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Dancing With The Stars

Aussie drag star Courtney Act topped the leaderboard after performing on the first episode of Dancing With The Stars on Monday night. On last night’s debut episode, Courtney and dance partner Joshua Keefe slayed their routine to “Feel It Still” by Portugal The Man, scoring 23 out of 30 points. All three DWTS judges – …

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Sportsman Hotel in Brisbane

If you’re not travelling to Sydney for this year’s Mardi Gras parade, you’re invited to join in the celebrations at Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel. Sporties is throwing a Mardi Gras party on Saturday, March 2, with free entry all night and a live stream of this year’s parade on the big screen from 6pm. The venue’s …

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Final Fantasy XIV

Australian gaymers have cheered the news that a float themed after online game Final Fantasy XIV will make its debut in this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras parade. The float will be the fifth consecutive year that the Sydney Gaymers group, which has around 2,600 members, has participated in the annual parade, which will be held …

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Uber has chosen an inclusive heart as the symbol for a Valentine’s Day campaign in India to recognise the Indian Supreme Court’s ruling to decriminalize gay sex in the country. The transport service provider also added a rainbow background to its route map. The company announced the inclusive gesture via Twitter, urging everyone to express …

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Drag Race UK

UK talk show hosts Graham Norton and Alan Carr have been announced as judges on the upcoming UK spinoff of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The pair took to social media to share the exciting news, with Carr and Norton each posting a video. “Becoming part of the Drag Race family makes me ridiculously happy!” Norton said. …

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Jake Shears and Courtney Act

Singer Jake Shears and drag superstar Courtney Act have been confirmed for this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras Party. The Scissors Sisters frontman and Act will join the Brisbane boys from the Briefs Factory, HANDSOME, Paul Capsis and House of Slé as well as previously announced headliners PNAU and Kim Petras at the event, held after …

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gay traffic lights

Why did the same-sex couple cross the road? Because they had their very own gay traffic lights! Residents in Cologne, Germany will soon have traffic lights that display same-sex couple symbols instead of classic pedestrian symbols ahead of their annual Pride Festival. According to a city spokesperson, the lights will be set up along Huemarkt …

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Sam Smith non-binary

Sam Smith has struggled with body image issues for years, but the out and proud singer has said he’s had enough. The British singer took to Instagram to share an unfiltered shirtless photo of him at the beach to declare he will no longer allow his self-image struggles get the best of him. “In the …

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Kate Miller-Heidke peforms at Eurovision: Australia Decides 2019

Australia has locked in a spot in the Eurovision Song Contest until 2023, it’s been confirmed. SBS and production partner made the announcement on Wednesday, ahead of our fifth competitor, Brisbane-born singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke, heading to Israel in May. Eurovision executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand said the organisation “couldn’t have imagined quite how popular [Australian] …

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the basis of sex

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Notorious R.B.G., was the second female Justice appointed to the US Supreme Court. She was a lifelong advocate for gender equality and women’s rights, the first Supreme Court Justice to officiate at a same-sex wedding and in her 85th year remains on the court despite recent health issues. She deserves an …

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bert and ernie gay

An executive on Sesame Street has offered his thoughts on the possibility that Bert and Ernie could be more than just friends, reigniting a long-running debate as the children’s television favourite celebrates its 50th anniversary. Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Sesame Workshop Vice President Brown Johnson said people can classify the duo’s relationship and sexuality …

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Tributes have flowed for Patricia Nell Warren, the lesbian author of groundbreaking gay novel The Front Runner, who has died at age 82. The novelist, magazine editor and activist (pictured) is best known for the 1974 book, which centred on the love story between closeted coach Harlan Brown and out runner Billy Sive. The Front …

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2019 Sydney Mardi Gras

SBS has announced the four hosts of its coverage of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade next month. Western Australian 10 News presenter Narelda Jacobs and comedian Zoë Coombs Marr will join Joel Creasey and The Feed’s Patrick Abboud to provide colourful commentary on the floats and costumes from the parade, as …

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Kate Miller-Heidke peforms at Eurovision: Australia Decides 2019

Australia has chosen Brisbane-born singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke as this year’s Eurovision contender. Miller-Heidke beat nine other Aussie acts to win the selection competition at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in May in Tel Aviv. “I’m totally overwhelmed! This has been a …

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It seems like Jim Parsons won’t have to worry about how to keep himself busy after The Big Bang Theory wraps up its twelfth and final season this May. Parsons is set to produce a queer-themed Netflix series Special, an adaptation of Ryan O’Connell’s book I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, Deadline reported. …

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Eurovision 2019 Contenders

Eurovision 2019 Contenders: Australia’s first ever Eurovision Song Contest selection show is now only days away. Hosted on the Gold Coast and broadcast live on SBS on Saturday (February 9), the Eurovision: Australia Decides event will showcase the ten musical acts, all vying for your vote to send them to Tel Aviv, Israel to perform …

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Hannah Gadsby by Netflix from her special Nanette

Hannah Gadsby has announced she will debut a brand new stand-up show in Australia this year after the global success of her critically-acclaimed 2017 special, Nanette. Douglas, named after the Tasmanian-born comic’s dog, will premiere in Melbourne in March, with a number of dates announced at Melbourne’s Arts Centre. After that, Gadsby will take the …

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Babadook

Jennifer Kent, the writer-director of Australian horror film The Babadook, has weighed in on the Internet’s granting of gay icon status to the movie’s titular monster in 2017. According to Internet lore, it all began in mid-2017, when the horror film apparently made its way into Netflix’s listings for “LGBT Movies”. The categorisation may have …

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elton john concert

Music icon Sir Elton John has announced he’ll play more than a dozen concerts right across Australia next summer as part of his epic final tour. Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will include 15 dates across Australia in both capital cities and regional locations including Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and more. “I always …

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Madonna

Organisers of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest and Madonna’s team are reportedly in talks for her to perform during this year’s competition in May. Tel Aviv, Israel will serve as this year’s host after Netta Barzilai won last year’s contest in Portugal with her song “Toy”. According to multiple media reports, Israeli-Canadian billionaire Sylvan Adams …

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The Hate U Give movie

Rarely does a film attract the near universal acclaim showered on The Hate U Give, an American crime drama about the fallout after a high school student witnesses a police shooting. The movie deals frankly with race and racism as it addresses the tension between the police and the communities they’re supposed to serve and …

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A New Series Of 'The L Word' Has Officially Been Confirmed

Lesbian drama The L Word is officially returning to TV with several original cast members, US cable network Showtime has confirmed. A new season of eight episodes of the iconic series will head into production later this year and is expected to debut by the end of 2019. Three of the show’s original cast members …

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