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stalking1It’s funny that when you first start to date someone, stalking them online is perfectly acceptable.

There are no raised eyebrowsm as far as the stalker and friend are concerned they could be talking about cooking, or toilet paper. The stalking stage is the norm, and it begins to happen as soon as you’re interested in someone.

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nickiminaj1Superstar singer Nicki Minaj has sent her Australian fans into a frenzy this morning as her Pink Friday tour dates have been confirmed for Sydney and Melbourne.

She’ll be live at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion on Wednesday May 16, and Melbourne’s Hisense Arena on Friday May 18. Tickets will go on sale at 9am this Friday March 30 via Ticketek.

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depression1Funding is immediately going to organisations working with LGBTI youth after worrying new research reveals a high percentage of our gay and lesbian young people are suffering psychological distress.

A major online survey of around 4,000 LGBTI Australians found that nearly 80% of the respondents said they’d suffered intense anxiety in the past year, while those aged between 16 and 24 reported experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress – around 30 to 40 per cent higher than in the general population of young people in Australia.

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london2012Volunteers looking after crowds at the 2012 London Olympics are completing a questionnaire which tells them in no uncertain terms how to deal with homophobia.

As part of training for the games, 70,000 people have taken a test which includes these questions…

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samesexmarriage1Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt recently accounted that the country plans to legalise same-sex marriage on June 15, 2012.

While Denmark was the first country in the world to legalize registered same-sex partnerships back in 1989, since then politicians had repeatedly rejected bills to legalise same-sex marriage.

BNO News reports that the Prime

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outnycOUT NYC, Manhattan’s newly-opened boutique hotel is completely gay-focused – but straights are welcome too.

Whether you’re after a hedonistic weekend or a relaxing breakaway, this hotel has it all – a sunbathing deck and fitness/health centre, a nightclub, two hot tubs, and even a mysterious and beautiful ‘secret garden’ among its outdoor spaces.

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mdnaWe’ve heard Madonna’s latest album MDNA in full – and were pleasantly surprised by the range of stand-out tracks including cheeky dancefloor-fillers and dramatic ballads.

We think she’s back to the top of her game after an unsuccessful experimentation (read: ripping off) with urban music on Hard Candy. Now Madonna has returned to the dancefloor

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taxiclub1The management of long-standing Darlinghurst drag haven The Taxi Club says the club’s dire financial strife means it must close its doors on April 8 – Easter Sunday.

“Despite our best efforts, our financial situation has deteriorated to the point where we have no option other than to shortly cease trading,” confirmed the club’s Broad of Directors in a letter to its members today.

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oxfordstreetMore than 9100 paraders and 134 floats participated in this year's Sydney Mardis Gras Parade, and the rain did not deter the marchers from strutting their stuff down the strip.

Among several highlights was the Kylie Minogue-inspired K25 float, which saw over 130 dancers pay homage to the petite singer and her 25 year career in the music industry. Her long-standing support of the LGBTI community saw her get a special show in Taylor Square and receive a big bunch of flowers as she posed for pics with the dancers.

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kylieantitourFresh from a spectacular show at Mardigrasland, Kylie Minogue has today announced two small, intimate and unexpected local shows for later this month.

She’ll do Melbourne’s The Palace on Sunday 18 March, and Sydney’s Big Top at Luna Park on Tuesday 20 March.

Both events have a very limited capacity of around 2,000 concertgoers, with tickets going on sale on Wednesday 7 March on Kylie.com. get in quick for tickets, which will be available for $130.

We’re told this is “a unique experience, for super fans only.” She’s calling it the Anti tour, and will focus on her lesser-known b-sides and rarities. More international dates are expected to be announced soon, as Minogue continues her celebratory K25 anniversary in music.

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mattlucasLittle Britain star Matt Lucas arrived in Sydney to check out the Mardi Gras Parade and Party.

The 37-year-old actor is in Australia to chat about a new film project he’s working on, and told folks at an eventhe was looking forward to the festivities & fun.

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rupaulThe amazing Kylie Minogue and Aussie electro-popsters Sneaky Sound System wowed the crowds at Saturday night’s Mardigrasland, but RuPaul’s show left several party punters in the RHI scratching their heads and some in the front rows even loudly booing the visiting drag superstar.

“She fucked it up – she needed to sashay away,” laughed several partygoers on Facebook today.

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britishdiversBritish Olympic diver Tom Daley and fellow divers from the Team Great Britain diving squad took some time out from training in Adelaide to make a video of LMFAO’s single Sexy and I Know It.

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mattbomerIt looks like the stigma of being a gay hollywood actor is beginning to fade as another high profile actor has come out publicly as gay.

Matt Bomer is the hunky star of White Collar, a show revolving around a convicted conman who works together with a FBI agent to catch other criminals.

The 34-year-old star opened up about his sexuality during an acceptance speech over the weekend. The Desert AIDS Project (Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards) in Palm Springs bequeathed Bomer with the New Generation Arts & Activism Award for his work in the fight against the disease.

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andrewdemetriouGay players who come out will have the AFL’s full support, says its Chief Executive Andrew Demetriou.

Speaking at the launch of Taking the Tackle – a program that aims to improve respect for women in the Australian Football League – Demetriou sought to assure AFL supporters of its inclusiveness following speculation that some players were gay but too scared to come out.

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magdaAussie comedy star Magda Szubanski’s statement in favour of marriage equality left us with no doubt she was exiting the showbiz closet – but it was on Ten’s The Project last night that she finally got it off her chest.

Pausing briefly as tears threatened to flow, the respected actress and comedian told the panel how she defines herself, and why it took her so long to publicly speak about her sexuality.

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scifispeeddatingCalling out to Sydney’s singles– are you a geek, Star Wars freak, sci-fi enthusiast or just looking to connect with others with passions in common?

Cabaret comedian Dean Arcuri brings you dating with a difference as he hosts Sci-Fi Speed Dating at Midnight Shift on Wednesday February 29th.

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mrgayworldThis year the hunt is on again for a fit and friendly home-grown candidate to represent Australia in the coveted Mr. Gay World contest.

This year’s elaborate pageant is taking place this April in Johannesburg, since hot South African contestant Francios Nel won it last year.

Last year 26-year-old country boy Leigh Charles did well at the Mr. Gay World pageant in Manila, coming in a respectable fourth place.

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sunbedThe NSW Government is set to ban solariums by late 2014 after a rise in solarium-related skin cancer deaths and new statistics revealing sun beds can increase a person’s risk of melanoma.

NSW Minister for Environment Robyn Parker announced the plans will come into effect from December 31, 2014 to give time for solariums to “diversify” their market.

“Solaria use is associated with a range of skin cancers, including melanoma, which is the most life-threatening form of skin cancer and the most common form of skin cancer among 15 to 39-year-olds,” Minister Parker said.

“Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world and this ban is long overdue.”

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jessicaruddMarriage equality advocates have welcomed the support of Jessica Rudd, the daughter of the former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Jessica Rudd said: "I believe in marriage equality and I just don’t understand why we’re still having this debate."

Australian Marriage Equality National Convener Alex Greenwich has welcomed her comments, saying Jessica Rudd is reflecting the views of not only a majority of Australians, but a clear majority of her generation.

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rickygleeRicky Martin is set to star on the hit TV series Glee as a musically-talented Spanish teacher in an upcoming episode of the show which will see him headlining two musical numbers.

Martin recently tweeted a number of photos of himself accompanied with the cast, including Lea Michele, Vanessa Lengies, Chris Colfer and the rest of the gang.

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aquaDanish/Norwegian band Aqua are touring Australia this March, it has just been confirmed.

Featuring the original line-up of vocalists Lene Nystrøm (Norway) and René Dif (Denmark), keyboard player Søren Rasted (Denmark) and Claus Norreen (Denmark) on guitar, they’ll play their delightfully pure pop hits including the 1997 classic Barbie Girl, Turn Back Time, Dr. Jones and My Oh My.

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blendrAfter many months of speculation, the creators of the gay hook up mobile app Grindr have finally released its heterosexual version, called Blendr.

Just like its gay version, Blendr uses mobile device GPS and location-based technology to find and ‘connect’ with others nearby. Those without smartphones can still make use of the new app by using Facebook.

The new broader appeal app is being pitched ‘as a way to make friends’ and an extension of the existing social networking regardless of gender or sexuality, rather than a dating or sex site.

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navylesbianA lesbian couple who greeted each other with a homecoming kiss say that now Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed, they no longer have to hide their relationship from the US Navy.

Naval Petty Officer Second Class Marissa Gaeta, who won a special lottery to be the first one off her ship which had spent three months in Central America, kissing her girlfriend Petty Officer Third Class Citlalic Snell.

They’ve been dating for two years, since meeting just after the Navy’s boot camp, but were careful to keep their relationship secret. Until now.

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vengaboys1With their dancefloor-filling crowdpleaser hits like Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom, We’re Going To Ibiza and We Like to Party, it’s about time Amsterdam’s The Vengaboys hopped on their Vengabus and paid us another visit down under to share their mad uplifting tracks again.

Vengaboy Kim Sasabone chatted to JoyFM’s Kyle and Kane ahead of the group's Australian tour next month…

KIM: Hi Kyle and Kane! How cute are those names? Kyle and Kane…

KANE: I know, they’re so similar. In Australia, we all start with a ‘K’ (laughs).

I know, Kath and Kim!

KYLE: You’ll fit in!

KANE: You will! We’ll welcome you with open arms here.

I know and we’re so super excited to come down to Australia. We’re really looking forward to it.

KANE: Kim, have you been to Australia before?

Yes, we’ve been to Australia before but

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twins1Identical twin brothers, Wyatt and Jonas Maines may share the same DNA, but their gender identification was entirely different.

Now at the age of 14 they are brother and sister, as Wyatt’s transition to Nicole is well under way.

The twins’ story was told in the Boston Globe, telling of bullying at their first school and eventually a lawsuit that lead them to moving to a different town.

Growing up, while Jonas loved Spiderman, Wyatt favoured pink tutus and beads. One Halloween, Jonas was Buzz Lightyear, while Wyatt wanted to be a princess – his mother compromised with a prince costume.

One time, Wyatt appeared in a sequin shirt and his mother’s heels. His father Wayne turned around saying, “You don’t want to wear that.”

“Yes I do,” Wyatt replied.

“Dad, you might as well face it,” their father recalls Jonas saying. “You have a son and a daughter.”

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mollymeldrumGay music journalist and Australian icon Molly Meldrum has been rushed to hospital and is in a critical condition after falling from the rooftop of his Melbourne home.

An ambulance was called to his Richmond home on the even of the 15th, after Meldrum, 65, fell from a ladder.

He has been placed in an induced coma in Alfred Hospital.

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abfab2011A preview clip from the new episodes of Absolutely Fabulous suggests that the cast will be as funny as ever as they get to grips with social media.

“Shall I twitter that?” asks a puzzed Bubble as Edina rambles her buzzwords, before her uninvited mum pops in.

The short clip was shown on a recent episode of The Graham Norton Show, with Ab Fab star Jennifer Saunders as a guest.

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tropicalfruits2011Lismore Showground’s annual Gay and Lesbian New Years Festival is back to welcome in 2012 with this years theme ‘TRIBE’ set to unite ‘our many clans’ under the mirrorball come midnight.

A huge line-up of DJs has been anounced for this years Tropical Fruits celebration, which includes Feisty, Dan Murphy, Sandi Hotrod, Sveta, Kam Shaafti and DJ Lady K, combined with a special pre-midnight performance by Paige Ellot Pheonix from this year’s season of X-Factor.

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civilunionAfter almost four hours of debate, Andrew Fraser's private member's bill legalising registered same-sex partnerships in the state of Queensland was passed by a vote of 47 to 40.

While Opposition LNP MPs voted against the bill together as a bloc, Labor MPs were allowed a conscience vote – with only four government MPs voting ‘no’.

Prominent marriage equality campaigner Shelley Argent was there in Parliament during the debate, and whooped with delight as the votes were read out. “I just feel so overwhelmed with joy that we are one step closer to equality,” she reacts.

“Tonight in parliament they ran out of visitor passes, there were so many people wanting to get into the gallery to listen to the debate,” she said late last night.

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telstraTelstra is the latest Aussie company to release an It Gets Better video, sharing its employees’ coming out stories of encouragement to LGBTI teens.

The people in the video are part of the almost 300-strong ‘Spectrum’ network of LGBTI employees at Telstra, which began in 2008.

“I’m very happy that I’ve come out of the closet,” says Rodney, one of the voices in the clip. “I’m very happy that I’m open at work, and I’m very happy that I’m supported by my organisation.”

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jonahmowryAn emotional video showing a teenage student’s distress after years of homophobic bullying has prompted hundreds of messages of global concern and support for him.

“You’re loved.” “We support you.” “It gets better.” “Stay strong.” These are just a few of the encouraging comments flooding in for Jonah Mowry.

As word spreads about the video this week, out gay ex-Star Trek actor George Takei and American author Anne Rice – who is the mother of a gay son – have been among several notables urging people to take a look and spread the word.

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