Cher @ Mardi Gras 2018!

You couldn’t ask for a brighter star than Cher to shine over your celebration, and the long-time ally’s show-stopping presence at the 40th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade and After-Party made the historic event even more special! Here’s a sample of some of the fan-posted videos of the festivities, including the on-the-street interview with Cher that’s part of correspondent Barry McKay‘s report.

Oscar @ 90 & Mardi Gras @ 40!

Winning queer remarks inspire at nonagenarian Academy Awards!

Australia’s brutal past backdrops Sydney’s peerless Parade to the future!

Thousands demonstrate against LGBT rights in the Philippines, marriage equality roils lawmakers in El Salvador, Chilé, Panama, and the Caymans, “ballsy” Bermuda official puts tourists before taxpayers, a U.S. appeals court finds trans protections from job bias, Starkville can be proud, and more international LGBT news!

Dreamtime Divas!

Australia’s awesome aboriginal drag duo entertains for equality!

Another U.S. appeals court advances job bias protections, an “unholy” Texas lesbian family sues Catholic Charities for fostering rights, Finland’s co-moms win automatic parental recognition, DOMA-slayer challenges Pride denial on Mississippi home court, Bermuda delays marriage inequality and messy legal loopholes, and more global LGBTQ news!


This Way Out: Queer Youth v. U.S. Gun Violence + global news


Queer youth take aim at pro-gun lawmakers; a “Rainbow Minute” celebrates Willie Nelson’s “gay cowboy song with a twist”; Kenyans challenge their country’s “unnatural” sex law, the British Parliament targets Northern Ireland’s marriage equality logjam, lines are drawn for Taiwan’s marriage equality fight, an open door for Pakistani trans youth swings both ways, “Gidget’s” gay son goes red over a Bronzed Olympian, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!


This Way Out: Riotous Sydney Mardi Gras Origins + global news


“78ers” recall the Sydney Mardi Gras’ brutal beginnings; a “Rainbow Minute” remembers out Australian poet Dorothy Porter; Malaysia’s press parrots the government’s pathetic homophobia, rights advocates condemn Indonesia’s anti-queer attacks, Bermuda is sued anew over marriage inequality, Trump’s Education Department denies bathroom passes to trans students, LGBT Olympians add lavender to gold, silver and bronze, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!

This Way Out: Queer hate crimes + history + lit + global LGBTQ


Hate on the rise horrifies queer youth; culture heroes expand boundaries in 2 “Rainbow Minutes”; seeing through the eyes of a new “Acquaintance”; Bermuda separates equality from marriage, “cure” clinics are doing big business in Ecuador, the Trump administration says it will reveal its new policy on military service by transgender people on February 21st, a record number of out Olympians at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea include outspoken U.S. competitors Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!

This Way Out: Sydney Koori Gras Days of Future Past + Global News


A queer Koori component adds color to Sydney’s Mardi Gras; Indonesian lawmakers pursue broad restrictions on sex, Myanmar Pride doubles in the daylight, Tunisia closes its mind to Free Thinkers’ Pride attempt, Jamaica rejects an evangelically homophobic U.S. preacher, El Salvador’s top court denies lawmakers’ hetero definition of marriage, leading Aussie marriage equality opponent Tony Abbott is all smiles at his lesbian sister’s wedding, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!


This Way Out: Fond farewells to “Mama Roger” & “Tinky Winky”


“Mama Roger” and “Tinky Winky”: in memoriam; Australians map a Better Together future; the gay British sound innovator behind an out-of-this-world hit song; Europe’s Court of Justice rejects inkblot tests for queer asylum seekers, married same-gender couples fight for their kids’ U.S. citizenship, an exiled activist challenges Trinidad and Tobago “buggery” laws, anti-LGBT violent deaths spike in Brazil and the U.S., and more LGBTQ news from around the world!

This Way Out: How Queer is Bi? + “Stronger Together”


A young social critic asks: are bisexuals queer enough?; “Stronger Together” fights the Chechen purge; a Yankee discovers southern hospitality in “Aunt Sookie & Me”; India’s top court fast tracks review of the nation’s anti-gay sex law, a Kenyan court hears a challenge to that country’s law, Indonesia asks Google to block its queer-related apps, Donald Trump’s war on queers continues, a 90-year-old lesbian U.S. Air Force veteran finally gets her honorable discharge, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!

This Way Out: Marriage Equality Dawns Down Under…

Marriage Equality dawns Down Under; A “Joy” disc jockey loves his lesbian mums; an Inter-American Court ruling requires regional rights for same-gender couples, a Euro-Court Advocate General says “spouse” is inclusive, India’s top court reassesses the country’s infamous Section 377, a Wisconsin trans teen wins his school district anti-bias lawsuit, Cher confirms that she’ll be headlining this year’s 40th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, and more LGBTQ news from around the world!