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The Aussie amateur LEGO designer behind that custom RuPaul’s Drag Race model has spent lockdown creating a Schitt’s Creek version he’s pitching to the toy company. Mark Fitzpatrick is a marketing manager by day and LEGO enthusiast by night. He previously submitted his incredible Will & Grace and Drag Race concepts to the LEGO Ideas …

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Aussie singer Ricki-Lee Coulter is helping us dance our way out of isolation with new single Last Night. It’s been over 15 years since Ricki-Lee became a household name on Australian Idol. And since then, the hard working diva has achieved massive success in music and on Aussie TV. But like many, the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for a ban on an upcoming film featuring Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson as a female Jesus Christ. The indie film, titled Habit, completed filming before the COVID-19 lockdowns. It’s now in post-production, but has no release date yet. However, over 250,000 people have signed a Change.org …

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Earlier this year, Aussie actress Vanessa Moltzen returned home to sit out the COVID-19 restrictions with family in Brisbane. Vanessa grew up in Brisbane and attended first Wynnum North State School and later Lourdes Hill College. In the last few years, she’s appeared in numerous TV series and movies. She starred in Bullets for the …

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Actor and singer Luke Evans has exchanged cute Pride messages with his “better half”, art director Rafa Olarra. The Welsh-born start first started posting photos of the pair of them together at the start of the year. Evans seemed to suggest the pair were a couple and Olarra posted a Valentine’s message calling Evans his …

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Four Queensland LGBTIQ community advocates and groups received Queens Ball Awards as Brisbane Pride streamed the iconic event online on Saturday night. The Queens Ball is the longest-running LGBTIQ event in the world. But due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony went online to coincide with this weekend’s Global Pride celebrations. Hosts Ella Ganza and Paul …

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COVID-19 may have cancelled Pride festivals worldwide, but Australia will join the online Global Pride celebrations on Saturday (June 27). On Saturday evening, Brisbane Pride are hosting this year’s 59th Annual Queens Ball Virtual Awards online from 7pm. The Queens Ball is the longest-running LGBTIQ event in the world. Brisbane Pride President Rebecca Johnson told …

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Australian actress Jacki Weaver plays a Southern Baptist who trades the diocese for drag queens in the new queer film Stage Mother. The Academy Award winner plays Maybelline in the heartwarming comedy-drama, a church choir director whose son, a gay San Francisco club owner, suddenly dies. After his death, she soon discovers her son’s struggling …

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A new Netflix documentary executive produced by Laverne Cox explores 100 years of transgender representation in film and television. Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen takes a deep dive into the evolution of transgender representation in film and TV shows, in the same vein as celebrated 1995 doco The Celluloid Closet. Through the eyes of trans …

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Queer royalty Kristen Stewart will play Princess Diana in a new biopic. Director Pablo Larraín has cast Stewart as the princess in new film Spencer. The film will take place over three days in the early 1990s, when Diana made the decision to separate from Prince Charles and remove herself from becoming queen. Charles and …

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Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons is holding its own Pride Month festivities inside the megahit video game and it looks adorable. If you’ve never played it, the game is an open-ended island simulator for the Nintendo Switch. For Pride Month this month, Animal Crossing players will come together with special events in the game for …

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Foxtel’s Wentworth is resuming production on its final ever episodes this week, and Janet King star Marta Dusseldorp has joined the cast of the beloved prison drama. Dusseldorp said she was so honoured and excited to join the show and “said yes straight away”. “I vote for the AACTAs and the Logies, so I would …

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Comedian Josh Thomas has apologised after comments he made in 2016 about casting people of colour on TV resurfaced online. Thomas made the comments at a TV panel discussion in Sydney, alongside Rosehaven stars Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor, and US TV creator Dan Harmon. During the discussion, Pacquola recalled she was aware her ABC …

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MasterChef Australia fan favourite Khanh Ong has bid farewell to the show with an emotional send-off after he was eliminated from the competition on Sunday night. The 27-year-old chef was sent home from MasterChef: Back to Win after he failed to wow the judges with his quail dish. The Victorian chef, who is gay, held …

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Global Pride 2020 yesterday announced further additions to the event line-up along with a focus on racial justice to uplift #BlackLivesMatter. Singer Todrick Hall joins the entertainment line-up and will also host the event on his YouTube channel. Former US Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden will also join the speakers at the event. …

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Spoiler alert for season 4 of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why An HIV awareness organisation has slammed the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why for a “lazy and sensationalist” HIV/AIDS storyline. The fourth and final season of the teen drama, well-known for its love of shock tactics, arrived this week. And the show ends with teen character …

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New SBS documentary series Who Gets to Stay in Australia? will share the life-changing moment when a gay migrant finds out if he can call Australia home, or face leaving his partner. Approximately every three minutes, someone gets permanent residency in Australia. However, authorities reject more than 40,000 others each year. The new four-part SBS …

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JK Rowling has shared a lengthy essay with her 14 million followers on transgender issues, doubling down on her transphobic views after a fierce backlash. Last weekend, the Harry Potter author was criticised for tweets she posted discussing biological sex and gender identity. Now Rowling has taken to Twitter again to share the 3600-word blog …

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Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has penned a lengthy and powerful response to author JK Rowling’s tweets about transgender people last weekend. The British author received intense backlash after calling out an article with the phrase “people who menstruate” and arguing “if sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction.” The author’s tweets conflating biological sex …

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Neighbours‘ gay husbands David and Aaron will become parents to a young foster child this week on the long-running soap. The couple, played by Takaya Honda and Matt Wilson, got married on the Network 10 series in 2018. And this week they’ll get the chance to become dads. The pair will become permanent carers to …

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Actor Justice Smith has come out as queer and said his boyfriend is his “guiding light” in a moving Black Lives Matter post. The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Pokémon Detective Pikachu actor went to a New Orleans protest with boyfriend Nicholas Ashe. Smith said they both chanted “black trans lives matter” and “black queer …

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Brisbane’s drag queens are returning to the Sportsman Hotel from tonight as Queensland’s COVID-19 restrictions ease further. Sporties owner Neil McLucas said from tonight (Friday, June 5), two queens will entertain diners and the Butch Bar will also reopen. “Given the restrictions, we decided to turn it into a theatre restaurant, with the queens entertaining …

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