SITTING by the beach with her first girlfriend, Sophie Ismail can recall people kicking sand in her face for appearing intimate with a same-sex partner.
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.