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In 1983, the original Beat Nightclub boasted a single bar and just one dancefloor. Today the Beat Megaclub boasts five nightclubs, seven bars and six beer gardens. An icon of the Brisbane entertainment scene, it has grown as other clubs have come and gone and expanded into the building – and then buildings – surrounding …

Aftermath of the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombing

In March 1973, the firebombing of Fortitude Valley’s Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub resulted in the deaths of fifteen people. Excluding the appalling colonial decimation of Aboriginal populations, the Whisky Au Go Go fire was the worst mass murder in Australian history before the Port Arthur shootings of 1996. Among the people killed that night …

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People living with HIV have expressed alarm over the case of a Queensland man who had charges against him after the court heard he allegedly claimed to be Positive. The man allegedly got in an altercation with a security guard at The Royal George Hotel in Fortitude Valley,  accused of spitting in the face of …

Revellers, including drag performer Archie Arsenic, at Brisbane Pride Festival Fair Day 2017

Registrations for community events during the month of September to coincide with this year’s Pride Festival. LGBTIQ community groups and organisations are encouraged to register their events as part of the official Brisbane Pride Festival calendar and to get your event into the official Pride Guide, being printed in conjunction with QNews Magazine. Now in …

Uber Driver taxi rideshare discrimination

An Uber driver in Brisbane has been fined after he asked a lesbian passenger questions about her sex life. Umar Subi Gammeda pleaded guilty on Friday to causing a public nuisance over the incident, which occurred in August last year, the Brisbane Times reported. The court heard that Subi Gammeda asked the passenger on the …

Matty Soppa

A funeral service for Queensland man Matty Soppa will be held this Friday on the Sunshine Coast. Matty was well-known in the Queensland LGBTIQ community, working at Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel as a bartender and dancer and at Fortitude Valley men’s venue Club 29. Friends are remembering Matty as a generous volunteer who gave his time …

The Australian Water Polo League’s annual Pride Cup event will return to Brisbane next month. The Pride Cup was first held in Melbourne two years ago to promote inclusion and diversity in national water polo, and last year was hosted by our local LGBTI-inclusive team the Brisbane Tritons for the first time. Local team the …

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