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Men dancing together 1972 King Island

In 1972, Barry N. Hiller wrote a letter to the local paper on King Island in the Bass Strait. Barry was pissed off about the homophobia he and his straight matter encountered when they danced together at the local pub. King Island Europeans first visited King Island in the very late 1700s. Thereafter, mainly sealers …

Rainbow beach

Rainbow Beaches BBQ Lunch brings queer joy to Ulverstone

Ulverstone, a seaside town in North West Tasmania was once known as “the most homophobic town in Australia”. However, grassroots organisation North West Pride has been working tirelessly to elevate queer visibility across the region. Launched in 2019 by LGBTQIA+ advocate and local Gary Wakefield, North West Pride hosts queer events and celebrations across North …

New NorFUNK New Norfolk Pride

‘New NorFUNK- Almost Summer Edition’ delivers afternoon of queer joy

New Norfolk is set to come alive this weekend, with New NorFUNK- The ALMOST Summer Edition returning to Welcome Swallow Brewery. Featuring live performances from Drag Kings and Queens as well as burlesque, DJs and food trucks- New NorFUNK is a welcoming and inclusive event for Southern Tasmania. Hosted by Barry Bothways & Gary Snow …

Vandalised memorial to Tasmanian trans woman Marjorie Harwood

Vandals deface trans woman’s memorial with hateful slur

A Tasmanian transgender woman’s memorial has been vandalised with a hateful anti-trans slogan, prompting advocates to call for leaders to speak out against anti-trans hate. Warning: distressing Hobart woman Marjorie Harwood died in 2018 following a horrific sexual assault in a men’s prison in Hobart. Vandals targeted the memorial to her (above), spray-painting it with …

Tasmania Greens MP Nick McKim lashes anti-trans activist Posie Parker

MP has a new nickname for Posie Parker after she targeted his family

A Tasmanian Greens MP has handed anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, known online as Posie Parker, a brutal new nickname after she targeted his family, in a fiery spray in the Senate. Kellie-Jay has toured Australia for a week. But in capital cities her supporters were vastly outnumbered by trans rights activists. Her event in Melbourne …

Tasmanian drag queen Pussay Poppins is hosting Launceston Library first Drag Storytime next week

Christian Lobby wants library defunded over Drag Storytime

The first Drag Storytime at a Tasmanian library has completely sold out next week despite sad backlash from the Australian Christian Lobby and some Tasmanian politicians. The Launceston Library is holding the Drag Storytime next Wednesday (February 15) in celebration of TasPRIDE and World Pride 2023. Tasmania drag queen Pussay Poppins is hosting the event …

Drag queens at shuttered gay bar Flamingos Dance Bar in Hobart, Tasmania

‘Desperate’: The only Australian capital city with no gay bar

The licensee of shuttered Hobart LGBTIQ+ venue Flamingos Dance Bar is still in a “beyond desperate” search for a new home for the long-running gay bar. First open in 2005, Flamingos Dance Bar was Tasmania’s only permanent LGBTIQ+ community venue for 18 years. The gay bar reopened in July 2020 following Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns. However …

Thomas Williams was a techno producer and artist and founded Tasmania gay nightclub Flamingo's Dance Bar

Tributes after sudden death of LGBTIQ+ nightclub founder

Tasmania’s LGBTIQ+ community are mourning the death of Thomas Williams, the founder of long-running Hobart gay nightclub Flamingos Dance Bar. The 39-year-old died suddenly on Friday (December 30, 2022), Flamingo’s co-owner Gary Quilliam told the Mercury. Quilliam said he was “devastated to lose such a close and valued friend”. “Like so many Tom and I …

Lara Alexander pictured next to rainbow flag and crucifix

Liberal MP’s campaign to support conversion therapy: ‘free speech’

Liberal backbencher Lara Alexander is planning to host a Free Speech Alliance event this week in defence of conversion therapy. Earlier this year, LGBTQI+ advocates pushed for a ban on harmful conversion therapy practices in Tasmania, which was backed by Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff. This push followed the release of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute’s …

Tasmanian gay couple get win in hobart magistrates court

Tasmanian woman sentenced after vile anti-gay abuse of neighbours

A Tasmanian gay couple have celebrated a court win after a judge sentenced a neighbour who hurled constant anti-gay abuse and damaged their property to a suspended sentence of six weeks in prison. The couple, Tony and Doug (not their real names), moved in next door to the woman in a southern Tasmanian town. But …

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