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Qantas What’s not to love about Qantas? More than just the very cute and always in style flying kangaroo symbol, or the reputation as the world’s safest airline (they’ve never crashed), the men of our great national airline have been setting standards ever since Qantas first took to the friendly skies.

Checking out the crew to see who you know from late nights at the Shift or who you would like to get to know is as much a part of the Qantas experience as check-in and wrestling bags off the carousel.

Once contact is made with a Qantas man, they rarely disappoint. They make the perfect flatmates, as they are never home long enough to become annoying.

They make the perfect boyfriends, for just as you think you need a little time apart, they are on the QF11 to LA and won’t be back for a week.

And their partner/ family/ friend program is worth fighting over, with tickets offered at 10 percent of full fare.

They are a giving lot, these Qantas men, and their Gayviation floats at Mardi Gras in the late 1990s are legendary, particularly when they pulled an enormous model of a 747 up Oxford Street while dancing around in Speedos with the word Q-tarse across them.

Really, what’s not to love about Qantas?

Queensland It’s got Queens in its name, and thousands of queens in its nature. Especially the nature around Cairns, Port Douglas and Noosa, where gays flock like migrating birds, lured by sun, sand and (possibly) sex.

North Queensland might be gayer than Oxford St in the month after Mardi Gras, but the Gold Coast is camp by default, the Palazzo Versace -“ where Courtney Act was staying last time the Star gave her a call -“ the costume jewel in its flashy crown.

For a state that used to be famous for its gay-bashing politics, Queensland has come a long way out of its closet.

And let’s not forget, the state has also given us some of Australia’s most flamboyant politicians (please note: this does not, in this instance, mean gay), from Pauline Hanson to Joh Bjelke-Petersen to Warren Entsch, the fiercely heterosexual ex-crocodile catcher who has become an unexpected advocate for gay and lesbian equality.

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