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AuthorAlex Mark

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September 4, 2016

Almost every queer person knows what it means to be watched. We are under a social heteronormative gaze every single day of our lives. This is true for everyone, but the further you are from the social norm of cis, white, straight, able-bodied, male, middle-class (etc.), the more you stick out—and the greater the target […]

August 7, 2016

For most of us, the word ‘home’ evokes warm feelings of love, encouragement, acceptance, and safety. For others, home means fear, shame, oppression, or aggression. For some there is no home. I strongly believe in the concept of ‘chosen family’—that is, cultivating people around you to make a family. If that includes your parents / […]

July 17, 2016

I am Alex. I am queer. Emma and Jayne said I could use this space to write about my own experience, or about what’s in the magazine this week, or anything else I felt like writing. So maybe I’ll do all three? The magazine this week, as you may have noticed, is the Queer issue. […]

May 29, 2016

You want my opinion? Victoria University is failing its queer students. There is currently no tangible queer support provided by the university, nor is there a permanent space for queer students on (any) campus. The need for safe spaces is so often dismissed, almost always by those with the privilege to not require them. It’s […]