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RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 cast group photo

By Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong For a reality TV show about a queer subculture, RuPaul’s Drag Race has achieved extraordinary success. In the show, which winds up another series this Friday, drag queens compete to be named “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. Across 13 seasons (including three of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars) it has …

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Brisbane non-binary activist Jade Mirabito performs on stage

By Jade Mirabito Gosh, gender is a bizarre thing. It took me many years to carve out a nook that feels comfortable in regards to terminology, expression, presentation, language for me and my body, spaces I can use, and so many countless little things you don’t really realise is a decision you can make until …

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By Paul Dellit Since the Golden Age of Broadway there have been many leading ladies that have fallen into the category of diva, particularly in the field of musical theatre. Whether she likes it or not Patti LuPone has unofficially been crowned the reigning Broadway diva of her generation. The word ‘diva’ is of Latin/Italian …

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I thought I’d write an update on what’s going around in the world of sexually transmitted stuff in Brisbane. And I mean literally going around. I’ve got one word for you – syphilis. These last couple of weeks has been a syphilis convention in Brisbane, and I’ve been jabbing people with penicillin left, right and …

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By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world’s largest annual celebration of LGBT+ people and one of Australia’s biggest single tourist attractions. An estimated 300,000 people turned out for the 2018 parade in March, highlighting just how mainstream LGBT+ culture has become here. And only four months …

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When you think you need to call a plumber how instinctive is it to think you’ll be calling on a man? Short shorts and tool belt in tow ready to get in and do the dirty work on your kitchen sink or bathroom, it’s generally our first thought when it comes to plumbing services. But …

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By Carmen Pace, Ken Pang & Michelle Tollit Today the first guidelines specific to the health-care needs of transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents have been released in the Medical Journal of Australia. Gender identity is a person’s innermost sense of who they are – male, female, a blend of both or neither. Most …

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Being a person of color who is queer, having issues around gender identity and mental health is what I like to call a 4-tier-whammy of complications. If you identity with even one of those above concepts, you possibly know what I mean. People of color worldwide have a poorly televised lifestyle that rarely gets talked …

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If you’re looking for a personalised, one-of-a-kind sculpture or feature for your home, Brisbane-based company Laws Laser can help. Laws Laser specialise in the design, laser cutting and etching of a range of different materials to create customised garden art, sculptures, stencils, signs or interior and exterior privacy screens for clients, made from a wide …

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Probably the biggest news to dominate the HIV landscape last year was the acceptance by the scientific community and HIV health professionals that U=U – undetectable equals untransmittable. The message is that a person with HIV who is on treatment and is undetectable cannot pass on the virus to their sexual partner. To be undetectable …

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