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2018 Queen's Ball Awards

There are just a few days left to nominate your community heroes for an honour at this year’s 59th annual Queens Ball Awards. The long-running event will return to the Brisbane City Hall in June, and seventeen community awards are on offer this year’s ceremony, with nominations closing this Friday (April 26). The Brisbane Pride …

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theatre star Todd Mckenney outs Simon Gallaher

Theatre producer and star Simon Gallaher and his wife have reportedly split following fellow stage star Todd McKenney’s revelation last year that he and Gallaher dated for several years. McKenney revealed in a JOY FM radio interview last August that he dated singer and musical theatre producer Simon Gallaher for five years, and Gallaher went …

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sexual health stis

“You can stand under my umbrella.” In Umbrella, Rihanna sings about love as in ‘lurve’ — mad romantic passion. But let’s talk about love as in mad sexual passion — making love. It’s time we talk about sex and taking shelter from STIs. Like most great passions in life, sex comes with risks. Those risks …

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Chinese Owned Grindr Fails

Poor old Grindr. The world’s leading gay hook-up app is in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Hook-ups gone wrong… the Chinese government perhaps spying on personal data… Let’s put Grindr back in the headlines for the right reasons — the message fails it’s famous for. We all know size matters. We need …

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cory michael smith in yen tan aids drama film 1985

Reminding us at once how far we’ve come in terms of society’s view on sexuality yet that there is still change to be integrated, writer-director Yen Tan’s 1985 is a beautiful, poignant drama set during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Slow burning, tonally and texturally stunning (the black-and-white palette evokes memories of the …

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transgender chest binder

Chest dysphoria is one of the most significant contributors to depression in transgender men. Most trans masculine people would prefer flat chests, not surprising in a world where people’s brains automatically gender someone based on physical outline. Many trans guys have such strong dysphoria regarding their chests that they cannot stand to look in the …

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alex nation and brooke blurton kiss on bachelor in paradise

Twitter users have praised Bachelor in Paradise after female contestants Alex Nation and Brooke Blurton share a passionate kiss on last night’s episode. The show is in its second week, and while both women have have also had connections with male suitors, Alex chose to use her date card to take out Brooke. “I know …

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Courtney Act has made history on last night’s episode of Dancing With The Stars by taking to the dancefloor as her male self. The Australian drag star and dance partner Joshua Keefe have topped the leaderboard repeatedly since the show began in late February. But on Monday night’s episode, Courtney danced as her male self, …

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Charles laughton in the hunchback of notre dame movie

English-American stage and film actor Charles Laughton struggled with his homosexuality because of a strict Catholic upbringing but found a sympathetic wife in Bride of Frankenstein actress Elsa Lanchester. One of Hollywood’s greatest character actors, his portrayal of Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the outstanding roles from the Golden Age …

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Hannah Gadsby by Netflix from her special Nanette

Comedian Hannah Gadsby has scored a nomination for a prestigious Peabody Award in the US for her Netflix special Nanette. Gadsby picked up the nomination in the Entertainment category for the acclaimed special, which brought her back from the brink of retirement to global fame. The Peabody Awards were established in 1940 and the awards …

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The sense of a feast and a rich antipasto platter of musical and visual artistry was the dominant impression of Opera Queensland’s new production of John Adams’ A Flowering Tree this month, writes reviewer Tim Passmore. The majestic concert staging of A Flowering Tree by Opera Queensland’s Artistic Director Patrick Nolan elegantly combined real-time performance …

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Spanish lesbian romance Carmen and Lola is one of the queer highlights at the upcoming Spanish Film Festival, returning to Brisbane’s Palace Cinemas next week. This year’s 22nd annual Spanish Film Festival features a curated program of 32 films from Spain and all around Latin America. Bilbao-born writer-director Arantxa Echevarría’s Carmen and Lola, which is …

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game of thrones loras and renly

By Stephen M Hornby, University of Salford Game of Thrones is back. The most-watched show from HBO in nearly half a century is in its home straight after seven years – and the last six episodes will be among the most expensive television ever made. Given the way the world of television is rapidly splintering …

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joshua hart brisbane wedding celebrant

“Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life,” says Brisbane marriage celebrant Joshua Hart. “As your celebrant, I will ensure that your ceremony reflects the couple you are. “Whether it be a small, intimate ceremony or a larger, formal ceremony, I will work with you to design this day, your way.” As a …

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brisbane powerhouse melt queer arts festival reuben kaye cabaret performer

Brisbane’s MELT queer arts festival has unveiled its 2019 program of events, performances and discussions. The 10-day festival runs from June 28 to July 7 at the Brisbane Powerhouse with a program celebrating LGBTIQ+ arts and culture and promoting visibility and inclusivity among the LGBTIQ+ community. MELT guest director Emily Gilhome said the festival would …

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polish general count casimir pulaski

By Olivia Murphy, University of Sydney A documentary from the Smithsonian Institute, examining new DNA and physical anthropology evidence, suggests the famous cavalry officer Casimir Pulaski (1745-1779) might have been a woman, or intersex. Pulaski is a hero of the struggles for Polish and American independence. He is credited with saving George Washington’s life in …

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Nundah suzuki's Jimny all terrain SUV

QN Magazine took cover model Daniel Pasquali out to Nundah Suzuki to check out the Suzuki Jimny — designed to go from motorways to mountain ranges, the all new Jimny goes anywhere and everywhere, places only Jimny can. With all the small SUV off-road pretenders on the market, the Suzuki is a stand-out with proven …

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Mr Sportsman Hotel 2018 Winner Allen Park

Entries have opened for this year’s sexy Mr Sportsman Hotel competition at the venue on May 5. The annual flesh-flashing competition is one of the Brisbane venue’s most popular events, and this year it’s themed “Heroes and Villains”. Aside from the glory and bragging rights that come with winning the Mr Sporties title, there’s also …

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taylor swift tennessee

Taylor Swift has donated $113,000 to an LGBTIQ group in Tennessee that is lobbying to stop state lawmakers from passing legislation disadvantaging the LGBTIQ community. Swift didn’t announce the donation to the Tennessee Equality Project herself, but it was revealed on the group’s Facebook page by leader Chris Sanders. In a handwritten letter, Swift wrote, …

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Queer eye Jess Guilbeaux

Queer Eye’s first lesbian hero Jess Guilbeaux has paid off her college debts and is ready to return to school, after fans fundraised more than $90,000 dollars for her. The 23-year-old was introduced to the world in the Netflix makeover show’s recently-released third season, and told the Fab Five in her episode that after she …

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Madonna

Madonna has been confirmed as a special guest at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest next month. The contest will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel this year and Madonna’s team have confirmed that the singer will perform as an interval act after months of rumours. Live Nation Israel said the singer will perform two songs …

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lgbtiq rainbow undershirt business outfit workplace

A toxic workplace culture is bad for all employees, but can be a particular burden on LGBTIQ employees, already stigmatised by their sexuality or identity, writes RJ Miles. I wish workplace mental health initiatives were more about helping people to understand the psychology of burnout and less about getting people to do yoga. The benefits …

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