27 October 2008
Scientist claims biological basis for transsexuality
The largest ever genetic study of male to female transsexuals has found a significant genetic link between gender identity and a gene involved in testosterone action.
25 October 2008
Comedian Jerry Lewis under fire after calling cricket a “fag’s game”
The veteran American comedian Jerry Lewis is under fire after he made what has been described as an anti-gay slur, little over a year after he was forced to apologise for a similar remark.
21 October 2008
Gay website “outs” straight X Factor contestant Austin Drage
One of the finalists in a popular ITV reality show has admitted he is straight after Australian website DNA declared him to be "openly gay."
16 October 2008
Gay activist to sue former Victorian premier over bisexual trainer comments
Sydney gay rights activist Gary Burns is planning to sue Jeff Kennett, Victorian premier (1992-1999) and President of Hawthorn Football Club.
10 October 2008
Children of lesbians ‘at risk’ due to prolific sperm donors
A health official in South Australia has warned that the state's rules on sperm donation could put the children of some lesbians at risk.
7 October 2008
Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham “proud” to be gay role model
Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has said he was "very surprised" that he was the only out male athlete at the Beijing Olympics in August.
2 October 2008
Sydney Mardi Gras gets government funding for first time
One of the world's best-known gay events is being given state backing.
30 September 2008
Sydney celebrates first gay Jewish commitment ceremony
The first Australian same-sex commitment ceremony to take place in a synagogue was held on Sunday.
Christopher Whitmont-Stein, 38, and Scott Whitmont, 47, had already entered into a civil commitment ceremony in 2002, took part in traditional Jewish wedding rites.
24 September 2008
Gay rights bill passes first stage in Australian parliament
A new bill that aims to ensure equal treatment for gay and lesbian couples in Australia has been passed by the lower house of the Federal parliament.
23 September 2008
New Zealand Parliament recognises contributions of LGBT community
The New Zealand Parliament has dedicated one of its select committee rooms, renamed "The Rainbow Room" to the LGBT community’s contributions to society.
22 September 2008
Sponsorship rumours surround gay Olympic swimmer
Matthew Mitcham, the Olympic gold medallist swimmer, may be about to sign his first national sponsor.
18 September 2008
Australia’s new Liberal leader urged to honour gay rights pledge
An MP who represents a constituency with one of the highest gay populations in Australia has been elected as leader of the Liberal party.
9 September 2008
Stamp of approval for gay Olympic hero
Australia has immortalised its gold medallists at the 2008 Beijing Olympics on a series of special commemorative stamps.