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kravenightclubIt’s already a hit on the Las Vegas strip, but gay clubbing hotspot Krave is moving to a massive new premises in the city’s downtown area where it aims to become “the world’s largest gay club.”

Krave Massive will take over a huge unused cinema complex, where it will incorporate five different dance rooms – one each for house, top 40, hip-hop, dance, country and Latin-favoured music. There’ll also be comedy club, a performing arts theatre, an LGBT-themed movie cinema, a ‘lesbian-only’ women’s lounge, three separate bars, a martini lounge, two private lounges, a retail store and more.


jasonbell“I’d like to tell you what it’s like being a gay footy player. I’ve experienced homophobia in Aussie Rules Football first hand – now it’s time to end it.”

So says 24-year-old Melbourne footballer Jason Bell, whose online petition to get the AFL to air an anti-homophobia ad on the big screen during the Grand Final games is gathering pace – picking up over 6,000 supporters since it launched at the weekend.


drugs1Thousands of gay and bisexual men around Sydney have answered probing questions about their recreational drug use – and now some interesting recent trends can be revealed.

Among the variety of topics tackled each year by the Gay Community Periodic Survey, the National Centre in HIV Social Research and ACON regularly asks about the use of Ecstasy, Crystal, Amphetamines, GHB, Cocaine and Injecting Drugs. The information gathered help to identify and tackle any health issues the use of these substances may have on our population.


equalmarriage1Despite discouraging weather in several cities, colourful crowds took to the streets in a nationwide day of action for marriage equality – in much larger numbers and with greater hope and spirit than they’d had eight years ago when the Equal Love protests first began.

Buoyant rallies held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra and Newcastle marked the eighth anniversary of the day former Prime Minister John Howard changed the Marriage Act to ensure same-sex couples would not be included.


googlegayGoogle is launching an international ‘Legalize Love’ campaign to support its workers in countries that criminalise homosexuality.

The campaign aims to promote safer conditions for the LGBT community outside the office as well as encourage diversity and acceptance within the wider community.

As part of the World Pride celebration in London this year, Google will hold the first ever ‘Legalise Love’ Conference to discuss ways to eliminate homophobia.


nobuttsFollowing research suggesting that local gay men and lesbians are more likely to smoke cigarettes than the general population, California’s Health Department are targeting gays with their ‘no butts’ campaign.

This billboard has been seen on Californian highways near frequented gay bars around West Hollywood, as some health campaigners are reminding fag-loving guys that smoking can also cause erectile dysfunction.

The ‘1-800-NO-BUTTS’ number connects to a free statewide quit smoking service which provides over-the-phone counseling and referrals to local quitting programs.


matthewmitcham12008 Gold Medallist diver Matthew Mitcham cried beside the London Olympic pool as he narrowly missed getting to the final of his 10m platform event – but later broke into his famous smile again as he thanked his thousands of fans who witnessed his latest incredible dives.



nickiminaj1Originally planned for September, Nicki Minaj will now join us in November/December 2012, it has now been announced.

“The changes have become necessary due to international scheduling conflicts that also effect Nicki’s European dates,” says her local tour promoters Live Nation.

Here’s the new dates:


styleaidThe 15th anniversary of Perth’s most fashionable night out brought the total funds raised by STYLEAID for the important work of the WA AIDS Council to over $1 million.

Held at the Burswood Dome, the Perth’s annual fashion extravaganza involved 15 local designers, 80 models and over 100 backstage volunteers. It was a sell-out, attracting an eager fashion-forward crowd.


marriageequalityThe Australian Senate’s inquiry into marriage equality has reported back to Parliament, strongly recommending a change to the Marriage Act.

79,200 submissions to the inquiry were received, with the Senate saying this was an “unprecedented” number of views, many of them heartfelt opinions about an issue they felt very strongly about. Of them, 59% were in favour of marriage equality, with 41% against.


googlegay1Did you know Google looks after the medical care of its gender variant staff and also pays its gay and lesbian employees a nigher salary to make up for the higher taxes they have on their domestic partner’s health benefits?

Well, the internet search giant also celebrated the recent America's Pride Month with rainbow-coloured decorations adorning gay search terms.


theabbey-hollywoodThe Abbey, the popular West Hollywood nightclub sometimes described as "the best gay bar in the world" has banned bachelorette parties from taking place there, at least until marriage equality in reinstated in California.

The bar’s owner and founder David Cooley denies its new ban on hen nights is discriminatory. “It’s great to see my straight women coming in and celebrating with their girlfriends,” he says of his venue, which welcomes a mixed range of patrons.


gagamelbourneLady Gaga gave her Melbourne fans a special treat – she played a brand new song no one had ever heard before.

“So this song may or may not be on my next album,” Lady Gaga told the cheering crowd. “But I wrote it a little while ago and I’ve never ever played it for anyone!”


titanicnightSupportive politicians, partygoers and dancing sailors alike frocked and suited up for this year’s Titanic-themed Aurora Dinner on Saturday – with the event raising more than $51,000.


sirbransonVirgin founder Sir Richard Branson is the latest high-profile figure – and perhaps the richest – to publicly lend his support to same-sex marriage law reform.

Speaking in a new video for the UK-based Out4Marriage campaign, Branson, 61, notes that he’s been an advocate for gay rights for decades.

“At Virgin, we treat everybody the same, whether they are straight or whether they are gay, and the law should too,” he says. “That’s why I’m Out4Marriage, are you?”


matthewmitcham“I’m OFFICIALLY on the team for London 2012! Second Olympics, here I come,” announces one of the best divers in the world.

Matthew Mitcham, who won gold in the Beijing Olympics four years ago, battled to come back from an abdominal injury last year but managed to end 2011 on a high – winning the 10m platform gold at the World Championships in December. He did it again last month, which led the Australian Olympic Committee to decide he’s fit for London.


pricillas-closedMelbourne gay bar Pricilla’s at 153 Commercial Road has abruptly closed, with its drag queen staff disappointed over the sudden and unexplained loss of their beloved venue.

It was called Diva Bar until it was re-launched as Priscilla’s @153 back in 2009. But it was unable to open last weekend, and now its staff confirm that its not coming back.

“Unfortunately the rumors are true – Priscilla’s has closed down,” its drag diva hostess Missy La’Minx confirms. “It’s a great loss for the community and a real shame.



2dadsIn a landmark first-of-its-kind decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that a gay male NSW couple are the legal parents of a child born through a surrogate.

Born in April 2010 and now aged two, the child will now have the two men listed on the birth certificate. The judge rules that that was in the best interested of the child, with the birth mother agreeing to no longer be recognised on the birth certificate.


gcgayday2012Parklands Showgrounds rocked to a riot of colour, laughter and celebration at Gold Coast Gay Day on May the 12th.

Hundreds turned out for the entertainment on offer which included Zoe Badwi and Emily Williams who together headlined the event.


tokyodisneyWhile same-sex marriages are not legal in Japan, the management of Disneyland in Tokyo now say gay couples are welcome to have their ceremonies in their park, under the ever-watchful eye of Mickey Mouse.

The conformation happened as a result of LGBT equality blogger Koyuki Higashi enquiring about sharing a special day at the resort with her female partner.

At first, she was shocked when a staff member told her that a wedding ceremony would be fine as long as they were dressed “like a man and a woman” – since they were worried about the reactions of other visitors to the park if they appeared to be two women marrying.


idahoOn Thursday the 17th of May all over the world people will be marking International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

IDAHO was created in 2004 to draw attention to harmful homophobia and transphobia and to promote a world of tolerance, respect, awareness, and freedom regardless of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Just as much as it is a day against violence and oppression it is also a celebration of freedom, diversity and acceptance.


taxiclub1 doors of Darlinghurst’s iconic drag haven The Taxi Club have suddenly closed, with work to begin immediately on turning it into an office block.

A last-ditch effort to save the club has fallen flat, and a low-key poker night on Sunday proved to be its final event. Yesterday morning, the club’s management had to hastily wrap up activities in the venue which has served the local LGBT community for over 50 years.


jerryspringerAlthough being continually voted the Worst TV Show Ever by TV Guide magazine, The Jerry Springer Show is into it's 21st season and still going strong in the US.

The show is as controversial as ever and is often criticised for its exploitation of the vulnerable.


stoke-gayA young Welsh rugby player, who says his life was dramatically changed after a stroke during a freak accident made him gay, has now told his story to the BBC – and you can watch it all on YouTube.

At the time of the accident, Chris Birch worked in a bank and was engaged to his girlfriend. One day he tried to impress his friends with a back flip, but it went horribly wrong, breaking his neck and resulting in a stroke.

“It sounds strange but when I came round I immediately felt different,” he explains. “I wasn’t interested in women any more. I was definitely gay.”


neighbours-kissIf you blinked, you may have missed the Neighbours’ first-ever all-male kiss.

After several months of awkward romance, Erinsborough’s teenaged mechanic Chris Pappas – played by James Mason – liplocked with local nurse Aidan Foster, played by hunky former Home and Away star Bob Morley.

The show’s producers had promised not to sensationalise the couple’s relationship, and are being careful how much sexuality they show in the soap, which now only seems popular with very young teens and their mums.


bentart1bentART – Australia’s largest and most highly awarded queer art event is calling for Australian artists and entries for its 2012 exhibition.

Entry is open to Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents over the age of 18, working across the range of visual arts mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, print making / drawing, textile/fiber and alternative media.

Prospective artists are asked to submit up to three individual pieces that they have produced within the last two years. Full conditions of entry and the 2012 entry form is now available here. Entries close on 23 MAY 2012 at 5pm.


The full line-up for Byron Bay’s 3-day Splendour in the Grass festival has been announced, including a return down under for Beth Ditto’s band Gossip and Lana Del Rey’s first Aussie show.

For 2012, Australia’s biggest camping festival will move back to its original beachside location at Belongil Fields for three massive nights of music from Friday 27th July – Sunday 29th July.


mollymeldrum2Beloved Aussie music guru Molly Meldrum is up and about again after months in a coma – he’s looking well and is thanking everyone for their kindness and support since his accident.

The 66-year-old out gay TV and radio presenter was rushed to hospital back in December after falling from the rooftop of his Melbourne home. In a coma for several weeks, friends, family and fans alike feared for his life, as music industry stars paid tribute to him and wished him a speedy recovery.


kathkim1The trailer for the long-awaited Kath & Kim movie premiered last night during the Logies, promising a “ritzy fairytale of love, lust and revolution.”

Due out in cinemas this September, Kath & Kimderella sees the duo, played by Gina Riley and Jane Turner, hit Italy on a magical holiday. Meanwhile, more TV episodes of the hit show are planned.

Watch the trailer below:


skinnydipsWayne Pihlgren is torn between melancholy and anticipation after the sale of Skinny Dips, the only gay resort in Cairns.

After seven years at the helm, he and partner Glenn Wadsworth were as surprised as anyone when a buyer agreed to a price tag of about $1.5 million for the 21-room North Cairns complex last month.


condoms-makingA lot of work goes into your condoms – and a new video from the Trojan brand sheds light on what actually happens in condom factories around the world.


jennatalackovaMiss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova has been disqualified after contest officials discovered she was transgender.

The disqualification came about after officials discovered Talackova was born male, leading them to claim she lied on her application form.

“She was dishonest,” said Denis Davila, director of Miss Universe Canada. “We have to have the facts straight. There is no discrimination here at all…You can look at it the way she wants to look at it, but we all have to follow the same rules.”


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