Australia really needs to talk about its racism. The government and opposition start banging on on terrorism and all of a sudden it’s hunting-season on innocent Muslim Aussies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are too many living in squalor. Indian students are wary of coming here. Home and Away and Neighbours can’t cast a PoC to save their life. People refer to themselves as ‘Australian’ in a way that suggests Vietnamese Australian, Greek Australian, Aboriginal Australian or Korean Australians are something different. We all need to talk about racism and confront it wherever we see it. We need to change the culture, one dumb joke or racist dating preference or school bully at a time.
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The Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens Team takes out Gold at the Rio Olympics. The win marks Australia as the first team to ever win a rugby sevens gold medal & the first team to win an Olympic rugby gold medal in 92 years.
Is nobody ever gonna talk about Old Nick’s Battleroo in “A Smissmass Story”?! I grew up in the bush in the far north of Australia, and I can confirm 100% killer animals are everywhere (no kangaroos though, only angry wallabies, clock spiders, and crocodiles).
Though I’d rather take on a kangaroo than something like a cassowary = 7 =
Her coming-out video is as funny and real as you’d expect it to be, given her background in comedy. The recap from Autostraddle:
The video, titled “What Happened to Jordan’s Beard,” starts off with the comedian doing a voice over, talking about how ever since she shaved her beard, fans have been wondering why she did it and if/when the beard is coming back. 30 seconds into the video she appears on screen and gives the reason that the beard is gone, and why it’s never coming back. She’s transgender, or as she says, “That’s right, I’m a girl! I am transgender. I’m a woman, Harry,” slipping into a Hagrid impression.
She does get serious for a minute, talking about how gender dysphoria is something she’s dealt with ever since she was a kid, but she “learned early on to be ashamed of it and to keep it a secret.” That’s a common feeling among trans people, who are taught from an early age that we have to hide who we really are. She says that after a recent tour, she decided that if she wanted a happy life and a happy future, she would have to come out. Over the last year she’s been coming out to friends and family and starting her transition. In this video you can tell that she’s happy and excited to be able to publicly be herself.
At first she was afraid that coming out would mean an end for her comedy career, but after she met other trans entertainers like Laura Jane Grace and Lana Wachowski, her attitude changed. “Fuck that. I’m going to carry on doing what I love and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it,” she says in the video, “In fact, I think it’s really important that I do, because being trans does not mean that you need to give up on your life, or your friends, or your family, or your career or your achievements.”