Australia

Production begins this week for RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. (Instagram/ michellevisage) RuPaul’s Drag Race is officially going Down Under, and RuPaul and Michelle Visage have already been confirmed as judges. An Australian spin-off was first announced in August 2019, when ITV’s Australian production arm confirmed that it has secured the local rights for the show. Rumours
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Toxic masculinity damages men mentally, physically and socially. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty) Toxic masculinity is harmful, limiting, outdated and should be scrapped in favour of a healthier view on what a “man” is, Australians say. Researchers at the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation found that, overall, men tend to enforce and care more about masculinity than women, spilling
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Ellen DeGeneres. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been pulled by one of Australia’s top television channels after former and current staff made explosive allegations about the show’s on-set culture. Channel Nine has stopped airing DeGeneres’ long-running chat show following weeks of controversy surrounding alleged misconduct from top producers. The television channel is instead airing re-runs
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The ‘genderbread person’ helps children to understand the differences between gender and anatomy (Genderbread.org) A high school has dropped an LGBT+ educational tool after a transphobic mother complained it was targeting “vulnerable children” like her own transgender son. The school in Australia showed 15-year-old students an image of the ‘genderbread person‘, a well-known teaching resource
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Sam Smith at the KIIS FM’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on December 6, 2019. (JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty) Sam Smith was as gracious as you’d expect when a TV presenter messed up their pronouns in a recent interview. The non-binary pop star goes by they/them pronouns, but was entirely forgiving when the Australian talkshow host Carrie Bickmore accidentally
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This zookeeper delighted viewers at home with an impromptu fan dance (Twitter/@dariennelake) An Australian zookeeper has won worldwide fame by dancing away the coronavirus blues with a snap of his rainbow fan. Australia’s Melbourne Zoo has restricted visitor numbers to just 2,000 people a day to allow for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. With
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Queensland MP Bob Katter has defended disgraced rugby star Israel Folau after he blamed bushfires on gay marriage in a bizarre sermon. In a lengthy Facebook post, Katter warned that “persecution of Christianity is on the rise” after Folau was widely condemned for blaming bushfires on gay people and abortion. “I may disagree with Folau
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Cassy O’Connor (right) with her son Jasper. (Cassy O’Connor) Australian politician Cassy O’Connor has shared moving photos of her transgender son, Jasper, receiving his new identification documents after landmark reforms to gender recognition laws in Tasmania came into effect. The new laws, which came into force on Thursday, 5 September, make Tasmania the first Australian
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