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Forty volunteers from Cairns Tropical Pride will represent north Queensland atop the festival’s first ever float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Organiser Kevin Scott said the float was a last minute decision for the festival’s organisers but they were overwhelmed with interest. “We decided around a table prior to Christmas that …

By Tom Smith, YHA Australia Marriage equality has finally passed and we’re shining our shoes and clearing our calendars for a wave of fabulous rainbow weddings. But before the nuptials comes the proposal… so where are the most romantic spots around the country to pop the question? Palm Cove (pictured, above) Escape the crowds to …

The largest ever celebration for far north Queensland’s LGBTI community, Cairns Tropical Pride, has wrapped up for this year following its annual week-long festival. “We had such a great year, every one of the festival’s events exceeded our expectations, numbers-wise,” organiser Destiny Rogers said. “This is the time of the year where our whole diverse …

Sir Elton John has worn a North Queensland Cowboys scarf at his Cairns concert, ahead of the NRL Grand Final tonight. The British music legend put it around his neck and then on top of his piano before his encore performance of 1973 ballad “Candle In The Wind” at the Cazaly’s Stadium gig on Saturday …

Passing Glances Ian Byford Cairns

Author Ian Byford reveals the hidden gay history of Cairns in his new book Passing Glances. The book explores the local LGBTIQ community from the city’s establishment in 1876 right up to the present day. “Gays hid from history for fear of draconian laws which threatened 14 years’ jail with hard labour for homosexual acts …

Cairns Tropical Mardi Gras Beach Boys

North Queensland’s largest LGBTIQ festival, Cairns Tropical Mardi Gras, kicks off later this month, on September 29. The theme of this year’s festival is Show your love in paradise. The annual Splash Pool Party this year moves to the Cairns Hilton. It features DJ Dan Murphy and also drag superstar Vollie La Vont. Then, the …

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