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Mr Sporties 2024

A new Mr Sportsman Hotel will be crowned this weekend

A group of Brisbane men are competing for the title of Mr Sportsman Hotel 2024 at the pub this Saturday night (May 25). The annual men’s pageant is one of the Brisbane LGBTQIA+ venue’s most popular events. This year, the Mr Sporties competition has a 007 theme. Drag star Gayleen Tuckwood (above right) will host …

Sportsman Hotel team induct owner Neil McLucas into Drag Hall of Fame

Sporties’ Neil McLucas honoured for hosting decades of drag

The Sportsman Hotel team has paid tribute to owner Neil McLucas’ decades of hosting drag in Brisbane with the venue’s top Drag Hall of Fame honour. Each year, the Brisbane LGBTQIA+ pub honours local personalities for their lifetime contributions to Queensland’s drag scene and LGBTQIA+ community. Each Drag Hall of Famer is up on the …

Sportsman Hotel owner Neil McLucas and team

Neil McLucas to join Sportsman Hotel’s Drag Hall of Fame

The Sportsman Hotel team will host a special ceremony honouring the Brisbane gay bar’s “irreplaceable” owner Neil McLucas as Sporties adds him to the Drag Hall of Fame next month. Each year, Sporties honours local personalities for their lifetime contributions to Queensland’s drag scene and LGBTQIA+ community. Each Drag Hall of Famer is up on …

Shanny T-Bone is reigning Miss Sportsman Hotel

Lineup revealed for 2023 Miss Sportsman Hotel drag pageant

The eight talented Brisbane drag performers competing in this year’s Miss Sportsman Hotel drag pageant at the Brisbane venue have been confirmed. Every year for decades, a new crop of Queensland queens have gone head-to-head at The Sportsman Hotel, proudly Brisbane’s Home of Drag. And the Miss Sporties drag pageant will return to the venue …

Still of Art Simone from ABC's In Our Blood

Sportsman Hotel features in new ABC drama In Our Blood

Brisbane gay bar Sportsman Hotel will feature in the ABC’s new musical drama series In Our Blood, premiering this weekend. The series, Australia’s own It’s A Sin, explores Australia’s radical response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how queer communities, politicians and medical experts responded. As the virus emerges in 1980s Sydney, all realise they must …

Brisbane drag queens Lucy Lockjaw and Tamara Tonite holding their framed photos in Sportsman Hotel Drag Hall of Fame

Lucy Lockjaw and Tamara Tonite join Sporties’ Drag Hall of Fame

Brisbane drag queens Lucy Lockjaw and Tamara Tonite have joined the Sportsman Hotel’s Drag Hall of Fame, honouring their long careers on the stage and TV. Each year the Brisbane venue honours drag performers for their contributions to Queensland’s drag scene and LGBTQIA+ community. Lucy and Tamara’s careers were intertwined for years after meeting in …

Sportsman Hotel Drag Hall of Fame inductees Lucy Lockjaw and Tamara Tonite to perform in Brisbane

Two local legends to join Sportsman Hotel’s Drag Hall of Fame

Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel has revealed the names of the two local drag legends heading into its Queensland Drag Hall of Fame in a special ceremony next month. The Drag Hall of Fame is located in the Lounge Bar of the venue, proudly Brisbane’s home of drag. Each year, Sporties honours a group of performers for …

neil mclucas the sportsman

Neil McLucas: the icon behind early Brisbane gay bars

Neil McLucas is an icon of the Brisbane LGBTIQA+ scene. Owning some of Brisbane’s first gay establishments, he continues to provide locals with a safe space at The Sportsman Hotel. A Renegade Child: Public Nudity and burnt down Dunnies Neil grew up in the rural town of Roma in central-west Queensland. An illegitimate child, he …

Miss Sportsman Hotel 2022 winners and competitors

Drag star Shanny T-Bone crowned Miss Sportsman Hotel 2022

Brisbane drag queen Shanny T-Bone has been crowned Miss Sportsman Hotel 2022 at the venue’s annual drag pageant. Every year for many years, the Miss Sporties pageant has seen Queensland drag performers compete across multiple rounds at The Sportsman Hotel, Brisbane’s Home of Drag. On Saturday night (November 12), Shanny T-Bone, Roxanne Redacted, Hovanna Crown, …

Sporties done up as gay Sydney Patchs night club abc docu-drama AIDS crisis

Sporties to play Patchs in new television production

Brisbane community hub and grand old dame of Spring Hill, Sporties, has become an actress. The dear old drama queen will portray iconic Sydney club Patchs in a forthcoming television production. Updated 1.11.2022 Patchs Campaign publisher Rod Stringer and silent partner Bill McKelvie opened Patchs upstairs at 33 Oxford St in 1976. Three years later, Bill …

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