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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

Stephen Madsen Muriels Wedding QPAC

When Stephen Madsen first steps into the spotlight in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, he is apparently fresh from the pool in his role as Alexander Shkuratov. Costumed in just a pair of budgie-smugglers and glistening droplets of water, he looks every bit the Olympic swimmer he plays. Stephen works hard to maintain his body for …

Steven Oliver From Darkness La Boite

Steven Oliver’s play From Darkness originated in a chat with his family. “We were talking about spirits and time travel and going back to change the time when Cook arrived.” From that conversation emerged the gripping, darkly funny drama rightly described by ArtsHub as one of the ‘must-see’ shows of the Brisbane Festival. It is …

Nash Theatre brisbane theatre play Straight bisexuality

Tucked away behind the Uniting Church in New Farm lives Nash Theatre. The award-winning community theatre company delivers show-stopping productions for over two decades. Nash Theatre’s Australia-first production of Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola’s bisexual-themed stage play Straight opens later this month. The play follows Ben (Tyler Harris), a 26-year-old who likes beer, sport, girlfriend …

Steven Oliver From Darkness

Writer Steven Oliver new play From Darkness is “the kind of storytelling experience that will take audiences from tears to belly-laughs all in the space of 70 minutes,” says La Boite CEO and Artistic Director Todd MacDonald. From Darkness is a gripping, darkly funny drama about a spiritual force and a family’s need to connect …

Jaq Grantford ken tootsie atherton kennedy prize

Victorian artist Jaq Grantford this week took out South Australia’s Kennedy Prize for her painting Tootsie, Just an Old Drag Queen. The portrait is of 84-year-old drag queen Ken ‘Tootsie’ Atherton. Tootsie died shortly after the completion of the portrait in September last year. The artist told the ABC Tootsie had a tough life. His …

Brisbane author comedian Thomas Bleach Damaged Goods gay Author coming out

QN Magazine talks to Brisbane author, music reviewer and stand-up comedian, Thomas Bleach about his new work Damaged Goods. This debut book explores the author’s journey through life in an immersive experience that incorporates text, images, music and performance. Thomas pulls together all the strands of his various interests and takes advantage of digital technology …

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An engaged couple working on lesbian-themed Broadway musical The Prom have tied the knot onstage in a real-life wedding. At a recent performance, script coordinator Armelle Kay Harper and singer/actress Jody Kay Smith tied the knot in front of a cheering audience at New York’s Longacre Theatre. Bob Martin, one of the musical’s writers, got …

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