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Queensland’s LGBTIQ-inclusive water polo club the Brisbane Tritons can dive back into training after their local pool in Fortitude Valley reopened. The Valley Pool opened on Wednesday, after coronavirus restrictions closed all of Brisbane’s public pools in March. Tritons president Sean Langeveld (pictured, centre) said the closure of the pools had a massive impact on …

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Brisbane’s drag queens are returning to the Sportsman Hotel from tonight as Queensland’s COVID-19 restrictions ease further. Sporties owner Neil McLucas said from tonight (Friday, June 5), two queens will entertain diners and the Butch Bar will also reopen. “Given the restrictions, we decided to turn it into a theatre restaurant, with the queens entertaining …

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Queensland’s free LGBTI Legal Service will continue operating for the next five years after it received new state government funding. Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath (pictured, second from left) announced the state government has allocated $1.3 million to the free legal centre until 2025. Since 2010, the LGBTI Legal Service has provided free and confidential advice to …

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Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate, so this Thursday (May 28) is Australia’s inaugural LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The initiative aims shine a light on the high levels of domestic violence within Australian LGBTI relationships but low levels of reporting. Ben Bjarnesen, Queensland Police officer, DVConnect board member, and domestic violence survivor, founded the LGBTI Domestic …

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Brisbane Pride has opened voting for this year’s 59th Annual Queens Ball Virtual Awards. The Queens Ball is the longest-running LGBTIQ event in the world. Next month, the event will move online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brisbane Pride President Rebecca Johnson told QNews.com.au the committee determined the event must still go ahead. “For 59 …

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Miriam Margolyes promises to tell it as she sees it in her new travel documentary, and she reckons there’s one place in Queensland she’s not keen to return to. The Harry Potter actress became a grey nomad for a 10,000 kilometre, two-month journey across Australia exploring our national identity in ABC series Almost Australian. And …

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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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The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health is planning a special online event this month to mark the 30th anniversary of IDAHOBIT. IDAHOBIT stands for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia. It’s recognised every year on May 17. On that day in 1990, homosexuality was removed from the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of …

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May 28 will be Australia’s inaugural LGBTI Domestic Violence Awareness Day, a new initiative to address high rates of unreported domestic violence within LGBTIQ relationships. Recent studies show up to 62 per cent of lesbian, gay, transgender and queer Australians have experienced some form of domestic abuse within their relationships. However, as few as six …

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has announced she is going to “go and lie down in my paddock” today to clap back at COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The Queensland senator went on Sky News on Wednesday night to slam “bloody over the top” restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. She …

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