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  • The never-ending question: What is your PhD on?


    Next week (yay!!) I officially start my PhD. I’m hoping that as I get going I will be able to use this blog as an update on my work and the things I’m researching as part of this project. Naturally though, this opens up the question, what is your PhD on? I’ve already been asked […]

  • Book review: The Gentrification of the Mind


    For queer communities the 1980s and early 90s were defined almost solely by the HIV/AIDS crisis. The disease rocked gay communities around the world, literally taking hundreds of thousands of lives in its wake. While the immediate ramifications of the HIV/AIDS crisis are clear, there is also a lot more to it than just the loss […]

  • On how the AIDS crisis of the 80s united the queer community


    A look at how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. Originally published in SBS Sexuality, 2 February 2017.  It was a decade defined by a disease.  First reported in the United States in 1981, and then in Australia in 1982, by the end of the 1980s AIDS had become a global […]