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The all-inclusive Rainbow River Festival will return to Noosa next month for its second-ever event on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. “After the success of last year’s Festival, we’re excited to build an even bigger, more fabulous community event for 2017,” festival director Kirsty Patten said. “The weekend of festivities kicks off with sunset cocktails on …

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Openly gay Northern Territory politician Chansey Paech has said he will lobby his government to wipe the historic criminal records of NT men unjustly convicted for consensual gay sex. Mr Paech (pictured) told Triple J’s Hack program this week that wiping the convictions in the Territory would be more complex than in other jurisdictions, because …

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A strong contingent of the Northern Territory’s LGBTIQ community and allies will proudly march in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade next month. Over 85 people will participate in the “Northern Territory Stars” float at this year’s parade on Saturday, March 4. Organisers say the float is themed to represent the “Shining night sky of the …

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A parliamentary committee considering the Queensland government’s bill that would abolish the so-called “gay panic” defence has recommended the bill be passed. The controversial partial legal defence has been used those accused of murder to attempt to reduce a charge down to manslaughter if they claim the violence was triggered by an unwanted homosexual advance. …

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Rodeo riders are known as tough hombres … they risk life and limbs on the back of bucking broncos and raging bulls. But the Gay Cowboy, Josh Goyne, continues to discover that some are in fact cowardly, homophobic bullies. Never one to take a backwards step, Josh got straight back into the saddle after being …

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Hundreds said goodbye to Queensland’s own Ruby Tuesday, pioneering rock chick Carol Lloyd, at her funeral service in Brisbane on Monday. The 68-year-old passed away last week after a lengthy battle with lung disease, surrounded by family and holding partner Annie’s hand. Family, friends, politicians and artists gathered at Brisbane’s St John’s Cathedral to pay …

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Music icon Sir Elton John will return to Australia with his band for two north Queensland concerts this September. On Tuesday it was announced he’ll play a concert in Mackay at BB Print Stadium on Friday, September 22 and in Cairns at Cazaly’s Stadium on Saturday, September 30, with two more Queensland shows expected to …

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Father Paul Kelly, the Queensland Catholic priest who has fought to get the state’s so-called “gay panic” defence abolished, has slammed the Australian Christian Lobby’s “disturbing” opposition to changing the law. The partial legal defence allows those accused of murder to attempt to reduce a charge down to manslaughter if they claim the violence was …

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Carol Lloyd, the voice of iconic 1970s Queensland band Railroad Gin and one of Australia’s first rock chicks, has died in a Brisbane hospital after a lengthy battle with lung disease. Lloyd had battled pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the lung, since 2013, and the 68-year-old passed away on Monday surrounded by family and holding …

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The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) have joined forces to launch a petition calling on the Federal government to reverse funding cuts to two Indigenous sexual health programs. The Federal Government has told the organisations that both QuAC’s 2Spirits Program and NTAHC’s Aboriginal Sexual Health Program won’t …

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