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The Brisbears held their annual Mr Bear QLD competition this month. Four men – Fanta, Hugh, Letsma and Steve – took part in the contest, with Steve winning the coveted title. At the competition at the Sportsman Hotel on October 18, Mr Bear QLD 2018 Alan handed over his title and remarked on his incredible …

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The Mekong river, one of the world’s major waterways, runs between Laos and Esan, the north-eastern region of Thailand. Esan cuisine with its focus on fresh produce and local favourite sticky rice reflects the importance of agriculture in the region. It’s the traditional recipes of Esan that inspire the remarkable dishes at New Farm’s Mekhong …

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‘A gay old time’ once meant either just a light-hearted moment or a lewd adventure, depending on the circumstance. Adults used the word as code, enabling them to speak of ‘distasteful’ subjects in the presence of innocents. Old newspaper clippings demonstrate the general public understood both meanings despite the regular bleatings that gays ‘stole’ a …

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In September 1906, Constable Donnelly of Brisbane arrested William Edwards on a warrant from Victoria for burglary. The policeman already knew Edwards, a popular and personable barman at a city pub. Donnelly made the acquaintance of the short, slightly built Bill Edwards 14 months before. However, in all that time, he never suspected, until informed …

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Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) have been around for centuries. Unfortunately, for most of that time there were few, if any, effective treatments. DocQ, Dr Fiona Bisshop says the treatments for STIs were once “so unpleasant people remarked that if the disease didn’t kill you, the cure probably would!” Advances in modern medicine mean we can …

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QN Magazine talks to Brisbane author, music reviewer and stand-up comedian, Thomas Bleach about his new work Damaged Goods. This debut book explores the author’s journey through life in an immersive experience that incorporates text, images, music and performance. Thomas pulls together all the strands of his various interests and takes advantage of digital technology …

Revellers, including drag performer Archie Arsenic, at Brisbane Pride Festival Fair Day 2017

After the success of the 58th Annual Queens Ball last month, the Brisbane Pride Committee are now hard at work organising a month of Pride celebrations for September. Brisbane Pride Fair Day is on Saturday, September 21 at New Farm Park. Lock it in! This year’s festival will see more events than ever before. Between …

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Queensland drag queen Aurora Asteria was recently crowned winner of the Beauty Pageant at the MELT Festival. QN Magazine caught up with her to chat about her win, her drag career and her biggest inspirations. “Different parts of my drag life inspired my looks,” Aurora explained. “I wanted to present something slightly different each time …

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Out soccer star Megan Rapinoe bluntly states that she won’t visit the White House if her team wins the Women’s World Cup. Megan is co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, currently competing for the Women’s World Cup in France. Speaking with Eight by Eight magazine, Rapinoe said that she wouldn’t visit the White …

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Any new story about PrEP seems to prompt social media warfare. PrEPers against anti-PrEPers. Because between politics, sport, religion and Married at First Sight, we just don’t have enough to argue about. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. All that argument is just noise. Individuals will make their own sexual health care decisions. What …

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