Harry Potter And Queerbaiting: A Peek Inside Dumbledore’s Closet

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Jack Whitehall

Earlier this year, British comic actor Jack Whitehall was cast as Disney’s first openly gay character for upcoming 2019 movie Jungle Cruise, in a role described by insiders as “hugely effete”, “very camp and very funny”. In a film chronicling a group of travellers’ adventures through a jungle of dangerous reptiles (also starring Emily Blunt …

Australian Skin Clinics

This week I had my first ever High Performance Microdermabrasion treatment, a 10-step process exclusive to Australian Skin Clinics. Not only did I come out with amazing skin but I learnt so much! I discovered that the skin is the largest organ of the body. This may seem obvious, but most of us take for …

Priscilla Queen of the Desert tony sheldon

Twelve years after opening in Sydney, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert – The Musical will roll her wheels into Brisbane for the very first time. It’s the tale of three drag queens and their bus (Priscilla), their (mis)adventures through the outback, and their interactions with Australian culture in all her vibrant, (but often aggressive and …

Historical photo of US gay activist Harvey Milk

As with any marginalised people, the dominating conversation on queer identity and rights is often the challenges faced from systemic oppression. While we must continue to identify and fight discrimination, there seems a generation of queer people without knowledge of the struggles of those whose existence has made our many liberties possible. These aren’t histories …

Still from Ryan Murphy's drag ballroom drama Pose, season 1

Television is awash with ‘80s nostalgia, so standing out requires a hook – the supernatural for Stranger Things, in Glow it’s feminism. Hook-less Everything Sucks! was justifiably cancelled. Ryan Murphy’s latest drama, Pose, which recently finished its freshman season in the US and will finally air on Australian TV next month, is most original of …

Lysa and the Freeborn Dames

Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, playing at La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre, encapsulates the ‘Play for Today’, a phrase used in 1970s Britain for made-for-television movies. It’s appropriate that the production channels this oxymoron of the current and the historic. Lysa tells a story of age-old themes with contemporary immediacy, honouring the struggle of women both …

queerstories brisbane powerhouse queensland lgbtiq lgbti storytellers

The Queerstories podcast is a breath of fresh air in the saturated Australian market of podcast variety. Like its namesake – ABC’s Australian Story – Queerstories provides a platform for voices often unheard to express their life experiences. In doing so, the definition and diversity of community in LGBTIQ terms is explored (or Quiltbag as …

MELT Festival Bare

The inclusive spirit of the MELT Festival and its celebration of queer diversity is reflected by the variety of artistic forms in the line-up. The MELT programme, running until Sunday, May 27, proves that ‘queer art’ is no longer simply a shorthand for presenting the tortured soul of the white gay man onstage. ‘Queerness’ at …

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