From the Print Editor Tim Passmore: Welcome to our new edition where you’ll find our signature mix of LGBTIQ news, features and events relevant to our local community. It’s a great pleasure to showcase Queensland comedian Mel Buttle ahead of her appearances at the Brisbane Comedy Festival. We’re also pleased to bring you a thoughtful …

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Dallas John Baker was born in archly conservative Toowoomba and grew up there in the 1970s and 1980s. It was the peak of the “Joh years”, under Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Peterson, an era known for police corruption and brutality towards lesbian and gay people. Despite the hostile environment in which he found himself, Dallas refused …

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Indonesian authorities are failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, according to human rights group Amnesty International. Amnesty International interviewed some of the victims in a …

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Australian songstress Paulini Curuenavuli has been announced as the headliner of Brisbane summer street festival Big Gay Day next month. The event will again take over an inner-city street with a large main stage set up next to Fortitude Valley venue The Wickham Hotel on Sunday, March 11. The theme of this year’s Big Gay …

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Singer Sam Smith has said that he hit Sydney’s gay bars very hard on a recent holiday to Australia. “Oh my god, I had some mad nights in some gay bars in Sydney,” Sam told talk show host Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “I had one really bad night where I, like, puked at …

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Indonesia’s Ministry of Health has moved to declare homosexuality a “mental disorder,” as lawmakers debate a popular bill that would criminalize homosexuality in the country. The Ministry announced it would add homosexuality to a list of mental disorders in a new medical guide it planned to publish, according to local media reports. The guide is …

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Brace yourself for one hell of a birthday bash when Australia’s most spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride paints the town rainbow this March. A sea of glitter is set to shower Oxford St for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday 3 March, as Australia’s biggest pride party raises a glass of bubbly …

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Spoiler warning The third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars debuted last week and host RuPaul shocked the contestants with a big twist 15 minutes into the first episode. After the first nine queens had entered the Drag Race workroom, Ru announced who the surprise tenth contestant was. Cue the dramatic entrance of Bebe …

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A mum has written a beautiful letter to the Broadway cast of musical Kinky Boots to thank them for inspiring her young daughter. Kinky Boots is based on a real story — as told in the 2005 movie of the same name — about a young man named Charlie who is struggling to save the …

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