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.
Video: Witnesses allege police brutality at Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 75
1:36 PM — A video and several witness accounts alleging police violence at Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 have emerged.
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'.
21st January 2013
Australia: City council faces backlash for telling LGBT charity not to display ‘offensive’ banner 27
1:58 PM — A city council in Australia is facing criticism after asking an LGBT support charity to take down signage displayed at a family festival, as it was deemed "offensive".
17th January 2013
Australia: Scientists have found ‘potential cure for AIDS’ 22
3:25 PM — Scientists in Australia say they have found a way to alter a protein in the HIV virus to impede it from spreading around the body, rather than assisting it, which could "potentially cure AIDS."
15th January 2013
Australia to keep anti-gay discrimination to protect ‘freedom’ of religious groups 47
6:24 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reportedly given her word to religious groups that they will have the “freedom” under a new rights bill, to discriminate against gay people, and other people deemed sinners.
11th January 2013
Facebook post on anonymous Australian confession page boasts of anti-gay assaults 10
3:20 PM — An Australian Facebook page for anonymous confessions posted the story of a man who said he committed hate crimes, including assaults and robberies, by pretending to be gay.
3rd January 2013
Rainbow road in Oz likely to get go-ahead 6
12:48 PM — A rainbow pedestrian crossing is likely to be approved for Oxford Street in Sydney. The proposal came from Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who wishes to mark the 35th anniversary of Mardi Gras.