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Federal Court Judge Blocks Trumps Trans Military Ban

A federal court judge has just blocked President Donald Trump's ban on military service members. Trump in July without consultation with the heads of the armed forces announced via Twitter a total ban on all transgender people serving in the military. Months later, that announcement was translated into a policy memo authorizing Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to determine who can serve and who must be discharged.

The D.C. Court's ruling, handed down Monday afternoon, says it believes Trump's order was "driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally."

The ruling does allow the Trump administration to continue blocking funds for sex reassignment surgery, The Washington Post reports.

Mardi Gras Icon, Ron Muncaster passes away.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Lifetime Achievement Award-winning queen of incredible costume designs, the incomparable Ron Muncaster has passed away.

Ron Muncaster passed away at a hospice in Darlinghurst on Tuesday. He was 81.

The Master of Sequins as he was known to many played a pivotal role in the costuming direction of the parade over decades and brought much attention to the event via the mainstream media making the event the shimmering celebration of protest and celebration it is today.

In 2014 Ron Muncaster was given the Mardi Gras Lifetime Achievement Award, and starting this year our annual Parade Costume Award is named 'the Ron Muncaster Award for Best Costume' in his honour.

Mardi Gras has announced it now plans to honour Ron at the 40th Anniversary Parade on Saturday 3 March 2018.

UK Popstars unite in support of Marriage Equality in Australia

A large group of UK popstars have stepped out of the studio this week after recording a single called "Love is the only law to bring people together" in support of their Australian friends and fans and the #YES campaign.

Some of the acts will be appearing later today at an event #GiveOzAHug organised by our good pal and regular TV host and singer extraordinaire Kelly Wilde (who will be back in Sydney for next years 40th Anniversary of Mardi Gras hosting for Guidetogay.com)

The event will be held at Old Compton Street, Soho in London (Mon Oct 23) starting at 18:30 hours.

Aussies overseas still have time to get their vote in online... visit the ABS website for more information - but hurry - you only have until November 7 to cast your vote... and some other details may be important to your personal situation.

The single that features Kelly Wilde, Jason Prince, Samantha Fox, Sean Miley Moore (X Factor UK), June Brown and more will be released soon on all digital platforms.

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Kelly Wilde

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Samantha Fox

Cher's role in Mamma Mia finally exposed

Cher’s role in the upcoming Mamma Mia! film sequel, titled Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, has been revealed. The surprising news? She’ll play Meryl Streep’s mother.

The New York Post reports that the Oscar and Grammy winner will play Donna Sheridan’s mother in a series of flashbacks to the 1960s that will feature Lily James as young Donna.

Cher teased that she joined the film on October 16, tweeting a nod to the Mamma Mia! finale costumes.

Returning for the sequel are the 2008 movie’s original stars: Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie, Christine Baranski as Tanya, Amanda Seyfried as Sophie, and Dominic Cooper as Sky. Also featured are Andy Garcia, Alexa Davies, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, and Hugh Skinner.

Ol Parker is writer-director on the film that is currently filming in Croatia.

 

h/t The NY Post.

A street party announced for Australian marriage equality results night.

Plans for celebrations are well underway for the same sex marriage postal survey in Australia. It will also be a call for action by the government as the postal survey is not binding on the government or any minister in the chamber.

Australians forked out over 122m dollars for this survey where only approx 69% of ballots were returned from those Australians who were eligible to have their say.

The street 'party' will be held in Sydney at the iconic Oxford Street, where the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade traverses each year. With four stages, lots of artists and performers - it will be (hopefully) a celebration and a moment to reinforce Australia's want for equality.

All polls and most politicians are now saying that the YES vote will win hands down. However, if the NO vote gets up - the event will still go ahead and become a force for future change on the issue.

Check out the details and RSVP to the event here.

Hot Aussie Firemen with Aussie animals

The 2018 Australian Firefighters Calendar is here, and it’s pretty much the only reason we’re excited for the new year to begin.


Since 1993, the Land Down Under has been gracing us each fall with a (literally) smoking bounty of rock-hard abs, biceps of steel, and turnout coats, and the latest edition certainly does not disappoint. You have your choice between hot firefighters posing with zoo animals, hot firefighters holding puppies, or just hot firefighters being hot, and – blessed be – they offer international shipping.

The proceeds are going to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, so you could also order all three, you know, for the sake of the children.


Take it all in for yourself below, though you might want to keep a cold, damp towel nearby, in case of… Smoke inhalation.


More info: Australian Firefighters Calendar

Trevor Ashley revives his annual Pantomime with "The Bodybag"

He's back, the Diamonds are for Trevor (Opera House), Liza (UK Tour) Les Mis and Jesus Christ Superstar headliner, none other than the incomparable Trevor Ashley!

Bringing his seasonal pantomime back to life with a very funny piss-take on the BodyGuard... he is joined on stage by a cast including the very cute Gus Murray.

Titled "Bodybag", Trevor's new show see's him in the lead role of "multi-award winning superstar Rachel Marinade" (not a US superstar, but a runner-up on Australian Idol)

"But after a spate of creepy 'fan mail' it's clear that Rachel needs protection. Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver's license, she also needs transport," and that's from the show's press description!!! (Paulini lookout!)

"Enter ex-ASIO officer, and current Uber driver Tank Charmer (Gus Murray). It's not only his job to protect her –but to get her to her destination with five stars. Who knew they could fall in lust?"

Of course, with Trevor's panto's you know there is going to be a whole lot of frivolity, campness and controversy. So it's a night of theatre not to be missed.

The Bodybag runs at Sydney's Seymour Centre from December 6 to 16 making it the perfect Christmas gift. Hurry as tickets are selling fast.

Macklemore's Same Love single hits #1 after NRL Grand Final backlash

After a day of bigoted backlash against international superstar Macklemore, love is winning, with the singers "controversial" NRL Grand final song "Same Love" reaching #1 again on the iTunes chart in Australia.

The singer faced backlash as conservative political figures jumped on the bandwagon of a petition to have the singer removed from the "Australian Superbowl" amidst the countries same sex marriage postal survey.

Congratulations to all that made Macklemore #1 - lets keep it going til the end of this weekend to make it really heard.

Entries open for the 40th Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

JOIN THE 2018 PARADE!

Registrations have JUST OPENED for the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Join thousands of parade participants as we celebrate four decades of passion, protest, acceptance, activism, pride, family, creativity, drama, satire, diversity and love.

Some groups may also be eligible for grants to help put their floats together. More details on the Mardi Gras website.

Register now and start planning your float! Find all the info here: http://www.mardigras.org.au/about-the-parade

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