7th November 2011
Hip-hop group barred from New Zealand festival for ‘homophobic’ lyrics 13
2:01 PM — Eleven-strong LA rap collective will not appear at council-owned property but may still appear at separate, independent concert.
25th October 2011
Queensland to vote on gay civil unions 7
2:26 PM — The Australian state of Queensland is set to legalise civil unions. Premier Anna Bligh is to allow her MPs a free vote on the matter and has said she expects an "overwhelming" majority to vote in favour.
21st October 2011
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard may allow free vote on gay marriage 30
11:44 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard will allow Labor MPs a conscience vote on gay marriage, reports say. According to the Australian Daily Telegraph, government sources said she will state her position at some point next week.
20th October 2011
GQ Australia responds to accusations of homophobia 10
12:50 PM — The Australian edition of GQ magazine has responded to Dustin Lance Black's accusations of homophobia. Last week, the openly gay film director said the publication was guilty of outdated “lies, myths and stereotypes” about gay people.
13th October 2011
Australian Labor minister apologises to Penny Wong over gay marriage comment 34
4:55 PM — South Australian sports minister Tom Kenyon has apologised to a lesbian politician for saying she should not be allowed to married her pregnant partner.
10th October 2011
South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16
4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".
6th October 2011
Australian transgender men win legal recognition 4
9:50 AM — Two transgender men in Australia have won the right to be legally recognised as men without undergoing sex reassignment surgery. The pair, who have not been named, have had their breasts removed and some hormone therapy, although they still have some female sexual organs.
22nd September 2011
‘Speedo fetish’ man sued over websites 37
5:24 PM — An Australian man with a Speedo fetish is being sued by the brand for breaching its copyright. Dave Evans, 24, is being sued by Speedo over a number of websites he owns which show men posing in - and out of - the skimpy swimwear.
21st September 2011
Tasmanian parliament backs gay marriage 17
10:22 AM — The Tasmanian parliament's House of Assembly has backed gay marriage, putting pressure on the federal Labor government to follow suit. This is the first time a house in any Australian parliament has voted in favour of marriage equality. Tasmania only voted to legalise homosexuality in 1997.
16th September 2011
Australia to allow transgender and intersex passport options 19
11:48 AM — Changes to passport rules in Australia are about to make travel a great deal easier for intersex or trans individuals. Under the new rules, gender may be recorded on passports as 'M', 'F' – or 'X'.
12th September 2011
LGBT foster parents condemned for ‘dressing boy in girl’s clothes’ 41
3:42 PM — A couple in Australia have been condemned for allegedly dressing their six-year-old foster son in girl's clothes and putting a photo on Facebook.
1st September 2011
Call for Commonwealth meeting to discuss gay rights 22
4:54 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting to discuss gay rights. Forty of the 54 Commonwealth member states retain a ban on homosexuality.
23rd August 2011
Australian Prime Minister hears case for marriage equality 13
5:11 PM — Representatives from Australian Marriage Equality told the Prime Minister she had a historic opportunity to make Australian a more just and equitable nation.
Australian politician’s gay brother: comments are “dangerous” and “inappropriate” 11
12:16 PM — The politician who once claimed there were no gays in North Queensland called for gay marriage to be "ridiculed".
22nd August 2011
New Australian Party drops candidate for gay marriage question 7
3:16 PM — Jason Somerville was told he was "not the type of person" wanted in the party after asking if he could hold personal views on marriage, adoption and surrogacy.
16th August 2011
Australian anti-gay marriage rally held as poll finds Christians support equality 109
11:08 AM — Gay marriage opponents held a rally in Canberra today to condemn marriage equality. The 'National Day for Marriage' rally, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, heard from a number of speakers, including MPs, who claimed that gay marriage is "selfish", will "destroy marriage" and could give rights to paedophiles.
11th August 2011
Australia’s first gay and lesbian retirement village to be built 18
3:58 PM — Work on Australia's first gay, bisexual and lesbian retirement village is to begin next year. A 120-unit complex is being built in Ballan in Victoria with a croquet lawn, indoor spa and bar.
9th August 2011
Lesbian Australian minister’s partner pregnant 48
11:39 AM — A lesbian minister in Australia has announced that her partner is pregnant with their first child. Penny Wong, the finance minister, said her partner Sophie Allouache conceived through donor insemination and expects the baby in December.
12th July 2011
Lady Gaga declared honorary citizen of Sydney for gay rights campaign 8
12:06 PM — Lady Gaga was given the title of honorary citizen of Sydney last Tuesday for her support of gay rights. The bisexual star was honoured by Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who called her a "powerful force" for gay people after she urged Australia to legalise gay marriage.
11th July 2011
Australian MP challenges overseas gay marriage ban 19
3:57 PM — A South Australian gay MP says he will challenge the country's ban on gay marriages abroad. Upper house MP Ian Hunter and his partner of 22 years, artist Leith Semmens, intend to tie the knot in New York, following that state's legalisation of gay marriage.