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John Taggart looks at the representation of LGBTIQ characters during the last year. Casting my eye back over 2018’s queer representation on TV, it’s pleasing to see an upward trend. On American television 8.8% of regular characters openly identified as gay, trans, or on the queer spectrum – up 2.4% from last year. In real …

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As Lismore group Tropical Fruits celebrates its 30th anniversary of championing the LGBTIQ community in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers region, John Taggart reflects on the true significance of the organisation. Northern New South Wales – the home of trendy Byron Bay – may seem an oasis of tolerance but the shift in cultural attitudes …

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J. K. Rowling is well-known for her support of the LGBTIQ community, but John Taggart ponders whether she sometimes compromises that support to maintain mass appeal – exciting her LGBTIQ audience with a gay Dumbledore but keeping mainstream audiences happy by keeping his closet door only slightly ajar. November will see the release of The …

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A new iteration A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and directed by Cooper, will be released this week. It’s the third remake of the original 1937 film of the same name, which itself plagiarised 1932’s What Price Hollywood? The story has a long history with the queer community, both in its …

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QNews Magazine contributor John Taggart opens up about his experiences in “gay conversion” therapy and explains just why it’s so dangerous. “Homosexuality is not of the Lord,” Father D said quietly. I sat in a prayer circle, holding hands with a Catholic housemate on one side, and Father D on the other. “Help this child …

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LGBTIQ Pride festivals are an opportunity to connect with the community, to stand visibly, collectively and to celebrate who we are with revelry. They’re also contentious – recent controversies include whether police should be permitted to march in London and Toronto, and the subsuming of the umbrella into “Gay Pride”. Indeed, celebrating “who we are …

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Jamie Durie at Natuzzi

When it comes to TV horticulturalist, interior designer and eco-conscious warrior Jamie Durie’s latest foray into furniture, the phrase ‘grass roots’ has multiple applications. Collaborating with established high-quality brand Natuzzi Italia, Jamie has designed the stunning Amber collection to reflect his values as an homage not only to his Australian heritage, but to the landscape …

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Wendybird

Listening to TrailBlazers, the brand-new podcast from Brisbane-based social enterprise group Wendybird, I cried. Open, unashamed tears. As with podcasts Queer as Fact and History is Queer, TrailBlazers explores our community’s past, but with a crucial difference – the past is local, and told through the lens of memory from those who not only lived …

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Gay older couple

In my hunt for queer-themed podcasts for review, I come across many variations on a theme; either the white gay guy duo/trio/group discussing contemporary experience (sex and pop culture feat. a lot of giggling), or various genders and sexual identities seriously discussing intersectionality, feminism, and queer struggle. Individual personalities and friendship dynamics are present, but …

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Rhonda Burchmore

The ever-popular annual Brisbane Festival is just around the corner. Launching on September 8, it runs over three weeks, marking the end of winter and culminating in the classic SunSuper RiverFire. The Festival showcases a range of local, national and international performances across various production styles, not only to counter the old stereotype of an …

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