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Melbourne Jewish radio station J-Air has apologised for broadcasting a rabbi’s claims the COVID-19 pandemic is a “designer drug” used by God to remove “immoral” gay people from the earth. Rabbi Mendel Kessin made the claim during an episode of the Israeli radio personality Tamar Yonah’s syndicated radio program, broadcast on J-Air on March 30. …

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Pink today revealed her positive COVID-19 diagnosis two weeks ago. The pop star wrote on Instagram that she and son Jameson underwent testing after experiencing symptoms. She then tested positive. Pink said she and her family were already isolating at home before beginning to feel unwell. Following instruction from her doctor, they continued to self-isolate …

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Australian LGBTIQ advocates want the federal government to ease restrictions on gay blood donation to boost our supply of safe blood during the coronavirus pandemic. The United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week eased restrictions on gay male donors. It reduced the period male donors who have sex with men must abstain from …

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Two more boys have made accusations against George Pell concerning child sexual abuse. Both boys spent part of their childhood in a Catholic orphanage in Ballarat run by the Sisters of Nazareth. They spoke to Sarah Ferguson for the ABC’s groundbreaking three-part documentary series, Revelation. The final episode of Revelation airs tonight. The series exposes …

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has announced she is going to “go and lie down in my paddock” today to clap back at COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The Queensland senator went on Sky News on Wednesday night to slam “bloody over the top” restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. She …

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Idaho’s Republican Governor Brad Little has been slammed after approving two anti-transgender bills just a day before the Transgender Day of Visibility this week. The state’s House Bill 500 bans transgender girls from playing on school sports teams corresponding with their gender identity. And Idaho’s House Bill 509 blocks transgender people from updating their birth …

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An extensive new online resource, called TransHub, has launched to support transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people and allies in New South Wales. NSW LGBTIQ health organisation ACON unveiled the new online resource on Tuesday to mark the International Trans Day of Visibility (March 31). TransHub offers trans people valuable information about social, medical and …

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A Canadian gym owner has penned a blunt open letter replying to requests from gay men to open his gym to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Wolman (pictured), who runs Motus Training Studio in Toronto, took to Instagram to write the letter to “gay guys on hookup apps, the muscle bears on Facebook, the …

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Singapore’s High Court has dismissed legal challenges against an archaic law criminalising homosexuality, meaning gay sex remains a crime in the country. Prosecutions are rare, but the British colonial-era Section 377A defines consensual sex between men as “acts of gross indecency” punishable by up to two years in prison. The law doesn’t apply to women. …

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Police are hunting a group of more than a dozen men who “cowardly” assaulted a transgender woman on Sydney’s northern beaches. The woman, aged in her late twenties, ended up unconscious after the mob of around 15 young men attacked her in the carpark near the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club on March 20. …

Landon Spradlin covid-19 media beat-up

Virginia pastor Landon Spradlin died Wednesday from COVID-19 after previously sharing a meme describing the response to the pandemic as a media beat-up and ‘mass hysteria’. The meme seemed to echo of the words of Australian broadcaster Alan Jones who, at about the same time, described the response as ‘hysteria and alarmism’. Describing the response …

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As we go to press, local government elections continue in Queensland with polling day Saturday 28 March. Local councils are our most accessible level of government with the elected representatives more available to constituents than at state or federal level. Trina Massey, the Greens candidate for Central Ward spoke to us about her passion for …

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Experts have warned against Australians excessively stockpiling HIV medications and creating unnecessary and dangerous shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) warns a run on HIV medication in pharmacies could create problems for Australians living with HIV. As a result, ASHM has urged GPs not …

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A gay man’s wedding plans are on hold after his fiance admitted he is stuck in COVID-19 quarantine with a friend after sleeping with him. The furious groom-to-be, named Matt, moved from the UK to Brazil to live with fiance Octavio. Matt let rip to the Daily Mail about his partner’s affair. “He is a …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has left some rainbow families in a devastating limbo, a European advocacy group has warned. The lobby group Network of European LGBTIQ Families Associations (NELFA) advocates for rainbow families and their rights in European Union countries. The group warn global border closures and travel bans in response to COVID-19 have left some …

Diamond Drag Queen Storytime

Join us this Saturday for Diamond’s Drag Queen Storytime at the QNews Facebook page. In these challenging times, Diamond decided to take Drag Queen Storytime online. Diamond wanted to give kids the opportunity to enjoy a party experience even in this era of social distancing. “Social distancing needn’t mean complete isolation. We have the internet. …

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A lesbian couple in New York City managed to marry in a last minute wedding after their celebrant officiated from his fourth floor apartment window. New Yorkers Reilly and Amanda were set to wed in October. However that was before the COVID-19 crisis brought cities worldwide to a standstill. “The reality of that happening in …

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Many members of the LGBTIQ communities work in small business, hospitality and casual employment. Today’s stimulus package will lessen some of the economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The package will enable many small businesses to remain trading and employing people. It will also see those on Newstart at last able to survive on …

Witold Sadowy Poland

Witold Sadowy, a legend of Polish theatre as well as a movie actor and respected theatre critic and journalist recently came out as gay. He outed himself after turning 100 on 7 January this year. Witold Sadowy lost both his father and brother in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 when the Polish Home Army unsuccessfully …

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QNews.com.au and QNews Magazine will continue to work to keep our communities in touch during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the ever-evolving nature of the crisis, it remains essential that the LGBTIQ  communities retain access to information specific to their concerns. QNews currently emails a free weekly newsletter to subscribers. From next week, that will include …

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Mardi Gras 78er and veteran LGBTIQ activist Sandi Banks passed away this week after battling cancer. Sandi was one of the 53 people arrested by police on the night of the first Mardi Gras parade on June 24, 1978. The event was violently broken up by police, and those arrested were beaten by police and …

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Australians on Twitter have developed the #shutaustraliadown trend, urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison to send the nation into lockdown. Believe it or not, Australia is one of the last nations to self-isolate. Okay, you believe it. We’re pretty laid back when it comes to this sort of thing. But, it seems at the moment, more …

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