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Two queer women from surf proud on the sunshine coast kiss on the beach.

How Surf Proud is creating a safe queer space

The founder of Surf Proud Sarah Pawley shares why she set up the group and how it’s forming a strong queer community on the Sunshine Coast. I started Surf Proud on the Sunshine Coast two years back just to have a safe spot for people who surf to hang out and catch some waves together. …

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Dykes on Bikes VP among brave firies fighting Qld bushfires

Dykes on Bikes Queensland’s Vice President has shared photos as the brave volunteer firefighter and her crew battle the bushfires burning across regional Queensland. More than 900 fires have blazed around the state in the last 10 days. And more than 70 were still active on Monday (October 30), according to the Queensland Fire and …

Former Queensland Uniting Church minister Hedley Fihaki

Defrocked anti-gay Qld minister loses unfair dismissal claim

A Queensland minister dismissed by the Uniting Church for publicly opposing the church’s allowing of same-sex marriages has lost an unfair dismissal claim. Reverend Hedley Fihaki started as minister of the Mooloolaba Uniting Church in 2013. In 2018, the Uniting Church of Australia passed a 2018 national resolution that allowed same-sex marriages within the church. …

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Support in Noosa to finally legalise unofficial nude beach

A local MP’s survey has revealed support from Noosa residents to change state law and designate Alexandria Bay an official nude beach. Alexandria Bay – or A-Bay – in Noosa has been an unofficial clothing-optional spot for Sunshine Coast naturists for decades. But since April, the beach has made national headlines when police cracked down …

Sunshine Coast Mardi Gras promo image featuring Lady St Diva, Miss Synthetique, Shanny T-Bone and Gayleen Tuckwood

Sunshine Coast Mardi Gras returning to Qld theme park in June

Sunshine Coast Mardi Gras will again bring the rainbows to Queensland’s Aussie World theme park with a vibrant celebration of LGBTQIA+ pride this June. The south-east Queensland event was first held at the Coast’s theme park and Banana Bender Pub in 2021. A crowd of more than 1500 gathered to celebrate, before another successful Mardi …

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Five years ago Jo and Jill made Queensland history with their marriage

Before Queensland woman Jo Grant died of cancer, she was able to spend 48 days legally married to her wife Jill Kindt. The couple married on December 15, 2017, five years ago this week, just a week after the federal parliament passed same-sex marriage. Jo (above right) was terminally ill with a rare cancer of …

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Where to find your local World AIDS Day events in QLD

Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) and Queensland Positive People (QPP) are inviting people to join them this World AIDS Day (1st December) to remember those in our communities who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. This year the theme for World AIDS Day is “Boldly Positive” – a theme that encaptures standing up in …

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Hostess Vanessa Wagner invites elders to free LGBTI ageing forum

Drag queen Vanessa Wagner is heading to the Sunshine Coast to host an LGBTIQ ageing forum later this month. The Mardi Gras queen’s alter ego Tobin Saunders explained the free event on ageing well and future planning will be very valuable for our elders and loved ones. The free I’m Still Standing LGBTI ageing forum …

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New Sunshine Coast pride event delayed again due to Covid

New Sunshine Coast pride event the Out ‘n’ Proud festival has been postponed for a second time due to Australia’s COVID-19 outbreaks. The brand new rainbow pride festival was originally scheduled for June 19 at Caloundra’s Kings Beach. It was previously postponed to August 21. However Victoria, Sydney and South Australia are currently in lockdown. …

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Gender-neutral golf tees – cue outrage in four, three, two…

Maleny Golf Club in Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland recently announced the introduction of gender-neutral golf tees. Cue outrage. The troglodytes who spend their days turning over rocks in search of wokeness, cancel culture or any other eensy tweaking of the presumed status quo came screaming out of their caves. They first took to the …

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