Australian drag star Courtney Act has landed a late-night talk show in the UK. The RuPaul’s Drag Race runner-up and Celebrity Big Brother winner will host the show, tentatively titled The Courtney Act Show to be screened on the UK’s Channel 4. The network said the project will be the world’s first ‘Dragazine’ show and …

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LGBTIQ authors are encouraged to put pen to paper and submit their short stories to this year’s OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Competition. Applications are now open to professional and amateur writers alike from across Australia and New Zealand to write stories no more than 750 words for the competition. “Entries have to relate to the …

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A New Zealand police officer has surprised his boyfriend with a marriage proposal at his graduation ceremony from the police academy. Constable Erik Meechan from Hawke’s Bay took the opportunity during the ceremony to surprise partner Matty Judd, interrupting proceedings to ask him to step forward. Judd with their with he and his partner of …

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Actress Scarlett Johansson has faced a backlash for her role as crime kingpin and massage parlor owner Dante “Tex” Gill in upcoming drama Rub & Tug. The film will follow Gill’s successful chain of massage parlors that were fronts for sex work and his encounters with the mob in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1970s and …

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Eight Brisbane same-sex couples will get hitched at a special event at this year’s Brisbane Festival, which officially unveiled its program on Tuesday. This year’s festival will host more than 70 events at 17 venues across the city including QPAC, Brisbane Powerhouse, the Riverstage, the Tivoli, the Southbank Cultural Forecourt, and the South Bank Piazza. …

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has unveiled a three-storey high art installation to celebrate the event’s 40th anniversary. June 24 marked 40 years since the first ever Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration-turned-protest, and last Friday Mardi Gras and City of Sydney on Friday unveiled 40 Years of Love, a vibrant inflatable art …

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Break out the leather and the latex, because the Sleaze Ball is returning to Brisbane. From the 1980s until the 2000’s the iconic Sleaze Ball dance parties were held around the country, modelled after the New York City parties of the same name celebrating everything from high camp drag to sexually-charged S&M leather. Sydney’s first …

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The Australian Christian Lobby’s director has said that a ban on so-called “gay conversion” therapy is “totalitarian” and parents should be able to “counsel” children out of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. “[‘LGBTI conversion therapy’] is an Orwellian phrase. It evokes images of electric shock treatments, bizarre rituals, and abuse,” managing director Martyn Iles …

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Veteran Australian entertainer Bert Newton has caused a stir at the Logies with jokes that have been slammed for being homophobic and outdated. The 79-year-old took to the stage on Sunday night to present the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent, named for Newton’s late former TV colleague with whom Newton spent many …

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New dads Tom Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black have shared the first photos of their newborn son. The couple revealed on Valentine’s Day earlier this year that they were expecting a child through a surrogate mother. The pair revealed the birth of their son, Robert Ray, in a notice printed in The Times …

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