Museum acquires glory hole for collectionWrite comment (0 Comments)
The Western Australian Museum in Perth, Australia recently acquired a rather controversial new item for its collection: a glory hole from the city of Gosnells.
Its explicit nature, however, is stirring up controversy for the museum.
Neil Buckley, from Perth, saved the door from the train station when the city decided to redevelop the building in 1998. He has now donated the door to the museum, saying ‘It’s really an important part of social history and this is how we used to have sex at a time when it (homosexuality) was illegal.’ Covert glory holes — round holes in doors or walls — allowed people to discreetly engage in sexual acts. They were especially used by gay men, as homosexuality was illegal in western Australia at the time.
That part of Australia did not decriminalize private sexual acts between same-sex people until 1990. Further, only this year were people allowed to expunge such a conviction from their record. Buckley continued: ‘Because it was illegal we had to go to a beat that was off the main drag and that was the only place many men could meet other gay men because it was still illegal in clubs.’
What’s the controversy about?
Arts Minister Tony Krsticevic called the display of a glory hole ‘tacky’.
Advice For Moving Into Your Partner’s HomeWrite comment (0 Comments)
Finally love has come along, everything is looking wonderful and the decision is made, let’s move in together. There are few moments as big in a relationship as this will see your two worlds combine and you will be spending a lot more time together whilst sharing a lot of responsibilities. It can be particularly challenging if you are moving into your partner’s current place (or vice versa) as they will already feel settled and it can feel like you are invading their personal space. This is quite a unique challenge to overcome, but there are a few things that the two of you can do to make it easier so that you can start this exciting new chapter on the right foot.
Discuss Practicalities Beforehand
You may already spend a large amount of time at your partner’s home and help out with certain chores, but it is a lot different when you are both living under the same roof. Before making the move, make sure that you discuss all of the practicalities so that you know what you are doing once the move is complete. This will include things like paying rent and other bills, how often the housework needs doing, where your possessions will go, how you will handle the cooking and shopping etc. You may also want to take this time to talk through any habits, embarrassing problems or anything that inevitably will come out once you are living together 24/7.
Agatha Christie’s The MousetrapWrite comment (0 Comments)
The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.
The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the history of London’s West End and will be in Pieter Torien’s Montecasino Theatre till 3 March.
Starring West End star MARK WYNTER
Directed by JONATHAN TAFLER
Gay refugees escape Kakuma’s dangers, reach Nairobi’s squalorWrite comment (0 Comments)
In December, the U.N. refugee agency moved more than 200 gay refugees from dangers of Kakuma refugee camp to safety in crowded, unsanitary quarters in Nairobi.
The UNHCR were only able to come up with a small compound consisting of 11 rooms in total to house over 200 refugees. The current safe shelter is not designed to accommodate 200 people and has only 5 bathrooms all in an unsanitary state. While we understand that this is all that may be available given the emergency transfer, it is hard to imagine that a better more accommodating plan cannot be made soon.
Cameroon: Homophobia derails a pro sports careerWrite comment (0 Comments)
By Steeves Winner
Eighteen-year-old Stenie (a pseudonym) always wanted to be a professional football player.
Two years ago, that dream came true. She joined the professional Intersport football club in the city of Yaoundé, Cameroon, and the team paid her enough money to live on.
She lives alone, with no other financial support, rejected by her family because of her sexual orientation.
This is her story:
I pursued my education until secondary school. In 2013, I stopped because of the school’s homophobic and discriminatory climate.
Because I look masculine, people called me “boy-girl.”
I decided to pursue a career in football even though I knew that people in Cameroon discriminate against female football players on the assumption that they all are lesbians.
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