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Phyllis Cilento has, in recent years, been lauded as Queensland’s great female medical pioneer, a title that rightfully belongs to another woman. However, the true story of Queensland’s ground-breaking female medical pioneer is a tale of not one, but two women, Lilian Cooper and Josephine Bedford. In this extract from the forthcoming book By Any …

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Condom on banana, safe sex concept

No one wants an STI (sexually transmitted infection), nevertheless STI rates have increased in Queensland, particularly in men who have sex with men. It’s time to say no and Stop the Rise of STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. PrEP is great. One daily pill decreases the risk of contracting HIV and its introduction has …

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I wrote a children’s book about donor conception in lesbian families. It was well-received other than a single persistent comment. “This is too much information for children.” Making the decision to conceive a child using a donor is significant. Some people choose known donors who have a role in their child’s life. Other people, including …

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The first full trailer for long-awaited Elton John biopic Rocketman is here. Taron Egerton stars as the music icon and does his own singing in the film, which will explore the music icon’s early days at Royal Academy of Music in London and his subsequent rise to pop stardom. But Egerton has said that Rocketman …

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CSIRO radio telescope

National science agency CSIRO has lit up its Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope in rainbow colours ahead of their staff’s participation in their first Sydney Mardi Gras parade. In the stunning photo, the radio telescope’s antennas are lit by portable white LED lights placed on the ground in front of each antenna, …

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Oxford Street Sydney

Residents of Oxford Street in the south-west of Rockhampton have woken up this week to find a pair of pink flamingos wearing sailor hats cuddling at the end of their street. The street’s sign has been transformed with the two brightly coloured birds ahead of this year’s Mardi Gras parade on the Sydney street of …

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Taipei Pride Festival

The Taiwanese government has unveiled a draft of its same-sex marriage legislation, in a historic first for Asia. Newly-appointed premier Su Tseng-chang said in a statement on Facebook that the Taiwan cabinet’s proposed law would allow same-sex couples to get legally married. According to Su, the country’s definition of marriage in civil law will remain …

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Ben Dudman

A gay Tasmanian man has written to three federal political leaders ahead of the federal election to call for changes to Australia’s blood donation policy, which effectively bans gay men from giving blood. Currently, Australian gay or bisexual men can only donate blood if they have not had male-to-male sex – including with a condom …

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brisbane pride festival

The Brisbane Pride Festival has announced the date of its 2019 AGM. On March 19, the Brisbane Pride Festival is inviting all current members to attend their annual AGM at the Sportsman Hotel, commencing at 6:30pm. The group is inviting members of Brisbane’s LGBTIQA+ Community to submit nominations for the following positions by 5pm on …

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courtney act

Courtney Act has selected indigenous suicide prevention charity Black Rainbow as the recipient of her $50,000 in prize money if she wins the new series of Dancing with the Stars on Channel Ten. Black Rainbow was established in December 2013 to provide a nationwide and online support network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people …

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