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passionate friends sylvia martin miles franklin mary fullerton

Passionate Friends: the friendship between Miles Franklin, fellow writer Mary Fullerton and Mary’s life-long companion Mabel Singleton. Nearly 70 years after her death, her classic novel My Brilliant Career and the annual Miles Franklin Award ensure the literary legacy of Miles Franklin lives on. However, her friend Mary Fullerton, although widely published during her life, …

Byron Baes Jade Kevin Foster Netflix

Byron Baes is the controversially unwanted reality show filmed in Byron Bay last year. Starring influencers and “content creators” like Jade Kevin Foster the show has just hit Netflix. And people are talking.  After Byron Baes dropped on Wednesday it has set the internet on fire, for all the wrong reasons. Byron Baes: Influencers, Yoga …

vanessa lee ilga oceania indigenous first nations

Vanessa Lee has become the first Indigenous Australian to hold the position of ILGA Oceania co-convener. ILGA Oceania is a branch of ILGA World, a 42-year-old United Nations NGO advocating for LGBTIQ rights. Established in 1978, ILGA World is the oldest UN NGO of its type, and advocates for 1,614 LGBTIQ organisations from 158 countries …

reading tracks margaret james

The Reading Tracks series by author Margaret James includes fifteen books suitable for Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers. Margaret wanted to provide literacy support for Indigenous children that was culturally relevant to them. She also aimed to teach non-Indigenous children about the cultures and food gathering practices of Australian First Peoples, such as tracking and hunting …

Despite wildlife parks closing to the public in response to social distancing restrictions, wildlife keepers remain working. The resident animals still require food and care. Former Cairns Tropical Pride President Ben Woodward’s family operate four wildlife parks in Tropical North Queensland. Earlier this year, the Woodward family’s CAPTA group started Cairns Wildlife Lovers Facebook page …

Nautilus Pool by Westin

Located on Mary Street in the heart of Brisbane City lives The Westin — home to Brisbane’s first swim-up bar.  My friend and I stayed overnight at the luxurious hotel and believe me when I say I wish our time there never ended.  As we drove up to the hotel’s entrance, we were greeted by …

lynne mcgranger slams channel seven for homophobia

Home and Away‘s Lynne McGranger has spoken up about the alleged homophobia at Channel 7. She said she is “horrified” by their conduct.  Her comment was in response to a Facebook post by Andrew Mercado which blasted the TV network for homophobia according to TV Tonight. In the post, Mercado slammed Channel 7, accusing it …

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Australian clothing store Best and Less have released a children’s range of LGBTIQ-friendly playsuits and the internet can’t contain itself.  Tailored specifically for babies with same-sex parents, the Pride range is a first for Best and Less. It contains playsuits with slogans like “I got it from my mama’s” and “I have the best dad’s …

home and away lesbian kiss willow and alex

Channel 7 has responded to fans of soap Home and Away who were left outraged after at least two scenes featuring the show’s lesbian couple kissing were edited from Australian screens. The first scene, from last November, featured couple Alex and Willow talking in a bar. However the version aired in New Zealand showed the …

Australian LGBTIQ history timeline

Australia’s documented history of sexual diversity predates the arrival of the First Fleet at Botany Bay. Indeed, the Australian LGBTIQ history timeline begins with a 1727 shipwreck, the details recorded in a journal written by a ship’s officer. Pre-colonial history There is no record of LGBTIQ people in First Nations communities of the pre-colonial era. …

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