burger king

A new ad from Burger King Germany aims to win the hearts, minds and dollars of LGBTIQ communities. While corporate America took tentative steps in the past to lure LGBTIQ custom, this year corporations threw caution to the wind. Thus far this Pride month companies already lavished us with rainbow sandwiches, carry bags, mouthwash, butt …

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viva glam mac cosmetics hiv/aids

Originally founded by Frank Angelo and Frank Toskan, MAC Cosmetics markets a wide range of cosmetics.  In 1994, they launched Viva Glam lipsticks. They decided then to dedicate all sales of Viva Glam lipsticks to the fight against HIV/AIDS. They’ve done so ever since, as MAC Cosmetics states on their website. “Every cent of the …

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same sybil von thorndyke laurie deane queens ball

Most readers will not know the name Laurie Deane. However, most over 25 years of age, know of Dame Sybil von Thorndyke, legendary founder, hostess and director for forty years of Brisbane’s Annual Queens Birthday Ball, now the longest running gay event in the world. A sensationalist tabloid once breathlessly reported that Laurie Deane lived …

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pose season two billy porter pray tell

The second season of Pose starring Billy Porter as Pray Tell opened on June 11 in the US and after only one episode, Netflix contracted a third season. Scroll down for video Who said the world would end with the final episode of Game of Thrones? The latest season moves forward to 1990. Following Pose‘s …

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One of the stars of the hit series POSE, Billy Porter, recently gave an interview to Gay Times. POSE tells the story of several transgender women. The series examines their struggles and triumphs with one another and with the uncaring, dismissive external world. All the women find escape in the fabulous ball culture of their …

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lgbtiq rights in india Dr Arundhati Katju Dr Menaka Guruswamy India

Time Magazine today hailed Dr Arundhati Katju and Dr Menaka Guruswamy as amongst the 100 most influential people in the world. Last year, the two lawyers spearheaded the historic legal battle for LGBTIQ rights in India. Their efforts finally saw Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code overturned. Section 377 Section 377, a hangover from …

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Samson Bonkeabantu Brown Gillette trans man

A new Gillette ad features a trans man shaving for the first time. Gillette put the ad to air on 23 May. It features Canadian Samson Bonkeabantu Brown and his father. Posting on Facebook, Samson said he wanted his father involved because of his support. In the ad, the young man discusses growing up and …

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pauline hanson one nation truck fire

Pauline Hanson from One Nation claimed earlier this week that a left-wing activist torched a vehicle plastered with her face. The activist who attacked the One Nation billboard truck then apparently fled into the night. However Tasmanian Fire Service investigators say a discarded cigarette probably caused the conflagration. Police said there is no evidence of …

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shayne wilde queensland law reform

In this internet age, ticking multiple ‘likes’ on Facebook apparently qualifies as activism. However, not so long ago, community members risked jail and physical violence to achieve the rights we enjoy today. Shayne Wilde was one of them, writes Bill Rutkin. The scope and magnitude of her contribution to homosexual law reform and anti-discrimination legislation …

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lgbtiq history brisbane toye de wilde

A number of extraordinary people blessed Queensland’s rainbow communities with their presence and efforts over the years. They worked to build a sense of community, to combat unjust laws and to protect us from a plague of biblical proportion. Over the coming months, Bill Rutkin OAM will profile the remarkable individuals whose efforts benefitted us …

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