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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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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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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 …

Dr Albert W Noll

The author came across Dr Albert W Noll while researching the recent publication COON: more holes than swiss cheese. The young Boston dentist enjoyed notoriety for his appearances on the Boston stage during the 1890s. He usually performed in drag, either as a white woman or in blackface as a ‘mammy’ caricature. Born into Boston …

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Tasmanians convicted of historical homosexuality or crossdressing offences under repealed state laws should get compensation, a legislative review has recommended.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 The state repealed laws against crossdressing in 2001.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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When Robert Herbert and John Bramston sailed home to England after six years in the new colony of Queensland, John’s younger brother remained. A ‘confirmed bachelor’, Henry Bramston played a prominent role in Brisbane life but was quickly forgotten after his death. Robert Herbert, private secretary to Sir George Bowen, arrived in Brisbane in November …

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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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In 1970, lesbian couple Francesca Curtis and Phyllis Papps bravely broke ground by coming out and speaking about their relationship on Australian TV. The two pioneering activists appeared on ABC current affairs program This Day Tonight in October that year. After the same-sex marriage postal survey, the ABC revisited the two women and they reflected …

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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 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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