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Steelers: The World’s First Gay Rugby Team by Eammon Ashton-Atkinson opens in cinemas around Australia and New Zealand in November. Eammon currently works in Washington DC as a correspondent for Australia’s 10 Network and QNews spoke to him there about the movie. Scroll down for the QNews interview with Eammon Ashton-Atkinson Steelers Screenings in Australia …

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Queer TV and streaming network Revry has launched the first 24/7 channel for queer women, OML, this week. OML on Revry is billed as the first TV channel ever “to cater to queer womxn including those who identify as lesbian, bi, trans female, gender non-binary and queer.” Formerly known as “One More Lesbian”, OML began …

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Well-known Perth drag queen Scarlet Adams has offered a brutal response to Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas’ comments about transgender people. Zempilas, who was only elected this month, is also breakfast host at radio station 6PR. On Wednesday he made the insensitive comments about gender and transgender people on air. Zempilas subsequently apologised after widespread …

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ARIA award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Samantha Jade released her new song  ‘BACK 2 BACK’ earlier today. Look out for an interview with Samantha Jade and QNews music expert DJ Dolly Llama in mid-November. DJ Dolly Llama says she absolutely adores Samantha Jade. “Sammi is a true Australian musical legend. She began modelling at the …

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Presented by Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2020, Other Offering is a public art activation by artist Jordan Azcune. This new work consists of a series of sympathetic sculptural interventions at Brisbane’s Toowong Cemetery. Jordan told QNews he wanted to explore how to critically expand the iconographies of spiritual display through contemporary art. He …

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Brisbane’s Pride Business Network recognises that perhaps the greatest strength of the LGBTIQ+ communities is their diversity. PBN celebrates the very diversity within their own organisation. Pride Business Network President Richard Bakker said that business was no longer solely the privileged domain of stuffy old men in suits. “Once business associations met in clubs that …

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James Randi, the magician and debunker of mind-reading and faith-healing charlatans, died yesterday aged 92. Randi took centre-place in one of the most iconic moments on Australian television when late-night TV host Don Lane stormed out of an interview. As he stomped off the set the ‘lanky yank’ uttered a phrase then considered too shocking …

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The Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Festival, north Queensland’s newest LGBTIQ event, will return in 2021 ahead of next year’s Mardi Gras. The event was held for the first time in February this year. Now festival directors Nathan Clarke and Jason Penrose say advanced planning is underway for the next one. They’ve locked in the …

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Hugh Sheridan has revealed that he has been in relationships with both men and women. The Packed to the Rafters star penned a candid first-person essay on his sexuality for News Corp’s Stellar magazine. In it, Sheridan revealed he was in a relationship with a man after moving from Adelaide to Sydney to attend the …

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Cairns Pride Festival is returning this month, with the event officially launching in Far North Queensland tonight. The festival’s 2020 lineup features a range of COVID-safe events independently designed and run by community leaders, volunteers and groups. Among them events are a special movie screening, a Pride party at Turtle Cove Beach Resort and social …

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Australians are being urged make a donation to support a local LGBTIQ group as part of GiveOUT Day today. GiveOUT Day, started last year, is a national coordinated day of fundraising for LGBTIQ+ projects, community groups, and not-for-profit organisations nationwide. Despite as many as a tenth of Australians identifying as queer, LGBTIQ-specific projects get only …

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Around 150 people have come together to march in Mackay’s inaugural Rainbow Pride event this week. After a rally at Bluewater Quay, the attendees waved rainbow flags and signs as they marched along the Forgan Bridge on Wednesday morning. Organisers hope the event is the first of many to come in the regional Queensland city. …

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A new documentary screening in Australia exposes the horrors of Chechnya’s violent “gay purge” and the brave efforts of activists to rescue persecuted LGBTIQ Chechens. Since 2016, Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, has vowed to “cleanse the blood” of Chechnya. To do this, he sanctioned a brutal campaign to detain, …

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A narrative like the one in Stage Mother, detailing the drag scene and the straight Texan mother who embraces it following the death of her queer son, should hit hard in 2020. Even more so when a seasoned performer like Jacki Weaver portrays the mother. However, as well-intentioned as Stage Mother is, it’s a little …

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A judge has slammed Network Ten for “burying” a clarification after settling a defamation case with a BDSM master whose Australian pup Jack Chapman died from silicone injections into his scrotum. American man Dylan Hafertepen (above right) sued Ten over the segment on The Project, aired November 2018. The story Justice for Jack, by Hamish …

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The first trailer for highly anticipated queer musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is here, and people are excited. The film, based on the acclaimed musical of the same name, stars newcomer Max Harwood as 16-year-old Jamie New. At school, Jamie doesn’t quite fit in and instead of pursuing a “real” career, he dreams of becoming …

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South Australia’s Feast Festival is the state’s first festival to launch a full lineup of live shows since COVID-19 restrictions began, with over 100 queer events in its 2020 program. The LGBTIQ festival’s organisers say they and their lineup of artists and performers are “coming out of the COVID-19 coma” with the launch of its …

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Kristen Stewart says she’s now “relishing” her status as a queer public figure after struggling with being “hounded” about her sexuality. The actress is appearing in upcoming lesbian Christmas rom-com Happiest Season (pictured above right), due for release in November. In the movie, Abby (Stewart) is planning to propose to girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) while …

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Reigning Eurovision Song Contest winner Duncan Laurence and his boyfriend Jordan Garfield have announced their engagement on social media. The Dutch singer-songwriter won the contest for the Netherlands back in 2019 with his track “Arcade” and is still reigning champ due to 2020’s cancellation. Laurence, who’s bisexual, shared the news on social media, with a …

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Anthony Callea has recalled receiving a death threat before he competed in Australian Idol‘s grand finale in 2004. The 37-year-old recalled the incident on new podcast The Idol Archives with former Idol judge Mark Holden. “It was hand-delivered to the house. It was essentially, ‘If Anthony won the grand final he would be killed,’” the …

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An amazing new digital exhibition explores over a century of queer history in the Tweed in northern New South Wales. Tweed Regional Museum launched the project, titled Small Town Queer, to coincide with LGBTI History Month in October. The collection explores Tweed’s “rich tapestry” of queer history from the early 1900s to the present. The …

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Voting has opened for nominees in the fifth annual Trans Community Awards, recognising and celebrating Queensland’s trans, gender diverse and non-binary communities. Each year, the Trans Community Awards recognise the work and achievements of activists, groups, events and allies to the local trans, gender diverse, non-binary, brotherboy and sistergirl communities. The event is organised by …

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