Romanian LGBTIQ groups have celebrated the failure of a constitutional referendum that would’ve banned same-sex marriage. Romanians went to the polls over the weekend for the referendum on whether the constitutional definition of marriage should be changed from a union of “spouses” to one exclusively of a man and a woman. Neither same-sex marriage nor …

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Teenage drag queen Kyle Andrews has lived in the central Queensland town of Clermont almost all his life. And the 16-year-old says he proudly walks through the tiny mining town – population 2,170 – in full drag, including fake eyelashes, heels and lots of padding. “I have a couple of outfits I wear, the look …

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Australian drag star Karen From Finance

Cairns Tropical Pride is north Queensland’s largest LGBTI festival, celebrating the diverse people and places of the region each year. This year’s festival is almost here, taking place across three days from next Friday, October 12 until Sunday, October 14. Australian drag star Karen From Finance will be among the performers and musicians taking to …

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Sydney residents have reportedly received homophobic letters signed “Jesus, The Messiah” that say the state’s current drought is a “curse” brought on by marriage equality. One resident, who lives less than 100 metres from Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, found the ominous note in his mailbox. “Do you know why I have dried up your state?” …

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Still from Kenyan lesbian drama Rafiki

Acclaimed lesbian film Rafiki has broken box office records in Kenya after the country’s government temporarily lifted a ban on the film. Rafiki is the first Kenyan film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival, but was banned from release in its home country “due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism …

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The United States has stopped issuing visas to unmarried same-sex partners of diplomats and staff of US-based international organizations, including the UN. The policy means unmarried partners of LGBTIQ staff at the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund must effectively now get married before December 31 or leave the country within …

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Jessica Mauboy

SBS has confirmed Australia will compete in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, but the anticipated Asia Pacific version of the contest has been put on ice. SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid told TV Tonight that previously announced plans for a local version of Eurovision had proven too challenging. “It’s probably been my one disappointment. I …

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In the dog eat dog environment of inner urban consumer retail, it’s amazing to find a family owned business still going strong after 10 years. Howards Storage World in The Homemaker, Fortitude Valley provides a unique blend of quality products and service to help organise your home. Business owner and family patriarch, Jim Stacey, laughs …

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RuPaul’s Drag Race favourites Trixie and Katya are reuniting for a new season of their hilarious web series UNHhhh this month. After the duo left Drag Race’s seventh season, they attracted millions of YouTube with the series, which was so successful it made the jump to television on the The Trixie & Katya Show on …

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Nash Theatre Ruthless

An all-female cast is taking to the stage at New Farm community theatre group Nash Theatre for the showbiz-centred musical farce Ruthless. The musical follows beautiful and diabolical eight-year-old Tina Denmark, who knows she was born to entertain. Sylvia St. Croix, a slick and overbearing agent, encourages young Tina to audition for the school production …

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