CAL Connections: homophobia and the law

Hopefully, many people will have already seen information relating to Overland’s Connections initiative, an attempt to foster greater cultural diversity in the journal through a series of essays by emerging writers from marginalised backgrounds. With support from CAL’s Cultural fund, each of the journal’s next seven editions will feature a major political essay developed in conjunction with the project’s contributing editor. Final essays will be 3500–4000 words and can address any subject that the participant feels relevant. Successful essayists will be paid $1500.

You can read more about getting involved elsewhere on the site.

In the interim, though, Overland 202 contains the first essay in the series: David Donaldson′s account of lingering homophobia in the criminal code.

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  1. An LA Lakers player has just been fined $100,000 for using a homophobic slur. He’s trying to get out of it, but I think this sets a very important example of no tolerance for hate language. I hope the fine stands.

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