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Voting is open now for the Diamond Jubilee Queens Ball Awards presented by Brisbane Pride. The Queens Ball is the longest-running continuous LGBTIQ+ event in the world. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brisbane Pride hosted its first-ever virtual ceremony. However, on Saturday 19 June, the Ball returns to Brisbane City Hall for its …

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Queensland’s Attorney-General has said the state government will introduce legislation to reform birth certificate laws to benefit transgender Queenslanders later this year, after years of lobbying by advocates. Trans and gender diverse Queenslanders must undergo expensive and invasive gender affirmation surgery before they can update gender markers on birth certificates. Many trans and gender diverse …

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As many as 100 Catholic priests in Germany have publicly defied Pope Francis and offered their blessings to same-sex couples despite a Vatican ban. In March, the Vatican declared the Catholic Church can’t bless same-sex unions because God “does not and cannot bless sin.” But on Monday (May 10), Catholic churches around Germany publicly invited …

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A 20-year-old gay man in Iran was murdered by members of his own family last week after being outed. Alireza Fazeli-Monfared (pictured) knew he was in danger and had plans to flee Iran for Turkey where his boyfriend, a refugee, lives. Sadly, he never made it. Last week, his own half-brother and cousins reportedly kidnapped …

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A North Queensland council has become the first in the state to introduce an LGBTIQ portfolio to ensure the community is heard by government. Palm Island is located 65 kilometres north-west of Townsville, off Queensland’s east coast. The main island is one of a group governed by Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council. And newly-elected deputy …

Cairns-based artist Arone Meeks

Cairns’ LGBTIQ and arts communities have mourned the death of Indigenous artist Arone Meeks, who passed away last week. The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair director died peacefully in hospital last Wednesday (May 5) after a short battle with cancer. Meeks was 64. The Kuku Imidiji man grew up in the Cape York town of Laura. …

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A group of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars were evacuated from London’s Heaven nightclub this week after a “sick individual” made a hoax bomb threat. The Vivienne, Tia Kofi, Veronica Green and their drag sister Shania Pain were rehearsing for a new tour at the venue on Monday (May 3). Then police arrived and ordered …

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We all known New South Wales has a regional town called Yass, population 6,506. Yass also has an IGA supermarket. And that local IGA has had to spike an otherwise routine online giveaway thanks to a very ill-constructed hashtag. The supermarket was running the giveaway over Facebook, with the grand prize being a rather coveted …

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Patrick O’Connell, an AIDS activism icon who is widely credited with creating the iconic red ribbon symbol, has died. He was 67. O’Connell passed away on March 23 in a New York hospital, four decades after receiving a HIV diagnosis in the 1980s. Active in the New York arts community at the time, he and …

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Former AFL coach Dani Laidley is suing Victoria Police for negligence over the alleged “malicious” leaking of sensitive photos of her in custody that outed her as transgender. Last May, Dani Laidley was arrested for stalking offences outside a woman’s home, to which she later plead guilty. After the arrest, a photo of Laidley’s mugshot …

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A parliamentary inquiry has recommended the New South Wales government establish a judicial inquiry into unsolved gay- and trans-hate crimes in the state in a bid to finally get justice for victims. The state parliamentary inquiry into Gay and Transgender Hate Crimes between 1970 and 2010 was launched in 2018. The committee heard from numerous …

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Uganda has passed a bill further outlawing “unnatural” same-sex relations and doubling down on laws criminalising its LGBT community. The parliament of Uganda confirmed they passed the Sexual Offences Bill 2019 this week, putting consensual gay sex on par with bestiality under the law. Ugandan MPs first drafted the bill as far back as 2015. …

Tongan LGBTIQ+ activist poli kefu

Police took a man into custody on Saturday night following the murder of Tongan LGBTIQ+ activist Poli Kefu. The much-loved activist was president of the Tongan Leitis Association — a trans advocacy group. He also worked for the Tongan Red Cross Society. A suspect surrendered to police on Saturday night. A homicide investigation began earlier, …

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Normunds Kindzulis, a 29-year-old gay man, died in hospital in Latvia on 29 April following a vicious homophobic attack. A neighbour allegedly doused him with a flammable fluid and set him alight. The attack left the paramedic with burns to 85% of his body. His flatmate is also in hospital receiving treatment for burns sustained …

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US Federal authorities yesterday arrested former reality television star and family values activist Josh Duggar on child pornography charges. Duggar appeared on his parent’s 19 Kids and Counting until revelations that he molested his little sisters as a teenager saw the show canceled. 19 Kids and Counting Duggar’s parents belong to the Quiverfull evangelical movement …

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A “man-hating, children-hating, neurotic, demonic” Chihuahua whose hilarious adoption ad went viral has found a forever home with a kind-hearted lesbian mum. Earlier this month, New Jersey animal carer Tyfanee Fortuna shared the brutally honest description of Prancer in the viral ad. Fortuna explained it was impossible to make the “demonic” and “neurotic” dog sound …

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Female students in Brisbane who identify as LGBTIQ are eligible to apply for a $1,100 grant to aid their studies. Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard sponsors the bursary, which is available to female students within the Brisbane City Council area and who identify with the LGBTIQ community. It’s one of more than 30 academic grants …

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Switzerland’s government has confirmed the public will vote on same-sex marriage after opponents gathered enough support to force a binding referendum. Last December, the Swiss parliament approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. They also passed legislation allowing transgender people to update their legal gender without a costly court application. However in Switzerland, if …

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A gay cleaner sacked by Ipswich City Council claims he was fired because he reported alleged bullying and homophobic harassment by co-workers. James ‘Jimi’ Fuller (pictured) started as a causal cleaner for the Queensland council last October. But the council told him he was “terminated effective immediately” on April 9. Fuller was told in a …

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Transgender health expert Teddy Cook has delivered a moving speech to a NSW parliament committee to oppose Mark Latham’s anti-trans legislation. One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham wants to outlaw the promotion of “gender fluidity” in the state’s schools. The crossbench MP has caused outrage with a draft bill that would ban support and recognition …

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Former Olympian, Kardashian cast member, and longtime Republican Caitlyn Jenner last night announced her Caitlyn for California campaign. The reality television performer will vie for the role of Governor of California. Jenner formerly supported Donald Trump for president, before finally realising what most LGBTIQ+ people already knew. Trump was no friend to our communities. Despite …

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Friends, former schoolmates and fellow activists as well as members of the Greens and the LGBTIQ+ communities gathered in Toowoomba tonight for a candlelight vigil and bridge lighting in honour of Thomas Coyne. Thomas’ mum Jo spoke movingly of her love for her son and of the great support he was to her in life. …

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