down during their greatest hour of need. David Alexander speaks to three key figures involved in the fight against homophobia and discrimination during the time of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government.
When a person is neither straight nor with Anglo/Irish heritage, the intersectional discrimination they face from society can be oppressive and isolating — and it can even manifest within the LGBTI community. Matthew Wade spoke to a handful of gay men from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds about their experiences.
One of music’s most iconic — and out lesbian — artists has fought off cancer, received 15 Grammy nominations and won two, and was one of the most high-profile campaigners against California’s Prop 8. After 27 years, Melissa Etheridge is not letting anything get in her way. David Alexander reports.
When John Hannaford became a Mardi Gras volunteer nine years ago, he didn’t expect the positive impact it would have on both his life and his career. Mardi Gras has honoured him with the coveted Volunteer of the Year award in 2015, and he is Star Observer’s latest community hero. Shannon Power reports.
In each monthly magazine of the Star Observer, a prominent Australian shares their coming out story. This month, Julie McCrossin tells Shannon Power how her initial rocky start as an out lesbian did nothing to prevent her from becoming a successful media personality and comedian.