LGBTIQ opinions and in-depth reads
Two youths marching in a pride parade with a rainbow flag and a 'born this way' banner

By David Rhodes, Edith Cowan University There is currently no consistent standard of sex, sexuality, gender and respectful relationships education across Australian schools. Each state and territory makes decisions about what they teach in schools. Additionally, religious schools have exemptions under anti-discrimination laws to decide how they approach these issues, and whether they include them …

Brisbane Festival Qweens on King

Eight Brisbane same-sex couples have tied the knot in a history-making public ceremony kicking off both the Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Pride Festival last weekend. One of the couples who took part in the event is Christian Leatherbarrow and Brad Hicks, who said “I do” on stage dressed in drag at the Qweens on King …

Rainbow Mountain

The queens well and truly conquered Thredbo in the late during the sparkling and glittery inaugural Rainbow Mountain festival. From August 29 to September 2, the LGBTIQ community took over the mountain with a huge line up of events, parties, live concerts, cocktails, champagne lunches, and plenty of skiing and snowboarding. Rainbow Mountain: A Heaps …

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Over 10 glorious days in September, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers shines as Australia’s most beautiful event. And this year there’s exactly 176,030 reasons why – that’s how many seedlings and bulbs will bloom between September 21 and 30, creating the spectacular canvas that is just part of this incredible event. It’s one that has …

Rhonda Burchmore

The ever-popular annual Brisbane Festival is just around the corner. Launching on September 8, it runs over three weeks, marking the end of winter and culminating in the classic SunSuper RiverFire. The Festival showcases a range of local, national and international performances across various production styles, not only to counter the old stereotype of an …


This week, I’m answering questions from QNews Magazine readers about gonorrhoea, breast cancer in trans women and butt implants. I was recently diagnosed with gonorrhoea, but I never have sex without condoms. How could this happen? Well you are not the first to ask this! Gonorrhoea is a very common bacterial infection, and it can …

Jack Whitehall

Earlier this year, British comic actor Jack Whitehall was cast as Disney’s first openly gay character for upcoming 2019 movie Jungle Cruise, in a role described by insiders as “hugely effete”, “very camp and very funny”. In a film chronicling a group of travellers’ adventures through a jungle of dangerous reptiles (also starring Emily Blunt …

AFL umpire rainbow flags

By Erik Denison, Monash University “I was happy to fill out your survey, mate, but I hate to tell you, I don’t think you’ll find much discrimination in rugby; I think you may need to study a different sport.” You might think this is not what a researcher, examining how to end homophobic language in sport;  …