17th June 2013
New Zealand: Rugby star apologises after tweeting the word ‘fag’ 21
1:30 AM — An All Blacks rugby star in New Zealand has quickly apologised after tweeting that a fellow player was a "fag", following his team's victory on Saturday over France.
12th June 2013
New Zealand: Female rugby fan abused by three men for asking homophobic chants to stop 17
6:19 PM — A female rugby fan in New Zealand has said she was verbally abused, and tapped on the head, after asking other fans at a rugby match to stop using the words "homos" and "faggots".
30th May 2013
Australia: Equal marriage groups call for legal recognition of overseas same-sex marriages 5
1:02 PM — Following the first same-sex wedding to take place in France yesterday, Australian advocates of equal marriage are now calling for the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages.
27th May 2013
New Zealand’s ‘gay rainbow’ MP: ‘Be Ye Not Afraid of same-sex marriage’ 7
8:46 PM — Maurice Williamson, the New Zealand MP for Pakuranga whose pro-equal marriage speech went viral, has written an open letter to Australia and the rest of the world in defence of same-sex marriage.
14th May 2013
New Zealand MP who gave viral pro-equal marriage speech now will not appear on Ellen 2
10:09 PM — A New Zealand MP whose powerful speech following the country’s vote to legalise equal marriage went viral, will not appear on the Ellen show, despite being invited by host Ellen DeGeneres.
11th May 2013
New Zealand: B&B owner says ‘not in my home’ to lesbian couple 56
10:47 PM — A lesbian couple were told to sleep in separate beds or move on to other accommodation by a bed and breakfast in New Zealand.
10th May 2013
New Zealand: Protesters will hold ‘turn McDonalds gay day’ after employee told he was ‘too gay’ 6
1:19 PM — Demonstrators will gather at a branch of fast-food chain McConalds to hold a "turn McDonald's gay day", in protest against the treatment of a staff member, who was told by his manager that he would be disciplined if he "turned anybody else gay oh shift".
8th May 2013
Police arrest suspect in connection with Brighton gay man’s death
6:43 PM — Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of Michael Polding, a gay man who was found murdered in his Brighton flat in July 2012.
5th May 2013
New Zealand: World’s first trans MP suffering kidney failure 7
9:39 AM — A former MP who was the first openly transgender person in the world to hold the position has announced that she will not be making a planned return to politics, stating that she has chronic kidney failure.
2nd May 2013
New Zealand: McDonald’s worker told ‘If you turn anyone else in the store gay, I will punish you’ 21
5:53 PM — It emerged during a New Zealand protest against conditions for workers of fast food chain McDonald's that gay staff members faced discrimination and harassment, with one man claiming several coworkers had left their jobs over the problem.
29th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott says no to equal marriage referendum at election 14
4:30 PM — Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, has said he does not agree with MP Tony Windsor, who proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to a vote by Australians on election day in September.
New Zealand: ‘Homophobic’ beer advert causes controversy 32
3:27 PM — A brewery in New Zealand has responded to controversy caused by a billboard containing an advert for one of its beer brands, which has been described by some as "homophobic".
23rd April 2013
New Zealand: Conservative Party leader threatens to sue satirical website for ‘big gay rainbow’ article 12
6:56 PM — The leader of New Zealand's Conservative Party has taken offence at a satirical news story written about himself, and another MP, who made a now famous speech around equal marriage, and has threatened legal action.
‘Vive la France!’ as campaigners celebrate equal marriage victory 40
5:56 PM — Campaigners are celebrating the news that France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira says the first weddings could be held as soon as June.
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
Video: New Zealand MP: ‘We are only legalising equal marriage, not declaring nuclear war’ 14
4:27 PM — The video of a New Zealand MP's impassioned speech following a vote to legalise equal marriage in the country, has gone viral, as he poked fun at those opposed to the measure, and emphasised its importance.
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.
Video: New Zealand Parliament breaks into song as equal marriage bill is passed 44
4:09 PM — As the Parliament of New Zealand passed a bill to allow equal marriage in the country, those in attendance of the reading broke into song, once it was announced that it had passed.