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.
1st March 2010
Three stabbings and 35 arrests at Sydney Mardi Gras 26
2:47 PM — Thirty five people were arrested at Sydney Mardi Gras this weekend, which police said was a reduction from 2009.
26th February 2010
Australian presenters to be investigated for ‘anti-gay’ remarks 28
12:45 PM — Two Australian sports commentators are facing an investigation by the New South Wales anti-discrimination board for their remarks about men's figure skating.
25th February 2010
Australian Senate rejects gay marriage bill 13
2:57 PM — The Australian Senate today rejected a bill to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world's biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras.
19th February 2010
Complaints over Australian commentators’ gay remarks 93
3:54 PM — Two Australian sports commentators who made a series of remarks about men's figure skating at the Winter Olympics have been accused of homophobia.
Actors paid to ‘act gay’ in Sydney Mardi Gras 18
11:21 AM — Actors were paid to pretend to be gay in 2008's Sydney Mardi Gras, it has been claimed. According to the Scavenger, at least six actors were hired by furniture company IKEA to join its float.
15th February 2010
Sydney Mardi Gras attacked for being ‘too corporate’ 12
4:09 PM — The world's biggest gay festival, Sydney Mardi Gras, has been criticised for being too interested in corporate relationships, rather than community values and local activism.
3rd February 2010
Gay animal rights group ‘denied place in Sydney Mardi Gras’ 10
6:39 PM — An animal rights group have complained they were denied a float at this year's Sydney Mardi Gras. Animal Liberation NSW said it was deemed "not queer enough" to warrant a place in the procession.