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dana international diva eurovision 1998 february 2

On this day February 2: Viva la Diva, Dana International

Dana International, born February 2 1969 in Tel Aviv, won Eurovision 1998 with the infectious pop anthem ‘Diva’. Dana continues to perform, record and also advocate for LGBTIQ+ rights, frequently appearing at Pride events. Scroll down to check out the red hot 2018 version of ‘Diva’. Dana International wanted to become a pop singer from …

Continental Palace Hotel january 29

On this day January 29: Saigon’s Continental Palace Hotel

On January 29 1973, the Austin American-Statesman published an article about Saigon’s Continental Palace Hotel. The headline promised titillation: Ex-Picturesque Saigon Bar Gathering Place for Freaks. Who then were the freaks? “Assorted prostitutes, transvestites, lesbians, homosexuals, pimps, beggars and bums.” The good old days Ah yes, the good old days. Terrible as the language seems …

madhu kinnar january 5

On this day January 5: Mayor Madhu Kinnar

On January 5 2015, Madhu Kinnar became mayor of the industrial city of Raigarh in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. She was then India’s only openly transgender mayor. Madhu Kinnar left school after eighth grade. As a member of the Dalit community, she had limited employment options. Previously known as ‘untouchables’, Dalits traditionally work in …

Christine Jorgensen december 11 world's first sex change

On this day December 11: Christine Jorgensen meets the press

On December 11, 1952, Christine Jorgensen fronted the world press in Copenhagen. Ten days before the New York Daily News ran the story Ex-GI Becomes Blonde Beauty. The article described Christine’s two years in Denmark undergoing hormone treatments and surgery. Other papers picked up on the story incorrectly naming her the ‘world’s first sex change’. …


Carlotta awarded AM in honours list

The 2020 Honours List announced tonight sees Carlotta awarded a Member of the Order of Australia. Carlotta received her award for services to the entertainment business and the LGBTIQ community. QNews spoke with Carlotta last week. The legendary showgirl began her career as an original cast member of the famous Kings Cross Les Girls in …

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