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An Uber driver in Brisbane has been fined after he asked a lesbian passenger questions about her sex life. Umar Subi Gammeda pleaded guilty on Friday to causing a public nuisance over the incident, which occurred in August last year, the Brisbane Times reported. The court heard that Subi Gammeda asked the passenger on the …

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A funeral service for Queensland man Matty Soppa will be held this Friday on the Sunshine Coast. Matty was well-known in the Queensland LGBTIQ community, working at Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel as a bartender and dancer and at Fortitude Valley men’s venue Club 29. Friends are remembering Matty as a generous volunteer who gave his time …

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By Rod Gardiner and Destiny Rogers The Criminal Law (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017 will finally see Queensland men convicted of consenting homosexual acts before decriminalisation in 1991 able to apply for their convictions to be expunged from the record. Last October, the state government passed legislation to establish a process to allow such …

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Last time, the Doc reported some major research findings presented at the recent HIV conference she attended in Boston.  This time, Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist Dr Fiona Bisshop concludes her round up of some of the key topics. Vaccine Progress There is no doubt that a vaccine is essential if we are ever going to …

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It’s after five in the QNews office and two of our longterm tradesman advertisers have dropped in. Jack Blair-Swannell (pictured above), a landscaper in his 20s, has the face of a cherub and a ready larrikin laugh. Marc Hansford, an electrician better known as Sparky Marc, is softer spoken, but quietly his own man. Tony …

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The Brisbane launch of popular gay party event Trough this Saturday night has been cancelled, organisers have announced. The sexy Trough parties, inspired by Berlin’s underground club scene, have been popular in Sydney and Melbourne and Saturday night’s event at the Sportsman Hotel was to be Trough’s Brisbane launch. “A few days ago we received …

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A community BBQ is planned in Brisbane to mark the International Trans Day of Visibility this weekend. Since 2009, March 31 has been recognised around the world as the Trans Day of Visibility, with an aim to celebrate the diversity of the transgender community and raise awareness of the work still needed to end the …

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What do you expect to see when you head to a show featuring talented soul singers, an internationally ranked BeatBoxer, circus performers and dancers? When they are also six fierce and sassy women of colour, you get a night at the theatre that will blow your mind. Hot Brown Honey are here and they are …

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Want to pick up a bargain frock or wig for your next drag or performing arts show? Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel will hold another of their successful “Drag Swap Meets” this weekend. There’ll be a wide range of glamorous frocks, fabric, shoes, wigs, jewellery and makeup on offer, as several Queensland drag stars and vendors come …

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The annual Big Gay Day street festival at the Wickham Hotel last Sunday has resulted in a “big pay day” for the festival’s four charity partners. Venue manager David McKillop announced that the total monies raised on the day was $32,700. That equates to a $8175 donation to each of the charities – Australian Transgender …

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