11th August 2010
Family First’s Wendy Francis ‘sorry’ for hurting gay families but stands by views 16
2:22 PM — Wendy Francis, the Australian Family First candidate who tweeted that gay marriage was "emotional child abuse", has issued a statement clarifying her remarks. She caused outrage at the weekend by criticising gay parents.
9th August 2010
Australian senate candidate Wendy Francis says gay marriage is ‘emotional child abuse’ 51
12:07 PM — A Queensland senate contender in Australia has provoked outrage by calling gay marriage "child abuse" which will lead to "uncontrollable depression and suicide".
29th July 2010
MP Angela Eagle defends Australian lesbian minister’s opposition to gay marriage 35
6:21 PM — Labour MP Angela Eagle has defended an Australian lesbian politician for publicly opposing equal marriage. Ms Eagle, who was the only out lesbian in parliament until this year, said that Australian Labor politicianPenny Wong should be commended for her previous record on gay rights.
27th July 2010
Gay Australian cabinet minister Penny Wong comes out against gay marriage 38
1:34 PM — The first openly gay cabinet minister in Australia has claimed that she has suffered discrimination but refused to support gay marriage.
21st July 2010
Australian film festival bans gay zombie porn film 16
12:16 PM — An Australian film festival has banned a film about gay zombies engaging in necrophilia. LA Zombie, a film made by Canadian director Bruce LaBruce, is the first film to be banned from Melbourne International Film Festival in seven years.
9th July 2010
Australia delays plans to block ‘inappropriate’ websites 25
4:57 PM — Australia will delay plans to block "inappropriate" websites, including gay porn sites, the government's communications minister has said. Stephen Conroy said the public needed to have more confidence about which websites would be on the blacklist.
30th June 2010
Australia’s new prime minister Julia Gillard confirms she’s against gay marriage 30
2:54 PM — Julia Gillard, the new prime minister of Australia, has confirmed she does not support gay marriage. Speaking today, she told the Austereo show that Labor policy on the issue would remain the same while she was prime minister.
24th June 2010
New Australian PM Julia Gillard is no fan of same-sex marriage 30
4:26 PM — Julia Gillard took over today as Australia's first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd's withdrawal from the leadership of the Australian Labor [sic] party. Ms Gillard, who will be officially sworn in next week, has been described as a committed and savvy politician by pundits, but, apparently, is no fan of gay marriage.
Australian politician introduces same-sex adoption bill 2
11:03 AM — Independent Australian MP Clover Moore introduced a same-sex adoption bill on Thursday. New South Wales Premier, Kristina Keneally, said she plans to allow a conscience vote on the bill.
9th June 2010
Australian blood donation rules ‘discriminatory’, activist says 7
4:40 PM — A Tasmanian gay rights activist has questioned why the Australian Red Cross' policy on blood donation is harsher on gay men than it is on people with tattoos and piercings.
2nd June 2010
Aussie Rules star Jason Akermanis suspended for gay comments 6
12:12 PM — Jason Akermanis, the Aussie Rules Football star who said gay players should stay in the closet, has been suspended.The Western Bulldogs player wrote in a newspaper that gay team members could "break the fabric" of clubs and that the macho sport is not ready for them to come out.
21st May 2010
Australian Rules football star says gays should stay in the closet 12
4:27 PM — A veteran star of Australian Rules football has been attacked for saying gay players should stay in the closet. Jason Akermanis wrote that such players "could break the fabric of a club".
20th May 2010
Australian minister David Campbell quits after being filmed at gay sex club 22
4:13 PM — Australian politician David Campbell has resigned after he was filmed leaving a gay sex club. The New South Wales minister for roads and transport was filmed on Tuesday leaving Ken's of Kensington, in eastern Sydney.
26th April 2010
‘Gay’ dog barred from restaurant 18
3:04 PM — A blind man and his guide dog were barred from an Australian restaurant after a waiter thought the dog was gay. A tribunal last week heard that Ian Jolly, 57, was told to leave the Adelaide restaurant Thai Spice in May last year after a staff member mistook his guide dog Nudge for a "gay dog".
19th April 2010
Australian swimming champion Daniel Kowalski comes out as gay 24
10:22 AM — The former Australian Olympic swimmer Daniel Kowalski has come out. The 34-year-old, who won four Olympic medals during his career, said he was "tired of living a lie".
13th April 2010
Australian Red Cross to review blood ban 5
6:06 PM — The Australian Red Cross has announced it will review its ban on gay men donating blood. Currently, gay men cannot donate blood if they have had sex with another man in the last 12 months.
25th March 2010
Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott supports ‘enduring’ gay unions 5
1:04 PM — Australian federal opposition leader Tony Abbott has explained his "poor choice of words" on homosexuality and said he would support recognising committed gay relationships.
19th March 2010
Australian government withdraws non-specified gender status 18
3:32 PM — The Australian government has changed its mind about awarding a gender activist a status of "gender not specified".
11th March 2010
Australia is first to recognise ‘non-specified’ gender 48
6:29 PM — Australia may have made gender history this week, as the New South Wales government lays claim to being the first in the world to recognise an individual’s sex as officially “not specified”.
8th March 2010
Australian group calls for trans Facebook option 18
12:30 PM — An Australian lobby group has said that Facebook users should be given the option of listing themselves as trans because the 'male' and 'female' options are too narrow.