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Queensland drag queen Miss Synthetique

Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel will induct two more local identities into the venue’s Queensland Drag Hall of Fame later this month. The Drag Hall of Fame takes pride of place in the Lounge Bar of Sporties, and recognises entertainers for their contribution to Queensland drag, performing arts and local charities. And this Australia Day long weekend, …

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Becoming Colleen Australian transgender documentary

Queer Screen has announced the full lineup for this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival 2019, featuring screenings of more than 100 shorts and feature films this Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season. Festival Director Lisa Rose said this year’s event is asking cinemagoers to “Embrace Your Story”. “With this year’s program we are owning …

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homophobic tweets

Kevin Hart has ruled out coming back on board as host of the Oscars ceremony next month. The US comedian and actor pulled out of the hosting gig in December amid controversy over past homophobic tweets. Hart suggested he may return to the role in a controversial appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show late last …

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Depressed man with hoodie

A gay Bangladeshi couple seeking asylum in Australia were asked highly personal questions about their sex life by a government official, including whether they swallowed each other’s semen, according to documents released under Freedom of Information. The Bangladeshi men (not pictured), who were seeking protection in Australia on the basis that they were a gay …

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Hong Kong Pride Parade photo

Hong Kong’s top court has given the green light to two legal challenges of the country’s ban on same-sex marriage, in a first for Hong Kong. Two gay men, an 31-year-old activist and a 21-year-old student, are separately arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage violates their right to equality under the Basic Law, the …

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Stock photo man lifting weight

By Phillip Joy and Matthew Number, Dalhousie University Gay men currently receive little research attention when it comes to health issues such as eating disorders and other body image concerns. Yet expectations are high for gay men, as the western ideal masculine body is muscular and fat free. Evidence also indicates that there are unique …

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alkyl nitrites

A new lobby group calling for Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to not criminalise sex aid “poppers” has created a guide for people who wish to have their say on the issue. Last September, the TGA published plans to move alkyl nitrites – the ingredients in inhalant “poppers” – to Schedule 9 of the Poisons Standard, …

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Uniting Church marry same-sex couples postal survey

The Uniting Church of Australia’s landmark vote last year to allow same-sex weddings will not be reversed after an internal backlash, the church’s LGBTIQ network has said. Last September, the Uniting Church became the first major Australian Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriages, approving two definitions of marriage – one between a man and a …

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Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is planning to tell the story of an American woman who went viral for her heartfelt offer to be a “stand-in mum” at the weddings of same-sex couples whose parents have refused to attend. Last September, Oklahoma mum Sara Cunningham took to Facebook to make the offer. “PSA. If you need a …

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Kevin Hart talks to Ellen degeneres homophobic tweets

Ellen DeGeneres has sparked heated debate within the LGBTIQ community after she urged Kevin Hart return to the job of hosting next month’s Oscars ceremony after he stepped down over past homophobic tweets. The comedian and actor was last month named as host of February’s Academy Awards ceremony but pulled out days later after a …

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