Singer Jake Shears and drag superstar Courtney Act have been confirmed for this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras Party. The Scissors Sisters frontman and Act will join the Brisbane boys from the Briefs Factory, HANDSOME, Paul Capsis and House of Slé as well as previously announced headliners PNAU and Kim Petras at the event, held after …

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Student Anti-Discrimination Bill

A Senate committee examining a bill to scrap legal exemptions allowing discrimination against LGBT students at faith schools has recommended a further review, continuing the political impasse on the issue. In its report released on Thursday, the government-led committee into the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018, introduced by Labor senator Penny …

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Revenge Porn

Queenslanders convicted of sharing “revenge porn” could face jail time after the state government passed laws criminalising the non-consensual sharing of intimate photos. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the legislation passed on Wednesday outlawed the “harmful behaviour colloquially known as revenge porn.” But the legislation doesn’t use the term because “we know this conduct is so …

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A gay journalist has opened up about being attacked by homophobic thugs in Auckland last weekend, during the city’s annual Pride celebrations. Aziz Al-Sa’afin, a reporter and producer for New Zealand morning talk show The AM Show, told the program he and a friend were attacked while out in Auckland on Saturday night, just as …

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Jools and Lynda Topp

The Mardi Gras Strictly Kaftan Party is a pool party with a twist, hosted by Dame Jools and Dame Lynda Topp, real dames, and real twin sisters, a pair of yodelling farm girls from rural New Zealand. Wanda D’Parke spoke to the twins ahead of their return to Australia this Mardi Gras season. Dear Reader, …

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2019 Sydney Mardi Gras

SBS has announced the four hosts of its coverage of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade next month. Western Australian 10 News presenter Narelda Jacobs and comedian Zoë Coombs Marr will join Joel Creasey and The Feed’s Patrick Abboud to provide colourful commentary on the floats and costumes from the parade, as …

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North Queensland Liberal senator Ian Macdonald has suggested parents should have the right to prevent children from learning about rainbow families, during a Senate committee into a bill addressing discrimination in religious schools. Macdonald was chairing the committee, which is this week holding hearings around the country into a Labor bill to scrap legal exemptions …

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New South Wales LGBTIQ organisation ACON has called on Google to remove an “extremely damaging” app from its online store that promotes harmful “gay conversion” practices. Living Hope Ministries, the US-based Christian organisation behind the app, refers to gay and transgender people as “sexually broken” individuals and claims the “gay lifestyle is spiritually and physically …

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adriatic sea

You’re invited on the cruise of a lifetime with Global Jetsetting’s eight-day tour of the Adriatic this May. You’ll embark from the legendary city over Naples, nestled under Mount Vesuvius, travel to Taormina and stroll the charming medieval streets to the ruins of an ancient Greek theatre. Finally, you’ll reach the Dalmatian coastline with the …

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