More than 40 percent of transgender people in the UK experienced a hate crime or transphobic incident in the last 12 months, according to LGBTIQ charity Stonewall. A study by YouGov surveyed over 800 UK trans and non-binary people in England, Wales and Scotland has revealed the shocking extent of discrimination faced by transgender people. …

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Find the truth in comedy, always trust your gut instinct, and never get into bed with the Americans. These were some of the nuggets of industry wisdom director Stephan Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) imparted to Peter Gray as he discussed his latest venture, Swinging Safari. It’s set in 1970s Australia and follows a …

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The search for Mr Sportsman Hotel 2017 is officially on. The annual contest is one of the Sportsman Hotel’s most popular events, and will be held again at the venue on Saturday, March 10. And aside from the glory and bragging rights that come with winning the title of Mr Sporties, there are also great …

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By Dennis Altman, La Trobe University The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and “heterosexual people”. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in …

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Brisbane’s Open Doors Youth Service has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Suncorp’s Community Giving Program. Open Doors’ Jelly Beans program was started in 2010 and is a social support group designed for transgender, gender variant and gender queer young people, aged under 24. General Manager Pam Barker said Open Doors was very grateful to …

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Sam Smith has said he was “honoured” to meet Australian comedian and marriage equality campaigner Magda Szubanski late last week. The British singer, who was in Australia for two concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, met Szubanski before a concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday night. Sam shared a photo of the meeting on Instagram, …

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An HIV positive man can now pursue his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. Anthony (not his real name), from Glasgow, said he was elated that the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now reversed a decision not to grant him a medical certificate. As QNews reported last month, he was hoping to become a pilot …

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All same-sex couples who were recently married or plan to wed are being urged to update their wills to reflect their marital status. Peter Carne, the Public Trustee of Queensland, said a will needs to be reviewed after major life changes, including marriage, which will invalidate an existing will. “If your will hasn’t been updated …

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Well-known Gold Coast gay hotspot MP’s Nightclub will reopen with a new look on Thursday, January 25. The venue, located on Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise, is relaunching under new management who promise an inclusive atmosphere and entertainment from DJ’s and Queensland drag queens. Local queens Alexis Diamond, Tina Bikki (pictured), Scarlett Fever and Coco …

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Kylie Minogue has unveiled the very first taste of her upcoming album, lead single “Dancing”. “You’ve got the lyrical edge, that country feel, mixed with some sampling of the voice and electronic elements, so it does what it says on the label,” Kylie said of the country-infused pop song. “And I love that it’s called …

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