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September 9, 2013

Sydney’s LGBT community will get to see their lives reflected on the big screen twice a year with the launch of a second LGBT film festival in the city – the Queer Screen Film Fest

Sydney will host two LGBT film festivals in 2013, with the organizers of the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival launching a second stand alone Queer Screen Film Fest (QSFF) for September.

‘The QSFF line up will take audiences from Cannes winners, to sneak previews and retrospectives,’ organizers say.

The festival will screen across two venues in the Sydney alternative culture hub of Newtown – the Dendy Newtown cinema and the Newtown Hotel.

January 9, 2013

A 17-year-old, who describes himself as a 'white supremacist', will deny plotting to blow up six students and a teacher

A self-described ‘white supremacist’ Alabama teen who police accuse of plotting to kill his gay and black classmates with bombs is expected to plead not guilty today (9 January).

Derek Shrout, 17, was arrested on 4 January after a teacher found his journal and contacted the authorities.

Police state the journal contained plans to kill one teacher and five students, who are African American, and another white male student, who Shrout believed to be gay, ABC News reports.

December 27, 2012

Fox News says Westboro Baptist leader Fred Phelps, who thinks Obama is the Anti-Christ, is a Democrat and his church a ‘left-wing cult’

America’s Fox News network has made the extraordinary claim that the Westboro Baptist Church are a left-wing organization.

December 24, 2012

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church never left their hotel rooms after volunteers from across the US traveled to Newtown, Connecticut, to form a human barrier to prevent them from reaching the memorial service for Sandy Hook Elementary principal Dawn Hochsprung

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church traveled to the Connecticut town Newtown with the intention of picketing memorial services for the victims of the mass shooting at the town’s elementary school but never left their hotel rooms thanks to a resounding community response.

December 21, 2012

American preacher says schools teaching evolution led to the death of 20 schoolchildren and six adults

An American pastor has blamed the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on schools because they are teaching kids about evolution and ‘how to be a homo’.

Pastor Sam Morris, from Tennessee, says the removal of ‘Christian values’ from American classrooms was to blame for wave of gun murders.

On 14 December, Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six adults dead in a school after killing his mother. He then turned the gun on himself.

December 18, 2012

'My heart is broken for those families and all the people of Newtown'

Ellen DeGeneres showed up to tape her daily talk show with a heavy heart on Monday (17 December) in the aftermath of the massacre at an elementary school Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead.

'We're going to do the show and it's going to be a struggle because my heart is broken for those families and for all the people of Newtown,' a subdued DeGeneres said during the show's opening. 'We're holding you in our hearts and today's show is dedicated to you.'

December 18, 2012

'My heart is broken for those families and all the people of Newtown'

Ellen DeGeneres showed up to tape her daily talk show with a heavy heart on Monday (17 December) in the aftermath of the massacre at an elementary school Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead.

'We're going to do the show and it's going to be a struggle because my heart is broken for those families and for all the people of Newtown,' a subdued DeGeneres said during the show's opening. 'We're holding you in our hearts and today's show is dedicated to you.'

December 17, 2012

Hacking group takes over Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson’s twitter account and leak church members info following their plans to picket victims’ funerals

The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) blamed marriage equality in Connecticut for the tragic shooting spree in Newtown that took 26 lives.

The Church announced that it will picket the funerals of the children with banners saying ‘God Hate Fags’ and other anti-gay hate messages.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, spokesperson of WBC and daughter of its leader, Fred Phelps, tweeted, ‘Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment’.

December 16, 2012

The Westboro Baptists will picket the site of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, which they say is God’s way of punishing the state of Connecticut for legalizing same-sex marriage

Members of the infamous anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church have threatened to picket the site of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting less than a day after the tragedy, claiming that the shooting was God’s punishment for the state of Connecticut legalizing same-sex marriage.

Prominent church member Shirley Phelps-Roger made the threat via twitter, posting ‘Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.’

July 17, 2012

Sydney’s bear community is celebrating its wintertime festival in August this year with eight events across five days

In 2012, Sydney Bear Pride will feature eight events over five days running from August 1 to 5.

Now in its third year running, Sydney Bear Pride will open with a Bear Pride Dinner at Smash Sausage Kitchen, located on Newtown’s King Street, on Wednesday, August 1 from 8pm.

On the Thursday, Darlinghurst’s Supper Club, on level two of the Oxford Hotel, will host a live performance from 8pm by bear musician Eric Kuhlmann, which will also be the premiere of his world tour of his Red Light Songs of Lust, Love and Death show. Entry is $15.