Historically, Queensland has a poor reputation when it comes to acceptance of gays and lesbians. Homosexuality was only decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, after the fall of the long-term National Party government.

Brisbane has a small but lively gay and lesbian scene centred on the inner-city suburbs of New Farm and Fortitude Valley, with a few nightclubs, pubs and guesthouses. There are also gay- and lesbian-only accommodation options in some of the more popular tourist centres, including Brisbane and Cairns. Elsewhere in Queensland, however, there can be a strong streak of homophobia, and violence against homosexuals is a risk, particularly in rural communities.

Resources

Gay and lesbian magazines include DNA, Lesbians on the Loose (LOTL) and Queensland Pride. Other resources:

Gay & Lesbian Counselling Brisbane Counselling appointments.

Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia (www.galta.com.au) General info.