Today: Brittney Griner, Jussie Smollet, SAS & Saudi killings

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In today’s news, concern for Brittney Griner, detained in Russia while Jussie Smollett finally heads to prison. Plus, accusations Australia’s elite SAS is just a mob of bitchy gossips. Also, the latest Saudi killings — the Islamic regime executed 81 men yesterday.

The Real Housewives of SAS

The defamation trial launched by VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith against three newspapers ground on in the Federal Court last week. The trial previously heard allegations of war crimes including the killing of an unarmed teenage boy. Witnesses don’t agree on much but they all accept Australian soldiers used an allegedly murdered civilian’s prosthetic leg as a drinking vessel at their bar, The Fat Ladies Arms.

Thank you for your service.

A witness this week described the SAS as like a ‘country wives club’, riven by gossip. Perhaps SAS Australia should introduce a Real Housewives style gossip challenge.

Saudi Killings

More Saudi killings yesterday with the Islamic regime executing 81 men for a variety of alleged crimes including ‘deviant beliefs’. We will probably never learn if any of the dead included men convicted of consenting adult sex acts. In recent years, both Iran and Saudi Arabia became more sensitive to criticism of such murders. They now generally frame gays for other offences. Crown Prince MBS, the real power in the country, obviously thought the Russian invasion of Ukraine would provide a distraction from his latest murders.

Brittney Griner

Concern mounts for out basketballer Brittney Griner, detained in Russia on drug charges. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee yesterday described the arrest as ‘targeted and purposeful’.

Jussie Smollet

The legal saga of actor Jussie Smollett finally concluded with the actor this week beginning a 150-day prison sentence for faking a hate crime.

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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at

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