Gracie Graham Relph

The death of much-loved Brisbane and Sunshine Coast gay identity Graham Relph, widely known as Gracie, has seen an outpouring of grief from family, friends and the LGBTIQ community. The joy Gracie (pictured above, left) brought to people during his life is evidenced by the anguish expressed by people from every stage of his life. …

Sam Smith Press Photo 2018

Sam Smith is returning to Australia next month for a full national tour following his performance at the Sydney Opera House in January. With a heartfelt performance at the recent Grammys now under Sam Smith’s belt and tickets being snapped for his The Thrill Of It All Tour this November, a second Brisbane show has been added to the …

Pradas Priscillas

The spectacular Aussie Drag all-singing, all-dancing Prada’s Priscillas: An All-Male Revue is sashaying into Caloundra next month. Headlined by six-foot-something drag sensation Prada Clutch, the show is a 90-minute party – a riotous celebration of drag starting at the birthplace of Australian drag – the famous Les Girls. Monique Kelly, who was part of the …

Kamp Kult secret history same-sex marriage 1930s

Long before civil unions or legalised same-sex marriage became a reality in Queensland, a newspaper reported on Brisbane’s secret history of gay weddings.  The Arrow newspaper claimed in 1932 that Brisbane was a magnet for effeminate gays. “The growth of the pervert population of Brisbane, beautiful capital of Queensland, is astounding, and in the last …

Matthew Mitcham, photo by John McRae

After talking to Matthew Mitcham this week, QNews Magazine is confident this much-loved LGBTIQ icon will be making a splash for years to come. Matthew was the first Australian male to win Olympic gold in diving since 1924. He was the first openly gay athlete to win an Olympic gold medal and he won it …

Cairns-based artist Arone Meeks

A Kuku Midigi man of the eastern Cape York Rainforest, Arone’s first art training was of a traditional nature, learnt from his grandfather and other elders. The First Nations peoples of the Cape York rainforest lived in the most densely populated area of Australia prior to the arrival of Europeans. Their numbers were decimated in …

Lady Phyllis Cilento Dr Phyllis Cilento

In Queensland Senator Fraser Anning’s maiden speech to the Senate this week, he called for a return to predominantly European migration and described gender diversity as “garbage”. Senator Derryn Hinch described the speech as “disgraceful, racist, homophobic, divisive, misogynist, spiteful [and] hateful.” But Anning’s opinions echo those of Lady Phyllis Cilento after whom a prominent …

Brisbane man Gary Venamore was murdered by persons unknown in 1968. Story Bridge shown

Persons unknown brutally bashed local socialite Gary Venamore after a night out, throwing him unconscious into the Brisbane River to drown in 1968. Was Gary bashed to death in an attempted robbery? Was it a poofter bashing? Did his gaydar fail him that night and he ended up dead because of an unappreciated advance? In …

Gary Venamore QNEWS

A recent review of suspicious deaths in Sydney found that 27 of the 88 were probable gay hate crimes. Now, QNews Magazine looks back at the unsolved 1968 murder of Brisbane gay man Gary Venamore. Despite a $250,000 reward for information, this crime remains unsolved. At the age of 35, Venamore still lived at home …

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