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Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has targeted his country’s LGBTIQ community in the first hours of his administration after being sworn in on January 1. Bolsonaro signed an executive order removing LGBTIQ community issues from consideration by the new human rights ministry, the Associated Press reported, and didn’t name a replacement agency in its place. …

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Ruby Rose batwoman

Aussie actress Ruby Rose will again play openly gay superhero Batwoman in a pilot for a TV series starring the character. The actress made her debut as the character last month in a DC Comics crossover that brought together characters from superhero shows The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl on US network The …

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London queer party Push the Button

A man out partying with his girlfriend on New Year’s Eve has angrily demanded his cover charge be refunded after he saw men kissing at a queer-run party in London. Rob Holley, a promoter and DJ for London-based club night Push The Button, tweeted screenshots of the lengthy exchange with the unhappy patron, named Stuart. …

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Lismore rainbow crossing vandalised

Locals in Lismore in northern New South Wales have repaired their city’s rainbow crossing after it was defaced with a Bible verse on New Year’s Eve. The crossing was unveiled on Magellan Street in the city centre in December, ahead of local LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruit’s 30th anniversary New Year’s Eve festival. But on December …

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Austria same-sex couple first to marry as marriage equality begins

A female same-sex couple tied the knot shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day in Austria, the first to officially do so after marriage equality became legal in the country on January 1. Nicole Kopaunik and Daniela Paier tied the knot at a late-night ceremony in Velden in the country’s south, public broadcaster ORF reported. …

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Art4play life drawing classes

An Art4Play party will have your friends talking well into the future. The company’s unique party concept guarantees laughs and stories that will be told and retold for years to come. Art4Play parties are built around an art lesson with a difference. Party-goers discover their inner Michelangelo with the benefit of a nude life-model to …

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Lucia Martin-Yosef

Singer Ricky Martin and his husband are starting 2019 with a new bundle of joy, announcing the birth of his daughter on Instagram. “We are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef,” the singer wrote on Instagram, on an adorable photo of he and …

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Lady Phyllis Cilento photoshopped image

In 2018 about 900 medical staff at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital signed a petition for Phyllis Cilento’s name to be removed from the institution. After a poorly run poll, the state government did remove her name, but controversy continues around the decision – though with the benefit of very few facts to inform the …

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transgender human rights

Indonesian law does not criminalise private, consenting adult same-sex acts. However, in the majority Muslim country, there is an element of societal disapproval. Also, because of the need for social harmony in the diverse country, a citizen’s duties are the priority rather than their rights. Adding even more complexity to the situation for the Indonesian …

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bianca del rio clown

QNews Magazine Editor Destiny Rogers says she can die happy after interviewing her all time favourite RuPaul’s Drag Race star, Bianca Del Rio. Bianca returns to Brisbane in February with a brand-new show after three previous sell-out tours of Australia. In It’s Jester Joke, the ‘clown in a gown’ shares tales of her world travels …

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