The Indonesian city of Depok has announced it will set up a taskforce to “limit” the activities of the LGBTIQ community, as the country’s anti-gay crackdown continues. Depok’s deputy mayor Muhammad Idris said the 200-strong force – including police officers, social service workers and religious leaders – was a bid to curb the spread of …

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The Brisbane Queer Film Festival is returning next month with a diverse selection of comedies, documentaries and dramas on offer. From March 8, some of the best queer films from Australia and around the world will screen at the festival’s home at New Farm Cinemas in Brisbane. “The theme this year – ‘We’re all the …

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Comedian Joel Creasey has spoken out about body shaming and unrealistic standards of beauty in the gay community. In a lengthy Facebook post, Creasey expressed his “disappointment” at seeing social media users obsessing over their bodies ahead of Mardi Gras season. “I’ve seen over the past few months on Instagram and social media gay men …

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Hollywood star Sally Field deserves another Oscar – for her role as Best Supporting Mum. Field’s son, director Sam Greisman, has a serious crush on figure skater Adam Rippon, who won a US team bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Greisman, 30, revealed on social media that not only did he have a crush …

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Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast will again play host to the annual Rainbow River Festival next month. The post-Mardi Gras event is an LGBTIQ-inclusive party which started in 2016 and is now an annual celebration of diversity in the picturesque region. Organisers are excited to welcome locals and visitors to join in the festivities to …

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Brisbane LGBTIQ swim team Aqualicious have unveiled their plans for their colourful float in this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. The float, titled “Let’s get physical: exercise your rights,” will incorporate fluorescent 1980s colours and pay tribute to gay icon Olivia Newton-John and LGBTIQ history. “[The float] brings together themes of fitness, …

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US talk show host John Oliver has roasted Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in the wake of Joyce’s affair with a former staffer. On his HBO show Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver introduced Joyce as a social conservative and said his opposition to same-sex marriage last year was hypocritical. “Joyce is a social conservative …

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The ABC’s long-awaited LGBTIQ rights telemovie Riot will screen this weekend, as the historic 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations continue. The movie follows key figures who were part of Sydney’s first gay rights activist group CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) NSW and the landmark protest on June 24, 1978 that would …

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The moment US skier Gus Kenworthy kissed his partner Matthew Wilkas on live TV before he competed at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has gone viral. The kiss was screened live on US television and a screenshot the 26-year-old athlete uploaded to his Twitter account has been liked more than 50,000 times. “I didn’t even know …

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has become the country’s first leader to march in the annual Auckland Pride parade. Ardern (pictured, centre) cut a rainbow ribbon to officially open the event on Saturday, which reportedly attracted a crowd of between 25,000 and 30,000 people. She said she had participated in the parade numerous times …

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