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On This Gay Day: It’s 29 years since Freddie Mercury died

Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991, just a day after announcing he was living with HIV Queen singer Freddie Mercury passed away on this day in 1991. The music superstar died almost three decades ago but has been a constant fixture in popular culture since his passing. Mercry achieved international fame in the 1970’s and […]

On This Gay Day: Australia allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military

In 1992 Australia allows gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military On this day back in 1992 the Keating government decreed that gay, lesbian and bisexual people could openly serve in the military. Prior to this personnel who were discovered to be same sex attracted were dismissed from their roles. The decision […]

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On This Gay Day: Benjamin Britten was born in 1913

Composer Benjamin Britten was born on this day in 1913 English composer Benjamin Britten was born on this day in 1913. A central figure in music in the 20th century he composed well known operas, orchestral and vocal music. He is best known for the opera Peter Grimes, War Requiem and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.  Born […]

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On This Gay Day: Raconteur, actor and writer, Quentin Crisp died

Quentin Crisp died on this day in 1999 Sting wrote a song about him, a film about his life made John Hurt a star, and he had a memorable turn opposite Tilda Swinton in Orlando. Today we remember the marvelously caustic Quentin Crisp. Born Denis Pratt in the town of Sutton, Surrey in 1908, he […]

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On This Gay Day: Australia said Yes! to marriage equality

Three years on from Australia’s historic vote for marriage equality For people in Perth it was an early morning rise to find out the results of the postal survey on marriage equality. On this day back in 2017 people gathered in the Northbridge Piazza to listen to a live telecast of the results being announced […]

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Pet Shop Boys ‘Being Boring’ is 30 years old today

Pet Shop Boys released one of their most poignant hits on this day in 1990. Being Boring was the second single off their album Behaviour and hits clever lyrics and a subtle nod to those lost to the AIDS epidemic made it one of the duo’s most loved songs. For their fourth record Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe worked […]

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Madonna’s controversial ‘Justify My Love’ is 30 years old

Three decades ago Madonna was ruffling feathers by talking about sex Madonna’s Justify My Love is celebrating it’s 30th birthday, the spoken word song kicked off a new phase of the iconic singers career. As we headed into the 1990’s Madonna released her Sex book, the controversial Erotica album and took on a role in the […]

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On This Gay Day: ‘A Certain Summer’ premiered in 1972

‘A Certain Summer’ shows a sympathetic portrayal of a same sex relationship The TV movie A Certain Summer premiered on US TV on this day back in 1972. The film is acknowledged as one of the first sympathetic depictions of a same sex relationship on television. The ‘Movie of the Week’ told the story of divorced […]

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On This Gay Day: Actor B.D. Wong was born in San Francisco

Actor B.D. Wong celebrates his 60th birthday B.D. Wong is best known for playing Dr George Huang for nine seasons of long running cop show Law and Order SVU, but he’s also an acclaimed stage actor who has an enviable list of awards. Wong first came to prominence in 1988 with his Broadway debut in David Henry […]

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On This Gay Day: Remembering Matthew Shepard

On This Gay Day: Matthew Shepard died in 1998 On this day in 1998 Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was killed in his home town of Laramie, Wyoming. The gruesome nature of Shepard’s case garnered international attention and raised awareness of hate crimes against the LGBT community, spurring action to fight for legal protections […]

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