As an openly gay man, Phil Walcott is at home in Alice Springs’ traditionally conservative Braitling electorate for the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, for which he is standing as an independent candidate in the upcoming territory elections.
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.
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.
This month the Star Observer’s regular spotlight on community champions falls on Rowland Thomson and Crusader Hillis, whose Hares and Hyenas store has become an icon for Melbourne’s LGBTI community. Matthew Wade reports.
If you ask someone what they know about furries, a very specific but probably inaccurate image usually comes to mind. Benjamin Riley spoke to one member of Australia’s fast-growing furry fandom about misconceptions, community, and how dressing up as an anthropomorphic cartoon animal can be the most liberating thing in the world.