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Newcastle drag queen Glenda Jackson

‘True icon’: Newcastle drag legend Glenda Jackson dies

Newcastle drag legend Glenda Jackson has passed away, her loved ones have announced. Longtime friend Ian Tufrey announced on Glenda’s Facebook page the drag icon, who performed for more than 50 years, had died this morning (May 27) after a battle with cancer. “He passed away at 7.50am this morning in his sleep at the …

Ignatius Jones

Australian music legend Ignatius Jones dies after short illness

Ignatius Jones, best known as the singer of Jimmy and the Boys in the 70s and 80s, has died at his home in the Philippines aged 67. His sister Monica Trapaga announced the news of his passing in a statement on Wednesday. “It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ignatius Jones …

Australian HIV/AIDS activist Phil Carswell at a podium

Melbourne memorial announced for late legend Phil Carswell

Friends and colleagues will gather to celebrate the life of the late Phil Carswell, a pioneer and legend of gay liberation and HIV/AIDS activism in Australia, at a Melbourne memorial later this month. We lost a legend when Phil Carswell OAM passed away at his Brisbane home on March 17. Phil’s incredible legacy includes fearless …

Nancy Valverde

Butch lesbian trailblazer Nancy Valverde, dies at 92

Chicana lesbian, activist and gender-nonconformist Nancy Valverde died at her Los Angeles home on Monday. She was 92. In the 1950s, Valverde was was routinely arrested for violating L.A.’s ‘masquerading’ laws. These laws were commonly used by law enforcement to to target drag queens, transgender people and butch lesbians. She was detained multiple times at Lincoln …

Cecilia Gentili

Cecilia Gentili: Transgender activist and ‘Pose’ star dies at 52

New York-based transgender activist Cecilia Gentili, who also appeared in Pose, has died at the age of 52. A post on Argentinian-born Gentili’s Instagram announced her death Tuesday afternoon. “Our beloved Cecilia Gentili passed away this morning to continue watching over us in spirit,” the announcement read. “Please be gentle with each other and love one …

Andre Braugher Brooklyn 99

Andre Braugher’s on-screen husband pays tribute to late actor

The on-screen husband of Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andre Braugher, has led the tributes after the 61-year-old actor died this week. The actor died on Monday after a brief illness, his publicist confirmed. Braugher received two Critics Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and four Emmy Award nominations for playing the beloved …

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Bobby Goldsmith Foundation community ambassador dies

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following contains the name and image of a deceased person The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation has released a statement after the death of long-term community ambassador Terrilee Simpson. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must unfortunately share with our community that our …

peter north

Peter North: a vision of caring and sharing

Peter North made an immense contribution to Queensland’s LGBTI community, from its infancy in the mid-1960s and through until the turn of the century. His role in shaping the unique Queensland response to HIV/AIDS was essential and unstinting. Many thanks to Peter’s lifelong mate John Stafford for many details and valuable insight into Peter’s life. …

bill hayden

Bill Hayden: former Governor-General was lifelong ally

Former Governor General Bill Hayden died today aged 90. Labor’s federal leader before Bob Hawke, Bill Hayden advocated for gay rights from the early 1970s. Rodney Croome from Just.Equal remembered Bill Hayden today as a brave and dauntless advocate for LGBTIQA+ equality. “Whenever, in the last sixty years, the LGBTIQA+ community needed an ally, Bill …

Paris is Burning Carmen Xtravaganza

‘Paris Is Burning’ star Carmen Xtravaganza dies at 62

Paris is Burning star, activist and ballroom icon Carmen Xtravaganza has died at the age of 62. According to a GoFundMe, Xtravaganza had been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in 2022. The House of Xtravaganza Instagram page confirmed her passing and paid tribute in a post, writing that “her presence and talent left an …

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