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Men dancing together 1972 King Island

In 1972, Barry N. Hiller wrote a letter to the local paper on King Island in the Bass Strait. Barry was pissed off about the homophobia he and his straight matter encountered when they danced together at the local pub. King Island Europeans first visited King Island in the very late 1700s. Thereafter, mainly sealers …

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Tributes as early gay porn pioneer Wakefield Poole dies aged 85

Wakefield Poole, American dancer and choreographer turned trailblazing gay porn filmmaker, has died at age 85. Poole (above left) passed away on October 27, and the The New York Times published an obituary at the weekend. He is best known for his landmark 1971 directorial debut film Boys in the Sand, a very early feature-length …

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eBay’s new explicit content ban outrages queer historians

Queer historians are warning eBay’s recent ban on the sale of sexually explicit material will make it harder for them to find and preserve valuable LGBT+ history. In May, the online commerce giant banned the sale of “sexually oriented materials” including magazines, movies, and video games. The ban began in June, with eBay blocking new …

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The Wacky World of Condoms – something for every taste

There are now prophylactics for almost every taste. The wacky world of condoms includes a variety of unexpected flavours. Strangely though, not one single manufacturer of the protective love glove offers a penis-flavoured version. For millennia, supplicants to the phallic divinity knelt in awe before their rigid diety. Due to the lack of peer-reviewed research …

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Melbourne gay couple’s 1920s romance celebrated, a century on

This year marks 40 years since Victoria decriminalised homosexuality in the state. To mark the occasion, the Australian Queer Archives has released an amazing report listing 100 icons of the state’s LGBTIQ+ history. The report, A History of LGBTIQ Victoria in 100 Places and Objects, covers queer people, places, objects and stories of significance to …

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Gay victims must be remembered in Australia’s new Holocaust museums

Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been urged to ensure the inclusion of gay men and other persecuted minorities in Australia’s new Holocaust museums. Last week, Frydenberg spoke at Hobart Synagogue to announce funding for one such museum in the Tasmanian city. He spoke of the importance of remembering the horrors and atrocities of the Nazi …

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Tasmanians convicted under old anti-gay laws may get compensation

Tasmanians convicted of historical homosexuality or crossdressing offences under repealed state laws should get compensation, a legislative review has recommended. Tasmania was the final Australian state or territory to decriminalise consensual homosexual acts in 1997. The state repealed laws against crossdressing in 2001. State legislation allowing expungement of historical criminal records for gay sex and …

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In Queensland, the 30th anniversary of IDAHOBIT is heading online

The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health is planning a special online event this month to mark the 30th anniversary of IDAHOBIT. IDAHOBIT stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. It’s recognised every year on May 17. On that day in 1990, homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of …

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Big milestone in construction of Victoria’s Pride Centre

Victoria’s Pride Centre will celebrate an important milestone in its construction next week. Work on the 6,000 square metre Pride Centre in St Kilda is still underway. When it opens, it will be the second-largest Pride Centre in the world. Next Tuesday, the Pride Centre will hold a “topping out” ceremony at the site. No, …

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Friday the 13th: unlucky for paraskevidekatriaphobiacs

Friday the 13th is upon us, an unlucky day according to paraskevidekatriaphobiacs. Paraskevidekatriaphobia, or the fear of Friday the 13th, apparently still affects millions of superstitious people around the world. So, on this Friday 13 March 2020, the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the globe, Trump lingers in the White House and MAFS remains …

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