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jonathan van ness queer eye non-binary

Queer Eye‘s grooming guru Jonathan Van Ness has revealed he identifies as non-binary. The Netflix star told Out magazine that he “prefers he/him pronouns but does not identify as a man.” “The older I get, the more I think that I’m non-binary — I’m gender nonconforming,” he said. “Like, some days I feel like a …

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Pop Psychology

Pop psychology might better be described as psychobabble, because the uninformed teachings of self-taught ‘experts’ only serve to limit our human potential. Do you have an intellect, or just the box it came in? Let’s stop limiting ourselves and others. I often hear people artistic friends state that creativity trumps intelligence. But are we compelled …

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luminous lantern parade rainbow hub

Up to 20,000 people flocked to the LUMINOUS Lantern Parade held at Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands last night to celebrate diversity. Marching in the parade for the first time in 2019, the Rainbow Hub. Brisbane’s Rainbow Hub offers international queer students in Brisbane a safe space to celebrate identity and diversity without discrimination or judgement. …

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the project host hamish macdonald boyfriend gay

The Project host Hamish Macdonald has confirmed his relationship with his boyfriend at the recent GQ Gentlemen’s Ball in Melbourne. The Channel 10 journalist arrived at the gala event and walked the red carpet holding hands with partner Jacob. Afterward, Macdonald posted a photo of he and Jacob hand-in-hand alongside a love heart emoji to …

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Chris Evans has criticised the “homophobic” organisers of a “straight pride parade” in Boston. A group of three men made headlines for planning the parade to “fight for the right of straights everywhere.” The group also claim heterosexuals are an “oppressed majority” and they want an “S” for “straight” added to the LGBTIQ acronym. But …

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Matthew Mitcham has announced he has gotten engaged to his partner Luke Rutherford. The Olympic gold medalist announced the happy news on his Instagram after Luke proposed over the weekend. “He got down on both knees, I said yes, and now we’re engaged,” Mitcham wrote, showing off his engagement ring. Luke added on his own …

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Stygian Stones Matthew Taylor Thomas Melt Brisbane Powerhouse

Matthew Taylor Thomas explores the story of queer depression and the fight for survival in a toxic society in his new exhibition. The Brisbane Powerhouse hosts Stygian Stones during MELT 2019, the Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. We saw one of the early photographs from Stygian Stones earlier in the year. Impressed by the …

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jack the landscaper brisbane city Pride Business Network

Jack the Landscaper from Brisbane city landscapes talks to Pride Business Network  Jack Blair-Swannell grew up in Brisbane around beautiful gardens. He saw the joy they brought to people’s lives, and it fed his own passion for landscaping. As an adult, he studied landscaping and construction and became Jack the Landscaper. He brings both those skills …

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Ellen DeGeneres sexual abuse David Letterman

Ellen DeGeneres has opened up to David Letterman about a traumatic experience of sexual abuse as a teenager. The comedian made the revelation on talk show host David Letterman’s Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Ellen described the perpetrator of the abuse – her mother Betty’s ex-husband – as a “very bad man”. …

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straight pride flag badge on Amazon

A UK retailer on Amazon is selling a “straight pride flag” badge, and this one is even blander than the one that went viral last year. Hornet reported that a UK retailer named Emblem-Gifts is selling their “Straight Pride LGBT Oblong Lapel Pin Badge” for £4 ($AU7.30). The pin badge features three black-and-white flag designs …

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the voice australia oliver cuthbert transgender

Fifteen-year-old Oliver Cuthbert has wowed with his blind audition on The Voice Australia on Sunday night. The Sydney singer appeared on the show on Sunday night to perform his rendition of “Firestone” by Kygo and Conrad Sewell. Oliver said he had been singing since age six but just nine months earlier had to retrain his …

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pride listerine rainbow LGBT sandwich butt plug IKEA

Once it was enough to wave a rainbow flag to celebrate Pride. Now however, marketers who once ignored LGBTIQ communities, can’t wait to throw pride-themed merch at us.  From Listerine mouthwash to an LGBT sandwich to IKEA carry bags and butt plugs, retailers are painting their products rainbow. Some do it to show support and …

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malta same-sex marriage rainbow parliament

Malta has been named the most LGBTIQ-friendly travel destination in Europe for the fourth year in a row. Advocacy group ILGA-Europe produces the Rainbow Europe list annually, ranking 49 European countries based on how their laws and policies impact on the lives of LGBTIQ people. Categories include equality and non-discrimination, families, hate crime and hate …

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arthur marc brown tv series mr ratburn wedding

Marc Brown, the creator of long-running kids TV series Arthur, has said he’s “disappointed” by a conservative backlash against the show’s recent same-sex wedding. Mr Ratburn, Arthur’s teacher, married his male partner Patrick in the show’s recent season premiere episode. Many celebrated at the time, but Alabama Public Television (APT) refused to air it, deeming …

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Last weekend’s surprise federal election result will have major negative ramifications on weekend workers’ penalty rates, and will leave the future of LGBTIQ employees, teachers and students in faith-based institutions in limbo. Labor’s Bill Shorten had pledged to end lawful discrimination against gay workers, teachers and students in faith-based institutions, including schools. He also promised …

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melt festival 2019 portrait prize dan molloy pacific islander brisbane powerhouse

Judges have chosen a portrait depicting the internal struggle of LGBTIQ Pacific Islander people as winner of the MELT Festival Portrait Prize. Brisbane photographer Dan Molloy’s Silenced in the Shadows was named Judge’s Choice at Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday night. He won a $1000 prize. Molloy (pictured) photographed Stevie for the portrait, who identifies as …

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brisbane la boite theatre company qut romeo and juliet

Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company in partnership with QUT, presents a 21st century re-imagining of Shakespeare’s iconic Romeo and Juliet. The production takes no prisoners in this tale of star-crossed lovers, under the gripping direction of Artistic Director Todd MacDonald. Directed by Todd MacDonald and edited with Lucas Stibbard the re-imagining of the enduring tragedy …

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Peter Mitchell Conspiracy of Skin poet

Mark Tredinnick said of Conspiracy of Skin by poet Peter Mitchell, “These lyric poems, an accumulation of turning points, tell of a long moment finally outlasted.” I’m grateful for reading those words on the back of Conspiracy of Skin as they inspired me to open what turned out to be an absolute treasure. When told …

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arthur marc brown tv series mr ratburn wedding

Fans have cheered long-running children’s TV series Arthur for revealing main character Mr Ratburn is gay and tying the knot at a same-sex wedding. Arthur started screening in 1996 and the premiere episode of its 22nd (!) season is titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone”. In the episode, Arthur and his friends are shocked …

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james charles met gala instagram

Gay YouTube star James Charles has shed 2.7 million of his subscribers in just three days after a public spat with a fellow beauty vlogger. The US-based 19-year-old posts makeup tutorials and beauty reviews to YouTube and had amassed a following of over 16.5 million subscribers. In 2016, Charles became the first male ambassador for …

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karamo brown queer eye childrens book

Queer Eye star Karamo Brown is releasing an uplifting children’s book which he wrote with his 22-year old son Jason. Brown took to his Instagram to share the news about the book, titled ‘I Am Perfectly Designed’, writing, “So excited to announce that I wrote a picture book with my son, Jason to empower everyone …

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scott harrower fighting not dancing lismore regional gallery

A powerful photographic and sound installation by Scott Harrower opening in Lismore addresses homophobia and violence toward men who love men. The installation navigates personal and historical stories previously denied and forgotten. The characters in the photographs peel away the silence of Australia’s past. They reveal persecuted convict relationships, post WWII police brutality and unsolved murders during …

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