THIS year has been a big year of opinions, and at the Star Observer we have taken a look at the entire year and collected the top 10 most-read (online) Soap Box Opinions as part of our 2013 Star Observer In Review.

While you reflect on the year that has been, which do you think was the most read Soap Box Opinions online for 2013?


Put on a fucking condom

Simon Copland – EVERYWHERE I look, bareback sex seems to be new the new trend with gay men. On Grindr, Manhunt, Scruff and Gaydar men are often asking for “raw sex”. There are even dedicated sites | Read more


Sex sells (unless you’re ugly)

Benjamin Riley – Increasingly, I find excuses not to go to the plethora of indie queer nights sprouting throughout the northern suburbs. Each one seems to be run by a friend of a friend of a fuck buddy who once put their MP3 player on shuffle at a party and had their best friend say the lounge room was totally pumping for about half an hour there | Read more


Calling condom-free sex “fucking stupid” is stigmatising

Nic Holas  – “Fucking stupid” was the term that Simon Copland used in his December 2 Soapbox opinion piece to describe condom-free sex in its many guises, including an apparently “new” trend for bareback parties | Read more

ELECTION OPINION: Vote Liberal for real change

Christine Forster – You only have one vote on September 7 and this election is the most important in a generation. For many of us in the GLBTI community marriage equality is a key political issue at a federal level and the positions of the two major parties on this important question are virtually the same | Read more


Be careful you don’t accidentally elect a bigot

Simon Copland – Preferences are probably one of the most obscure parts of our electoral system, yet also one of the most important. They can often make a major difference in who gets elected to our Senate | Read more

Only National Change Will Deliver Equality

Barry O’Farrell – After expressing my personal support for marriage equality in the aftermath of the historic vote in the New Zealand Parliament, I was heartened by the positive response received from both the gay and lesbian, and wider, communities | Read more

Separating the fact from lesbian fiction

Monique Schafter – Valentine’s Day is upon us so I’d like to take this opportunity to debunk five myths about lesbian love. By that I mean fucking | Read more


Self-indulgent ego strokers miss the mainstream

Tim Wilson – LGBTI activists that want changes in law also need to change their tactics. After the election of the Abbott government some activists pushing for marriage for same-sex couples responded with vitriol. Some plastered capital cities with posters declaring “F*ck you Tony Abbott”. Except in their version the asterisks was replaced with the last vowel in the alphabet | Read more


My terror of crossing Oxford St at Mardi Gras

Bryn Hutchinson – MANY of you reading this will have crossed the road last Mardi Gras. I am writing this as one who did not make it. Since stepping off the kerb that night eight months ago, life has echoed the state of powerlessness I felt while face down in the middle of Oxford St | Read more



The police are not supporters of Mardi Gras

Simon Copland – A week-and-a-half since the shocking footage and stories of alleged police brutality at Mardi Gras, many are asking the question ‘what has this done to the relationship between the police and the queer community?’ The answer is easy: the police have and, unless something changes, never will be friends of the queer community | Read more


Which Opinion article do you think was the most popular in 2013? Leave your answer in the comments below:

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