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Mavis Staples shares her concern about the decline of civil rights

Mavis Staples shares her concern about the decline of civil rights

Mavis Staples has a career that spans eight decades. In the 1950’s she began performing alongside her father Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples, and siblings Cleotha, Pervis and Yvonne, as the Staple Singers. They began performing gospel music in churches in Chicago. Pops Staples had a close friendship with Dr Martin Luther King and the group became […]

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Queer characters are in charge in sexual health sitcom ‘Metro Sexual’

Queer characters are in charge in sexual health sitcom ‘Metro Sexual’

Metro Sexual is a brand new Australian comedy series, airing on 9Now and 9GO!. The series follows the chaotic lives of Drs Stephanie Huddleston and Langdon Marsh, who work at Metropolitan Sexual Health, in a mockumentary style sitcom that hopes to start a serious conversation with a few laughs. Producer and star Riley Nottingham joined […]

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Long live the king! Justin Sider chats about his Queen of the Court win

Long live the king! Justin Sider chats about his Queen of the Court win

This year’s Queen of the Court competition made history, crowning a drag king for the very first time. Justin Cider has taken the inaugural title of King of the Court on their first swing at the local drag competition – wowing patrons over the four week battle royale. Harriet Kenny caught up with Justin for […]

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On The Line: Rodney Croome on the Religious Discrimination Bill

On The Line: Rodney Croome on the Religious Discrimination Bill

In early December the Morrison government announced some changes to their contentious Religious Discrimination Bill, after revealing in November the first draft would be reconsidered. LGBTIQ+ advocates have been concerned about the bill since its inception, and these changes have raised new worries that the legislation will provide more avenues for discrimination against queer folks. […]

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New Australian singer Medhanit releases her debut single

New Australian singer Medhanit releases her debut single

At the age of 19, Tasmanian-based artist Medhanit has just released her debut single Her. Born in the African country of Ethiopia and adopted at the age of 6 months, Medhanit grew up around music. “It feels like it was inevitable; as a baby, I would nap in the sound room at my Dads music […]

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Orli-Moon Nice discusses their first fashion collection

Orli-Moon Nice discusses their first fashion collection

Emerging local designer Orli-Moon Nice is taking a leap with their debut collection, that draws on the costumery of queer drag culture. Drawing on their own on-stage experience as drag performer Lunar Sea, Nice dives into the conceptual realm of ‘Attachment theory’, striking bold and theatrical silhouettes that come from a very personal place. Leigh Andrew Hill […]

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New podcast looks into transgender deaths in Australia

New podcast looks into transgender deaths in Australia

This week the world marked Transgender Day of Remembrance for the 20th time. An annual event that highlights the alarmingly high frequency at which transgender women are murdered around the globe. Since it’s launch in 1999 the event has grown from a small gathering in the USA to a global movement which both memorializes those […]

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The fabulous Carlotta returns with a brand new cabaret show

The fabulous Carlotta returns with a brand new cabaret show

Entertainer Carlotta will bring her brand new cabaret show Queen of the Cross to Downstairs at the Maj this week. The outspoken entertainer recent caught up with Graeme Watson to discuss her long career, her new show which was created with Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths, and why she does not support transgender youth receiving […]

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On the Line: Nick Lowe tells us why he teamed up with Los Straitjackets

On the Line: Nick Lowe tells us why he teamed up with Los Straitjackets

Singer-songwriter Nick Lowe is coming to Australia in February 2020, it’ll be his first tour down under in seven years. This time round he’s teamed up with Lucha Libre mask wearing band Los Straitjackets. Speaking to OUTinPerth Lowe told us how he came to be recording and working with the American band and collaborating with […]

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Are WA’s mandatory disease testing laws being overused?

Are WA’s mandatory disease testing laws being overused?

 A new report has highlighted the use of mandatory testing for HIV by Western Australian Police.  In 2015 the laws were changed allowing police to order a mandatory blood test for people who were accused of spitting at police or passing on other bodily fluids. At the time of the laws introduction experts highlighted that it […]

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