In this session we will read some accessible commentary reflecting on ‘marriage equality’ from the edited collection by Eades and Vivienne and in the memoir of Altman. Within the selected extracts from these books you will see a critique of the happenings and the aftermath of the politics surrounding the most recent changes to the Commonwealth Marriage Act 1961. The authors invite you to consider the position of people whose identity did not accord with the portrayal of the benefactors and most enthusiastic supporters of ‘marriage equality’.
You are also encouraged to read the book reviews of these works by Iris Lee (‘Where is the radical queer imagination? On Going Postal’, 2018) available at https://overland.org.au/2018/12/going-postal-where-is-the-radical-queer-imagination/ and Brad Jessup (‘A consideration of love’, 2020) available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1037969X20903536.
This case is a recent landmark decision concerning capacity and role to consent by children, parents and the court to stage 2 treatment for gender dysphoria. It follows a number of cases after Re Jamie and continues to apply the rule developed by the High Court in Marion’s case. Despite the progress the case represents, in light of the recent controversy about autonomy of trans people over their lives, does this case afford such autonomy to trans kids?
In reading this chapter of Ahmed’s more expansive work, we will explore the topic of queer feelings; and especially awareness of one’s queerness in socio-lega-political happenings and learnings. You are invited to reflect on how and when you feel queer in your interactions with the law. The full ebook is available at http://cat.lib.unimelb.edu.au:80/record=b6437792~S15