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Australian HIV/AIDS activist Phil Carswell at a podium

Melbourne memorial announced for late legend Phil Carswell

Friends and colleagues will gather to celebrate the life of the late Phil Carswell, a pioneer and legend of gay liberation and HIV/AIDS activism in Australia, at a Melbourne memorial later this month. We lost a legend when Phil Carswell OAM passed away at his Brisbane home on March 17. Phil’s incredible legacy includes fearless …

Memorial service for Jesse Baird in Melbourne

Family and friends farewell Jesse Baird at Vic memorial

Hundreds of heartbroken family members and loved ones have gathered in Melbourne to farewell Jesse Baird after his death with partner Luke Davies in Sydney last month. On Tuesday (March 26), a memorial service for the TV presenter was held in South Morang, in Melbourne’s north. Hundreds of mourners wore bright colours in the 26-year-old’s …

anti-trans rally

Violence at Melbourne anti-trans rally

Violence broke out at an anti-trans rally today outside the Victorian Parliament. Police aggressively tackled protesters to the ground and used pepper spray. Scroll down for vids. The #WomenWillSpeak anti-trans rally was organized by the Women’s Action Network. Despite constant denials of affiliation or association with Nazis, the organizers borrowed a PA system from a …

Victorian Pride Centre Launches LGBTIQA+ Visual Arts Program

Victorian Pride Centre launches LGBTIQA+ Visual Arts Program

The Victorian Pride Centre has launched its 2024 Visual Arts Program. The visual arts program will showcase a vibrant and dynamic collection of exhibitions throughout the year in the Pride Gallery, featuring work by artists, photographers, designers and community organisations. This year-long initiative promises a rich tapestry of exhibitions offering visitors a glimpse into the …

Tosh-Jake Finnigan

Vic councillor Tosh-Jake Finnigan tasered during meeting

Transgender Victorian councillor Tosh-Jake Finnigan has spoken about being tased by police during a council meeting last week. Tosh-Jake Finnigan made history in 2023 as Victoria’s first out transgender councillor. The Colac Otway Shire councillor said at the time they wanted to represent everyone in the shire. “I’m proud of who I am, but being …

Man shows off plaster after mpox vaccination

‘Get vaccinated’: Alert after first case of mpox in months

Victorians are being encouraged to watch for symptoms and get vaccinated after the state recorded its first locally acquired case of mpox in almost six months. The latest case of the virus, formerly monkeypox, isn’t linked to international travel, suggesting local transmission. Mpox can affect anyone, but in 2022, a global outbreak predominantly impacted men …

Robinsons Bookshop owner Susanne Horman

Vic bookshop owner says kids books have too many rainbows

The owner of a Victorian bookstore chain has apologised after she called for more childrens books with “just white kids on the cover” and less “wheelchair, rainbow or Indigenous” representation. Susanne Horman has owned the Robinsons Bookshop chain since 2007. There are a number of the indie bookstores across Melbourne. At the weekend, a series …

Crown Casino Melbourne

Lesbian sues Crown casino after first date ends in arrest

A lesbian woman is suing over an incident where she kissed her partner on a first date at a Crown casino bar. She was allegedly violently arrested by security soon after. Sharon Cosgrove is suing Crown in Melbourne as well as the State of Victoria for allegedly “offensive” and discriminatory conduct by security and police. …

Edward Crossland, Mayor of Yarra council.

Melbourne Council pride flag backlash

A Melbourne council is facing backlash over its new flag policy, which will see twenty minority flags, including nine different pride flags fly alongside the Australian flag throughout the year. Yarra council will fly the flags at the Clifton Hill depot and three town halls across Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy. Each site will fly the …

Melbourne Zoo gay swan couple Billy and Elliot

Melbourne gay swan couple Billy and Elliott want to be dads

A pair of male black swans at Melbourne Zoo are practising their parenting skills after the gay swans coupled up and built a nest together. Black swans Billy and Elliot are long-term residents of Melbourne Zoo. The zoo rescued both of them after suffering dog attacks in the wild. The two swans now live on …

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