Brisbane Pride’s Michael James Marries His Partner

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Community activist, former QNews Magazine Print Editor and Brisbane Pride Vice-President Michael James celebrated the New Year by wedding long-time partner Anthony Gillespie.

An extremely happy congregation of friends and family filled Fortitude Valley’s beautiful High Church on Brunswick Street for the ceremony. During the ceremony, Gordon, the son of the two new husbands, presided over part of the formalities. Community personality Farmer Dave Graham also officiated.

The event was particularly special in light of Michael’s strong activism during the battle for marriage equality.

Later, Michael James shared with QNews Magazine the excitement of “finally celebrating our relationship in front of our family and friends”.

“After 15 years together, it was the perfect day. We look forward to everyone in our community having the opportunity to celebrate their relationship with the people that make them happy.”

Previously, in 2018, Michael appeared in his role as a proud gay dad on a special Father’s Day edition of game show The Chase.

Much to the delight of watching members of the LGBTIQ community Australia-wide, Michael was a member of a winning team.

Michael James and Anthony Gillespie are best known for their role in the now infamous “Rip & Roll” sexual health campaign in 2011 which saw them thrust into the spotlight as community activists.

Brisbane Pride

Since then, Michael continued actively campaigning for the LGBTIQ community. His activism includes appearances in television and radio. In addition he continues his work with Brisbane Pride Festival, of which he is now the longest-serving committee member.

Brisbane Pride hosts the annual Queens Ball at Brisbane City Hall in June and the Brisbane Pride Festival in September.

After the wedding, the happy couple  celebrated with a Cairns honeymoon. They now look forward to celebrating their new life as newlyweds in 2019.

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(Photos by Funky Munky)

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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

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