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MELT Festival Wedding

By Brisbane Powerhouse Love is in the air following the historic “yes” vote and we want to be part of all the loved-up goodness. In celebration of marriage equality, we’re giving one lucky couple the opportunity to win a wedding ceremony and reception at Brisbane Powerhouse as part of MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and …

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The Wickham

There was a time a couple of years back when the LGBTIQ community wasn’t sure if the Wickham was for them any more. Those days are over, says manager David McKillop. “We are actually a gay venue, but everyone’s welcome. Not the other way around,” he said. It’s true that in its recent history, with …

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Aladdins Antiques

Over almost forty years, Aladdins Antique and Collectibles Fair has established itself as the biggest and best marketplace of eclectic and one-of-a-kind treasures in Brisbane. Held four times a year at its longtime home in Windsor, the fair attracts thousands of people on the hunt for something unique. The event’s owners say each fair is …

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As the modern media landscape evolves we see more and more queer stories on our screens. But are they our queer stories? Or are they simplified, reduced to digestible narratives for a mainstream audience? That’s the question asked by Sydney-based production Queerstories as it prepares to make its Brisbane debut. Maeve Marsden is the producer …

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Being Jane Lane

If you aren’t familiar with local punk rock band Being Jane Lane, you soon will be when they take to the main stage at the 2018 Big Gay Day street party. Louise, Teigan, Kayla, Kate and Phoebe make up this fierce queer punk quintet from southeast Queensland who have been making waves in the Brisbane …

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I’ve heard there’s a free Hep A vaccine at the moment, do I need it? Queensland Health has made the Hepatitis A vaccine available free for men who have sex with men. This is because there is currently an outbreak of this infection in the southern states of Australia, and there have now been a …

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Over 50 French films from the last 12 months will screen in Brisbane for the upcoming 2018 Alliance Française French Film Festival. French stars such as Juliette Binoche, Vincent Cassel, Vanessa Paradis, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu will be showcased in the festival’s lineup from this Thursday (March 8) at Palace Cinemas in Brisbane. “The 2018 …

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mardi gras

By Nita Green I am really looking forward to Mardi Gras this weekend, but there’s a part of me that’s anxious about it as well. For whatever reason this anxiety has been manifesting itself in an obsession about which shoes I’ll wear. It is literally keeping me up at night. The truth is I’m worrying …

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Four emerging and established choreographers are set to take centre stage in Brisbane next month when the Expressions Dance Company presents their new show Converge. The choreographers – Stephanie Lake, Richard Causer and Jake McLarnon from Australia and Xu Yiming from China – will build daring new works with the award-winning dancers at the Queensland …

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I recently got acquainted with a young Asian man in his 20s. He had struggled with social anxiety since his teens. He feared people and their harsh judgments and found himself avoiding social interactions at all costs. In the last few years, he had worked hard to overcome his social anxiety and had made great …

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With an ever-growing list of gay comedians around the country, Mel Buttle is not one who immediately springs to mind. She’s kept her six year relationship with partner Sophie separate from her public life, allowing her to build the solid foundations of a career based on her own professional merits. Michael James sat down with …

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What’s all the fuss about this new STI Mycoplasma? Should I be worried? Mycoplasma genitalium has only recently come to light as an emerging STI. It causes infection in the rectum and both the male and female genital tracts. It is not known what the long-term consequences are (if any) of untreated infection. Symptoms are …

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Dallas John Baker was born in archly conservative Toowoomba and grew up there in the 1970s and 1980s. It was the peak of the “Joh years”, under Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson, an era known for police corruption and brutality towards lesbian and gay people. Despite the hostile environment in which he found himself, Dallas refused …

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Indonesia Aceh

Indonesian authorities are failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Amnesty International interviewed some of the victims in a …

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At this stage it’s becoming predictable to claim “[insert title here] is the greatest Marvel movie yet” as each new film is released. And though some of the entrants in this expanding cinematic universe are arguably worthy of such praise (last year’s Thor: Ragnarok a recent example), and Black Panther is indeed a strong picture, …

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As the Hustlers swing into pre-season preparation, QNews Magazine talks to some senior members about life in Brisbane’s gay-inclusive Rugby team. It hasn’t been the hottest of Brisbane summers, but the humidity is typical. Even now, in the cooling sunset, the air weighs heavy. My ambling stroll is enough draw a little sweat as I …

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If you are someone who takes regular testosterone then you may be aware of some recent changes to the availability of Primoteston, the short-acting injectable form of testosterone, which has been removed from the PBS. It will still be available on a private script, and the cost is about the same. The big hit will …

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Brace yourself for one hell of a birthday bash when Australia’s most spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride paints the town rainbow this March. A sea of glitter is set to shower Oxford St for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday 3 March, as Australia’s biggest pride party raises a glass of bubbly …

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Much has been said about Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance in Phantom Thread, but another actor has quietly earned their own spotlight throughout the film’s release. A relative unknown here but a strong presence in her native Germany, Vicky Krieps (pictured above) is a name and face unlikely to be forgotten following her dominating role as Alma, …

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By Rodney Croome When I left Australian Marriage Equality (AME) in August 2016 I said it was to more vigorously oppose a plebiscite. That was true but it wasn’t the whole truth. I also left because the Equality Campaign that grew up around AME was shrinking marriage equality to a tiny political target by avoiding …

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Easily writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s most serene feature, Phantom Thread is an unusual romantic fable that can’t help but bewitch its audience with its lush unpredictability. Serene through it may be, Anderson’s feature still evokes a degree of tension. The central character strives for perfection in every aspect of his life. This is Reynolds Woodcock …

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By Shirleene Robinson, Macquarie University Jennifer, who signed up to the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) in 1979, told me that “until I joined the Army, I had no awareness of gay people. I had no awareness that I was gay, I didn’t know that world existed.” This changed dramatically within a number of …

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