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The organisers of the Newcastle Pride Festival have announced they have cancelled this year’s event due to COVID-19 fears, after months of preparation. Newcastle Pride President Lee-Anne McDougall said the committee had put in 7 months of planning for the 2020 Newcastle Pride Festival. However, with the “heaviest of hearts” she said the 2020 festival …

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British best-selling children’s author Jacqueline Wilson has come out publicly as she celebrates her latest book, an LGBTIQ teen love story. The 74-year-old author, perhaps best known for her Tracey Beaker series of children’s books, opened up to The Guardian about her “very happy” relationship with her partner of 18 years. Jacqueline explained she met …

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Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino seems pretty confident the cast will reunite for a sequel to the Oscar-winning gay romance. Guadagnino’s 2017 coming-of-age movie starred Timothée Chalamet as Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver. The pair fall in love in northern Italy during the early 1980s. Now the director has told Italian …

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Montaigne has confirmed she is Australia’s entrant for Eurovision Song Contest 2021, after missing out on taking part in this year’s cancelled contest. Singer songwriter Montaigne has confirmed she’ll keep her spot as Australia’s next representative and will compete in Eurovision in 2021. Montaigne earned her place in the competition after she won Eurovision Australia …

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Magda Szubanski has shared one of the ways she’s passing the time in isolation – writing her new series of children’s books. The Aussie comedian recently released the first in the series called Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony. “It’s called Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement – who hasn’t done one of those?” …

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The Australia Council for the Arts has announced millions in grants for local artists and arts organisations hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. The Council’s new Resilience Fund will provide around $5 million in funding to those in the creative arts sector during the pandemic. Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette said the arts funding body …

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A group of Australia’s best-known performers have beat the COVID-19 isolation blues with a beautiful rendition of Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World. Musician John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra rallied the artists for the performance to give us a little respite during the pandemic. “This rotten virus has affected everyone, but the impact on the …

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Drag superstar Trixie Mattel’s documentary Moving Parts has dropped on Netflix, in more good news for your self-isolation binge viewing. Trixie Mattel appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 7, before then winning Drag Race All Stars 3 in 2018. The performer, whose real name Brian Firkus, is also adored for her and drag BFF Katya’s …

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A moving short film about two Tasmanian LGBTIQ advocates has won Best Documentary at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Belonging tells a “parallel story between two generations of LGBTIQ activism” in Tasmania. In the film, 19-year-old activist Sam Watson (pictured left) takes a road trip across the island state. Along the way he explores the …

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Brisbane social group Wendybird have announced they’re moving their activities online to keep the community connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. For five years, the Wendybird Collective have brought LGBTIQ community members together with monthly meetups and activities in New Farm and West End. But with the ongoing coronavirus situation forcing us to remain at home, …

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Despite the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, Eurovision fans will still have something to look forward to. BBC just announced Graham Norton will host the Eurovision: Come Together special on 16 May. Eurovision: Come Together – what would have been As the UK’s regular Eurovision commentator, Norton will bring BBC viewers the acts …

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Comedian Mae Martin is creator and star of Feel Good, a semi-autobiographical lesbian dramedy new to Netflix. The series follows the Canadian comic, playing herself, as she starts an intense new relationship while coping with the struggles of being a recovering addict. Mae is living in London but her “addictive behaviors and intense romanticism dominate …

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Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel will today shut down for the first time in its history as the COVID-19 crisis grips Australia. On Sunday night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced pubs and clubs as well as many other businesses would shut down on Monday to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Sporties team announced “with mixed emotions …

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All over Europe, people are in lockdown in small apartments. But amidst the uncertainty of a 21st-century pandemic, balcony music is lifting spirits and bringing people together. Balcony concerts of My Heart Will Go On, Imagine and Hallelujah Earlier last week, Barcelonian pianist Alberto Gestoso set up his keyboard to play on the balcony while …

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Alan Jones, currently broadcasting from isolation on his luxurious rural retreat, just lost his second butler in six months. This comes soon after the broadcaster’s assistant Jake Thrupp and his parents threatened legal action against a website owner. Journalist Shane Dowling made assertions about the nature of Thrupp’s relationship with Jones. Jones lost his previous …

So this coronavirus pandemic has been a bit of a whirlwind hasn’t it? People are wearing face masks, businesses are closing, and others are self-isolating and working from home. To make self-isolation a little more bearable, Qnews has put together a list of LGBTIQ films and television series. They range from funny to heartfelt, from …

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Queer Eye’s resident foodie, Antoni Porowski has started making ‘Quar Eye’ videos on Instagram where he teaches viewers simple dishes to cook during self-isolation. Antoni said his inspiration for the content came after the supermarket had run out of the ingredients he needed to cook dinner. So, he was forced to improvise. He wandered the …

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Brisbane Pride has announced that the long-running Queens Ball Awards event is postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen’s Ball is the longest-running LGBTIQ event in the world, held in Brisbane around June each year. The event awards outstanding achievements of more than a dozen individuals, organisations and groups in the …

Eurovision Song Contest 2020

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced last night the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam. “It is with deep regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.” The EBU said that over the past few weeks they explored many alternative options. However, they faced …

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LGBTIQ nightclubs and bars across Australia have reacted to the federal government’s new coronavirus crowd bans, with some closing their doors indefinitely. On Wednesday (March 18), the federal government banned non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people as Australia responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Brisbane, The Sportsman Hotel said as of Wednesday they …

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Teenage transgender actress Evie Macdonald is heading for the small screen in a groundbreaking role. The teenager (pictured, left) made headlines in 2018 when she appeared on Channel Ten’s The Project to challenge Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s remarks about trans people. Responding to Morrison’s infamous ‘gender whisperers’ tweet, Macdonald said: “There are thousands of kids …

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Several pride festivals are among numerous Australian LGBTIQ events postponed by organisers due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Government has ordered the cancellation of non-essential mass gatherings of over 500 people to limit the spread of COVID-19. This has led to widespread cancellations of community and cultural events across the country, and overseas. On …

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