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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’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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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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drag race thailand season 2 winner Angele anang transgender

Drag Race Thailand has crowned the popular reality TV franchise’s first ever transgender winner. Trans queen Angele Anang was crowned winner during the finale of the Thai version of the show’s second season on Friday. Show co-host Pangina Heals took to her social media accounts to congratulate Angele on the win, writing, “You worked hard …

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Queen and Adam Lambert have announced they’ll return to Australia next year for a national stadium tour, off the back of the success of Freddy Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. The band’s new Rhapsody Tour will bring them to six Australian stadium venues in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast in February next …

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The recent 95th birthday celebrations for the Brisbane Arcade highlight the many contributions of gay Brisbane philanthropist gay Dr. James Mayne, writes Destiny Rogers. Born into a wealthy Brisbane family, Dr Mayne worked at the Brisbane Hospital from 1891 until 1904, first as Resident Medical Officer and then as Medical Superintendent. He donated his salary …

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cairns artist mark cochrane doghousefnq

QN Magazine was lucky to catch Mark Cochrane’s first Cairns exhibition of DogHouseFNQ back in October and the exhibition has shown at two other galleries since. Here’s hoping we see this quirky collection featuring zany North Queensland homes and even zanier pooches down in Brisbane sometime soon. DogHouseFNQ shows off homes from Townsville to Mareeba. …

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After reading our film reviewer Peter Gray’s recent listing of queer picks to stream for Mardi Gras, QN Magazine reader Bill Rutkin contacted us to let us know about a hidden gem he’d discovered on Netflix. I recently bought a subscription to Netflix so I could watch Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette, and since then, a number …

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Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman

Actor Taron Egerton and Elton John’s husband David Furnish have said they’ll “strongly resist” any censorship of the upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman‘s gay content as the movie is released in different countries around the world. Egerton plays the gay music icon in the “epic musical fantasy” about Elton’s early years, and in a new …

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A new LGBTIQ-friendly club night has launched on the Gold Coast after the closure of the Surfers Paradise party precinct’s two other gay hotspots. Gold Coast man Patrik Holmkvist is holding his gay-friendly party event tonight, called Rainbow Allsorts, at the Underground Nightclub on Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise tonight from 9pm. He said he …

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gay and loathing in bris vegas webseries brisbane

A new queer web series shot in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast with a cast of local actors has made its debut on YouTube. Set in Australia’s third largest city over a two-day weekend, Gay and Loathing in Bris Vegas follows the lives of seven gay men as they traverse the cul-de-sacs of sub-tropical …

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One of the most salient fears of marriage equality opponents was that success for the “yes” campaign would lead to a radical age-inappropriate sex education curriculum. There were wild claims made — students asked to role-play same-sex relationships, boys encouraged to wear dresses, sex toys in primary school health classes… (All since quietly filed under …

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elton john on stage

Sir Elton John has joined a growing list of those condemning Brunei’s introduction of brutal new anti-gay laws by calling for a boycott of hotels owned by the country’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. People in the small Asian nation who engage in homosexual activity can be flogged and stoned to death under strict new Islamic laws …

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hannah gadsby douglas, follow up to nanette

By Jana Perkovic, University of Melbourne Hannah Gadsby’s new show, Douglas, is not earth-shattering the way Nanette was; but then, nothing could be. Many of us watched with fascination as Gadsby’s tenth solo show, Nanette, took her from a local niche market in queer comedy to international superstardom, skipping quite a few steps in between. …

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