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August 2013

RIP Amber Maxwell, a Rebel and a Fighter

The revolutionary socialist movement lost a great fighter on Saturday 24 August.
Amber Maxwell lived a difficult life. As a transgender woman, she found it impossible to find permanent work or accommodation. But through all her hardship, she put everything she had into the fight for socialism. Amber seemed to have boundless energy and enthusiasm for politics. Every week she would catch the bus from the homeless youth hostel where she lived to the University of Western Australia to help us build the organisation, sell Red Flag, fight cuts to higher education and campaign for refugee rights

What Does 'Transgender' Really Mean?

For many unfamiliar with the “trans” community, the announcement by Bradley Manning that he’ll now be “Chelsea Manning” raises a host of questions. Even mental health professionals who specialize in gender identity say there is much about it that is unclear, so classifying it for treatment is challenging for the transgender individual and doctors.

Mark O'Connell Long Listed for Polari First Book Prize 2013

Mark O’Connell has made it to the longlist for the 2013 Polari First Book Prize with his debut book Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan. The list was announced 30th July. Mark will be at booQfest on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September so you can go and chat to him about his work and how he felt to be nominated. Paul Burston, Chair judge of the prize, will also be there on the Saturday talking about the prize and his other work. AND, if that wasn’t enough, Polari FBP judge VG Lee (nominated for Stonewall writer of the year 2012) will be there too!

Homophobia still rife in UK, survey claims

In an article in today’s Observer newspaper, many LGBT people say they expect to face discrimination and feel that social attitudes lag behind parliament. The report is by Jamie Doward.

'Prison Break' star comes out publically, with style

Wentworth Miller, star of US TV hit ‘Prison Break’, has impressed many with the manner of his Coming Out. Invited to the ST Petersburg Film Festival as a guest of honour he declined simply saying “…as a gay man, I must decline.”