28th April 2013
Australia: MP calls for election day referendum on equal marriage 30
5:06 PM — An independent Australian MP has proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to voters in a referendum, as soon as this September, in a move supported by the Green Party.
22nd April 2013
UK: Deputy Lib Dem leader ‘really disappointed’ at IPS rejection of trans and intersex inclusive passports 19
10:30 AM — Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes says he is “really disappointed” by the Identity and Passport Service’s decision to reject non gender-specific passports for trans and intersex people in Britain.
19th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott shifts position on party’s same-sex marriage stance 25
11:46 AM — Australia’s opposition leader is suggesting his party will decide its position on equal marriage after September's election.
18th April 2013
Openly gay Australian MP: I doubt an equal marriage bill would currently pass in New South Wales 1
2:03 AM — An openly gay MP in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has said that she is not convinced that an equal marriage bill would currently be able to pass in the state's parliament.
17th April 2013
Over a thousand Australian same-sex couples to travel to New Zealand to wed 8
6:44 PM — According to a survey by an equal marriage advocacy group, over a thousand Australian gay and lesbian couples are to travel to New Zealand in order to get married, now that equal marriage is set to become law there.
Australian PM refuses to support equal marriage despite New Zealand victory 56
2:03 PM — Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, says she won’t be dropping her opposition to marriage equality, even though neighbouring New Zealand passed the measure on Wednesday.
16th April 2013
DIY rainbow crossings pop up across the world to protest removal of Sydney LGBT landmark 10
3:17 PM — Since the removal of a rainbow road crossing in Sydney, which became an iconic symbol for the LGBT community, those protesting the decision have taken matters into their own hands, creating their own crossings across Australia, and around the world.
15th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott reiterates opposition to equal marriage 21
4:55 PM — The leader of the opposition in Australia, Tony Abbott, has clarified his party's opposition to equal marriage during a community forum in Sydney.
10th April 2013
Australia: Sydney’s rainbow crossing dug up despite 15,000 strong petition to save it 3
3:32 PM — The rainbow road crossing in Sydney’s LGBT district, which was painted for the city’s 35th Mardi Gras celebrations, has been dug up, officials noting a safety hazard, despite a 15,000 strong petition to save it.
9th April 2013
Australia: Tasmanian parliament advances bill to allow equal adoption
1:40 PM — The Lower House of the Tasmanian parliament today resoundingly supported the advancement of legislation which would remove the ban on same-sex adoption.
5th April 2013
Sydney: Gay rights campaigner pleads not guilty to police assault charge 4
6:15 PM — A gay rights campaigner has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting police and resisting arrest at last month's Sydney Mardi Gras.
Australia: Sydney rainbow crossing to be removed for causing road safety hazard 2
12:44 PM — A road crossing in Sydney's gay precinct which was painted in rainbow colours for the city's 35th Mardi Gras celebrations is set to be torn up later this month.
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.