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the producers altitude theatre

Undoubtedly one of the greatest musicals of all time, The Producers, presented by Altitude Theatre, comes to Brisbane Powerhouse this March. Written by comedic genius Mel Brooks, this big brassy show then went on to win a record twelve Tony Awards. Scroll down for video Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan adapted The Producers from Brooks’ …

shannon molloy fourteen queensland memoir

People often dub Australia the “Lucky Country”. However for many LGBTIQ youth, growing up around Australia can simply be the luck of the draw and even a fight to survive as they discover who they are in difficult circumstances. Life in many ways can often feel far from lucky for them, as Shannon Molloy recounts. …

kite string tangle australasian dance collective

Aftermath opens into a haunting world of disquiet. Then, the Australasian Dance Collective and Brisbane music producer The Kite String Tangle hurtle the audience through a landscape of fragmented memories and imperfect recollection to a high-octane climax. Visceral physicality and a stirring soundscape collide in a bold new full-length work at Brisbane Powerhouse this February. …

garry wotherspoon clive madigan gay looking glass

In Through the Gay Looking Glass: The Many Lives of Clive Madigan, historian Garry Wotherspoon takes us on a joyous romp through post-World War II gay Sydney. “Giggles and squeals pierced the night air as they tripped daintily along the platform of the North Strathfield railway station. High-stepping little things in ‘drag’ (women’s clothing to …

guardians of the galaxy bisexual peter quill star-lord

Marvel Comics has confirmed that Guardians of the Galaxy space adventurer Peter Quill – also known as Star-Lord – is bisexual. The character, who is portrayed by Chris Pratt in the big-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe, is shown in a polyamorous bisexual relationship in the latest comic book issue of the series. Titled I Shall Make …

pride in defence

In their new book, Pride in Defence: The Australian Military and LGBTI Service since 1945, Noah Riseman and Shirleene Robinson share the post-World War II  experiences of LGBTI members of the Australian Defence Force. The authors previously documented the integral role played by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women in Australia’s military.  This …

smiley backdock arts theatre brisbane spain play gay romantic comedy

Spanish gay romantic comedy Smiley will transport audiences to Barcelona during its Australian debut in Brisbane this week. The new local adaptation keeps the Spanish setting and follows Alex (Sergio Torres, above left) and Bruno (Matt Young) who only have one thing in common – they’re both gay men. However an invisible thread of destiny …

hedwig and the angry inch hugh sheridan transgender gender

A Sydney production of cult queer classic Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Hugh Sheridan is on hold after backlash over the actor’s casting in the role. Sheridan was to play the lead role of Hedwig in the rock musical. The character is a queer punk musician who undergoes a botched gender reassignment operation in …

jordan azcune toowong cemetery other offerings

Presented by Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2020, Other Offering is a public art activation by artist Jordan Azcune. This new work consists of a series of sympathetic sculptural interventions at Brisbane’s Toowong Cemetery. Jordan told QNews he wanted to explore how to critically expand the iconographies of spiritual display through contemporary art. He …

the happy prince kim carpenter australian ballet

In February 2020, the Australian Ballet premiered Graeme Murphy’s interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince. Theatre legend Kim Carpenter adapted the story with Graeme Murphy and designed the costumes and sets. Following an acclaimed opening at Brisbane’s QPAC, pandemic restrictions forced the cancellation of the Melbourne and Sydney seasons. Before the cancellation, Kim Carpenter …

reading tracks margaret james

The Reading Tracks series by author Margaret James includes fifteen books suitable for Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers. Margaret wanted to provide literacy support for Indigenous children that was culturally relevant to them. She also aimed to teach non-Indigenous children about the cultures and food gathering practices of Australian First Peoples, such as tracking and hunting …

Australasian Dance Collective Jack Lister

Jack Lister recently joined the Australasian Dance Collective from the Queensland Ballet. A Brisbane local, Jack joined as both dancer and choreographer. Still Life, his latest work, premieres in the Australian Dance Collective’s THREE at QPAC in April. Established in 1984 as Expressions Dance Company, this leading Queensland contemporary dance company entered 2020 as the …

brisbane drag queen dahlia dyer

Dahlia Dyer is one of Brisbane’s youngest drag queens but don’t let her age fool you. This queen is one for the ages.  Playing with makeup from a young age, Dahlia knew she was destined to be a fierce performer with a stunning mug to boot. She’s a self-confessed “black widow domme” who isn’t afraid …

book covers gender outlaw speak now sister outsider

As queer people, we have had a difficult history. While currently we may live in a more progressive time, in the past the LGBTIQ community has faced many challenges. From the Stonewall Riots, to the rise of marriage equality our history is rich and emotional. Below is a list of LGBTIQ books which represent out …

Wendel Rosevear

The PRIDE eARTSHOW ending at midnight 31 December 2019 aims to raise money for Men Affected by Rape and Sexual-abuse (M.A.R.S.). The show features 10 limited edition prints of a photograph of Dr. Wendel Rosevear O.A.M, M.B.,B.S. Dip.RACOG. FRACGP.J.P. (Qual.) by Andrew Costi. Dr. Wendel Rosevear Raised a Seventh Day Adventist, Wendel Rosevear’s mother could …

Namsa Leuba third sex

Namsa Leuba’s latest photo series illustrates the diversity of gender identity in French Polynesia. Namsa photographed both ‘mahu’ (effeminate men) and “rae rae” (transgender) subjects of Tahiti’s famous ‘third sex’ for Illusions: The Myth of the ‘Vahine’ through Gender Dysphoria. Inspired by the paintings of Paul Gauguin, Namsa’s work challenges gender norms. Gauguin depicted Tahitian …

Adam & Steve

St Paul’s Church in Malmö Sweden changed its mind a few days after installing Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin’s Paradise as an altarpiece and took it down. The painting depicts two gay couples in the Garden of Eden instead of the traditional Adam and Eve. We liked to think of them as Adam & Steve and Madam …

adam & steve madam & eve

On Monday, St Paul’s Church in Malmö Sweden unveiled its new altarpiece. The painting is by lesbian Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin and entitled Paradise. It portrays the Garden of Eden. However, rather than Adam and Eve, it shows a male and a female couple with a transgender person playing the role of the snake. We like …

jac tomlins novel the curse of grandma maple rainbow families

Australian author Jac Tomlins has launched a new children’s novel that she believes is one of the very first to feature a rainbow family. The author and mum of three launched the book, The Curse of Grandma Maple, this week for kids in the upper primary age range. “[The novel] is not a story about …

Queer Objects

Queer Objects landed on my desk this week — a captivating pop-up museum of queer history. “Queer lives give rise to a vast array of objects,” writes Otago University Press of this remarkable book of objects edited by Chris Brickell and Judith Collard. Dino Hodge I flick through the book and immediately come across a …

dance against homophobia

The studio audience for France has Incredible Talent! awarded a standing ovation to dancers Guillaume and Arthur for their dance against homophobia this week. During the last round of auditions, Arthur from Quebec and Guillaume from France, presented a routine displaying their full range of talents as acrobats and dancers. The pair, a couple for …

matrix expressions dance company

Internationally renowned Chinese dance company BeijingDance/LDTX is coming to Brisbane to perform Matrix, a cultural collaboration with Expressions Dance Company (EDC). Prior to the season at QPAC, EDC spent five weeks in Beijing creating the double bill. During that time, they developed new works from Australian multi-award-winning choreographer, Stephanie Lake, and Chinese choreographer, MA Bo. …

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