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Bill Rutkin

Violent religious nutter targeting Toowoomba gay men

A religious nutter previously noted for launching verbal assaults and spitting at Toowoomba gay men, has now physically assaulted a man he knew to be gay on a dark street. Editor’s Note re comments on the word ‘nutter’ 07.04.2024 7.55 am: The word ‘nutter’ has various meanings. The Collins dictionary: 1. (sometimes humorous) a person …

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Peter North: a vision of caring and sharing

Peter North made an immense contribution to Queensland’s LGBTI community, from its infancy in the mid-1960s and through until the turn of the century. His role in shaping the unique Queensland response to HIV/AIDS was essential and unstinting. Many thanks to Peter’s lifelong mate John Stafford for many details and valuable insight into Peter’s life. …

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Happy 80th birthday to our beloved 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. Bill Rutkin OAM profiles a remarkable individual whose efforts benefitted us all, the inimitable Toye de …

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83 today: Qld Living Treasure Laurie Deane, Dame Sybil

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 continuous LGBTIQA+ event in the world. A sensationalist tabloid once breathlessly reported that Laurie Deane lived …

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Both major parties ignored the LGBTIQA+ vote. It cost them dearly!

Bill Rutkin looks at the changing pattern of the LGBTIQA+ vote in the 2022 federal election. He believes the major parties must learn lessons they assiduously avoided over the course of the last government. Both major political parties and all the analysts steadfastly refuse to see the woods for Australia’s brightly coloured, autumnal trees. Last …

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Gene Saint aka Jean Delmonico, legendary Brisbane Drag Queen

Smiling postie by day, legendary Brisbane drag queen by night, Gene Saint lived a long full life. The elder of Brisbane’s Rainbow community passed away peacefully last week aged almost 93. I met Gene in the early 70s at one of Dame Sybil Von Thorndyke’s annual Queen’s Birthday Balls. I thereafter received invitations to his …

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ – A Must Watch on Netflix

Netflix Australia finally posted all fourteen episodes of Season 6 of Schitt’s Creek. So, of course, massive fans who have been hanging out for some of  Schitt’s quirky, homespun humour have now binge-watched them all. This Canadian series has built a fiercely loyal audience across the western world including a massive contingent of adoring LGBTIQ+ …

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Is Pope Francis moving church forward as irrelevance looms?

History tells us that the creaking administrative wheels of the Holy Catholic Church grind slowly.  Nevertheless, the election of Pope Francis gave hope to those who believe that reform is a) possible and b) critical. Recent developments perhaps point to positive reforms in the church’s approach to LGBTIQ people. Is Pope Francis engineering a more …

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Gay New Zealand MP fights for surrogacy reform after birth of son

New Zealand MP Tāmati Coffey is clearly proud of his husband of more than ten years, Tim Smith, and their young son Tūtānekai Smith-Coffey. Photos of Trevor Mallard, Speaker of the NZ Parliament, holding and feeding the baby went viral globally. Ilhan Omar, outspoken member of the US Congress, joyfully shared news of Tūtānekai’s presence in …

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US government ‘backtracks on Grindr national security concerns’

The Chinese owner of Grindr will proceed with an initial public offering (IPO) of the app, after a US national security panel dropped opposition to the plan. In March, the US government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) opposed Beijing Kunlun Tech Co’s (BKT) continued ownership of the gay dating app. The …

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