The Drua remain in third place after the 24-17 defeat to Queensland Country in Lautoka at the weekend, their second loss in three games.Senirusi Seruvakula said the crowd turned up in numbers and they had a lot of opportunities to win but made too many simple mistakes.”It was a very disappointing result that we [did] not expect it,” he said.”The boys just played overconfident – there were a lot of indisciplined errors and 50/50 passes and that showed in the result.”At the same time Queensland Country were prepared on the gameday.””The game was ours – there was a lot of opportunities, there were a lot of opportunities – and the Country cannot keep up with the pace that we were playing,” reflected Seruvakula.”But just the last pass and there were a lot of 50/50 passes and forward passes when the score was not given.”The Drua can still seal a semifinal berth, in their inaugural season, with victory over the Sydney Rays, who defied their lowly eighth placing to stun the Perth Spirit 44-31 on the road at the weekend. in Suva on Saturday.Senirusi Seruvakula said there will be no chance of the home team taking their opponents lightly.”We’ll be doing a lot of team meetings and also one on one meetings and then this week we will be doing a lot of clarity, so they understand what’s expected of them in all zones on the field,” he said.”Also we’re going to test a lot of new players, who are going to be playing in the run-on (team) because we are losing six players who are going to the Northern Tour this week for the Flying Fijians.”As a coach I have to have faith in my players and I have full confidence that these guys, given the opportunity, that they will rise up to the occasion.” Photo: QRU Media/Australian Rugby Former Fiji rugby league international Eto Nabuli scored a try against the Drua on his return home.
Still alive 20 years after being told she had six months to liveWhen Roche was diagnosed with HIV 20 years ago, she was told she six months to live. She was even offered ‘death benefits’ – but turned them down. In the years since her levels of activism and advocacy work have rocketed.Roche is a patron of CliniQ, a sexual health service for trans people based in London. By her own estimates, she understands that a huge majority of people will never be able to achieve their ‘ideal body.’But the message of ‘Queer Sex’ is all about giving up that chase of the ideal cis body – and learning to accept your trans body, as Roche has done:‘Around the world, there will be trans women that will always have a dick, and there will be a lot of trans men who always have a vagina. I won’t demonize them.‘But in recent years, I have come to understand and know, that I’m trans. That’s my identity.‘Being trans is about having the courage to change, and ignore the gender binaries.’And it’s a lesson Roches wants trans allies to learn too:‘If you can’t accept a trans woman with a dick, then you don’t accept us. Don’t tell me you are a trans ally, and then ask me if I’ve had surgery.’Gay Star News is a media supporter of National Student Pride. Gay Star Students sponsors Clifford Chance and Deloitte support coverage of the #QueerAF podcast.More from Gay Star StudentsI’m gay and a homophobe – now I understand why I wish I’d used a more elaborate counting system for the number of different words for vagina Juno Roche uses in her new book – because I quickly lost count. BBC Presenter Evan Davis headlines night for LGBTI homeless charityHow my grandmother helped me realize I was trans – completely by accidentTrans poet returns to scene of crime months after bigoted burger attackRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/talking-frankly-about-trans-non-binary-sex-lives/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Juno Roche is a trans activist and is liberated by her ‘QueerAF’ vagina | Photo: Gay Star News What is life like as a queer Muslim sex worker? Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . ‘Queer Sex’ is a refreshing and frank reclaiming of the narrative about queer, trans and non-binary people’s sex lives.Undoing her armor from years of trans activism, Roche bares all in this book.It’s a series of interviews with trans and non-binary people, prefaced by Roche bravely sharing her own journey to getting her ‘Queer as fuck vagina.’That’s how she describes it on the National Student Pride podcast of the same name, #QueerAF.‘I literally thought I’d have the surgery, wait six weeks, find someone with a big dick – and let them fuck away,’ Roche tells the show.She wrote the book because she was sick of the ‘heteronormative and classist narrative’ that is about trans people chasing a perfect ‘cis’ or ‘passing’ body.But the motive was more intimate than that too. For years Roche was chasing a vagina, in a metric not dissimilar to those who want to lose weight to feel more confident in the body they live in. But on the way to surgery, with a throwaway comment about making her a ‘real woman’ from a doctor – she began a new journey.‘After surgery, I realized I didn’t actually have a vagina. I had this thing between my legs, that I imagined would be a vagina but it wasn’t, it was this cave. It had a back wall, and it didn’t go anywhere.‘As trans people, we are taught that we should move through trans as quickly as possible, so we pass and blend. And after my surgery, politically something kicked in. I didn’t want to pass. My vagina is queer as fuck – it is about change and fluidity.’You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or search ‘#QueerAF by National Student Pride’ in your podcast app.