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mardigras2014The full line-up for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has been revealed today, with tickets now on sale for over 70 events celebrating the best of our city’s pride and diversity.

Based on the creative concept of a colourful ‘kaleidoscope’, the three-week festival will offer up a slather of celebratory selections, with an array of free and ticketed events including fabulous parties; world-class cabaret, theatre and musical performances; premiere film screenings; all-inclusive community, social and youth events; interactive panel discussions; and unforgettable art exhibitions.

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sexiest2014calendarIt’s December! The countdown till 2014 has begun and you know what’s coming.

It’s that time of year again when men strip off and pose for photos to raise funds and awareness for various causes. They all just happen to be smoking hot… and here’s two that caught our eye.

Retired rugby star come activist Ben Cohen’s calendar has become a favourite round the world each year as he strips down to raise funds for his organisation StandUp.

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worldaidsdayDecember 1st is not only World AIDS Day, it’s also the 20th Birthday of JOY 94.9, Australia’s only LGBTIQ radio station.

The station’s been celebrating its birthday early all week because for December 1st they have put their celebrations aside to focus globally on an important cause.

In partnership with AIDS 2014 and Living Positive Victoria, JOY 94.9 are hosting an on-air and online 24 hour radio and web stream event: World AIDS Day Worldwide.

 

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nofemmesTwo gorillas walked into a café. No seriously. There I was, polishing glassware and two gorillas walked right in off the street. Big beefy shoulders with thick, lumbering arms swaying wildly over massive, waddling thighs and tiny heads stuck back into the muscle bulges around their necks. While my boss tried to pick his jaw up off the ground, I went to call Taronga Zoo to come and collect them. Then they just took a seat.

They had sweat stains seeping through their t-shirts and slouched back against the wall. Their legs were wide apart, airing the balls that were stuffed into footy shorts so tight that they must have restricted blood flow. When their sandwiches arrived it was like watching two starved buffalos ravage the carcass of a gazelle. Aioli oozing down their thick fingers…

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chelseamanningUntil now, we’ve known her as Bradley Manning, the ex-soldier who famously released confidential military documents to WikiLeaks and got into a lot of trouble for doing so.

She’s been sentenced to 35 years in a military prison, and has now spoken up about her need to gender transition and live from now on as Chelsea Manning.

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wentworthEnding years of speculation, Hollywood hunk Wentworth Miller has finally come out as gay, and is declining an invite to Russia.

When starring in TV’s Prison Break a few years ago, he’d always denied being gay, but the 41-year-old now felt it was the right time to speak out in protest at Russia’s scandalous new anti-gay laws.

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lilytomlinAfter more than 40 years together, US actor and comic Lily Tomlin has revealed that she and her partner, writer Jane Wagner, are seriously considering tying the knot.

Tomlin’s revelation came at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Pre-Emmy Performers Peer Group reception in California this week.

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gayparadeGay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York and other major U.S. cities to celebrate what once was unimaginable — two Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage.

The high court gave celebrants one more reason to cheer Sunday when Justice Anthony Kennedy rejected a last-ditch effort by opponents to stop gay marriages in California.

Among the thousands at San Francisco's event, now in its 43rd year, were scores of teenage girls, opposite-sex couples and families with children.

"You can feel the smiles," Graham Linn, 42, of Oakland said as he stood on a three-foot-tall building ledge surveying crowds 10-deep on the sidewalks. "All around you there is a release. There is a vindication, and you can feel it."

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kevinrudd“I’m the first Prime Minister of Australia to be a full signed up supporter of marriage equality,” Kevin Rudd proudly confirmed in a press conference today.

He issued a challenge to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott – that he should allow his Coalition MPs their own individual vote on the issue next time it comes up in Parliament, like the Labor Party did last year.

“Whoever wins the next election, let’s just have the civility to open this to a conscience vote for all,” said Rudd today.

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The Beat Megaclub


On Friday April 26th The Beat will host a night with something for everyone.

All 5 rooms will have events to showcase The Beat Megaclub's diversity. Dance floor icons & one of the most successful trance & techno groups worldwide! Brookyln Bounce will be supported by Beat resident DJs Kid Ninja, Faith, Tyson Stylus & Mr Mac.

It will be a night to satisfy many different tastes. Tickets available for $20 at the door on the night.

Get ready to bounce !

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The Queen will on Monday back an historic pledge to promote gay rights and ‘gender equality’ in one of the most controversial acts of her reign.

In a live television broadcast, she will sign a new charter designed to stamp out discrimination against homosexual people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women – a key part of a new drive to boost human rights and living standards across the Commonwealth.

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ellen-acaIn an interview with A Current Affair's Tracy Grimshow, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres told of the anger and humiliation she endured after her decision in 1997 to come out on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Subsequently her character on the Ellen sitcom admitted to being gay. The show was cancelled the following year.

DeGeneres revealed she didn’t receive any showbiz jobs for three years and that she went broke. She says it made her a stronger person.

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oxford-rainbowLaunching the colourful new rainbow crossing on Oxford Street at Taylor Square yesterday were Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik and co-chairs Siri Kommedahl and Peter Urmson plus Sydney MP Alex Greenwich.

Moore describes the crossing as “a fabulous piece of public art,” which she says will bring a smile to the faces of the thousands of tourists who’ll visit the city for Mardi Gras this week.

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pejicAustralian model Andrej Pejic has joined the exclusive ranks of models starring in music videos, featuring in the mini-movie for David Bowie's new single Stars (Are Out Tonight).

Bowie dusts off his acting skills for the clip which also stars English actress Tilda Swinton as his suburban housewife.

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gayjesus-1Two big billboards on display in Auckland, New Zealand are pushing the boundaries of religious tolerance of gay people.

The progressive St Matthews-in-the-City church is making headlines with the sign shown above, inviting discussion about the sexual orientation of Jesus Christ himself.

The billboard depicts the Baby Jesus in his crib with a halo of rainbow colours. “It’s Christmas. Time for Jesus to come out,” it reads.

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ukxfactorJaymi Hensley, a member of the boyband Union J, which was formed to compete in the current season of UK’s X Factor, flung open the closest door over the weekend after consultation with his mentor on the show, Louis Walsh.

“I spoke to Louis about this and he said, ‘put it this way, both of my big boybands had a gay member in them,’ laughs Hensley. “So he said it fits the formula quite well! Every boyband has got to have a gay one!

“Louis just said ‘do it’. I’m gay and I’ve never been happier!”

Hensley added that his bandmates are completely supportive of his choice to be open about his sexuality.

 

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liberati2013An elaborate LGBT ‘festival at sea’ scheduled to set sail from Sydney Harbour in October next year has been suddenly cancelled, with its promoters promising full refunds to those who booked.

On board the Royal Caribbean’s newly refurbished 11-deck Rhapsody of the Seas, The Liberati was to call at the Isle of Pines and Noumea in New Caledonia, before sailing back to Sydney. It was announced last August, featuring an on-board entertainment line-up including Trevor Ashley, Bob Downe, The Topp Twins and Kitty Glitter.

The cruise’s planning team at Unity Events made this announcement yesterday:

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ricki-leeHome-grown pop sensation Ricki-Lee will sing live at Mardi Gras’ Harbour Party on Saturday 23 February.

Today she’s been confirmed to be joining DJs David Morales, Moto Blanco, Alex Taylor and GI Jode on the entertainment line-up for the popular annual daytime party in the Botanic Gardens with an awesome view of Sydney Harbour.

“I think that Mardi Gras Harbour Party is the sexiest party of all the Mardi Gras celebrations.”

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Superstar talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has revealed that she's planning a visit to Australia, and she’s bringing a whole Ellen show audience with her.

Though she’s been happily married to Aussie-born Portia de Rossi for several years, this will be DeGeneres’s first time on our shores

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hellosailor-lgbtWe are proud to announce the line up for this year's Hello Sailor!

DJ Kitty Glitter (Sydney) & DJ Adam Cox (Sydney) with shows from Alexei Page and Velvet Motion.

Spring is upon us and what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon in South East Queensland, than cruising the pristine waterways of the Gold Coast. Hello Sailor is Queensland’s only LGBT cruise, departing Marina Mirage and meandering the pristine waters of the Gold Coast to the beautiful island oasis that is South Stradbroke, for one hell of a party!

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gigichaoA Hong Kong tycoon is desperate for his daughter – who has run off with a woman – to marry a man. How desperate? He’s willing to give a lucky fellow she chooses $65 million dollars.

Property developer Cecil Chao, 76, is perhaps used to buying whatever he wants, but he should learn soon that his 33-year-old daughter Gigi’s heart is not for sale.

She’s coupled up with a woman she married in France earlier this year and they’ve been together for seven years.

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headspaceWith centres dotted around Australia, and a new campaign targeting same-sex attracted young people, there’s no need to feel you’re alone, says Headspace’s CEO Chris Tanti.

The nationwide youth support network’s new graphic will be featured on posters and postcards used by all its centres, and will also be seen in selected print and online media as well as in universities and pubs across the country.

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rugbyworldcupThe International Gay Rugby Association & Board has today announced Sydney’s bid to host the 2014 Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby, has been successful.

Last hosted in Manchester earlier this year, the Bingham is one of the world’s largest non-professional rugby tournaments and is set to be the largest sporting event to be held in Sydney since the 2002 Gay Games.

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taspride2012Tasmania’s own Pride Festival will return with a variety of events culminating in a vibrant parade and party in central Hobart marking 20 years of TasPride.

All confirmed for 16-24 November, the week-long fest will also include a 20th birthday cruise, an art exhibition, barefoot bowls, a quiz night, music and comedy shows, a cake bake-off, a walk through Hobart’s queer past and several parties.

“This year’s TasPride Festival has a programme packed with free and ticketed events in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie,” says the TasPride Committee.

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robwilsonNormally it’s only women who present the prizes on USA's The Price is Right, but after a highly competitive round of auditions involving hundreds of other men, it was decided that Wilson would “come on down!”

This game show has been running in stateside for over 40 years, but Rob Wilson is their first ever male model.

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darwinprideAs the temperature begins to rise, the nights get warmer and the beer gets colder, Darwin’s LGBT residents prepare themselves for the nine-day celebration of their own Pride Festival.

The Darwin Pride Festival runs from Friday November 16 through to Sunday November 25 as a “celebration of all the reasons we have to be proud.”

The festival boasts an impressive line up of events, including the old faithfuls such as the Sunset Harbour Cruise, the Art of Pride exhibition, dance parties, film nights and a family fun day including the famous Camp Dogs dog show.

 

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circumcisionThere’s a fierce argument in Australian medical circles about whether routine circumcision could significantly reduce the risk of illnesses and infections. Far fewer boys are circumcised now than a generation ago.

Male circumcision still plays a religious role in Australia’s Jewish and Muslim communities and is a traditional cultural practice for some people from Indigenous, African, Middle Eastern and Islander backgrounds. And for some, it’s just the way it’s always been done.

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2dads-1babyGay fathers will now be eligible for paid parental leave, giving them the same rights as heterosexual parents when they have their baby.

Here in Australia same sex couples are still waiting to have their union recognized on par to heterosexual couples; but when it comes to parenting, equality is on the move.

On June 27th the Paid Parental Leave and Other Legislation Amendment (Dad and Partner Pay and Other Measures) Bill 2012 was passed, giving fathers of any sexuality paid parental leave when their baby arrives, allowing dad and the baby to strengthen the parental bonds early on. Read our article from when the legislation passed here.

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coastoutA one-of-a-kind LGBT event showcase, CoastOut in Coffs Harbour is an annual diverse celebration of sport, the arts and culture.

Kicking off again for 2012 this October 26-28, head to the harbour for surf competitions, parties, talks, beach activities, bowls, a fair day and even a Kylie memorabilia exhibition.

It’s the third annual CoastOut, with its organisers hoping to see not only the locals enjoying the adventures in the sun but also a range of visitors to the region return and others experience the beautiful Coffs Coast for the first time.

The entertainment line-up for CoastOut is huge. Last year’s Festival saw over 50 singers, dancers, musicians, comedians and artists come together for the three days and this year aims to top that.

One unique part of CoastOut for 2012 is a special exhibition celebrating 25 years of Kylie Minogue’s pop career.

All the info you need about CoastOut 2012 is here on the official festival website.

 

liberatiFeaturing a huge line-up of entertainment and activities, a ship sailing from Sydney Harbour in October 2013 aims to take 2,400 LGBT guests and their friends on the 7-day ride of a lifetime.

The Royal Caribbean’s newly refurbished 11-deck Rhapsody of the Seas features two swimming pools, six whirlpools, a Broadway-style theatre, a casino, several dining venues, eight bars, and even a glass-canopied solarium.

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clovermooreDespite strong campaigns by a number of parties who sought to unseat her, Clover Moore has comfortably won a third term as Sydney’s Lord Mayor.

With her ‘Sustainable Sydney’ platform favouring progressiveness and equality – and more bike lanes – Moore (pictured above at a fashion promotion last week) gained over 51% of the vote in her electorate, which is home to a significant portion of the city’s LGBT citizens.

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