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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 …

THH reintroduces mpox vaccination clinics in Victoria

In response to increased mpox cases in Victoria, Thorne Harbour Health (THH) have reintroduced their pop-up vaccination clinics in Abbotsford and St Kilda, so you can easily get your first or second dose. Since mid-April, twenty-four cases of mpox (formerly monkeypox) have been reported in Victoria. These new cases were more concerning than before because …

VicBears celebrate Southern Hibearnation 2024 with guests

Southern Hibearnation brings bears from all over to Melbourne

A highlight in the Australasian bear community calendar, Southern Hibearnation has kicked off in Melbourne with fur, fun and frivolity. Since 1998, Southern Hibernation has hosted free and ticketed events for the local bear community, as well as interstate and overseas admirers and guests. The 24th Southern Hibearnation takes place this year (let’s not talk …

Regional Victorian footballer Jason Ball receives King's Birthday Honours

Pride Cup footballer Jason Ball gets King’s Birthday honour

Jason Ball, the footballer who came out as gay and later introduced Pride Cup events to hundreds of sporting clubs, is among the LGBTQIA+ Aussies to make the King’s Birthday Honours List. After the amateur Aussie Rules player came out in 2012, he became an “accidental activist” and founded the Pride Cup organisation. Jason’s club …

Latrobe City Council Melissa Ferguson

Latrobe City councillor suspended for refusing to apologise for anti-trans tweets

Latrobe City Councillor Melissa Ferguson has been suspended for 30-days for failing to apologise for a series of anti-trans tweets. In 2023, fellow councillor Tracie Lund filed a complaint again Ferguson after she posted a series of tweets. The tweets published by Cr Ferguson included: “trans people in general are predators, perpetrating perversion and abuse, …

JOY radio team with ABC's Nate Byrne at Radiothon 2024

JOY Media’s Radiothon fundraising for LGBTQIA+ voices on air

JOY Media is holding its annual Radiothon, celebrating 30 years of helping our communities flourish as an Australian LGBTQIA+ community media organisation. They’re asking for your support to help them remain out, loud and proud. Proudly self-funded, JOY is one of only four such organisations around the world that broadcast 24 hours a day on …

Winners of the new Melbourne drag awards the MEDEAs

All the winners of Melbourne’s new drag awards the MEDEAs

The inaugural Melbourne Excellence in Drag and Entertainment Awards (MEDEAs) took place last night, announcing the winners of 26 categories celebrating the vibrant queer performing culture in Naarm. “I’ll continue to strive each year to give you all the awards and recognition that you all truly deserve,” founder and president of the MEDEA’s Leasa Mann …

Melbourne sex worker Matthew Roberts on financial discrimination case

Fed-up Melbourne sex worker sues financial providers and wins

A Melbourne-based gay sex worker has resolved a discrimination case against two Australian financial service providers, in a “great victory” that he wants to protect others from falling victim to “debanking”. “Debanking” refers to banks or financial institutions cutting off services like accounts, loans, or payment processing to a person or business because of their …

Man shows off plaster after mpox vaccination

Alert after local cases of mpox reported in Victoria

Victorians at risk of mpox are being urged to get vaccinated after the first locally acquired cases of the virus in several months. “There have now been 16 confirmed cases of mpox in Victoria since 18 April 2024. Thirteen of these cases were locally acquired,” Victorian Chief Health Officer Dr Clare Looker said in the …

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