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Jools and Lynda Topp

The Mardi Gras Strictly Kaftan Party is a pool party with a twist, hosted by Dame Jools and Dame Lynda Topp, real dames, and real twin sisters, a pair of yodelling farm girls from rural New Zealand. Wanda D’Parke spoke to the twins ahead of their return to Australia this Mardi Gras season. Dear Reader, …

2019 Sydney Mardi Gras

SBS has announced the four hosts of its coverage of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade next month. Western Australian 10 News presenter Narelda Jacobs and comedian Zoë Coombs Marr will join Joel Creasey and The Feed’s Patrick Abboud to provide colourful commentary on the floats and costumes from the parade, as …

grindr

A New South Wales man has been jailed for impersonating a police officer and extorting money from a man he met on gay hookup app Grindr. Jayson Hastie contacted the victim on Grindr using a fake profile under the name of ‘Alex’ and spent two weeks exchanging sexually explicit messages and phone calls with him, …

Sissy Ball at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019

Australia’s biggest vogue competition, Sissy Ball, is returning to the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to celebrate Asia-Pacific’s LGBTQIA+ community. Inspired by New York’s iconic vogue ballroom scene, the event brings people together for a night of dance, music, and expressive freedom and celebrates ballroom’s endurance in queer culture. Sissy Ball made its …

Scott Johnson

NSW Police are offering a $1 million reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the death of American mathematician Scott Johnson, 30 years after he died as a result of a gay hate attack. On December 10, 1988, the body of the 27-year-old Sydney-based man was found at the base …

Australia’s newest federal MP Dr Kerryn Phelps has reflected in her first parliamentary speech on becoming an “accidental” LGBTIQ activist after marrying her partner in 1998. Dr Phelps, who won the byelection in the Sydney seat of Wentworth in October, was sworn in to applause on Monday as the federal parliament resumed for the last …

Tony Allison tropical fruits

Lismore LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits have dedicated their upcoming New Year’s Festival to community hero Tony Allison, who passed away in September. For the past decade, Tony (pictured) had been New Year’s Eve Production Manager for the group, which this year is celebrating their 30th anniversary New Year’s Eve Festival, with a theme of “Shine”. …

Start planning your trip now, because next year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival lineup has been unveiled. Having celebrated their 40th anniversary this year, Mardi Gras says that the 2019 festival theme “Fearless” honours the LGBTIQ activism of the past, as well as a call to action to march fearlessly into the future. …

Australia gay conversion Religious Discrimination Act

More than 1,000 current and former students from Anglican schools have signed an open letter to principals asking them to stop lobbying to keep legal exemptions allowing discrimination against gay teachers. Last week, a group of 34 New South Wales Anglican school principals signed a letter to federal MPs demanding the controversial religious exemption allowing …

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