1st April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott rules out supporting equal marriage 6
1:20 PM — Australia’s opposition leader says he will continue to side against equal marriage - an issue which sees him at odds with parts of his family.
26th March 2013
Australia: Thousands sign petition to keep rainbow pedestrian crossing in Sydney 2
2:03 PM — Over 12,000 people have signed a petition urging the government of New South Wales to keep a rainbow pedestrian crossing which was painted in central Sydney this year to celebrate Mardi Gras.
18th March 2013
Australia: Liberal MP predicts Coalition will ‘evolve’ to support marriage equality 6
12:00 PM — Australian Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer has said she predicts the centre-right coalition, which whipped its MPs to vote against equal marriage last year, will become more accepting of same-sex marriage over time.
11th March 2013
Australia: Video footage emerges of new angle on Sydney Mardi Gras alleged police brutality 3
5:07 PM — New video footage has emerged which shows a different perspective on one case of alleged policy brutality at Sydney Mardi Gras, as it appears to show one of those who accused the police of brutality, resisting arrest.
7th March 2013
Third claim of police brutality at Sydney Mardi Gras after man claims he was stripped naked in drugs search 12
12:18 PM — A man claims he was ordered to strip naked during a drug search in full view of bystanders, amid allegations of police brutality at last month’s Sydney Mardi Gras.
6th March 2013
Australia: Lord Mayor pushes Russian ambassador on ‘unacceptable’ anti-gay law 1
1:15 PM — Melbourne City Council may fly a member of the St Petersburg gay community to Australia to discuss conditions for gay people in the Russian city, following the implementation of anti-gay laws in the city.
5th March 2013
James Franco slams Australia’s Classification Board for banning gay film 8
6:22 PM — James Franco has lashed out at Australia’s Classification Board for banning a film because of its gay sex scenes.
2nd March 2013
Australia: Hundreds of thousands expected for biggest Sydney Mardi Gras so far 16
1:51 AM — As the 35th Mardi Gras kicks off in Sydney, organisers expect hundreds of thousands of people in what is expected to be one of the biggest in the event's history.
28th February 2013
Video: Kate Middleton hoax radio station rebrands itself as 2Gay FM for Sydney Mari Gras 2
6:55 PM — The radio station whose DJs made a hoax call to a British nurse who ended up committing suicide is temporarily renaming itself to mark Sydney Mari Gras.
26th February 2013
Australia: Lesbian councillor denies ‘mean-spirited’ u-turn on rainbow street 10
6:31 PM — A lesbian Sydney councillor who opposed plans to set up rainbow crossings in the city's gay district has replied to her critics and says she actually wanted them to be permanent, and only opposed plans to make them temporary.
22nd February 2013
Australia: Brother of anti-gay party leader urges Melbourne to cut ties with St Petersburg over homophobic law 2
6:28 PM — LGBT activist Carl Katter, half-brother of anti-gay politician Bob Katter, has called on Melbourne to follow Venice and Milan by cutting ties with St Petersburg over homophobic laws.
Australia: Religious groups could lose exemption from anti-discrimination law 7
6:07 PM — Religious organisations in Australia could lose exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, under recommendations from an inquiry which suggested that the ruling Labor Party's proposed legal changes needed to remove protections for groups to discriminate, where it would otherwise be unlawful.
Australia: Gender-discrimination challenge to equal marriage ban thrown out by judge 7
5:00 PM — An Australian judge this week threw out a challenge to the national ban on equal marriage, on the grounds that the law banning same-sex marriage does not discriminate against people based on gender.
21st February 2013
Australia: Gay kids bullied by teachers as well as other students says study 10
11:20 AM — A report by Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG), based in the Australian state of Queensland, says 70% of gay students have been bullied because of their sexuality, even by their teachers.
20th February 2013
Australia: Christian youth camp appeals against discrimination ruling 5
5:55 PM — A Christian youth camp which was ordered to pay damages for discriminating against a gay youth support charity in 2010 when it refused to accept its booking, has begun an appeal against the court's ruling.
18th February 2013
Australia: Trans and intersex inclusive birth certificate amendments considered by lawmakers
9:02 PM — Birth certificates in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) could soon be more inclusive of transgender and intersex people, by ceasing to require gender reassignment before allowing people to alter the gender on a birth certificate.
11th February 2013
Australian suspended anti-gay politician: Equal marriage is making my party ‘collapse’ 7
3:09 PM — A suspended anti-gay member of an Australian political party has spoken out to suggest that the party was on the verge of collapse over equal marriage rifts.
8th February 2013
Australia: Anti-gay politician attempts to defend pro-marriage equality candidate from expulsion 11
2:44 PM — Bob Katter of Katter's Australian Party has stepped in to save senate candidate Steven Bailey after he made pro-equal marriage comments. The KAP has recently faced a backlash against homophobic comments made by its members.
6th February 2013
Campaigners urge Australia to ‘catch up’ on same-sex marriage and follow Britain’s lead 5
11:45 AM — An equality organisation in Australia has urged the country’s federal government to follow the lead of the UK Government in legalising same-sex marriages.
23rd January 2013
Australia: Lord Mayor apologises for telling LGBT charity not to display ‘offensive’ banner 9
3:15 AM — A Lord Mayor in Sydney, Australia has apologised after city council staff instructed an LGBT charity to take down signage at a family festival, due to complaints that it was 'offensive'.