Q News (Australian magazine)

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Q News Gay Magazine
Editor Toby Longhurst
Frequency Bi-weekly
Publisher Ray Mackereth
First issue November 2000 (2000-11)
Country Australia
Based in Brisbane
Language English
Website web.archive.org/web/20110520093301/http://qnews.com.au/

Q News is a gay and lesbian magazine (LGBT) published every second Friday and is based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is a privately owned Queensland Company. It was launched in December 2000 and was originally printed as a tabloid newspaper,[citation needed] after the demise of Brother Sister in November 2000.

The magazine reports on news, events, health, movies, theater, entertainment and interviews of interest to the gay and lesbian community with a team of people who range from employees, to freelance writers and contributors, many of whom volunteer their time.[citation needed]

Q News currently has over 300 distribution points, mostly throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales,[1] including limited outlets in both Melbourne and Sydney. The magazine supports over 120 community groups[citation needed] and allows free listings via a website they offer, providing information to the LGBT community.

Q News started a community groups website in 2002 to assist LGBT groups with free web-space, plus they offer free sponsored advertising space to not-for-profit community groups and sponsor major gay and lesbian events in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, such as Tropical Fruits.

Q News also created Big Gay Day in 2001, a community event where initially 100% of door takings were donated to community groups to help prevent suicide. In recent years, Big Gay Day has been taken over by one of Australia's largest companies - COLES Hotels, a division of Westfarmers [2] who purchased the Wickham Hotel and they still donate a smaller percentage to some community groups.

Q News is one of the last independent gay (GLBT) magazines in Australia and works extensively with community objectives, such as suicide prevention, women's and men's health, HIV prevention and many other factors that affect Queensland,[citation needed] which has a decentralised population with more people living outside of the state's capital city Brisbane, rather than in it.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "About Q News". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Us Wesfarmers". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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