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Sydney's Mardi Gras makes it onto the Monopoly Board

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Latest


The Board game, Monopoly has announced its new Australian 'Sydney' edition - and with it comes extra points for having the best float in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras!


Along with icons like the sydney Harbour Bridge, The Opera House and Bondi Beach - the iconic locations were selected from a wide ranging survey by the games creators via social media and other platforms.


Monopoly is played in 111 countries and in 43 languages around the world, the company said. The Sydney version is set to go on sale from November 1.


You can join Mardi Gras official group on here.

DIVA Awards 2012 - Winners

  • Written by Rob Manser
  • Category: Latest


The DIVA Awards are presented based on a range of different criteria and decided by DIVA judges, the public, and the DIVA Board. The awards, held at Fox Studios Hoytz Cinema complex will be awarded tonight and this article will be updated LIVE from the event as the winners are announced.


The list of awards here does NOT relfect the running order of tonights event so winners may appear in random order.


Queen Of Hearts

Candy Box

Technical Contribution

Nicholas Craven For Lighting

Best Costumed Show

Aquatica - The Midnight Shift

Variety Award

Trevor Ashley - Fat Swan

Entertainer of the Year

Minnie Cooper

Show of the Year

Aquatica - The Midnight Shift 

The DIVA Moment

Rhuma, Ivy and Sooki's performance at Marquee - produced by Rhys Bobridge. 


Most Popular Male Dancer

Ripley Waters

Bitch Of The Year

Tora Hymen

Most Popular DJ

Kitty Glitter 

Most Popular Show

The Priscilla experience at the Midnight Shift

Favourite Drag Personality

Charisma Belle

Most Popular Venue

The Midnight Shift

Rising Star

Carmen Geddit


Miss Congeniality

Minnie Cooper and Christina dior *tie

DIVA Hall Of Fame

awarded to Vanessa Wagner announced earlier on

Belle of the Ball

Millie Poppins


Please excuse the spelling - live updates, Red Bull and champagne mix! Note: we will be posting a full story alog with all our galleries and any possible(!) alterations, omissions and corrections tomorrow. Happy DIVA's everyone!

George Michael Pulls The Plug on Aussie Tour

  • Written by Rob Manser
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George Michael had to cancel his Australian Tour today to thanks to ongoing health concerns.

“I have today announced the cancellation of the shows in Australia which breaks my heart. By way of explanation all I can say at this time is that since last year's illness I have tried in vain to work my way through the trauma that the doctors who saved my life warned me I would experience. They recommended complete rest and the type of post traumatic counselling which is available in cases like mine but I'm afraid I believed (wrongly) that making music and getting out there to perform for the audiences that bring me such joy would be therapy enough in itself. Unfortunately I seriously underestimated how difficult this year would be and although I was right to believe that the shows would bring me great happiness and that my voice would recover completely (I truly think that some of my recent performances have been my best ever) I was wrong to think I could work my way through the major anxiety that has plagued me since I left Austria last December.
All that's left for me to do is apologise to my wonderful Australian fan base and to promise faithfully that as soon as I complete these shows here in the UK I will receive the treatment which is so long overdue."

Information for ticket holders from the promoter below:

All tickets will be automatically refunded by Friday 12th October (including your ticket insurance premium, if relevant).

Please note you are not required to return your tickets as the event is cancelled and the tickets will not be valid for any other event.

Australian dates cancelled as below:

Saturday 10 November 2012
Perth Arena

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 November 2012
Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 November 2012
All Phones Arena

Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 November 2012
Rod Laver Arena

Tuesday 27 November 2012
Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Saturday 1 December 2012
Hope Estate Winery

DIVA Announces Vanessa Wagner as the 2012 Hall Of Fame Recipient

  • Written by Rob Manser
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DIVA has today announced that performer, community pioneer and activist, Vanessa Wagner will be inducted into the DIVA Hall Of Fame at the upcoming 2012 DIVA Awards, to be held at Fox Studios Australia, Monday 29th October 2012.


Vanessa Wagner is one of Australia’s most colourful and entertaining identities. She started as a dedicated housewife and part time hostess in the early nineties. Vanessa was crowned Sydney Mardi Gras Miss Fair Day 1993. For seven years she coordinated and hosted the spectacularly successful Drag Race Meet at Bondi Beach for the Sydney Fringe Festival.


From early 1993 till 1996 Vanessa captivated audiences with Jamie and Vanessa parties and stage shows. Her sell out hit dance show, Vanessa Wagner's History of Dance broke box office records as part of the Mardi Gras Festival in 1999.


She Co-hosted the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade telecasts on Channel Ten for 5 years. She also had a regular appearance as talk back host, on national youth radio station Triple J.


She was the most colourful and loved entrant in Celebrity Big Brother, has made Australia laugh featuring in a Snickers TV commercial and keeps Australia laughing with TV and Cable appearances. With a myriad of corporate speaking & charity works across Australia Vanessa has proved her flexibility and has cemented her position as a lovable Australian icon.


Vanessa has had a long association with DIVA, being a host on three occasions, the last being in 2006 and she was the winner of ACON Queen of Hearts in 1997.

Vanessa Wagner has made an enormous contribution to the HIV positive community as a host, educator and activist working with many organisations including; ACON, BGF, Oxfam International, PLWHA, Aids Trust, NSW Anti-Discrimination Board and Earth Hour.


“Modern life is full of challenges. Living with HIV is one of many I have faced with gusto for over 10 years. Keep the courage! Knowledge can give power." ... Vanessa Wagner


Vanessa’s impact has not faded in anyway when in 2007 she hosted BGF Glamstand, played an acclaimed DJ retro set at the Mardi Gras party and at the Newtown Hotel presented ‘Freakshow’ with Cindy Pastel. In 2010 Vanessa reintroduced her Drag Races on Bondi Beach to the Mardi Gras Festival and this event is again on the rise to more success due to her quirky kind of alternate slant to social drag.


Google’ing “Vanessa Wagner” returns 742 articles such has been her impact to date and no reference to a bad hair day can be found!


You can be a part of the induction by grabbing a ticket (which are selling incredibly fast - so don't mis out) via

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and Beyond Blue announce new partnership

  • Written by Rob Manser
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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announced today that beyondblue will be an Official Supporter for Sydney Mardi Gras 2013.

On 5 September, beyondblue launched the national ‘Lefthanded’ campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the direct link between discrimination and depression and anxiety, particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or intersex people.

Sydney Mardi Gras is the most significant national LGBTQI festival in Australia, and a global beacon of acceptance and celebration of diversity. Partnering with Mardi Gras will provide beyondblue with an excellent platform to continue raising awareness of their important work.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Co-Chair Siri Kommedahl said: “We are delighted to welcome beyondblue as an Official Supporter for Sydney Mardi Gras 2013. beyondblue’s ‘Lefthanded’ campaign is a crucial initiative to highlight the widespread discrimination still faced by LGBTQI people, and the resulting increase in depression, anxiety and risk of suicide.”

“We look forward to working hand in hand with beyondblue to spread the message of acceptance and understanding.”

beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said that supporting Sydney Mardi Gras presents an important opportunity for beyondblue to raise awareness about depression and anxiety in the LGBTQI community.

“Mardi Gras is a great way to reach this audience as it is the most significant national LGBTQI festival in Australia,” Ms Carnell said.

beyondblue research shows that, discrimination and bullying are major contributing factors to depression and anxiety, and risk of suicide. The LGBTQI community, in particular, faces widespread discrimination which contributes to much higher rates of anxiety and depression than in the general population.”

“The new ‘Lefthanded’ campaign aims to influence a change in behaviour, particularly among young men. The campaign features real life stories from the LGBTQI communities and invites people to seek support for depression and anxiety from beyondblue.”

You can see the Beyond Blue "left handed" campaign here in action on