FUSE37 — Imagine all the people

I wish we could all work better together so the world could be a better place. Watching Australian politicians — and some news outlets — manipulate people for their own gain brings me much sadness.

It’s true Australia could be a better country and there are some people doing it bloody tough, but for a nation that has come through the worst of the global financial crisis relatively unscathed, we seem to constantly want more for less. It seems that often our social conscience is only around when it either benefits us or has no personal impact at all.

Of course we are not all like this — the world is filled with many wonderful and cherished people. Politics however seems weighted in the negative and I suppose I’m just wishing for more open-hearted folk to step forward and be elected. When politicians think that compassion for others, equality, or wanting to care for our environment is “radical” then I think we should be very concerned.

This may all sound a bit on the negative side, but knowing these things and not hiding from uncomfortable truths can transform us and the world we live in.

In this issue we look at those who are less fortunate and often forgotten. According to a recent study, 40% of homeless young people identify as gay, lesbian or trans* — it’s an alarming statistic. The reasons why are not hard to guess and the solutions seems obvious, but actually doing something about it is a whole different story. p16.

If you have a roof over your head and a warm place to sleep, sometimes knowing how lucky you are can help you to understand the suffering of others. We list fifteen examples of middle-to-upper class privilege you may not have thought about. p18.

Back in FUSE32 we ran a feature titled ‘So you want to be a parent’ which looked at assisted conception, surrogacy, adoption and the legalities around starting a family as a same-sex couple. In this issue we investigate an easier DIY parenting option. Find out if “conception in a cup” is for you. p24.

Feeling like you’re in the minority is something that everyone has experienced at some time in their lives. When it comes to body image, we often find ourselves — even if only subconsciously — comparing our appearance to people on the covers of magazines or models sporting the latest swimwear. It seems however that what is considered mainstream or “normal” is very skewed and far from the truth. We uncover some of the myths relating to body image, while searching for a clearer understanding of what is a healthy norm. p38.

I hope you enjoy reading FUSE37 as much as we did creating it.

Enjoy, Alex

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