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  • The Homosexual Histories Conference

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    This past weekend I went to the Homosexual Histories Conference, Beyond the Culture Wars, in Melbourne. I tried to keep a note of the different parts of the conference I found interesting in Facebook posts as I went along, and these posts are all copied in below. I’ve also added one more at the bottom […]

  • The history and importance of gay beats

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    Often disregarded as a thing of the past, beats are still around and very much a part of gay culture, writes Simon Copland. Originally published in SBS Sexuality, 17 October 2016.  A place for those with nowhere else to go Beats have a long history within gay communities. In years past when the vast majority of […]

  • The importance of teaching queer history in schools

    Toronto, Ontario - JUNE 27, 2015  The rainbow painted  crosswalks on Church Street reflect the feet of passersby after heavy rain. Participants in the Toronto Dyke March did not let the heavy rainfall dampen their spirits during Pride Toronto 2015. JUNE 27, 2015.        (Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

    It’s LGBTI+ history month for school students in Victoria. Simon Copland discusses why this is an important step forward for queer kids everywhere. Originally published in SBS Sexuality, 10 October 2016 School students in Victoria will be learning about and celebrating LGBTI+ History this October, as part of a program launched today. Following the campaign […]