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Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is a highly esteemed online editor and a seasoned journalist with an illustrious career spanning over a decade at QNews.
Since 2012, he has consistently exhibited his exceptional expertise and unwavering commitment to the field of journalism. Jordan is recognised as a venerable authority in his realm, hailing from the vibrant city of Brisbane.

With an impressive track record, Jordan has dedicated numerous years to in-depth coverage of critical issues within the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and on the global stage. His astute insights, comprehensive analyses, and compelling reporting have shaped the discourse on LGBTIQA+ matters, leaving an indelible mark on the journalistic landscape.

Beyond his dedication to the LGBTIQA+ community, Jordan's profound knowledge extends across a diverse spectrum of subjects, including current affairs, politics, and entertainment. His versatile expertise allows him to navigate the intricate tapestry of these fields with unparalleled finesse.

Jordan Hirst's name is synonymous with excellence, integrity, and an unswerving commitment to journalistic integrity.

Drag queen at the bar of Hairy Mary's Gold Coast

New Gold Coast LGBTQIA+ bar Hairy Mary’s is opening soon

A new LGBTQIA+ venue on the Gold Coast, Hairy Mary’s, is opening soon to provide community members a safe place to let their hair down together. The new bar will be located a short distance from Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on Surfers Ave at Mermaid Beach. It’s owned by Steven Fahd (pictured below), who says …

Drag queen Vanessa Wagner hosts online fitness class

Vanessa Wagner and ACON launch fitness class for older folk

Drag queen Vanessa Wagner and ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, have launched an accessible online fitness class for older LGBTQ+ people. The hilarious Vanessa joins with Gymnastics NSW fitness guru Sheryl for the workouts. The free online program allows older people to build their own tailored exercise routine at home. In the videos, Sheryl …

QLife volunteer Colin (centre) joins 10th anniversary celebration at Parliament House in Canberra

For 10 years, QLife has helped thousands of LGBTIQ+ Aussies

Australia’s national LGBTIQ+ helpline QLife has celebrated its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of delivering peer support to thousands of community members. Every day from 3pm to midnight, volunteer peer supporters take calls on QLife’s free and anonymous national number – 1800 184 527 – and online. Between July 2022 and June 2023 alone, QLife’s …

Sam on Squid Game The Challenge

Queer players make it to Squid Game: The Challenge finale

A mind-blowing 456 players entered Netflix’s Squid Game: The Challenge, and two queer players made it to the final three. And in the show’s nailbiting finale this week, one person emerged victorious from the global competition show. They won the Netflix show’s jaw-dropping $4.56 million prize. Squid Game: The Challenge’s final three players were Sam …

SBS Eurovision hosts Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst

Australia returning to Eurovision Song Contest in 2024

Australia is officially competing in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2024. Overnight, Eurovision listed us among the 37 countries confirmed to compete in the next edition of the music competition in Malmö, Sweden in May. It’s the first confirmation of Australia’s return after a five-year agreement with Eurovision bosses the European Broadcast Union (EBU) expired …

Jacob Elordi in the new trailer for Saltburn

Wild Jacob Elordi thriller Saltburn is coming to streaming

Emerald Fennell’s wild queer thriller Saltburn is coming to streaming in Australia in just a few weeks time. The gothic coming-of-age drama stars Barry Keoghan and Aussie Jacob Elordi scored positive reviews and a lot of conversation over a full-frontal scene, some wild erotic scenes, its bonkers twists and a shock ending. The British director’s …

Isaac Humphries is performing at Fringe

Multitalented basketballer Isaac Humphries headlines Fringe

Multitalented pro basketballer Isaac Humphries is also a singer-songwriter and is headlining his first Fringe festival next year. Last year, the 25-year-old basktetballer was the first NBL player to come out as gay, in a huge first for his sport. But the athlete is also a talented singer and will headline next year’s Adelaide Fringe. …

Madonna Celebration Tour

Madonna tears up during emotional speech on World AIDS Day

Madonna held back tears as she gave her concert audience a heart-to-heart gay history lesson in a speech on World AIDS Day. The singer is currently in Europe on her Celebration Tour, with each concert stacked with her greatest hits. During each show, Madonna sings her 1986 ballad Live To Tell as visuals display the …

NRL player Adam Doueihi

NRL player calls LGBTQ+ inclusion post ’embarrassing’

Sydney NRL player Adam Doueihi has deleted an Instagram comment criticising a post on LGBTQIA+ inclusion in sport as “embarrassing”. On Sunday, the Wests Tigers player wrote – and later deleted – the comment on an English Premier League Instagram post. Adam wrote “embarrassing post” on the upload, which featured suggestions for positive discussions around …

Beyonce Renaissance tour film features tribute to gay uncle Johnny

Beyoncé honours gay Uncle Johnny in Renaissance tour film

Beyoncé’s new Renaissance tour film features a powerful tribute to her beloved late Uncle Johnny, a gay man who died when she was a teenager. The music superstar released the film, officially titled Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, on Friday in almost 100 cinemas around the world, including Australia. It’s part concert film, part behind-the-scenes …

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