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maude boate wedding celebrant lismore

Maude Boate is one of the true originals of Australian drag. At the forefront of Aussie drag for 30 years, we know Mrs Boate as mentor, drag mother and Glambassador, but the good ship Maude recently set sail on an exciting new journey. Lismore’s Maude Boate, authorised marriage celebrant, is ready to crack the champagne …

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quac president peter black HIV transmission rates

QuAC President Peter Black spoke yesterday afternoon with Sarah Howells on ABC Radio’s ‘Afternoons with Katherine Feeney’ about declining rates of HIV transmission in Australia. New research from the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW released yesterday shows, in 2018, Australia recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses since 2001. Rates declined substantially over …

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hiv diagnoses kirby institute

Australia recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses in 2018 since 2001. The Kirby Institute reports only 835 new cases. However, the figures leave no room for celebration with no decline in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Rates of infection in heterosexuals also remained static. The Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney released the …

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women of brisbane's rainbow hub

The Rainbow Hub is a free space to support and empower international LGBTQI students and friends in Brisbane.  Previously, we placed some of the men from Rainbow Hub on our QN Magazine cover. This time, in issue 482, we spoke to and pictured some of the women of Brisbane’s Rainbow Hub, four beautiful Brazilians. The …

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poppers amyl

Research by Sydney’s University of Technology found “no correlation between popper use and mental health or psychological stress.” Researchers surveyed 800 gay and bisexual men between the ages 18 and 35 who use the inhalants. They asked the men about “dependency characteristics, including health, social, legal and financial problems.” The results of the research suggest …

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risk of stis sexually attractive

“Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but many engage in condomless sex. One factor contributing to condomless sex may be an assumption of low risk of STIs from physically attractive partners.” On average, MSM tend to believe physically attractive men are less likely to carry STIs, …

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Find My Super is superannuation

Superannuation: Find My Super  Lately, Australians have been fussing about their supers, checking and tracking it down if they’re missing an account that would probably end up with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) if unclaimed after the significant changes on the superannuation. Personal superannuation, or simply known as ‘super’, is a pension program created by …

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pride month freddie and lance denver soo same-sex animal couples

Chilean flamingo Lance Bass and American flamingo Freddie Mercury are a same-sex animal couple. Paired up now for several years, they live at Denver Zoo. To celebrate Pride month in the US, recent Facebook posts from Denver Zoo highlight LGBTIQ staff, scheduled Pride events and resident same-sex couples. Lance and Freddie, same-sex flamingo couple Lance …

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Your wedding day is your special day — probably the most important day in your and your partner’s life. Here in this wedding feature are some great hints for personalising your wedding to make it all about you. We’ve rounded up three great businesses with wonderful ideas for your day. N Gentry Chalkboard, The Paper …

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Drummond Street servcies mental health services queerspace

More than half of the LGBTIQ community access mental health services according to new research by Melbourne’s Drummond Street Services. Markedly, cis women and trans people show up as most likely to access help. The Queerspace Survey Results 2019 show some concerning findings and a need for more research into different cohorts of the LGBTIQ …

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Pop Psychology

Pop psychology might better be described as psychobabble, because the uninformed teachings of self-taught ‘experts’ only serve to limit our human potential. Do you have an intellect, or just the box it came in? Let’s stop limiting ourselves and others. I often hear people artistic friends state that creativity trumps intelligence. But are we compelled …

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luminous lantern parade rainbow hub

Up to 20,000 people flocked to the LUMINOUS Lantern Parade held at Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands last night to celebrate diversity. Marching in the parade for the first time in 2019, the Rainbow Hub. Brisbane’s Rainbow Hub offers international queer students in Brisbane a safe space to celebrate identity and diversity without discrimination or judgement. …

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the project host hamish macdonald boyfriend gay

The Project host Hamish Macdonald has confirmed his relationship with his boyfriend at the recent GQ Gentlemen’s Ball in Melbourne. The Channel 10 journalist arrived at the gala event and walked the red carpet holding hands with partner Jacob. Afterward, Macdonald posted a photo of he and Jacob hand-in-hand alongside a love heart emoji to …

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domestic and family violence

We are looking for people from LGBTIQ communities to take part in a 12-15 minute survey exploring the issue of domestic and family violence in the LGBTIQ+ communities. The survey is conducted by Enhance Research on behalf of the Queensland Government. Your responses will be purely confidential and will be used for research purposes only. …

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chris evans straight pride parade captain america the avengers marvel

Chris Evans has criticised the “homophobic” organisers of a “straight pride parade” in Boston. A group of three men made headlines for planning the parade to “fight for the right of straights everywhere.” The group also claim heterosexuals are an “oppressed majority” and they want an “S” for “straight” added to the LGBTIQ acronym. But …

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Stygian Stones Matthew Taylor Thomas Melt Brisbane Powerhouse

Matthew Taylor Thomas explores the story of queer depression and the fight for survival in a toxic society in his new exhibition. The Brisbane Powerhouse hosts Stygian Stones during MELT 2019, the Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. We saw one of the early photographs from Stygian Stones earlier in the year. Impressed by the …

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rainbow families queensland parenting family social event

Rainbow Families Queensland are hosting a family-friendly disco in Brisbane next month to fundraise for the group. The all-ages event will offer music, games, face painting, a jumping castle, and a sausage sizzle to keep children of all ages entertained. Local performer Busty Beatz, known for her work in Brisbane’s cabaret scene, will be on …

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susan cottrell mcc brisbane religion

When evangelical Christian mum Susan Cottrell’s daughter came out as gay, she faced a devastating choice between her LGBTIQ child or her non-affirming church. Despite gains made legally for LGBTIQ people, it is tragically common for them to still face family rejection, particularly in religious families. The Texas mum of five (pictured) became vice president …

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malta same-sex marriage rainbow parliament

Malta has been named the most LGBTIQ-friendly travel destination in Europe for the fourth year in a row. Advocacy group ILGA-Europe produces the Rainbow Europe list annually, ranking 49 European countries based on how their laws and policies impact on the lives of LGBTIQ people. Categories include equality and non-discrimination, families, hate crime and hate …

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melt festival 2019 portrait prize dan molloy pacific islander brisbane powerhouse

Judges have chosen a portrait depicting the internal struggle of LGBTIQ Pacific Islander people as winner of the MELT Festival Portrait Prize. Brisbane photographer Dan Molloy’s Silenced in the Shadows was named Judge’s Choice at Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday night. He won a $1000 prize. Molloy (pictured) photographed Stevie for the portrait, who identifies as …

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brisbane la boite theatre company qut romeo and juliet

Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company in partnership with QUT, presents a 21st century re-imagining of Shakespeare’s iconic Romeo and Juliet. The production takes no prisoners in this tale of star-crossed lovers, under the gripping direction of Artistic Director Todd MacDonald. Directed by Todd MacDonald and edited with Lucas Stibbard the re-imagining of the enduring tragedy …

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Peter Mitchell Conspiracy of Skin poet

Mark Tredinnick said of Conspiracy of Skin by poet Peter Mitchell, “These lyric poems, an accumulation of turning points, tell of a long moment finally outlasted.” I’m grateful for reading those words on the back of Conspiracy of Skin as they inspired me to open what turned out to be an absolute treasure. When told …

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