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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd.
She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event.
Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan.
Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018.
However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing.

For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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Why I reported Bondi killer advertised as escort

Outrage greeted my Sunday report that Bondi killer Joel Cauchi advertised as an escort in the weeks before his murderous rampage. “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition,” Monty Python used to say. Bullshit. In queer publishing, we always expect the Spanish Inquisition. First, there are the people of faith, often American, that have nothing better to …

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Henry Sankey: Gay Blackmail at Brisbane Club 1886

In the long decades before the decriminalisation of gay sex, men risked not only imprisonment but also gay blackmail as Henry Sankey discovered in an 1886 Brisbane Club case. The short-lived Brisbane Club featured in this story has no connection with the club of the same name, established in 1903 and still operating today. The …

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NSFW! Vintage nude Mormon bodybuilders

Vintage nude Mormon bodybuilders? Who’da thought good Mormon lads got their dicks out for 1950s photographers? Well, two Junior Mr Utahs certainly did and here are the pics of Mike Sill and Walt Needham to prove it. Men were not supposed to pose for nude photos in the good old days. It was supposedly immoral …

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Queensland moved closer to the decriminalisation of sex work this week with a parliamentary inquiry fully supporting a proposed government bill. Queensland currently allows two forms of legalised sex work – services provided at licensed brothels or by sole operators. The law defines sole operators as persons working alone from a premise, providing in-house calls, …

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Bondi killer Joel Cauchi advertised as male escort

Joel Cauchi, the Queenslander who killed six people in the Bondi shopping centre massacre, recently advertised as a male escort. The mentally ill murderer offered services for men and women on various escort websites. Cauchi described himself as an athletic good-looking 39-year-old looking for fun times in Sydney. He offered numerous services, including a willingness …


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Mr Nude Brisbane 1904: a transparent petticoat

In 1904, an unfortunate crime and a lack of any clothing other than a transparent petticoat resulted in Thomas Bier becoming Mr Nude Brisbane 1904. In the modern day, we can, of course, access nudity at any time of day or night via the World Wide Web. Take your pick. There are dicks to be …

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Former Senator Margaret Reynolds unveiled a commemorative panel in Hobart on Thursday on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations’ condemnation of Tasmania’s anti-gay laws. The United Nations condemnation serves as one of the great landmarks of LGBTIQA+ rights reform. The decision marked the first time in world history the UN had declared that LGBTIQA+ …

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Did bullying and homophobia drive Michael Pell from Channel 7?

An article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald claims close friends of Michael Pell say years at the helm of Sunrise and a culture at Channel 7 of bullying, homophobia and infighting burned out the celebrated executive producer. Michael Pell Michael Pell became the executive producer of Channel 7 breakfast television show Sunrise in 2010, aged …

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