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AMA President Kerryn Phelps was one of the first Australians to enter into an overseas same-sex marriage

Treading the Balance with Dr Kerryn Phelps

Dr Kerryn Phelps’ religious marriage to her wife Jackie in New York in 1998 and subsequent outing in the media really stated the debate around marriage equality in Australia before it was on the radar of even many people within the LGBTQIA+ community. Dr Phelps has now released Power of Balance, a memoir of both …

A queer F.L.Y. on the wall during Lockdown

F.L.Y. is a slice-of-life comedy about two exes turned friends, Max and Rafael, who get stuck together at the onset of the COVID pandemic after not seeing each other in years and stars Rafael Albarran and Trent Kendrick who also wrote the film and co-directed it. They spoke to QNews in an exclusive interview in …

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The QNews Guide to Mardi Gras in Sydney: Best of the Rest

In the fifth and final instalment of QNew’s guide to what to do during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival we explore the events and entertainment that are happening over the rest of the festival. Still got spaces left in your Mardi Gras festival calendar? Have a look at some of these! Sissy …

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The QNews Guide to Mardi Gras in Sydney: All Ages Events

In the fourth instalment of QNew’s guide to what to do during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival we explore the events during the festival that are aimed at families and young LGBTQIA+ people. Along with Fair Day in Victoria Park on February 18 there are three other official events that are designed …

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The QNews Guide to Mardi Gras in Sydney: The Free Events

In the third instalment of QNew’s guide to what to do during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival we explore all of the free events across the festival. You can read the first and second instalments here and here Mardi Gras Fair Day If you’re looking for a rainbow extravaganza where you’ll be …

The QNews Guide to Mardi Gras in Sydney: The Parties

In the second instalment of QNew’s guide to what to do during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival we explore all of the dance parties that take place in Sydney during the festival. Check out our guide to the parade if you missed it here. Mardi Gras Party Get ready for pulsating dancefloors, …

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Amyl the Queen: Don’t Forget To Remember Miss Thing

Amyl was the first queen eliminated from season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. She spoke to QNews about THAT dress and how she feels about the experience with the benefit of hindsight. I’ve been chasing Amyl for an interview since we published the first issue of QNews NSW Magazine back in July when …

The QNews Guide to Mardi Gras in Sydney: The Parade

The hot Aussie summer sun is about to rise on yet another year of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest LGBTQIA+ festival, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. An event that defines so many moments in Australia. The fight and defiance of the Sydney 78ers, the tireless efforts of queer and trans activists and campaigners. And …

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REVIEW: David Marr’s Killers in the Family

In Killing for Country, veteran gay journalist David Marr has produced a must read work for anyone interested in truth and reconciliation between white and black Australia. CONTENT WARNING: Genocide, Racism, Dispossession, Colonial-Settler Violence In 2019 David Marr was asked by his uncle Jim to help find out more about his grandmother – Marr’s great-grandmother, …

Author Esmé Louise James speaks about her book Kinky History

Kink through the Ages

QNews spoke to author Esmé Louise James about her book Kinky History which explores the kinky side of human sexuality down through the ages. WORDS Harry Hadley Esmé Louise James’ chosen field of study as a sex historian is one that many would consider the definition of new age and progressive. But if anything, Esmé …

Anthony Venn-Brown is one of Australia's leading gay Christian thinkers.

Coming full circle in faith with Anthony Venn-Brown

Ambassadors and Bridge Builders International (ABBI) founder Anthony Venn-Brown is celebrating the group’s tenth anniversary in November. Anthony Venn-Brown became a born again Christian in 1969. But feeling that his sexuality was in conflict with his call to ministry he entered Australia’s first live-in “ex-gay” program at Moombara and Bundeena Christian Fellowship in 1972. Convinced …

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Narelda Jacobs: In Safe Hands

Narelda Jacobs has been at the forefront of Australia’s most significant events in 2023, from the Women’s World Cup to the Voice to Parliament. She sat down with QNews to explain how important the Voice is for the nation and for her personally. To say that 2023 is a big year for Narelda Jacobs is …

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A Glossary of Identity and Gender Terms

Sometimes confused by the plethora of identity and gender expressions used these days? The rainbow communities are a glorious and diverse coalition of genders and sexualities. We’ve compiled this glossary of identity and gender terms to help out. As some humans become more open-minded to the diversity of human experience, minorities feel better able to …

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Sock Drawer Heroes launch inclusive range of binders

Australia’s leading gender expression company Sock Drawer Heroes was founded after couple Erin Spencer and Bec Cerio found an absence of gender-affirming products available locally. In 2017, Erin came out as trans non-binary but they immediately found significant barriers in accessing gender-affirming products. “In 2017, Erin and I both bought binders,” Bec said. “We both …

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson

My night on the town with Pauline Hanson in 1998

 Twenty-five years ago, I sort of had a night on the town with Pauline Hanson, writes Destiny Rogers. The One Nation leader was in Cairns campaigning for the 1998 federal election. She was already famous for her attacks on Indigenous Australians, Asian immigrants and the LGBTIQ community. She said of Sydney’s Mardi Gras, “I don’t …

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QNews talks to LGBTQIA+ conversion therapy survivor Glen Worrell

Sarah Davison talks to conversion therapy survivor Glen Worrell about his experience and response to a recent report on the practice. For members of Tasmania’s LGBTQIA+ community, the recent report by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute on conversion therapy practices was a watershed moment. However, conversion therapy survivor Glen Worrell said the report was a …

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LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day: Survivor shares her story

LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day highlights domestic, family and intimate partner violence and abuse in LGBTQIA+ communities. The national campaign recognises the additional struggles facing members of the LGBTQIA+ community when experiencing domestic violence.  A recent literature review by Our Watch found that rates of intimate partner violence within lesbian, gay and queer relationships are …

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For all the lovers: LGBTIQ+ Valentine’s Day love quotes

For much of history, Valentine’s Day remained off-limits to all but heterosexual lovebirds. Indeed, most societies excluded romantics of diverse genders and orientations from the public celebration of their love. But times have changed in much of the world. So here are some LGBTIQ+ Valentine’s Day love quotes for all the lovers, however, and with …

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Domestic and family violence: how to help

If you suspect a friend is experiencing domestic and family violence, you can offer support. While your friend may not immediately act to end their situation, your support may lead them to consider their options. Bringing up the subject of domestic and family violence can prove challenging. Often an abused person struggles with self-worth as …

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Trans parents: ‘If a man gives birth, he’s the father’

By Ruth Pearce, University of Leeds The UK’s High Court has ruled that Freddy McConnell, a transgender man who gave birth to his child, does not have the right to be registered as a “father” on his child’s birth certificate. McConnell, who is transgender, has indicated his intention to appeal. At present, people who give …

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Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone

Domestic and family violence (DFV) can affect anyone, including people in previously healthy relationships. Senior Constable Ben Bjarnesen received a Churchill Fellowship to conduct research into enhancing the Queensland Police Service (QPS) response to domestic and family violence. He also has personal experience of an unhealthy relationship. Ben shares his own story and offers advice …

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No hurry to claim Alan Jones as our own

Alan Jones is, many people believe, a misogynist. Yet the most common word used for him by online detractors is arguably the most misogynist in the English language. Similarly, people usually scathing of homophobia don’t hesitate to call Jones a ‘bitter old queen’. What do we do about a man who brings out the worst …

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