Sir William Wellington Cairns Queensland Governor

In 1876, the Porpoise steamed into Trinity Bay, carrying officials tasked with establishing a port. They named the new settlement for then governor of Queensland, Sir William Wellington Cairns. But the fourth governor of Queensland never saw the settlement that bore his name. Indeed, he departed from his post within six months of the founding …

homophobic attack

In yet another homophobic attack in England, two thugs attacked a lesbian in the city of Sunderland. As Charlie Graham walked to meet friends, two homophobes punched her from behind before throwing her to the ground. Charlie told The Mirror she wanted the photographs of her injuries shared. “[It’s] very important to me for my …

religious privilege child abuse

While religious extremists agitate for legislation extending their religious privilege at the expense of the rights of other Australians, a victim of child abuse is attempting to obtain compensation. Father Michael McArdle wrote in a 2004 affidavit that he made confessions of child abuse 1,500 times over 25 years. Each time, he walked out of …

world's first transgender doll

With world media and anti-trans bigots carrying on like pork chops over the world’s first transgender doll, we call BS. What nonsense won’t they think of next to vilify trans people? Two days ago Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun carried the story. Since then, it took off as a viral sensation, repeated by other news media, …

Bushfire relief brisbane drag queens

Coming up next weekend, two Brisbane drag queen mega-events will raise funds for Australian bushfire relief. The Bushfire Relief Extravaganza at the Wickham of 24 January and also the Fire Relief Fund for First Nation Communities ALL DAY Gatho at The Stand on 26 January will both offer the opportunity to enjoy some great drag …

keyboard fiction Brisbane drag storytime wilson gavin

The trauma that began with the disruption of Rainbow Families Qld’s Brisbane drag storytime last Sunday continues. Following the death of protest leader Wilson Gavin, efforts to tweak the narrative to fit personal and political agendas flooded both mainstream and social media. The inaccuracies of keyboard fiction, when repeated often enough, become accepted wisdom.  What …

lyle shelton acl drag storytime petition wendy francis

Sixty percent of the first 200 respondents to an anti drag storytime petition on the Brisbane City Council website do not live in the city. Wendy Francis, Queensland Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) set up the petition yesterday. Lyle Shelton promoted the petition on Facebook. When a commenter asked Francis on Facebook about …

drag storytime

Wilson Gavin, leader of yesterday’s drag storytime protest at Brisbane Square Library died by suicide this morning. Whatever his past actions, our entire LGBTIQ communities no doubt offer condolences to his family and also his friends. His aunt described him as a very tormented soul. She said despite his ‘despicable behaviour’ at the library, she …

israel folau Armageddon Izzy last days

In his latest sermon, streamed live on Facebook, Armageddon Izzy, Israel Folau, told a small congregation at his father’s church, “we are certainly living in the last days.” During the sermon, Israel Folau frequently wiped away tears with a tissue. The latest sermon follows one last year in which the former footballer called the bushfires …

Wilson Gavin Brisbane Drag storytime

Wilson Gavin, leader of yesterday’s UQ Liberal National Club protest at a Brisbane drag storytime event, in 2017 characterised drowning out voices by chanting as an ‘attack on free speech’. Wilson Gavin summary Gay — anti-same-sex marriage — anti safe schools — pro-monarchy — anti drag storytime In 2017, Wilson Gavin acted as spokesperson for …

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