1st June 2011
Commonwealth secretary general speaks out against homophobia following Tatchell’s criticisms 29
4:55 PM — The Commonwealth secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma, has written an article in the Nairobi Star speaking out against homophobia.
Brisbane gay safe sex campaign ads reinstated after uproar over their removal 26
10:26 AM — A safe sex campaign for gay couples in Brisbane, Australia, has been reinstated after it became clear the majority of complaints that led to its removal yesterday were orchestrated by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).
31st May 2011
New website launched to further promote gay marriage equality in Australia 14
1:18 PM — A newly launched Australian website, My Marriage Story is allowing LGBTI Australians to share stories and ideas about the promotion of marriage equality.
25th May 2011
Australian lesbian attempts to remove sperm donor from child’s birth certificate 16
4:43 PM — An Australian lesbian whose former partner had a child with a sperm donor is fighting a legal battle to have his name removed from the child's birth certificate. The woman, whose ex-partner is the biological mother of the ten-year-old girl, wants the father's name wiped from the girl's records, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
16th May 2011
Violence breaks out between Christians and gays in Australian city 215
10:40 AM — Police had to intervene when a clash broke out at a gay rights rally in Adelaide, Australia, this weekend. The rally was held to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
5th May 2011
Man charged over Australian army Facebook ‘gay hate’ page 10
12:27 PM — A former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been charged in connection with a Facebook page which allegedly outed gay soldiers.
13th April 2011
Australian Facebook group outed gay soldiers 59
11:45 AM — The Australian Defence Force has been accused of failing to discipline soldiers who were involved in an online hate campaign against their gay colleagues.
8th April 2011
Australian politician denies homophobia towards gay MP 10
4:22 PM — An Australian politician has denied that a 'queen' joke he made about a gay MP was homophobic. Rob Johnson, who is the West Australian police minister, said his remarks had been misconstrued.
1st April 2011
Australian Catholic school accidentally allows ‘gay cure’ seminar 47
10:20 AM — A Catholic school in Australia accidentally allowed a 'gay cure' Christian group to use its premises for a seminar. St Columban's College said it immediately withdrew permission for the Miracle Christian Center's presentation after it learned the nature of the group.
28th March 2011
Australian gay man pleads guilty to erotic asphyxia murder 18
10:26 AM — An Australian gay man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a lover halfway through his trial. David Richard Fraser, of Adelaide, admits strangling 28-year-old Luke Noonan during a sex act involving erotic asphyxia in September 2009.
21st March 2011
Australian prime minister explains opposition to gay marriage 112
3:25 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard says she opposes gay marriage because it goes against her upbringing. During an interview with Sky News’s Australian Agenda, she called herself a “cultural traditionalist” who is “on the conservative side in this question".
9th March 2011
Australian presenter sorry for remarks on ‘disgusting’ Mardi Gras marchers 32
1:18 PM — An Australian TV presenter has apologised for remarks he made about Sydney's Mardi Gras festival. Ron Wilson, a presenter for Channel Ten, suggested that some marchers had "crossed the line" into "disgusting".
7th March 2011
Australian lesbian couple welcome quintuplets 12
1:29 PM — A lesbian couple from Australia have become parents to quintuplets. Melissa Keevers, 27, and Rosemary Nolan, 22, have entered the record books for the birth, as the chances of conceiving five babies without fertility treatment are 60 million to one.
5th March 2011
Sydney explodes in Mardi Gras of celebration and protest at Australia’s ban on gay marriage 15
5:13 PM — Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets at Sydney's 34th gay Mardi Gras parade. The event was dubbed "Say Something" to protest at Australia's federal ban on gay marriage.
Foster’s deny homophobia in new ad 41
1:49 PM — Foster's responded to complaints about their latest ad by saying that to promote homophobia "would be totally unacceptable and it has no place in our business."
4th March 2011
Poland to speed ahead of Australia on same-sex marriage equality 17
10:28 AM — There are signs that Poland, which currently has a ban on same-sex marriage and a poor recent track record on LGBT rights, may finally be on the first step to marriage equality by providing gay men and lesbians with the documentation required to marry overseas.
3rd March 2011
Julia Gillard faces potential backbench rebellion over gay marriage 29
3:21 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is reportedly playing down a revolt by backbench Labour MPs who support a Greens bill that would enable gay marriages to take place in the territories.
2nd March 2011
Australian Greens unlikely to move on gay marriage 4
5:11 PM — Gay marriage legislation is unlikely to be put forward by authorities in the Australia's smallest territory, despite similar moves by larger states.
8th February 2011
Australian MP polls constituents on gay marriage 10
4:51 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has begun polling his constituents on the issue of marriage equality. The former opposition leader has sent questionnaires to residents in his Sydney seat of Wentworth.
4th February 2011
Study suggests immune system treatment for HIV 3
3:58 PM — A study on mice with an HIV-like infection found that boosting their immune systems cured them of the disease. Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia said their findings could help develop drugs to help people rid their bodies of infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis.