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Meet Qld First Nations LGBTQIA+ advocate Rocky Byrne

Rocky Byrne is the Executive Officer of 2Spirits, a Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) program helping LGBTQI+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people across the state.   She chatted to QNews about her advocacy work and how the queer community can be better allies.  Rochelle “Rocky” Byrne grew up on Bundjalung country around Lismore, New South Wales.     Being …

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“A day where we acknowledge our shared history”

Pauline Hanson tweeted this week that January 26 should remain as Australia Day. “A day where we acknowledge our shared history.” In that spirit, we share some Australian history. Content Warning: This article contains confronting and disturbing details of murder and child sexual assault.  On February 2, 1874, the Sydney Morning Herald printed a letter …

Chansey Paech is the new NT Deputy Chief Minister

Gay MP Chansey Paech makes history as NT deputy leader

Gay Indigenous politician Chansey Paech has been appointed Deputy Chief Minister in the Northern Territory this week. An NT government shake-up followed the resignation of ex-Chief Minister Natasha Fyles this week. Fyles resigned after it was revealed she’d failed to disclose mining company shares she owned. This week, Eva Lawler was sworn in as the …

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Yarrabah defied Fed and Qld govts over trans employee

In 1979, the Yarrabah Aboriginal Council defied both the federal and Queensland governments over its employment of trans woman Lesley Lampton. Yarrabah An Anglican missionary established Yarrabah Mission in 1892. As the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council website explains, authorities then relocated people to the mission from all over the state. “Members from Aboriginal groups across …

Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities Todd Fernando

Vic LGBTIQ+ Commissioner on the next steps after No vote

Victoria’s Commissioner For LGBTIQ+ Communities Todd Fernando has spoken about the “new era” that must follow Australia’s ‘no’ vote to the Indigenous Voice To Parliament. Todd Fernando is a Kalarie man from the Wiradjuri Nation, and he’s held the state role in Victoria since 2021. On Sunday, Fernando said he was “truly devastated” after the …

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Wayde Clarke: the #yes23 inclusive pride flag artist

Wayde Clarke, the artist behind the breathtakingly beautiful #yes23 inclusive pride flag, only sold his first artwork in 2018. The proud Wiradjuri/Birpai man says that although always passionate about art, he never thought it would become his career. Now, the queer Aboriginal artist is a proven commercial success. But Wayde Clarke also brings others to …

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Miriam Margolyes gives her take on the Voice referendum

Actress, writer and Australian citizen Miriam Margolyes has backed the Yes vote in the Voice referendum, and given a withering rebuke to one of the No campaign’s slogans. Early voting is now underway in the national vote ahead of polling day on October 14. Aussies will be asked “to alter the Constitution to recognise the …

Artist Dylan Mooney won Brisbane Portrait Prize

Artist Dylan Mooney wins Brisbane Portrait Prize

Redlands-based queer artist Dylan Mooney has won the 2023 Brisbane Portrait Prize. The First Nations artist was one of more than 80 local finalists in this year’s competition. On Tuesday night Dylan was named the winner of the Lord Mayor’s Prize of $50,000. Dylan’s winning portrait, titled Still Thriving, depicts the artist and his friend …

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Rough on Rats: the real history of colonial Australia

Contrary to their gut feeling, most Aussies remain woefully ignorant of this country’s real history. But the information is available: incidents like the Cairns Post recommending Rough on Rats to eradicate the ‘intolerable nuisance’ of dispossessed First Nations people. Of all the bullshit spoken about colonial history, the idea that British colonists saved Australian First …

Yes campaign at the Brisbane Pride Festival 2023 rally

Yes23 leader rallies Brisbane Pride marchers on Voice vote

The “yes” campaign on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament was a big focus of the Brisbane Pride Festival’s 2023 Rally and Pride March on Saturday morning. Thousands of loud and proud Pridegoers take part in Queensland’s biggest pride events – the Rally, March and Fair Day – each year, at the end of Brisbane’s Pride …

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