Landmark transgender rights bill passes in South Australia but fails in Victoria
Significant transgender reforms were debated in two Australian states and met very different ends.
By Lane Sainty

Good news and bad news out of Australia this week: 

The good news is that the state of South Australia passed a law that will lift the requirement for surgery before a transgender person can legally change the gender marker on their birth certificate! The bad news is that a similar bill was being considered in Victoria, Australia, but it did not pass. 

The passage of the SA bill is a significant moment for transgender people in Australia, where surgery, forced divorce, and bureaucratic wrangling before correct documentation can be granted is common across most states.

The bill, which passed 10-7, overturns the current requirement for transgender South Australians to submit a court application and prove they have had sexual reassignment surgery in order to change the sex on their birth certificate.

Under the new law, transgender adults just need to provide a statement from a doctor or psychologist saying they have “undertaken a sufficient amount of appropriate clinical treatment in relation to the person’s sex or gender identity”.

Transgender people under 18 will still have to get a court order to officially change their sex.

The bill also repeals South Australia’s forced divorce requirement. Previously, a married transgender person could only change the sex on their birth certificate after divorcing their partner.

Hooray, SA! Victoria and beyond: Don’t worry. It’s not over yet. We’ll get there.

I didn’t want to derail, but the whole white people in southern cooking taking credit for black culture reminds me of how easily we do that in Australia.

That whole outback cooking, bush tucker that we slap a white person’s face on and then make movies about it starring Paul Hogan.

Like, the invaders were from England and knew fuck all about the Australian bush. We were taught by aboriginal people. Then we remove them from the romantic picture of the rugged, sunburnt country and pretend it’s our culture and pretend that they didn’t influence us.
Bold methods to deter sharks from surfers
A marine studies expert is encouraging surfers to use boards with high-contrast markings in order to look dangerous to sharks and reduce the risk of an attack.

“The person who is choosing to undertake that activity … is taking some personal responsibility to reduce the risk without asking taxpayers, governments or the animals themselves to pay the price,”

I am not completely unsympathetic to those bitten by sharks. It must be extremely painful and not something I would wish on anyone (except shark finners)

But, we do not own the ocean. It is their home. We as people or governments have no right to say a shark doesn’t belong there. If you want to go in the ocean where there is known to be sharks, you should be responsible for protecting yourself.

I love sharks- but I do not go diving where I know great white sharks live, and I still can get nervous when I see other sharks during a dive. They are wild animals, and I am the one in their home.

I think the new technology people are bringing out for the surfer community may help greatly- to both those who get bitten, and as well keeping sharks safe too.

Arthur Streeton, Ariadne, 1895, oil on wood, 12.7 x 35.4 cm, © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

A Fresh Take on a French Classic: ‘Australia’s Impressionists’ at the National Gallery, London

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Last September, London’s National Gallery displayed its first Australian painting: Arthur Streeton’s Blue Pacific from 1890. Now, over 40 works from the likes of Streeton, Tom Roberts, Charles Conder and John Russell are being presented in the Gallery’s Sunley Room for the new ‘Australia’s Impressionists’ exhibition, the first of its kind ever in the UK. What a difference a year makes!

Tom Roberts, A Break Away!, 1891, oil on canvas, 137.3 x 167.8 cm, © Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Much like their European counterparts, the 19th-century Australians painted plein air and experimented with light and colour in order to construct a national artistic style. The National Gallery invites visitors to identify further similarities between the two groups of impressionists, as well as to note where the differences occur and how these might relate to the growing interest in a national identity occurring down under. I was delighted to see Roberts’ A Break Away! included - above - and found the fauvist approach of Russell, a mentor of the great Henri Matisse, to be particularly stunning.

If you do plan on making a visit to ‘Australia’s Impressionists’, be sure to watch the film showing in the exhibition’s cinema room, which breaks down each chapter and provides further gorgeous visuals. And don’t forget to stop by the ‘Beyond Caravaggio’ show too, before it closes on January 15th.

John Russell, A Clearing in the Forest, 1891, oil on canvas, 61 × 55.9 cm, © Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.

Australia’s Impressionists’ opens today at the National Gallery and runs until 26th March. All images are courtesy of the National Gallery.

Cancer Crew, Leafyishere & Pyrocynical Preference - They upset you.

Cancer crew, Leafyishere&Pyrocynical preference - How they react when they accidentally upset their significant other.
A/N idk whether u wanted pyrocynical but here u go.

• “I’ll buy you stuff if you want?” “No.” “Cuddles?” “no” “Anything?” “N O”
•He would follow this up with endless jokes and annoyances to un-anger you.
• “How about a good nut.”
• You both laughed for a solid ten minutes (not literally)
• Neither of you could stay mad at each other for long.

• “I understand why you’re mad but I think you should stop.”
• “Y/n please could you at least look at me”
• “Look at me please.”
• “STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP.” You continued to ignore him.
• Grabbing hold of you and hugging you until you spoke or laughed or anything really.

• “Are you still mad?” “ Yeah” “Okay”
•Pants dropped.

• “Stop being mad at me cunt”
• “I’m soooorry”
• “Look at me, look I’m sorry LOOK”
• Like max, he’s very grab-by and will hold onto you until you scream at him.
• “I’ll put you down when you speak to me.”

• “Stop bringing me eggs.”

• He would tweet at you NONE-stop asking for your attention & forgiveness.
• “ @y/nyt stop ignoring me. ” X10
• You heard a light knock at your bedroom door, you opened it to reveal a very sheepish Calvin.
• “I’m sorry I didn’t mean it.” “Ok” “Love you” “You too”

• He would send you numerous videos apologizing - Niall would feel very guilty.
• When one of his friends mentioned it on twitter - He defended you profusely.
• “Do you accept my apology? ”
• “Oh so you’re ignoring me now.”
• “Y/n stopit”

A/N I have an announcement later - this is bad.