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Tickle vs Giggle: a test case for Australia

Tickle vs Giggle: in a world where transgender people are under attack, this is a test case for Australia Paula Gerber, Monash University Around the world, the human rights of transgender people are under attack. Media reports of trans women being vilified, excluded and discriminated against are frequent, and the consequences of this rise in hatred …

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Commemorative Tasmanian gay UN panel unveiled

Former Senator Margaret Reynolds unveiled a commemorative panel in Hobart on Thursday on the 30th anniversary of the United Nations’ condemnation of Tasmania’s anti-gay laws. The United Nations condemnation serves as one of the great landmarks of LGBTIQA+ rights reform. The decision marked the first time in world history the UN had declared that LGBTIQA+ …

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Time is running out to support the NSW Equality Bill

An online survey that is being held as part of the inquiry into state Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich’s LGBTIQA+ Equality Bill to end discrimination under the law in NSW against our community is coming to a close and you only have until Sunday to fill it out. The two minute survey asks for your …

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Have your say in Brisbane Pride’s biggest community survey

The folks at Brisbane Pride are inviting all members of Brisbane’s LGBTQIA+ community to participate in their wide-ranging Annual Community Survey. “In a world where every voice counts, yours is crucial to us,” Brisbane Pride explains. “We are on a mission to dive deep into the health, wellbeing, and unique challenges our community face. “Through …

Queensland Pride community hero Wally Cowin stands in front of a grey fence wearing a rainbow shirt.

Meet Queensland community hero Wally Cowin

Wally Cowin has been involved in the LGBTQIA+ community for decades. He spoke to QNews about his life, his passion for community and being the founding editor of Queensland Pride.  Wally Cowin has a long connection with Brisbane.  He was born in Tenterfield in 1948 and after a short stint on the Gold Coast grew …

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Tickle v Giggle: no laughs at landmark trans case

The Federal Court began hearing the case of Roxanne Tickle in Sydney yesterday. Roxanne is suing social media platform Giggle for Girls after she was banned from the women-only app. Former entertainment journalist and scriptwriter Sall Grover founded Giggle for Girls in 2020. Bridie Nolan, the barrister representing Giggle for Girls and Sall Grover described …

Health Equity Matters appoints new CEO

Health Equity Matters, formerly known as the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), has announced the appointment of Dash Heath-Paynter as the peak national body’s new Chief Executive Officer. Heath-Paynter takes on the leadership of Health Equity Matters after serving almost eight years as deputy CEO under former CEO Darryl O’Donnell. He had already been …

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Memorial for Luke Davies to be held in New Farm Park

An outdoor public memorial will celebrate the life of flight attendant Luke Davies in New Farm Park in Brisbane later this month. Members of the public are invited to the park on Saturday, April 20, from 4pm, almost two months after his and his partner Jesse Baird’s tragic deaths in Sydney. Following the memorial, a …

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MAFS bride Lucinda Light joining drag brunch at The Wickham

Married At First Sight fan favourite Lucinda Light is joining the queens at drag brunch at The Wickham this weekend. The 43-year-old is an MC and wedding celebrant by trade and with her warmth, bubbly personality and colourful frocks was one of the MAFS standouts this season. The Nine reality show wrapped up its 2024 …

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Melbourne memorial announced for late legend Phil Carswell

Friends and colleagues will gather to celebrate the life of the late Phil Carswell, a pioneer and legend of gay liberation and HIV/AIDS activism in Australia, at a Melbourne memorial later this month. We lost a legend when Phil Carswell OAM passed away at his Brisbane home on March 17. Phil’s incredible legacy includes fearless …

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Nominate your local heroes for Brisbane’s Queens Ball Awards

Brisbane Pride has officially opened nominations for this year’s Queens Ball Awards, ahead of the 63rd annual gala event in June. The Queens Ball is the longest-running continuous LGBTIQ event in the world. Brisbane Pride now hosts the glitzy gala each year inside Brisbane City Hall. This year, the event has been confirmed to return …

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UNHRC resolution on rights & freedoms of intersex people

Equality Australia and intersex advocates say a landmark UN Human Rights Council resolution protecting the rights and freedoms of intersex people should act as a wake-up call to Australian jurisdictions. The resolution calls on member states to combat discrimination, violence and harmful practices against people born with an innate variation of their sex characteristics. Ghassan …

Violent religious nutter targeting Toowoomba gay men

A religious nutter previously noted for launching verbal assaults and spitting at Toowoomba gay men, has now physically assaulted a man he knew to be gay on a dark street. Editor’s Note re comments on the word ‘nutter’ 07.04.2024 7.55 am: The word ‘nutter’ has various meanings. The Collins dictionary: 1. (sometimes humorous) a person …

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The Voice’s Siala Robson charged with DV and assault

Siala Robson, former finalist on The Voice faces charges of assaulting her former partner when she appeared via videolink in Redcliffe Magistrates Court this week. The singer is charged with two counts of common assault in public place while adversely affected by intoxicating substance. She also faces a count of assault occasioning bodily harm in …

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Join Rainbow Families to celebrate Family Pride in Sydney

Rainbow Families and Strong Safe Fabulous are thrilled to be part of the global celebration of International Family Equality Day. The day is to honour all LGBTQ+ parents and rainbow families across the world. Join us in Sydney on Sunday, April 28th, from 11 am at Petersham Town Hall for Family Pride. The event is …

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Brisbane memorial announced for activist Phil Carswell

Friends, family and colleagues will gather to celebrate the life of the late Phil Carswell, a pioneer and legend of LGBTQI+ and HIV/AIDS activism in Australia, at a memorial at Queensland’s Parliament House. We lost a legend when Phil Carswell OAM passed away last month. His incredible legacy includes fearless leadership in the earliest days …

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Get to know Big Gay Day performer TINY

Each month we ask local entertainers to spill the tea about themselves, their craft and the local scene. This month it’s regular performer on the Brisbane scene, including this year’s Big Gay Day, DJ, producer and singer TINY.  I first got into music….. When I was six, I was taught chords on a guitar by …

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Reacher’s Alan Ritchson compares modeling to ‘legal sex trafficking’

 Reacher star Alan Ritchson modelled before he acted and compares the modeling industry to legalised sex trafficking. Alan Ritchson told The Hollywood Reporter sexual abuse was endemic in the industry. “There are very few redeeming qualities to working in that industry. Let’s be honest, it’s like legalized sex trafficking. The industry is not regulated, and …

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Butch lesbian trailblazer Nancy Valverde, dies at 92

Chicana lesbian, activist and gender-nonconformist Nancy Valverde died at her Los Angeles home on Monday. She was 92. In the 1950s, Valverde was was routinely arrested for violating L.A.’s ‘masquerading’ laws. These laws were commonly used by law enforcement to to target drag queens, transgender people and butch lesbians. She was detained multiple times at Lincoln …

Sydney Sauna is set to host its first all-gendered party: Rave Temple

Rave Temple-Sydney Sauna hosting its first all-gendered party

Sydney Sauna is set to host its first all-gendered party, “Queer Sauna Sounds.” Firstly, Queer Sound Sounds promises an evening filled with love, eros, play, intimacy, debauchery, and queer euphoria. This event marks a significant departure from the traditional landscape of on-premises saunas. Historically, they have primarily catered to same-sex attracted males. The collaboration between …

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ACON is hiring a HIV and sexual health program manager

AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL LEADER TO JOIN ACON’s HIV & SEXUAL HEALTH DIVISION … leading ACON’s Gay and Bi+ Men Sexual Health Programs. Play a key role in supporting ACON’s efforts to end HIV transmission in NSW, through a range of diverse programs including clinical services, peer work, health promotion and community outreach. …

Steve Ostrow OAM’s memorial to be held on April 13

Steve Ostrow dedicated years of service to the Sydney LGBTQIA+ community after moving to Australia in his 50s. Mature Age Gays (MAG) social group founder and Medal of the Order of Australia recipient Steve Ostrow died in his retirement home aged 91 on February 4 and will be remembered as a pillar of the LGBTQIA+ …

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