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Are Gay Venues Still Relevant?

Ask any elderly gay man about Sydney’s gay scene today and they’ll tell you it’s not as big as it used to be. You’d hear about grand drag shows at Capriccios and the fabulousness of Patchs. If you walk down Oxford Street today, you will find only a few longstanding legends like Stonewall Hotel and The Shift (formerly Midnight Shift), with many clubs remaining a … Continue reading Are Gay Venues Still Relevant?

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I’m Pro-Vax and Pro-Choice, But Not A Professional Doctor

I wish all those who spread their misinformation about Covid-19 would be as honest as I am. We are not medical professionals! Our best understanding of Covid-19 relies upon how well we research — but even after a good day of research, we will never be at the same level as medical professionals. They have years of expertise under their belt. And yet, even with … Continue reading I’m Pro-Vax and Pro-Choice, But Not A Professional Doctor

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How To Research In The Misinformation Age

Intelligence isn’t just being right; it’s knowing when you’re wrong. We live in a world where being wrong is bad. It’s all about being right and making sure the world knows it. But what if I told you that being wrong is part and parcel of what it means to be intelligent. Because once you know you’re wrong, you will almost always strive to be … Continue reading How To Research In The Misinformation Age

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3 Things I Want To Do When This Pandemic Ends

When you live in a country that has flipped between hard lockdowns and freedom, it’s quite easy to get sentimental. Possibly angry, too. Currently, I’m in lockdown in Sydney, Australia due to a virulent strain of Covid-19 — which truly sucks considering we were going so well. We could dance in nightclubs, dine in at restaurants, and have sex with irregular partners. But here we … Continue reading 3 Things I Want To Do When This Pandemic Ends

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Sometimes I Hate Capitalism

It’s a great system, but it ain’t perfect. I don’t know how long I have been in lockdown for now, and there’s no glimmering hope on the horizon as I type this. For so long, Australia’s response to Covid-19 had been the envy of the world. Sure, we had bumps along the way, but we proved that lockdowns are an effective strategy in mitigating outbreaks. … Continue reading Sometimes I Hate Capitalism

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How To Have Sex Safely During Covid

While abstinence is by far the best way to avoid viral infections, let’s face it: a pandemic doesn’t dampen the libido. If it did, we’d have refrained from sex during the HIV epidemic. And while a mutual jerk-off sounds like great advice, we all know that another person’s hand (or mouth) is better. So, rather than waste time telling you to suppress your carnal appetites, … Continue reading How To Have Sex Safely During Covid

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2020’s Greatest Lesson We’ve Yet To Learn

Thirty-three years ago, Former President Ronald Reagan pondered optimistically on how an alien invasion would unite the world. Unfortunately, rather than tackling his central theme, we launched conspiracy theories about possible alien invasions – clearly missing the point. “And yet,” he continued, “I ask you, is not an alien force already among us? What could be more alien to the universal aspirations of our peoples … Continue reading 2020’s Greatest Lesson We’ve Yet To Learn

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A Message of Hope for a Life Post-2020

“The ending has not yet been written.” – Atrus, Myst Series The above quote comes from a game called Myst, and it shares the perfect life lesson we all need. In these uncertain times, with the pandemic never seeming to go away, it’s good to remind ourselves that this is not the end. Because it has not yet come to pass. And with much of … Continue reading A Message of Hope for a Life Post-2020

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Anti-Maskers Need To Accept Reality

The underlying reason why so many people refuse to wear masks is that they don’t want to face reality. Anyone who has gone through the motions of accepting personal life problems can easily see the similarities. It’s not so much a denial of the pandemic altogether, but a denial of its seriousness. They so desperately want to hold onto the normalities of life, so much … Continue reading Anti-Maskers Need To Accept Reality

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4 Harsh Truths This COVID-19 Pandemic Taught Us

We’ve still got a lot to learn about this virus – including finding the cure – but its presence has taught us so much already. Our lives have been upended and we’re facing new ways of living that will stain societies for generations to come. From the donning of masks to the regular sanitising of hands; actions that weren’t so important several months ago. But … Continue reading 4 Harsh Truths This COVID-19 Pandemic Taught Us

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Three Things I Miss Most During This Pandemic

I finally know what mandatory quarantine feels like. I had taken a test for COVID-19 last Friday and my negative result didn’t come back until Monday. Which meant I was stuck at home all weekend. Of course, I wouldn’t call it my lowest point since the global outbreak began; in fact, my writing productivity went up thanks to it. But between all the writing, reading … Continue reading Three Things I Miss Most During This Pandemic