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Australian performer Trevor Ashley will join Queensland Symphony Orchestra for a gala evening celebrating Dame Shirley Bassey’s 80th birthday and her musical legacy at this year’s Brisbane Festival. Ashley will take to the QPAC Concert Hall stage next month to perform dozens of classic hits while in character as the music icon, wearing costumes by …

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Queensland police officers who identify as LGBTI have shared their stories of coming out and acceptance in a powerful video. Titled “It Gets Better”, the 10-minute video features around a dozen male and female officers from across the state discussing their sexuality, their experiences of coming out, and their experiences being an LGBTI person in …

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Author Ian Byford has revealed Cairns’ hidden gay past in his new book Passing Glances, which explores the local LGBTI community from the city’s establishment in 1876 until statewide homosexual law reform in 1990. “Gays hid from history for fear of draconian laws which threatened 14 years’ jail with hard labour for homosexual acts between …

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Wear It Purple Day Photo

Everyone is encouraged to incorporate purple into their dress this Friday, August 25, for the seventh annual ‘Wear It Purple’ Day. Since 2010, the Wear It Purple movement has shown solidarity with LGBTI young people by standing against bullying and abuse based on gender identity or sexuality at school, university and in the workplace. On …

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Drag kings and drag queens from across Australia are set to compete in a series of gruelling challenges during the outback Broken Heel Festival’s “So You Think You Can Drag” competition. Hosted by 2016’s Queen Of Broken Heel Shelita Buffet and Christina Knees-Up, the event will put the group of performers through their paces as …

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The Sunshine Coast Pride Network is planning to hold Queensland’s very first Rainbow Formal for LGBTIQ students and their friends in October. Sunshine Coast Pride Network co-chair Fiona Anderson, who is organising the event, said the group were inspired by the success of inaugural Fancy Formal in Byron Bay last year, and the ongoing popularity …

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Queensland Positive People (QPP) and HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) have announced the continuation of the Queensland HIV Emergency Treatment Fund. The fund was established to provide emergency funding for HIV-related treatment and services to people living with HIV in Queensland, who are experiencing financial hardship and have exhausted all other avenues of support, and it’s …

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A new film telling the story of an isolated British sheep farmer who sparks up an unexpected romance with a farmhand has been dubbed the “British Brokeback Mountain”. After his father has a stroke, farmer Johnny (Josh O’Connor) takes on the bulk of the work on his family’s rural Yorkshire farm. He numbs his frustration …

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Queensland Positive People has launched a new series of short films calling on people to unite against HIV stigma. In the four films, Australians living with HIV share their stories of stigma, vulnerability and resilience, to shine a light on how the virus is often perceived and to call on the community to tackle that …

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The award-winning, big-hearted musical Kinky Boots will strut into QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane next week. The musical is based on a real story — as told in the 2005 movie starring Australian actor Joel Edgerton — about a young man named Charlie who is struggling to save the shoe business he’s inherited from his …

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