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South East Asian Queer Cultural Festival goes online this February

South East Asian Queer Cultural Festival goes online this February

The Southeast Asia Queer Cultural Festival (SEAQCF) 2021: Be/Longings is a virtual festival that will feature over forty (40) queer artists, advocates and allies from Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. Featured works and events range from films and documentaries, musical performances, visual art, online exhibit, performance art, literary works, a […]

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Actor sacked from ‘The Color Purple’ had a ‘no gay roles’ rule

Actor sacked from ‘The Color Purple’ had a ‘no gay roles’ rule

A British actor who was sacked from a production of The Color Purple when alleged homophobic posts from her past surfaced as told an employment tribunal she never realised the character was a lesbian because she had not read the full script. Seyi Omooba was cast in a 2019 production of The Color Purple at Leicester’s Curve Theatre. After […]

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African countries not on track to reach targets for HIV testing and condom use

African countries not on track to reach targets for HIV testing and condom use

An analysis of data from 38 African countries predicts that few, if any, are on track to reach key UNAIDS targets for HIV testing and condom use by 2030. The study, presented by Phuong Nguyen of St. Luke’s International University, is based on 114 nationally-representative datasets representing more than 1.4 million sexually active people. Results […]

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Pioneering HIV researcher Dr Joseph Sonnabend dies aged 88

Pioneering HIV researcher Dr Joseph Sonnabend dies aged 88

Pioneering HIV researcher, physician, and author Dr Joseph Sonnabend has died in London aged 88. Born in South Africa, he grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) before retuning to South Africa to study infectious diseases at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He continued his education at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, Scotland. […]

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President Joe Biden & Vice President Kamala Harris sworn into office

President Joe Biden & Vice President Kamala Harris sworn into office

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have today been sworn in as the 46th President and 49th Vice President of the United States of America. The now-official Biden Presidency rings in the end of the Trump Era, while Harris makes history as the first woman, first Black woman and first Asian-American to hold the office of […]

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American women deported from Bali after calling the island ‘queer-friendly’

American women deported from Bali after calling the island ‘queer-friendly’

American women Kristen Gray and her partner Saundra Michelle Alexander have been deported from Indonesia after authorities took exception to them describing the island as a “queer-friendly” paradise online. Tweets made by Gray went viral in Indonesia after she shared how she and Alexander had relocated to Bali and enjoyed it’s low cost of living and […]

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Joe Biden nominates Dr Rachel Levine for historic health role

Joe Biden nominates Dr Rachel Levine for historic health role

US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Dr Rachel Levine for the position of Assistant Health Secretary in his incoming administration. Dr Levine, a pediatrician, who is currently the Health Secretary in the state of Pennsylvania has been a prominent official during the fight against COVID-19 in the USA. If successful in taking up the role […]

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Pioneering gay activist Ken Jones has died aged 70

Pioneering gay activist Ken Jones has died aged 70

Pioneering gay activist Ken Jones passed away this week, his death at the age of 70 attributed to bladder cancer. The Vietnam War veteran settled in San Francisco in 1972 and joined the early gay rights activism lead by Harvey Milk and others in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco. He would later work for […]

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Justin Thomas dropped by long term sponsor Ralph Lauren

Justin Thomas dropped by long term sponsor Ralph Lauren

Professional golfer Justin Thomas has been dumped by long-time sponsor Ralph Lauren following his use of a gay slur on the course earlier this week. Thomas quickly said he was deeply apologetic after he got frustrated during the third round of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. The golfer, who is defending the $US 6.7 […]

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Pro golfer Justin Thomas apologises for gay slur

Pro golfer Justin Thomas apologises for gay slur

Pro golfer Justin Thomas, currently ranked No. 3 in the world, has apologised for using a gay slur on the course. Thomas said he was deeply apologetic after he got frustrated during the third round of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. The golfer, who is defending the $US 6.7 million dollar event, missed a […]

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