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Anal fissures: A real pain in the butt

Dr Rhys Young gives the low down on anal fissures: what causes them, how they can be treated and if you can still have sex.  Sitting down for a number two should be a relaxing experience where one can catch up on some TikToks (or Instagram reels if you’re over 30). Anal fissures can turn …

Wes Smuts

Meet Wes Smuts: Why understanding people helps properties sell

Whether selling your home, or looking to buy, just finding a knowledgeable and trustworthy agent is a task in and of itself. Add that to the popular Surry Hills and Inner-East area of Sydney, the most expensive city in Australia, the stakes seem even higher. Enter Wes Smuts: a dedicated sales agent with a passion …

Be a local disability advocate

I’m a 41-year-long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS. I’m severely vision-impaired from cytomegalovirus (CMV), and mobility challenged from one of the early drugs designed to prolong our lives. WORDS Tim Alderman I used to see HIV disability as a singular issue. Now that I’m 70 years of age, my thinking has turned around. Many of us live …

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Tips for renovating an apartment

Paul Gavin from LGBTQIA+ friendly builders AQWA shares his tips for renovating an apartment. Whether it is your home or an investment property, renovating your apartment is a chance to give the property a new lease on life.  Utilise the space with open-plan living While apartments are traditionally smaller than houses, that doesn’t mean they …

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Autism inclusion in the LGBTQIA+ community

The team at Living Communities share how important inclusion is for LGBTQIA+ people with autistic.  Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by differences in social communication and behaviour. It does not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.  However, research suggests that individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community are more likely to be autistic compared to …

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Eight ways to strengthen your loan application

Scott Palazzi from Loan Market shares his tips to strengthen your loan application. Here are some quick tips to enhance your creditworthiness when seeking a loan: Review your credit report Obtain a complimentary copy of your credit report to ensure accuracy. Rectify any errors promptly by contacting the credit reporting agency. Evaluate your spending habits …

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Heather and Rachel share their IVF story on Big Miracles

Heather and Rachel shared their IVF journey on Channel 9’s Big Miracles program. They chatted to QNews about why they felt it was important to tell their story.  Heather and Rachel’s journey started well before the cameras of Big Miracles entered their lives.   The couple met through online dating and after a little back-and-forth eventually …

Wish For a Baby

Wish For a Baby: Empowering Your Parenthood Journey

Are you dreaming of starting or expanding your family? The inclusive fertility expo Wish For a Baby is coming to Sydney to support your journey to parenthood. Over two days – April 13 and 14, 2024 – the free event will take over the Sydney Masonic Centre. Agencies, fertility clinics, treatment centres, therapy practices, support …

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Fourteen: A Tale of Growth & Grit at Riverside Theatres Parramatta

Riverside Theatres is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated live performance of the celebrated Australian production, “Fourteen.” Based on the powerful memoir by the acclaimed journalist Shannon Molloy. This riveting play, staged by the nationally renowned Shake & Stir Theatre Co., will grace the Riverside stage on the 3rd and 4th of May 2024 in …

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The Spanish summer pride events not to miss in 2024

There are many international prides across Europe and the world but no country does them quite like Spain. Although there are dozens of events throughout the year, it’s the summer months of June and July when things get wild. In just over a month there are five incredible pride events located in the best LGBTQIA+ …

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Awards recognise achievements in LGBTQ+ inclusion in health

Role models, allies and organisations dedicated to LGBTQ+ inclusion within the health sector have been recognised at the 2024 Pride in Health + Wellbeing Awards. In its third year, the awards are dedicated to recognising exceptional efforts in improving LGBTQIA+ inclusive delivery across health and wellbeing organisations across the country. It is produced by Pride …

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LGBTQ+ at higher risk of cancer – what to do

The 2024 Cancer Facts and Figures Report of the American Cancer Society includes a section dedicated to documenting cancer data related to the LGBTQ+ community. The report says LGBTQ+ people are at higher risk of cancer because of ‘minority stress’. Minority stress refers to “the conflict that arises between the values of a historically minoritized …

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Barrow & Bear Travel: Calling all travel and caffeine addicts

Come for the coffee and leave with a holiday! Barrow & Bear Travel is the family-owned travel agency and espresso bar that’s ready to plan your dream holiday, and they’re just as excited as you when doing so. Owned and operated by husbands Callum and Matt, with their young daughter in tow, Barrow & Bear …

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Spain: The top five LGBTQIA+ places to visit 

Spain has a rich history, a vibrant culture, and is one of the most LGBTQIA+ friendly destinations in the world.  We’ve put together a list of the hottest queer destinations in the country for you to check out.  Each winter anyone with a social media account is bombarded with photos of summer holidays in the …

Karna Ford: An Exclusive Interview

As the reigning queen of Universal’s Slay 2 Stay drag competition, Sydney’s Karna Ford is one of Australia’s newest drag sensations and has taken the scene by storm since the end of the pandemic.  Drag Royalty in the Making This is a queen that you can’t miss. Karna Ford is a force to be reckoned …

Courtney Act, who is starring in the Olivia Newton-John tribute concert, is in a flesh coloured outfit, with large blonde wige, on a pink background.

Courtney Act headlines Olivia Newton-John tribute concert

International drag superstar and singer, Courtney Act, is set to join Queensland Symphony Orchestra as host and performer for Hopelessly Devoted: A Celebration of Olivia Newton-John. Hopelessly Devoted: A Celebration of Olivia Newton-John is set to make Magic at the QPAC Concert Hall in Brisbane on April 6.  Courtney will be the fabulous host for …

HIV healthcare in the bush

Everyone deserves equal access to healthcare. It’s no different for those of us living with HIV, wherever we’re living. When we get the right healthcare, we can significantly improve the quality of our lives. We can also take steps to prevent future ill-health. It’s no secret that everyone doesn’t receive the same level of healthcare …

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Doc Q: Rethinking your weight loss goals

WORDS Dr Rhys Young Already this year, I’ve seen a wave of folks eager to shed some kilos through weight loss. It’s that post-New Year’s buzz – you know, the one that makes you think that this is the year you’ll finally start flossing daily. But just like every other year, February is where most …

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Hey Fella! Dr Cris gives us the FAQs on PrEP

There’s a lot of talk about PrEP these days and you may have a bunch of questions that you’re not sure who or where to ask. I’ll take you through some of the FAQs on all things PrEP! WORDS Dr Cris Quitral What is PrEP? PrEP is an acronym that stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It …

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Tips for creating a relaxing bathroom

Paul Gavin from LGBTQIA+ friendly builders AQWA shares his tips for improving your bathroom to create a relaxing oasis. For a lot of people, their bathroom is an oasis of rest and relaxation. If your current bathroom is less than ideal when it comes to inducing a sense of relaxation, there are plenty of ways …

Living communities for those living with a disability

The importance of community for those living with a disability

The team at Living Communities share how important community is for LGBTQA+ people living with a disability.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO) “wellbeing is fundamental to quality of life, enabling people to experience life as meaningful and to be creative and active citizens.”   Many people in our community do not always benefit …

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Getting the financial foundations set for building a home

Scott Palazzi from Loan Market shares his tips on setting up your financial foundation for building or renovating a home.  The process of building or renovating a home is often challenging with the most daunting aspect being the organization of finances.  If you’ve gone through it before, you understand that it can be more complex …

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