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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. …

“Describe myself in three words? Unapologetic, authentic, and vulnerable.” Meet Jason Chasland, the award-winning, multi-disciplinary bringing his alter ego Leather Lungs to Brisbane for four nights of heartfelt honesty and humour in Son of a Preacher. The thought-provoking and hilarious show tackles adversity through anecdotes and high-pitched notes. And if stories aren’t your thing, don’t worry …

Daniel Cordner

Australian artist and person living with HIV (PLHIV), Daniel Cordner, recently shared his poignant story of personal growth. After the shame and fear of an HIV diagnosis, Daniel interpreted his turn around via a live drawing representation of his ‘positive experience’ at an HIV event in Melbourne. The idea came from a friend and fellow …

queerstories brisbane powerhouse november 2019 maeve marsden samuel leighton-dore fez fa'anana

Queerstories is raucous, radical, and then at times, sweetly heartwarming. The popular live show is returning to Brisbane Powerhouse on Saturday, November 16 for another evening of wildly funny and extremely honest stories from our LGBTIQ+ community. The Queerstories talks invite audience members within and supporting the LGBTIQ community to be moved by an unexpected …

Orpheus & Eurydice opera queensland

Opera Queensland’s concluding production for the year, Orpheus & Eurydice, integrates circus performers into the action.  QNews spoke with one of the principal artists, Jarred Dewey. The story  Eurydice has died and her husband, Orpheus, is distraught. The god of Love, Amor appears and gives him a chance to retrieve his wife from the depths …

call me by your name oliver and elio sequel andre aciman

Call Me By Your Name author André Aciman has opened up about what he believes is “the end” of Elio and Oliver’s story in his new sequel novel. Aciman’s new novel Find Me, out this month, picks up 10 years after the first and sees Elio dating an older man named Michel. Elio’s father Sami …

richard cilli expressions dance company qpac

In an exhilarating double bill, Expressions Dance Company collaborates with one of China’s leading contemporary dance companies – Beijing Dance/LDTX – to present Matrix at QPAC this November. Renowned Australian dancer Richard Cilli joined Expressions Dance Company for the Chinese Australian Dance Exchange Project. Matrix came about as a result of the collaboration. Richard Cilli Richard Cilli …

sir elton

Sir Elton John says he told Tina Turner to “stick your f***ing song up your arse.” The Sun reports that Elton shares this and other incidents in his autobiography Me due for release this week. According to the report, Tina Turner criticised everything from his hair to the colour of his piano when they planned a …

gay couple uk chester rocky horror show christian religious protesters

Religious protesters rallying outside a theatre production of the Rocky Horror Show have gone viral thanks to a gay couple’s response to their bigotry. The protesters were reportedly from the nearby Zion Tabernacle Protestant Evangelical Church in the English city of Chester. They slammed the Story House Theatre’s production as “vile” and “unholy, sexual and …

samuel leighton dore queer masculinity brisbane writers festival

Many men shy away from conversations about toxic masculinity, but Samuel Leighton-Dore is not one of them. The multidisciplinary artist (pictured above) appeared at the Brisbane Writers Festival to discuss his contribution to Benjamin Law’s book Growing Up Queer in Australia. He told the audience of his fascination with masculinity and the expectations placed on …

faith prince qpac broadway annie alice in wonderland cabaret brisbane

Tony Award-winning Broadway star Faith Prince is returning to Australia in October for two intimate cabaret performances at QPAC. Faith Prince has been dazzling audiences since winning the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Miss Adelaide in the musical Guys and Dolls. In her latest concert, An Intimate Evening with Faith Prince, …

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