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Bullamakanka Pearl of the Outback

Pearl of the Outback, our regional correspondent, takes us back to Bullamakanka and a colourful local identity. Mr Humphries is the doyen of women’s fashion out in the never never, beyond the black stump. Avid readers will recall the gent I previously christened Mr Humphries. For the uninitiated, he is a VERY gay blade who …

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LGBTI Equality Rodney Croome Coalition Government transgender rights

Rodney Croome is a long-time LGBTI equality advocate. As a strategist in numerous campaigns for equality, Rodney says our community can still make change and meet threats under the re-elected coalition government. I won’t sugar coat the election result: Australia has the most socially and religious conservative government in a generation. Many leading Liberal moderates …

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The history of monarchs often reveals stark evidence of gay erasure. In Part One of this series we looked at earlier English kings. In this instalment of Gayme of Thrones we hark back to the Greek poet Sappho and then examine Edward II of England. Despite the earnest propaganda of monarchists, divine right has SFA …

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rodney croome equality tasmania prime minister scott morrison

Rodney Croome of Equality Tasmania offers hope for future LGBTIQ reform. He says that recent state reform sets a precedent for positive LGBTI law reform under the re-elected Coalition Government. Indeed, Tasmanian LGBTI equality advocates recently achieved the passage of landmark transgender laws through cross-party co-operation. “In Tasmania we have shown it is possible to …

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shayne wilde queensland law reform

In this internet age, ticking multiple ‘likes’ on Facebook apparently qualifies as activism. However, not so long ago, community members risked jail and physical violence to achieve the rights we enjoy today. Shayne Wilde was one of them, writes Bill Rutkin. The scope and magnitude of her contribution to homosexual law reform and anti-discrimination legislation …

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Australian Christian Lobby LGBT Conversion Therapy 60 Minutes

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Martyn Iles claims banning LGBT conversion therapy discriminates against Christians. I read a blog article today. It was by Martyn Iles, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. It concerns his interview for a forthcoming 60 Minutes feature on LGBT Conversion Therapy. In the article, he defends the practice of …

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fingers hand reaching up uplifting stock photo

Carers are not highly visible in our communities. Their caring role often restricts their social activities. However, they are out there. My boss cares for a relative. I cared for a friend with a chronic condition who is now deceased and even four years later struggle to address the despair I felt. Fortunately, there is …

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Gayme of Thrones William II Richard I

Despite the earnest propaganda of monarchists, divine right has SFA to do with who gets to plonk their entitled arse on a throne. The ascension of a British monarch usually results from one of the three Fs. Some get there by virtue of a F***, many have to Fight for it and others are mere …

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queensland foster carers

As a couple, Shannon Toner and Justin Smith wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our society. They became foster carers and have been caring for children in need for nearly three years, writes Destiny Rogers. “More than 9,000 children in Queensland are in need …

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lgbtiq history brisbane toye de wilde

A number of extraordinary people blessed Queensland’s rainbow communities with their presence and efforts over the years. They worked to build a sense of community, to combat unjust laws and to protect us from a plague of biblical proportion. Over the coming months, Bill Rutkin OAM will profile the remarkable individuals whose efforts benefitted us …

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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. Casimir Pulaski is a hero of the struggles for Polish and American independence. He is credited with saving George Washington’s life …

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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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rona joyner joh bjelke-petersen campaign against regressive education society to outlaw pornography

Friend to Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen and founder of the Society To Outlaw Pornography (STOP) and the Campaign Against Regressive Education (CARE), Rona Joyner was a force to be reckoned with in the Joh era. Although Mrs Rona Joyner held no elected office or government appointment, in a situation  peculiar to Queensland, she wielded more power …

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Bullamakanka Pearl of the Outback

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, previously isolated gay communities in rural hamlets can now participate in their own small way in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. QN Magazine’s regional Queensland correspondent Pearl of the Outback explains how. Mr Humphries recently hosted something the young folks call a Mardi Gras Watch Party. …

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homosexual offences

In a fond remembrance of the lead player, Pearl of the Outback shares a personal perspective of a once notorious Queensland incident, a story reminiscent of the acclaimed Brokeback Mountain, but one which contributed to profound change in Queensland laws. A young man from the bush, notorious for his convictions for homosexual offences, eventually found …

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Queensland gaymer jack foulstone

After the first gayming float joined the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade this month, QN Magazine contributor Wanda D’Parke asked Cairns entertainer Jack Foulstone about how he started as a gaymer, and how video games are helping LGBTIQ people find community. Dear Reader, Twenty-five-year-old Jack (pictured) moved from Grafton, New South Wales to …

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Chris and Sophiaan queensland foster dads

Eighteen months ago, QNews Magazine featured Chris Pye and Sophiaan Subhan who had then spent almost a year as foster parents. QN Magazine recently caught up with this amazing couple and discovered they found the experience so rewarding, they’re now proud foster dads to two children, the original child and his biological brother. Fostering is …

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Queensland police lgbti liaison officers

Acting Sergeant Ben Bjarnesen (pictured right) is both an LGBTI Liaison officer in the Queensland Police Service and a member of the LGBTIQ community. QN Magazine recently spoke to Ben about why he became an LGBTI Liaison Officer and how the volunteer role has allowed him to make a difference to members of the community. …

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Cardinal George Pell convicted

Despite George Pell’s conviction two senior Catholic cardinals continue to blame gay rights for clerical child abuse, writes The Fact Biatch. The lips of the righteous know what finds favour, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse. – Proverbs 10:32 Editor’s Note: This article was provided for the issue #474 of QN …

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Cory Bernardi Claims Marriage Equality Leads To Bestiality

Cory Bernardi fact check Cory Bernardi’s claim of vindication for his 2012 prediction that, “redefining marriage has seen a push for further redefinitions including lowering the age at which people can marry, multiple-partner marriages and even advocacy for the legalisation of bestiality.” It’s that unpredictable summer storm time of year. No sooner has a Katter blown …

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Lilian Cooper and Josephine Bedford

Phyllis Cilento has, in recent years, been lauded as Queensland’s great female medical pioneer, a title that rightfully belongs to another woman. However, the true story of Queensland’s ground-breaking female medical pioneer is a tale of not one, but two women, Lilian Cooper and Josephine Bedford. Destiny Rogers tells the story of two magnificent Queensland …

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asylum seekers

By Paloma Cole and Chris Peppel One of the highlights of 2018 was a long overdue turn in public sentiment against Australia’s brutal offshore detention program for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. It is our hope that in 2019 public sentiment will continue to grow against the detention of innocent people in worse-than-prison conditions. …

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