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same sybil von thorndyke laurie deane queens ball

Most readers will not know the name Laurie Deane. However, most over 25 years of age, know of Dame Sybil von Thorndyke, legendary founder, hostess and director for forty years of Brisbane’s Annual Queens Birthday Ball, now the longest running gay event in the world. A sensationalist tabloid once breathlessly reported that Laurie Deane lived …

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Queens Ball Brisbane Brisbane Pride Festival

Brisbane Pride Festival took the Queens Ball Brisbane back to its roots Saturday night with a thoroughly modern interpretation of where it all started. Back in the early 60s, gay, lesbian, transgender, First Nations, immigrant and other LGBTIQ people and allies came together in a carefree and joyous celebration of diversity, resilience and camp. And …

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Simone Signoret Gloria Swanson Queens Ball

Queensland drag performer Simone Signoret and Gloria Swanson both died in recent months. Bill Rutkin and Peter Cotterell remember two legends of the annual Queens Ball.  Simone was an unforgettable personality, writes Bill Rutkin Kevin Deane, aka Simone Signoret, passed away a few weeks ago. Although Simone was an unforgettable and flamboyant personality, the exotic …

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Queens Birthday Ball

The authors of a new book immortalising the history of Brisbane’s long-running Queens Birthday Ball have called for community members to contribute their photos and recollections. After its humble beginnings at a house in Mt Tamborine, the Queens Birthday Ball has become the longest-running continuous gay event in the world, held in Queensland every year …

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Carol Lloyd, the voice of iconic 1970s Queensland band Railroad Gin and one of Australia’s first rock chicks, has died in a Brisbane hospital after a lengthy battle with lung disease. Lloyd battled pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lung, since 2013. The 68-year-old passed away on Monday surrounded by family and holding partner Annie’s …

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studio 54 queens ball

Queens Ball is turning 54 this year, and what better way to celebrate than with an all out Studio 54 styled glam disco party! To be held once again in Brisbane’s City Hall, Queens Ball tickets are on sale now for the 7 June party which is the world’s longest continuously running LGBT event. Now …

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