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"What killed Das certainly wasn’t named, showing AIDS was capable of still spelling shame well after it had spelt death." Das at a hotel in San Luis Obispo, California, in 1983. Photo by Len Amadio
Film & TV

The 'sin' of simply being yourself

The heartwrenching television series It’s a Sin has evoked memories of the AIDS epidemic in Adelaide, when young men died and were commonly buried in rejection and shame. Simon Royal wonders if the real, terrible, sins of that time can be remedied.

Opinion

The art of changing lives

A gift made possible by two of South Australia’s most significant arts figures is changing the lives of vulnerable LGBTQI+ people. Simon Royal explains how one scholarship rescued the dreams of the young person who received it.

Opinion

The witches of Milendella

In the craggy hills of the eastern Mt Lofty Ranges, live the witches of Milendella. Simon Royal explains what they tell about our history – both recent and ancient.