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Secret History 6: World By Night

In early 1977, budding criminal Geri Bellino travelled to Sydney to recruit strippers for his new Brisbane club, World By Night. Of the eight women he hired, half were transwomen. Two of the others were a lesbian couple who employed a young transwoman as a live-in nanny to babysit their child while they worked nights. …

Melbourne sex worker Matthew Roberts on financial discrimination case

Fed-up Melbourne sex worker sues financial providers and wins

A Melbourne-based gay sex worker has resolved a discrimination case against two Australian financial service providers, in a “great victory” that he wants to protect others from falling victim to “debanking”. “Debanking” refers to banks or financial institutions cutting off services like accounts, loans, or payment processing to a person or business because of their …

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath holds sex worker bill

Sex work finally decriminalised in Queensland

Queensland has finally decriminalised sex work, passing a bill that repeals laws and improves the health, safety and rights of the state’s sex workers. The Queensland government legislation passed on Thursday night. The bill decriminalises the industry and repeals criminal offences that currently apply specifically to sex workers. It will also protect sex workers from …

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Why I reported Bondi killer advertised as escort

Outrage greeted my Sunday report that Bondi killer Joel Cauchi advertised as an escort in the weeks before his murderous rampage. “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition,” Monty Python used to say. Bullshit. In queer publishing, we always expect the Spanish Inquisition. First, there are the people of faith, often American, that have nothing better to …

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Qld parliamentary inquiry yes to decriminalisation of sex work

Queensland moved closer to the decriminalisation of sex work this week with a parliamentary inquiry fully supporting a proposed government bill. Queensland currently allows two forms of legalised sex work – services provided at licensed brothels or by sole operators. The law defines sole operators as persons working alone from a premise, providing in-house calls, …

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Queensland to decriminalise all forms of sex work

Over two decades of advocacy has paid off for Queensland sex workers with the state government introducing legislation to parliament Thursday to finally decriminalise all forms of sex work. Queensland currently allows two forms of legalised sex work – services provided at licensed brothels or by sole operators. The law defines sole operators as persons …

DecrimQLD march for Decriminalisation of Sex Work in Brisbane Pride Festival

Queensland to finally decriminalise and regulate sex work

Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman says the state will bring the sex industry “out of the dark” and regulate sex work to improve workers’ safety. On March 31, the Attorney-General received an independent Queensland Law Reform Commission report on decriminalisation with 47 recommendations. Shannon Fentiman says the government is working through the report. But she has …

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Attempt to ban ‘male madam’ Scotty Bowers doco from library

A rash of complaints about queer material in the Lafayette Public Library in Indiana includes a documentary about the legendary Hollywood male madam, Scotty Bowers. Scotty Bowers died in 2019 at the age of 96. But in 2012, he published the memoir,  Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the …

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Intensive Correction Order rather than jail for extortion

Brisbane District Court Judge Paul Smith today sentenced Chloe Jessica Earle to a 12-month Intensive Correction Order following a conviction for extortion. The judge imposed the order in lieu of jail because of difficulties she would face in prison. “I can’t ignore the fact that as a transgender person with male genitalia if you went …

Queensland decriminalisation review

Sex workers welcome Queensland decriminalisation review

Queensland and Australian sex worker organisations today welcomed the impending Queensland decriminalisation review of state sex work laws. State Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman earlier announced a review of current laws by the Queensland Law Reform Commission. She said the Commission will advise on improving the health, safety, human rights and also legal protections of sex workers …

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