Nita Green Senate 2019 election


While we wait for the 2019 federal election results, we can confidently predict one outcome. Another member of the LGBTIQ communities will enter the Australian Senate. Queensland’s Nita Green becomes Senator Nita Green. Nita heads Labor’s Senate ticket in Queensland. That makes her win a certainty for election with Labor expected to pick up at …

Bob Hawke Prime Minister


Bob Hawke,  the Australian Prime Minister whose government formulated the first national strategy to fight AIDS, died today aged 89. Hawke also became the first former Prime Minister to vote YES during the 2017 same-sex marriage postal survey. At a time when support for the YES campaign dipped, Hawke offered his public support. He and …

Peter Mitchell Conspiracy of Skin poet


Mark Tredinnick said of Conspiracy of Skin by poet Peter Mitchell, “These lyric poems, an accumulation of turning points, tell of a long moment finally outlasted.” I’m grateful for reading those words on the back of Conspiracy of Skin as they inspired me to open what turned out to be an absolute treasure. When told …

Hollywood Legend Doris Day


Hollywood legend and personification of wholesomeness, Doris Day, died at age 97 surrounded by close friends. The actress and singer starred in musicals, dramas and sex comedies throughout the 1950s and 60s. She famously co-starred with leading men like Cary Grant and her friend, gay actor, Rock Hudson. Despite her wholesome appeal, Day later revealed …

king of the catwalk brunei sinon loresca


The King of the Catwalk, Sinon Loresca caused a social media firestorm last week over a visit to Brunei. The openly gay Filipino social media influencer dismissed recent protests against the sultanate. He told his 1.6 million Facebook and half million Instagram followers “some news so exaggerated.” That ‘exaggerated’ news reported on laws allowing religious …

federal election 2019 brisbane Liberal MP Trevor Evans, Labor candidate Paul Newbury and Greens candidate Andrew Bartlett


QN Magazine asked each of the candidates for the seat of Brisbane, “If elected to represent Brisbane at the 2019 Federal Election, what specific commitments can you make to the LGBTIQ voters of that electorate to work towards the improvement of their lives?” See their responses below. Trevor Evans, Liberal Since I was elected to …

scott harrower fighting not dancing lismore regional gallery


A powerful photographic and sound installation by Scott Harrower opening in Lismore addresses homophobia and violence toward men who love men. Fighting not dancing opens on 18 May. The installation navigates personal and historical stories previously denied and forgotten. The characters in the photographs peel away the silence of Australia’s past. They reveal persecuted convict relationships, post-WWII …

Miss First Nations Chocolate Boxx, Drag Pageant


Saturday night, Brisbane drag performer Chocolatte Boxx won the 2019 Miss First Nation Pageant held in Melbourne. The pageant is part of the Biennial Yirramboi Indigenous Arts Festival. It showcases the talents of Indigenous drag performers. The Miss First Nations competition ran over four nights with heats devoted to lip-syncing, best national costume and talent. …

Hares and Hyenas queer bookstore armed police


Victoria Police have admitted to “stuffing up” a bungled raid on Melbourne queer bookstore and bar Hares and Hyenas that left an innocent man seriously injured. Armed police broke in through the garage of the premises on early Saturday morning. Bookshop owners Crusader Hills and Rowland Thomson posted on Facebook that the heavily armed police …

King of the Catwalk Brunei social media influencer


Openly gay Filipino social media influencer Sinon Loresca flew to Brunei a few days ago. Loresca is a model and social media influencer. He posted a photo of himself at an airport in a revealing blue gown, high heels and tiara, writing, “On my way to Brunei.” Once in Brunei, the King of the Catwalk …

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