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Australians have ranked the legalisation of marriage equality as the most significant historical event to have shaped Australia, according to a recent study. The inaugural Life In Australia Historic Events Survey, conducted by the Social Research Centre, asked 2074 Australians between the ages of 18 and 93 to identify what they considered to be the …

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Gay romance film Call Me By Your Name has scored four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The film is based on the novel by André Aciman and tells the story of Elio (Timothée Chalamet) who unexpectedly falls in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a grad student who comes to stay at his family’s home …

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Brisbane GP Dr Fiona Bisshop has called for Queensland health professionals to receive better training in transgender health care. Dr Bisshop (pictured), who specialises in trans medicine and contributes to QNews, said Queensland doctors often feel they don’t have enough knowledge to treat trans patients and it was putting the patients’ lives at risk. She …

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Find the truth in comedy, always trust your gut instinct, and never get into bed with the Americans. These were some of the nuggets of industry wisdom director Stephan Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) imparted to Peter Gray as he discussed his latest venture, Swinging Safari. It’s set in 1970s Australia and follows a …

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Australian drag queen Hannah Conda has joined with LGBTI group Rainbow Families to host “Drag Story Time,” a fun session allowing kids to celebrate diversity through storytelling and dressing up. The New South Wales-based group introduced the event to Australia last October, after local drag queens hosted similar events in New York City and several …

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As the historic 40th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras approaches, the ABC has unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming LGBTI rights telemovie Riot. The movie will follow a group of activists who were part of Sydney’s first gay rights organisation CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) NSW and the landmark protest on …

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By Dennis Altman, La Trobe University The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and “heterosexual people”. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in …

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Sam Smith has said he was “honoured” to meet Australian comedian and marriage equality campaigner Magda Szubanski late last week. The British singer, who was in Australia for two concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, met Szubanski before a concert at Melbourne Town Hall on Friday night. Sam shared a photo of the meeting on Instagram, …

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All same-sex couples who were recently married or plan to wed are being urged to update their wills to reflect their marital status. Peter Carne, the Public Trustee of Queensland, said a will needs to be reviewed after major life changes, including marriage, which will invalidate an existing will. “If your will hasn’t been updated …

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Well-known Gold Coast gay hotspot MP’s Nightclub will reopen with a new look on Thursday, January 25. The venue, located on Orchid Avenue in Surfers Paradise, is relaunching under new management who promise an inclusive atmosphere and entertainment from DJ’s and Queensland drag queens. Local queens Alexis Diamond, Tina Bikki (pictured), Scarlett Fever and Coco …

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