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Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel: the history of Sporties

In 2022, Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel – Sporties – remains a much-loved community hub. For decades, the LGBTIQ+ communities have regarded Sporties as their home away from home. Besides the public bar, showroom and other facilities, it’s somewhere that community groups have assembled, rallied, and organised. They’ve also collected monies for good causes, fundraising for community …

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Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel reopens as COVID-19 restrictions ease

Brisbane gay venue The Sportsman Hotel reopened for dinner on Saturday as Queensland’s COVID-19 restrictions eased. The venue had to close its doors in late March as the pandemic shut down pubs and nightclubs around the country. But under the new Queensland rules beginning Saturday (May 16), 10 people at a time can now dine …

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Brisbane’s iconic gay bar The Sportsman Hotel celebrates 30th birthday

The Sportsman Hotel, Brisbane’s iconic gay venue, has celebrated its 30th birthday. A large crowd gathered at the venue on Friday night (December 6) for a special celebration with Sporties’ owner Neil McLucas and his team. Neil (pictured, front) thanked everyone for their support for Sporties before cutting a rainbow pride flag birthday cake on …

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Brisbane Memorial Announced For Beloved Barman Graham ‘Gracie’ Relph

A public memorial for Queensland man Graham ‘Gracie’ Relph will be held at the Sportsman Hotel next month. Gracie (pictured above, left) passed away earlier this month at the beginning of a trip to Bali, which he considered his home away from home. Many people in Brisbane’s LGBTIQ community remember Gracie for the friendly welcome …

PHOTOS: How Brisbane Celebrated Marriage Equality

Brisbane marriage equality campaigners and supporters gathered at the Sportsman Hotel to celebrate the first same-sex marriages on January 9. Australian Marriage Equality Queensland director Peter Black, Shelley Argent from Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Brisbane LGBTIQ advocate Phil Browne, and longtime marriage equality campaigner Bill Rudkin were among those who gathered …

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Brisbane City Council unveils rainbow footpath at Sporties

Brisbane now boasts a permanent rainbow footpath. Brisbane City Council installed the footpath outside Brisbane gay venue Sporties (the Sportsman Hotel) earlier this month. The rainbow motif emblazons a section of footpath at the intersection of Hope Street and Leichhardt Street in Spring Hill. It lies right outside one of the city’s longest-running and most …