FROM activists to actors, musicians to comedians, a flurry of famous faces have got behind the Star Observer’s fundraising campaign.

Singer Dannii Minogue, campaigner Peter Tatchell, Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestant Courtney Act and Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn (who plays Hodor) are just some of the names to back the publication – Australia’s oldest LGBTI news source – in its quest to raise $75,000 through a crowdfunding campaign.

The deadline to reach the target expires tomorrow, with the publication warning that if it does not receive at least the full amount, all the money will be returned to donators.

Comedian Josh Thomas said “yes” to the fundraiser and encouraged his fans to follow his lead and become “a fucking hero” by donating.

Walkley-nominated SBS journalist and 2014 Mardi Gras telecast co-presenter, Patrick Abboud, said the Star Observer was “one of our most important GLBTQI mags,” with quality reporting and “solid investigative journalism,” words echoed by his news colleague Anton Enus.

Star of Channel 9’s House Husbands, Julia Morris, said “love love love… Star Observer” and asked her followers to make a pledge.

X Factor judge and sister to Kylie, Dannii Minogue, tweeted the campaign to more than a million followers.

Meanwhile, author Benjamin Law encouraged his “fellow gaylords” to send a few dollars the Stars way.

Walkey award-winning ABC journalist and Star Observer contributor Monique Schafter, actors Magda Szubanski and Tim Campbell and comedians Tom Ballard, Pam Ann, Nath Valvo and Joel Creasey also backed the fundraiser.

They joined musicians Sam Sparro, The Presets, Beccy Cole, Nathalie Bassingthwaite and Anthony Callela, out gay sport stars Matthew Mitcham, Belle Brockhoff and Jason Ball, as well as UK rugby hunk and anti-homophobia campaigner Ben Cohen.

Organisations publicly supporting the campaign include renowned US LGBTI equality organisation GLAAD, Australian Marriage Equality, Black Rainbow, the LGBTI Health Alliance, ACON, the Victorian AIDS Council, Living Positive Victoria, the gay and lesbian rights lobbies in NSW and Victoria, QueerScreen, DIY Rainbow, Harbour City Bears, and festivals Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Brisbane Pride and Midsumma.

Star Observer chief executive Daniel Bone said support was heartening: “It is wonderful to see so many well-known people and community leaders from not just Australia – but across the world – making a public statement of support for the Star Observer and recognising the importance of insuring our community continues to have a strong and vibrant independent voice.”

Donations to the Star Observer campaign can be made until just after 3pm on Thursday, September 4 at

Others who have tweeted in support of the Star Observer’s crowdfunding campaign:


Donations to the Star Observer campaign can be made until just after 3pm on Thursday, September 4 at

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