Brisbane gay couple Barry Bird and Malcolm Chalmers didn’t think they ever wanted to get married. Barry told the story of marrying his partner last Thursday at QNews Magazine‘s community forum celebrating the first anniversary of the historic vote to allow marriage equality in Australia. After 19 years together, Barry said marriage “was never in …

Thirteen years of tireless campaigning for marriage equality in Australia are documented in new book Yes Yes Yes: Australia’s Journey to Marriage Equality. The majority “yes” vote was announced on November 15 last year, and the same-sex marriage legislation was finally passed through the Australian parliament last December. Since then, 5420 same-sex marriages have been registered …

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In 1970s Australia, it seemed inconceivable that a gay person could hold the office of Prime Minister. But was Australia’s 20th Prime Minister Sir William McMahon gay despite that? Few in Canberra doubted that of Billy McMahon at the time. Sir William McMahon had a long climb up the ladder of success. Once at the …

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One year on from the historic and overwhelming “yes” vote for marriage equality on November 15 last year, QNews Magazine is holding a community forum to celebrate the anniversary. At the event we want to explore the questions: Where is our community now? Where we are going? Where do others want to take us? In …

Two women visiting Bangkok meet in a karaoke bar in the dazzling tourist mecca’s party district and fall in love in Neon Tiger, the laugh-filled musical love story opening at Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company. A trio of Australia’s boldest theatre talents combine to bring to the stage their love child, the result of an …

The team at the Queensland AIDS Council have embarked on a tour of Queensland to consult with the LGBTIQ community about the future of the organisation. QuAC is working on formulating the organisation’s 2018–2021 Strategic Plan, and they recently held community consultation workshops in Cairns and Brisbane. QNews Magazine attended QuAC’s Brisbane workshop on Monday …

Ministry of Sound’s Orchestrated rearranges, remixes and reimagines classic dance tracks with a live symphony orchestra and special guest vocalists for a night of pure celebration. The Strings of Life Tour this December sees guest vocalists Sam Sparro, Crystal Waters, Alison Limerick and DJ Groove Terminator join some of Australia’s finest orchestras to perform classic dance hits from …

Aftermath of the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombing

In March 1973, the firebombing of Fortitude Valley’s Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub resulted in the deaths of fifteen people. Excluding the appalling colonial decimation of Aboriginal populations, the Whisky Au Go Go fire was the worst mass murder in Australian history before the Port Arthur shootings of 1996. Among the people killed that night …

With the success of the monthly live game show Rumble at Heya Bar in Fortitude Valley, the event’s creator Joel Devereux is looking forward to the upcoming season of the show at Brisbane Powerhouse’s Wonderland Festival. QNews Magazine asked Joel, exactly what is Rumble? “Rumble is a game show like no other! Two fringe artists, typically a …

With all the buzz around Opera Queensland’s upcoming production of Don Giovanni, QNews Magazine sat down with rising international opera star, the chiselled 6′ 4″ Scottish-born Aussie baritone Duncan Rock. Rock takes on the title role role in Mozart’s timeless masterpiece for the seventh time in his career, and we asked how a hunky young …

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