Anniversary Of The ‘Yes’ Vote Community Forum

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One year on from the historic and overwhelming “yes” vote for marriage equality on November 15 last year, QNews Magazine is holding a community forum to celebrate the anniversary.

At the event we want to explore the questions: Where is our community now? Where we are going? Where do others want to take us?

In the year since the vote the LGBTIQ community has faced challenges.

It has been made plainly obvious that some people will always seek to relegate us to the status of second-rate citizens.

But equally, the implementation of marriage equality has seen increased LGBTIQ visibility.

In towns across Queensland, QNews Magazine has noticed more couples holding hands, more people flying the rainbow flag and a general increased sense of security and self worth in our community.

We have invited a range of community leaders to attend and speak at our forum and celebrate that progress. But we also want to hear from you.

There are many voices in the LGBTIQ community and QNews Magazine wants to hear them.

Join QNews Magazine’s editors Jordan Hirst and Destiny Rogers and special guest speakers and community representatives to discuss the issues confronting our community now and into the future.

“Recently, QNews Magazine held an art exhibition in our gallery space The MYX and at the launch the participating artists spoke about what drove them to produce their art,” publisher Richard Bakker said.

“The artists represented a very broad spectrum of our community as did the audience and there were repeated comments about the sense of community in the room that night.

“All the different letters of the LGBTIQ acronym came together as one to celebrate our diversity. We enjoyed the experience so much we want to do it again.”

The forum is a free event from 7:30 to 9pm on Thursday, November 15 in The MYX at 349 Montague Road, West End. Tea, coffee, and cake will be available. RSVP via the Trybooking page here or call the QNews team on (07) 3852 5933.

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Destiny Rogers

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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