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LGBTIQ nightclubs and bars across Australia have reacted to the federal government’s new coronavirus crowd bans, with some closing their doors indefinitely. On Wednesday (March 18), the federal government banned non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people as Australia responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. In Brisbane, The Sportsman Hotel said as of Wednesday they …

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Brisbane’s Stonewall Medical Centre has officially launched their new FAST sexual health testing. Stonewall has served the local LGBTIQ community for 25 years. The team now offer weekly Fast Access Sexual Testing (FAST) clinics for HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and Hepatitis A, B and C. The doctors running the program, Dr Hemming Lu and Dr …

Tom Hanks has revealed he and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for coronavirus here in Australia.  The pair have taken up residence on the Gold Coast where Hanks has been filming the new Baz Luhrmann film about Elvis Presley. But now it seems they will be spending some time in isolation. Earlier today, …

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The Canadian parliament has this week proposed legislation that, if passed, will ban gay conversion therapy in the nation.  Canada’s Justice Minister, David Lametti and Diversity and Youth Minister, Bardish Chagger introduced the Bill C-8 into parliament on Monday. The bill proposes five legislative amendments to the Criminal Code related to conversion therapy. In announcing the bill, …

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A pregnant lesbian mum was left in tears after a stranger verbally abused her at a Brisbane supermarket. Ebony was shopping at the time with girlfriend Lisa at Coles in the Brisbane suburb of Mitchelton, the Springfield News reported. Lisa explained, “My partner encountered quite possibly the most cold-hearted example of judgment I have had …

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Home-grown lesbian romantic comedy Ellie and Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) will make its Brisbane debut next week. The film was written and directed by queer filmmaker Monica Zanetti, from her own stage play. Last month it became the first Australian film ever to open the Mardi Gras Film Festival, and it’s heading to the …

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Brisbane will put forward a bid to host the Gay Games in 2026, the organising committee has confirmed. Every four years since 1982, the Gay Games have provided an inclusive safe and environment for LGBTIQ athletes to compete in dozens of sports. The event now attracts over 10,000 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators …

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Not travelling to Sydney for this year’s Mardi Gras parade? Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel is inviting everyone to join them in the celebrations this Saturday. The Spring Hill venue is throwing their annual Mardi Gras party on Saturday, February 29, with free entry all night. You can watch the live stream of this year’s Mardi Gras …

Noosa’s Rainbow River Festival will once again put the “queens” in Queensland this Mardi Gras weekend. The festival is celebrating its fifth birthday this year. It all kicks off with welcome cocktails at the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club from 5pm on Friday (February 28). Then the action moves down the road for bingo at …

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A new Queensland suicide prevention campaign is encouraging everyone to have difficult – but important – conversations about suicide. The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health has launched the “Talking Heals” campaign, in partnership with a number of other organisations. The campaign, appearing on billboards around Brisbane, acknowledge “sharing stories of suicide can be hard”. The …

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