QNews apology for a recent contentious article

qnews apology

QNews Apology: QNews recently published an article of a contentious nature. Before publication, concerned community members warned us the article would invite a barrage of unrelenting vilification, lies, threats, bullying, and accusations of bullying.

All of that and more happened. Despite that, we do not regret publishing. We do, however, believe that we need to make an apology.

QNews has received reports over the years of questionable behaviour which we ignored or put in the too-hard basket. Most of the people who contacted us wished to remain anonymous which made reporting on their accusations difficult.

QNews apology

QNews apologises for not investigating and reporting on this issue earlier.

The recent article

When we recently received a request to promote an event and defend the organiser from social media accusations, we looked at the subject with fresh eyes.

Here at QNews.com.au, we believe the role of LGBTIQ media is to celebrate all of our communities in all their glorious diversity — to defend them from attack, to help build them up, and to promote equality for all.

Now, we’ve never thought that meant portraying the LGBTIQ communities as perfect. LGBTIQ people are simply people. People are not perfect.

As in all other communities, we have people among us who would do others harm – thieves, liars, scammers etc.

For that reason, our media have an obligation to check the bona fides of those claiming to raise money for community causes.

Those who claim to support our community normally welcome an opportunity to show evidence of those good works.

But some do not… or can not.

When, after years of fundraising and good deeds, a person cannot produce a single piece of actual evidence proving their good deeds — a receipt, a social media post from someone they helped, a statement from a charity thanking them — there is reason to ask why.

When instead of sharing one single evidence-based fact, the person resorts to bullying, vilification and threats, we would be complicit in any future wrong-doing if we did not report on it.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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