Heartstopper’s Kit Connor set to make Broadway debut

LGBTIQ+ people with disability lead new advocacy project

Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird to adapt ‘Cleat Cute’ into tv series

Vigil for the Bondi Junction Tragedy this Sunday

Why I reported Bondi killer advertised as escort

Queensland

Latest LGBTIQ Queensland news, current affairs, community issues, lifestyle and more
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How Carers Queensland’s rainbow responders are changing lives

In the twelve months since launching its dedicated email channel for LGBTQIA+ participants and carers, Carers Queensland has seen an increase in people from those communities being able to access NDIS, community supports and services. The rainbow responders receive a variety of requests over the working week, with many enquiries about accessing the NDIS or …

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Last days for artists to join new queer festival Melt Open

There’s still time for artists and producers to sign up for Brisbane’s new open-access queer art and culture festival Melt Open. The event is a spinoff of Brisbane Powerhouse’s annual Melt Festival, which has run at the venue since 2015. Later this year, Melt Open will bring many more events to many more venues across …

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Gold Coast queen Eva Mendoza joins drag documentary

Reigning Miss Gold Coast Pride Eva Mendoza will share her story in a new drag documentary created by a Queensland team and headed to RuPaul’s DragCon overseas. Last year, the fierce drag queen Eva (above, centre) was crowned the winner of the Gold Coast Pride Festival’s annual drag pageant. Soon, Eva will return to Gold …

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Qld parliamentary inquiry yes to decriminalisation of sex work

Queensland moved closer to the decriminalisation of sex work this week with a parliamentary inquiry fully supporting a proposed government bill. Queensland currently allows two forms of legalised sex work – services provided at licensed brothels or by sole operators. The law defines sole operators as persons working alone from a premise, providing in-house calls, …

Entertainment

Latest LGBTIQ entertainment from Australia and around the world
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Bluey introduces two lesbian chihuahua mums

A supersized season finale of kids TV favourite Bluey has arrived and as well as making Aussies of all ages cry, the new story references a rainbow family for the first time. Bluey‘s 28-minute season three finale, The Sign, premiered on ABC on Sunday. The tearjerking new episode follows the show’s titular puppy coming to …

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Mr Nude Brisbane 1904: a transparent petticoat

In 1904, an unfortunate crime and a lack of any clothing other than a transparent petticoat resulted in Thomas Bier becoming Mr Nude Brisbane 1904. In the modern day, we can, of course, access nudity at any time of day or night via the World Wide Web. Take your pick. There are dicks to be …

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Channel 7 makes us wait for this fireman-on-fireman kiss

A surprise same-sex kiss on the long-running US TV series 9-1-1 will screen on Australian TV… eventually. The action-drama series, one of Ryan Murphy’s creations, follows the lives of firefighters, police and paramedics as they race to save lives in emergency situations. 9-1-1‘s seventh season started on US TV last month. In the past few …

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Heartstopper’s Bradley Riches announces engagement

Heartstopper actor Bradley Riches has announced his engagment to partner Scott Johnston. “I never thought I’d find someone who’s gets me and loves me for me,” Riches wrote. “I have always struggled connecting my emotions in relationships and then @scottjohnston1.8 came, I felt safe and accepted and most importantly loved.”   View this post on …

Set in 1997, Penpals: A New Queer Musical follows the story of Callie and Pearce

Qtopia announces The Loading Dock theatre season

The Qtopia Sydney Queer Centre of History and Culture has announced the 2024 Season Program for The Loading Dock theatre which will run from April until December. Qtopia Sydney lead curator Carly Fisher said Qtopia was “proud to be showcasing five world premieres, two NSW premieres, three shows that have completed a development this year …

Katya

Drag Race’s Katya enters treatment amid addiction struggles

Drag Race star Katya has announced that she is entering treatment to focus on her sobriety. Katya announced she is postponing the remaining “Bald and the Beautiful” tour dates alongside Trixie Mattel to check into rehab. “There’s a saying for the active alcoholic or drug addict that the trajectory of the life course has three …

World

Latest LGBTIQ world news, current affairs, community issues, lifestyle and more
Manuel Guerrero is in jail in Qatar after he fell victim to a police Grindr sting

British gay man arrested in Qatar is running out of HIV meds

British-Mexican man Manuel Guerrero, who was arrested and held in Qatar after a Grindr sting, is running out of his vital HIV medication, his family say. Manuel (above), who works for Qatar airways, was arrested on February 4 after police used a fake profile to invite him to a meeting, his brother Enrique said. Qatar …

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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 …

Nancy Valverde

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 …

New Zealand rainbow crossing vandalised

Police charge alleged New Zealand rainbow crossing vandals

Police have charged three people in New Zealand accused of defacing a rainbow crossing in the city of Gisborne. Fundamentalist Christian vandals are targeting the rainbow installations in New Zealand. Last Monday night, the vandals painted over the rainbow crossing in the CBD of the city of Gisborne. The vandals, who are supporters of the …

Thailand MPs holding up rainbow flag after same-sex marriage vote

Thailand MPs fly pride flag after passing same-sex marriage

Thailand MPs have waved a big rainbow flag in parliament after they overwhelmingly voted to pass a same-sex marriage bill. Four hundred of 415 politicians voted for the landmark bill in the country’s lower house this week. Thailand is set to become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalise marriages between two people regardless of …

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Rainbow crossing in Auckland vandalised

A rainbow crossing on Auckland’s Karangahape Road, known as K Road, has been painted over in white paint.  In a statement, Auckland City Central Area Commander inspector Grant Tetzlaff said a report of willful damage was reported to police around 3:20am on Thursday. “We have no tolerance for reports of this nature, and when it …

Australia

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Check out the rainbow events at South Australia’s History Festival

As part of South Australia’s History Festival, a self-guided tour will celebrate the queer history of Adelaide. Flamboyance Tours present the queer history of Adelaide in a self-guided audio tour, sharing the stories of LGBTQIA+ life and people. Not just a tour about Adelaide’s queer history, but of how the city shaped Australian queer history …

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$165k raised to restore Priscilla Queen of the Desert bus

Donations to a campaign to rescue and restore the original bus from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert have come in from all over the world. The much-loved 1994 Australian film is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Three decades on, the long-lost original bus from Priscilla has been found – in a state of extreme …

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WA finally moves to reform Australia’s worst gender laws

The Western Australian government will introduce a bill to parliament this week to reform gender recognition laws in the state, which remain some of the worst in Australia. WA is the only Australian jurisdiction to still require trans people to go before a Gender Reassignment Board before updating their ID documents. Advocates have slammed this …


Queer History

LGBTIQ history from Australia and around the world
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Henry Sankey: Gay Blackmail at Brisbane Club 1886

In the long decades before the decriminalisation of gay sex, men risked not only imprisonment but also gay blackmail as Henry Sankey discovered in an 1886 Brisbane Club case. The short-lived Brisbane Club featured in this story has no connection with the club of the same name, established in 1903 and still operating today. The …

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4/ Percy Le Vaux – the victim’s ‘most intimate friend’

Percy Le Vaux moved to Cairns intent on achieving wealth and power. It never quite worked out. The story of a Cairns murder, the attempted framing of an innocent First Nations man, the sexual assault on a young constable by one of Queensland’s most senior cops and a suicide. The Queensland Police hushed up this …

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3/ Peter Lumberg: The Essence of the Dear Departed

Cairns struggled to dispose of its dead. The essence of the dear departed lingered. None more so than that of Peter Lumberg. Despite an obvious culprit, his murder remains unsolved until this day. Rather than expose corruption in the ranks, the commissioner chose not to pursue the investigation into Peter’s death. All part of the …

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NSFW! Vintage nude Mormon bodybuilders

Vintage nude Mormon bodybuilders? Who’da thought good Mormon lads got their dicks out for 1950s photographers? Well, two Junior Mr Utahs certainly did and here are the pics of Mike Sill and Walt Needham to prove it. Men were not supposed to pose for nude photos in the good old days. It was supposedly immoral …

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Orville Peck’s 2014 full-frontal nudes for Butt Magazine.

From the beginning of his country music career, some fans recognised Orville Peck as Daniel Pitout, drummer for the Canadian punk band Nü Sensae. Daniel’s most devoted fans also harbored fond memories of his 2014 nude feature in Butt Magazine.  Born in South Africa, Daniel moved to Canada when he was 15. He did 12 …

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NSFW! Bob Mizer: legendary nude male physique photographer

American photographer and filmmaker Bob Mizer founded the Athletic Model Guild (AMG) in 1945. The most influential of the twentieth-century nude male physique photographers, he also remains the best known. Bob Mizer recorded in his diary that he started experimenting sexually with his male models in his late teens. By the age of twenty, he …

Politics

Latest LGBTIQ politics from Australia and around the world
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No excuses for inaction on religious discrimination

There’s no excuse for buck passing. It’s time for the Australian Government to close the loopholes that let religious organisations legally discriminate. The Federal Government has derailed the campaign to stop faith-based schools legally discriminating against LGBTQ+ students and staff. Ahead of the release of an Australian Law Reform Commission report recommending such discrimination be …

Senator Janet Rice farewells the Senate

Greens LGBTQIA+ rights warrior Janet Rice farewells Senate

Outgoing Greens Senator Janet Rice will give her final speech in the Senate on Tuesday evening ahead of her retirement next month. Senator Rice, who is from Victoria and was first elected in 2013, announced her plans to step down last September. She’ll deliver her valedictory speech in the Senate tonight (March 26). “A decade …

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Oh Tassie! Van Diemen’s Land elects Eric Abetz

Oh, Tassie! Dear me, should we start calling you Van Diemen’s Land again? Electing Eric Abetz to state parliament is a step back in time. What happened to your famous reluctance to conserve old growth? Yes readers. You heard it right. The Van Diemenians have elected the notorious Eric Abetz to their state parliament. And, …

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