Organisers have announced that this year’s Sunshine Coast Pride Festival has been rescheduled for next month. The festival, organised by volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, was to be held in late February but had to be postponed due to bad weather. Festival organisers have rescheduled the Fair Day event for Saturday, April 28 …

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Want to pick up a bargain frock or wig for your next drag or performing arts show? Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel will hold another of their successful “Drag Swap Meets” this weekend. There’ll be a wide range of glamorous frocks, fabric, shoes, wigs, jewellery and makeup on offer, as several Queensland drag stars and vendors come …

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MP Alison Standen

Tasmania has elected the state’s first openly lesbian MP to parliament during the state election earlier this month. Labor candidate Alison Standen was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament after standing in the state seat of Franklin. On the campaign trail, Standen said, “Leadership to me is about connection to values; and about courage to stand …

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transgender

Australian children with gender dysphoria will no longer require court approval to undergo surgery if they have parental and doctors’ permission, in a landmark ruling by the Family Court of Australia. The Family Court made the ruling in the case of a 16-year-old boy, known under the pseudonym Matthew, who sought the court’s consent to …

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Judges Gavel

New Zealand LGBTIQ rights activists have called on the New Zealand government to reconsider compensation for men whose lives were “wrecked” by their historical gay sex convictions. Last year, former justice minister Amy Adams apologised to the gay men who were convicted for engaging in consensual sex prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1986. …

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queensland positive people

An Australian man living with HIV has opened up about his experiences after his HIV diagnosis in the latest instalment of a short film series calling on people to unite against HIV stigma. In the video, José opens up about his HIV diagnosis 22 years ago, his relationship with his longtime partner Carlos and his …

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Rodney Croome

Two Tasmanian gay men have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 in a bid to thank long-term equality advocate, Rodney Croome, for his decades of service to Australia’s LGBTI community. The two men said they first met Rodney in 1988, who at the time had founded the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group, fighting …

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Rupauls drag race

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Katya Zamolodchikova has apparently ended her hiatus from drag, after announcing in January she was taking time off from performing. The beloved star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and her own Trixie and Katya Show – with drag performer Trixie Mattel – cancelled all of her upcoming touring commitments earlier this year. …

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Pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher David Cooper

LGBTIQ health advocates are mourning the death of pioneering HIV researcher and Kirby Institute director Professor David Cooper. Credited with diagnosing some of the first cases of HIV in Australia, Professor Cooper passed away at age 69 on Sunday after a short illness. He was appointed the inaugural director of the Kirby Institute – then …

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Gay Wedding Cake

A newspaper has been slammed for deleting a reference to a man’s husband from his mother’s obituary. Texas newspaper The Olton Enterprise published the obituary for Brenda Light in its February 23 edition, but edited the family’s original tribute. The obituary read, “Those left to cherish her memories include her son, Barry Giles, and his …

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