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Harry Hadley

“Haters like to hate” NSW Police Commissioner facing backlash

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb has faced significant criticism  following the alleged murders of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies.  This criticism came to a head on Tuesday, with the Mardi Gras board officially rescinding the invitation of the police to march in uniform in Saturday’s parade. However, as of Wednesday, the board is allowing officers …

Selamat Datang members in colourful costumes in Hyde Park

Indonesian queer community party celebrates Mardi Gras

Since 2016 Selamat Datang has fostered safe environments for LGBTQIA+ Indonesians to meet in Sydney as well as providing them visibility through its entries in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. One of the most enticing aspects of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the bridges that it builds within the LGBTQIA+ community. Sydney …

Here’s to more Trans Glamoré!

There aren’t many dedicated events for the trans community in Sydney but Victoria Anthony has been working hard to change that all year round. Trans Glamoré is well recognised within Sydney’s queer nightlife scene as one of the most joyful and positive events the city has to offer. It’s one of the only calendar events …

Members of the Sydney Leather Men community at a recent event

Sydney’s Leather Men are set to party

Sydney’s leather community is gearing up for another Mardi Gras season, with events throughout the second half of February. The first big event is the International Mr Leather Meet N Greet on Thursday, February 22 at The Burdekin. International Mr Leather is a title that is respected throughout the global leather community and is currently …

Bear Essentials begins today!

The Harbour City Bears are one of the largest and most prominent LGBTQIA+ social groups in Sydney, and this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be another opportunity to showcase their identities with pride. The three week Bear Essentials festival has been running since 1995 in parallel with Mardi Gras, and has become …

Standing on the shoulders of Giants

While the Mardi Gras season is almost upon us, World AIDS Day made QNews’ youngest contributor Harry Hadley pause to reflect on how LGBTIQA+ young people engage with the history of the HIV epidemic. For young queer people in 2024, we learn our community’s history from those who lived it: whether they be members of …