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Queensland celebrates as Australia voted YES

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the queens ball book balcony seating

The 800 attendees at the historic Diamond Jubilee Extravaganza 60th Annual Queens Ball will all receive a copy of The Queens Ball by Bill Rutkin OAM, Destiny Rogers and Laurie James Deane (Dame Sybil von Thorndyke). Balcony seating is still available for the event at Brisbane City Hall this Saturday night. The Queens Ball tells …

shelley argent PFLAG+ National Spokesperson retires

Shelley Argent stepped down this month as PFLAG+ National Spokesperson. In that position and others, she advocated tirelessly for LGBTIQ+ rights over more than two decades. Shelley Argent, however, told QNews she will continue to advocate behind the scenes. “I’m a mother. Mums don’t retire. It’s a job for life. As the mum of an …

Queens Birthday Ball

The authors of a new book immortalising the history of Brisbane’s long-running Queens Birthday Ball have called for community members to contribute their photos and recollections. After its humble beginnings at a house in Mt Tamborine, the Queens Birthday Ball has become the longest-running continuous gay event in the world, held in Queensland every year …

Queens Birthday Ball

The authors of a new book immortalising the history of Brisbane’s long-running Queens Birthday Ball have asked for community contributions. After its humble beginnings at a house in Mt Tamborine, the Queens Birthday Ball has become the longest-running continuous gay event in the world, held in Queensland every year since 1962. Involved in the book’s …

australia voted yes

Australia voted YES in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The ABS announced the results on Wednesday morning to high emotion and jubilation around the country. A crowd of hundreds gathered in Brisbane in Queen’s Park to hear that 61.6% of the country voted YES including 60.6% of Queenslanders. The Equality Campaign’s Shirleene Robinson stood alongside …