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Dave Chappelle has sledged Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby in a response to the backlash around his latest Netflix stand-up special. The comedian’s special The Closer released on the streaming service earlier this month. He and Netflix came under fire over his comments demeaning and ridiculing transgender people. The special sparked weeks of internal blowback within …

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Wentworth’s final ever episode is screening tonight (October 26), and fans say they’re not ready to say goodbye to the much-loved Australian prison drama. The Foxtel drama began in 2013 as a rework of Australian TV classic Prisoner. It’s since become Foxtel’s biggest hit. Wentworth has screened in more than 170 countries, with fan conventions …

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LGBTIQ advocates have slammed Attorney-General Michaelia Cash’s suggestion the next draft of the controversial Religious Discrimination Bill should dodge a parliamentary inquiry before its passage. The Morrison Government’s two earlier drafts of the long-delayed legislation earlier caused backlash. Neither would make it to parliament. The Attorney-General has worked for several months on creating a new, …

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Australian social media star Harry Jowsey has apologised after calling YouTuber James Charles a gay slur on his podcast. Jowsey (above left) made the comment about Charles during the recording of the latest episode of podcast Tap in with Harry Jowsey. In the segment, which was later removed, Jowsey is heard telling his co-host, “James …

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Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel is continuing the city’s Pride celebrations with a post-Fair Day afterparty this weekend. This year’s Brisbane Pride March and Fair Day events are set to go ahead from 10am this Saturday (October 30). And after Fair Day wraps up, Sportsman Hotel are inviting everyone to keep the celebrations going at the venue. …

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The Bondi Memorial, a public artwork in Marks Park in Tamarama in eastern Sydney, is dedicated to victims and survivors of gay and transgender hate and violence. Since 2015, LGBTIQ+ organisation ACON has worked with Waverley Council and the community on the permanent memorial in the park. It honours the gay men and transgender women …

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Longtime ABC Radio National host Fran Kelly has described interviews with opponents of same-sex marriage as some of her most challenging, as she prepares to leave her Breakfast hosting job of 17 years. Kelly announced last week she’ll finish up at the end of the year hosting ABC Radio National Breakfast, a job she’s had …

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Non-binary Australian actor Zoe Terakes has opened up about deciding which award category to enter into at the next AACTA Awards, Australia’s annual film awards, for their work on screen last year. Terakes (pictured) is in consideration for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film for the queer romantic comedy Ellie and Abbie (and Ellie’s …

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Netflix employees have walked off the job to rally for transgender rights outside the company’s Los Angeles offices amid ongoing backlash over comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special. Netflix staff and transgender activists staged the protest outside the streaming giant’s Los Angeles offices, which also attracted counter-protesters. Comedian Dave Chappelle’s stand-up special The Closer dropped …

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The Queensland Children’s Gender Service has won a mental health achievement award for their work with trans and gender diverse youth. The Gender Service, part of Children’s Health Queensland, provides the young Queenslanders with multi-disciplinary healthcare. The team includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, paediatric endocrinologists, social workers, psychologists, mental health nurses, and a speech pathologist. …

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