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The Red Rattler

The Red Rattler’s Pride Month Gala-Et is tomorrow night

The Red Rattler is throwing a bold, lucious and powerful Pride Month Gala-Et on Friday night and you’re all invited to the party! Since 2009 The Rattler has been platforming activism and arts whilst providing a unique experience for the many people who find their way to the red door on Faversham Street, Marrickville. The …

Our Queer History Museum

Our Queer History Museum arrives at Nathalia

Our Queer History Museum’s next stop is at The G.R.A.I.N. Store in Nathalia for Pride Month! The Our Queer History Museum project is a collaboration between regional LGBTQIA+ young people and elders to capture and showcase their lived histories. As part of this, artworks and information banners were created to highlight ‘our’ queer history. Our …

Club Q Anderson Lee Aldrich

Club Q shooter pleads guilty to hate crime charges

Convicted Club Q shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich has received multiple life sentences after pleading guilty to federal hate crime and gun charges. After pleading guilty to 74 federal hate crime and gun charges, Aldrich, 24, has been sentenced to an additional 55 life terms. Aldrich had already been sentenced to life in prison after pleading …

Thailand gay Marriage Equality

‘Love wins’: Thailand legalises gay marriage

Thailand has become the first nation in South-East Asia to legalise gay marriage, with the country’s Senate approving the landmark bill late on Tuesday. The Senate voted overwhelmingly in favour of passing the bill, with 130 senators voting in favor. Only four members opposed the bill. The bill still requires endorsement from the king, but …

Mr Bear NZ wins Mr Bear Australasia 2024 at Southern Hibearnation

Meet Tia, the newly-crowned Mr Australasia Bear 2024

Reigning Mr Bear NZ Tia has taken the title of Mr Australasia Bear at the annual competition on the weekend, but he isn’t stopping there when it comes to representing his communities. Tia was the first indigenous Māori to enter the NZ competition, which he won. At the Southern Hibearnation festival hosted by VicBears in …

Darlinghurst Theatre goes into Voluntary Administration

Sydney’s Darlinghurst Theatre Company has been placed into voluntary administration, it was announced earlier today, with upcoming shows at its home in the Eternity Playhouse canceled until further notice. The news comes after the company launched an end of financial year donation campaign at the start of June. Only two percent of the company’s income …

Delay in Jesse Baird and Luke Davies murder case

Luke Davies’ Brisbane-based parents have been granted special permission to access the latest court hearing of their son’s alleged killer Beau Lamarre-Condon (pictured above). The former police officer was charged with the alleged murders of Luke, a flight attendant, and his TV presenter partner Jesse Baird in February. The case returned to Downing Centre Local …

Loud & Proud Logan is the south-east queensland region's first pride festival

Loud & Proud is Logan’s first Pride festival

Logan City, located south of Brisbane, is one of the only regions in south-east Queensland without its own Pride event, but that will finally change later in the year. To celebrate International Coming Out Day, the new event Loud & Proud Logan will take over Kingston Butter Factory precinct with a vibrant, multi-arts celebration on …

Lance Leopard

Vale Lance Leopard, and Carmel

I felt sorrow on the weekend when I saw on the news that a wheelchair-bound mother and son had died in a housefire. But then this morning, I read that the victims were Lance Leopard and his mother Carmel Pierce, and like many of a certain age, waves of grief overwhelmed me. Mother and son …

Trixie Laumonte Brisbane memorial

Trixie Laumonte gets showgirl send-off at Brisbane memorial

A group of legendary local showgirls have farewelled the late drag icon Trixie Laumonte at a community memorial in Brisbane. On Sunday (June 16), community members gathered to celebrate the life of the Brisbane and Sydney legend at The Brunswick Hotel in Fortitude Valley. Trixie passed away in March. Fellow performers Malika Lam, Kelly Roberts, …

Camden Council slams vandalism of Pride Month sign

Sydney suburb’s Pride Month display vandalised – again

A Pride Month display in the south-west Sydney suburb of Camden has been vandalised for the second year in a row, as a council vows to repair it. Photos posted to Facebook and Reddit show the letter P missing from the display, and other letters knocked over. In a now-deleted post in a community Facebook …

Music Teacher dismissed

Govt must protect students & staff – no more ‘music teachers’

Despite years of promises, a music teacher was fired in Sydney last month. Her only crime? Being gay! Equality Australia says Prime Minister Anthony Albanese must act now to protect students and staff in religious schools. One in three students and almost two in five staff are enrolled or employed in private schools, most of …

Artwork of Edward Thomas Ryan in his obituary

Veteran comes out in own obituary to ‘finally rest in peace’

A retired firefighter and decorated war veteran from New York is going viral after he came out as gay in his own obituary so he can finally rest in peace. Col. Edward Thomas Ryan died at the age of 85 in his home in Albany, New York. He lived there and nearby for most of …

Members of Queensland Leather Pride line up together at event promoting the new name.

Queensland Leather Pride announce new non-gendered title

Queensland Leather Pride President and current Mr Australian Leather Shane Stevens writes for QNews about significant announcements made by the club last month. As the President of what was known as Brisbane Leather Pride, I’m thrilled to announce some significant changes and events that reflect our ongoing commitment to inclusion and community building. At our …

Minus18 Queer Formal in Syndey in 2023

Minus18 calls out bigots targeting their Queer Formal

LGBTQIA+ youth organisation Minus18 have called out homophobic hate groups that have targeted their Queer Formal next month. Each year, Minus18 puts on the Queer Formal in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. (Brisbane Pride hold a similar event in Brisbane at City Hall each year.) The Queer Formals are the organisation’s biggest youth events of the …

Living Positive Victoria’s Planet Positive heads north for winter

Planet Positive, a social event by Living Positive Victoria for people living with HIV, their families and friends, shakes things up in winter in a new location. Planet Positive is held every three months and improves the emotional and social wellbeing of Victorians living with HIV, as they socialise in a welcoming, enjoyable and safe …

Queensland Intersex campaigner Bonnie Hart is pictured wearing a floral shirt on a purple background

Meet Queensland intersex advocate Bonnie Hart

Bonnie Hart is an intersex woman and a powerful advocate for her community. Bonnie chatted to QNews about her pathway to advocacy including her roles with InterLink and Intersex Human Rights Australia.  Townsville in North Queensland is where Bonnie Hart grew up. Reflecting on her time there, she found it a particularly difficult environment for being …

Katherine Pride

Katherine gets ready for Pride Festival weekend

Katherine Pride Festival is nearly here, with five events across the weekend catering to all members of the LGBTQIA+ community.  Hosted by local community group Rainbow Katherine, the festival is a celebration of Katherine’s small but proud LGBTQIA+ community. Kicking off on Friday June 14, the Katherine Pride Launch event, Sip & Social, is an …

Pope Francis

Pope Francis accused of using gay slur – again

The Italian news media is reporting that Pope Francis has used a homophobic slur for the second time in a matter of weeks.  In a May 20 meeting, the Pope allegedly used the word “frociaggine”, a vulgar Italian term roughly translating to “faggotness”. After his comments were leaked and made headlines globally, the Vatican apologised …

See the Cxnty Women’s Association at Ching-a-Lings in June

Sydney’s newest drag talent show, the Cxnty Women’s Association, is at Oxford Street’s Ching-a-Lings rooftop bar every Thursday in June and has a $100 first prize. The Cxnty Women’s Association is made up of Sydney drag queens Lauren Order, Barbi Ghanoush, Amyl the Queen and Diana Whole and the name is a play on Australia’s …

Sydney Bootblack Jon is giving back

Jon Nguyen has raised over $4000 for ACON and other causes during his time as Sydney Bootblack 2023 and will pass on the mantle during Sydney Leather Week in July. The leather community is one that has a rich and complex history, with many aspects being unfamiliar to the wider LGBTQIA+ community, let alone the …

Queerswich drag queens in Ipswich pride event

Ipswich’s first Pride event Queerswich returning in 2024

Save the date! Ipswich’s first major Pride event, Queerswich, is proudly returning in August. Last year, more than 5,300 people turned out to celebrate at the inaugural fun-filled family-friendly Queerswich event at Tulmur Place in the Nicholas Street Precinct. Now organisers have confirmed the event is returning on August 3, 2024 between 1pm and 6pm. …

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