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.
20th June 2011
First gay couple for Neighbours 20
11:21 AM — Neighbours is to get its first gay male couple, reports say. The show has had a regular gay character, Chris Pappas (James Mason), since last August and producers have now cast a love interest for him.
17th June 2011
Australian PM Julia Gillard faces gay marriage grilling 47
11:07 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is to be pressed on her views on gay marriage when she hosts a dinner for three gay couples. As part of a charity auction, the prime minister offered to host a dinner for six guests at her official residence in Canberra.
9th June 2011
Australian man killed gay housemate over sexual advances
3:17 PM — An Australian man killed his gay housemate when the man made drunken sexual advances to him, a court has heard. Aaron James Johnstone, 29, admits attacking 46-year-old Philip Higgins at their Seaford home in September 2006 but denies he intended to kill him.
8th June 2011
Three out of four Australians believe gay marriage will soon be a reality 18
12:07 PM — Three out of four Australians believe same-sex marriage will be made legal in their country, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting gay activists to renew their fight to be able to marry.
1st June 2011
Commonwealth secretary general speaks out against homophobia following Tatchell’s criticisms 29
4:55 PM — The Commonwealth secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma, has written an article in the Nairobi Star speaking out against homophobia.
Brisbane gay safe sex campaign ads reinstated after uproar over their removal 26
10:26 AM — A safe sex campaign for gay couples in Brisbane, Australia, has been reinstated after it became clear the majority of complaints that led to its removal yesterday were orchestrated by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).
31st May 2011
New website launched to further promote gay marriage equality in Australia 14
1:18 PM — A newly launched Australian website, My Marriage Story is allowing LGBTI Australians to share stories and ideas about the promotion of marriage equality.
25th May 2011
Australian lesbian attempts to remove sperm donor from child’s birth certificate 16
4:43 PM — An Australian lesbian whose former partner had a child with a sperm donor is fighting a legal battle to have his name removed from the child's birth certificate. The woman, whose ex-partner is the biological mother of the ten-year-old girl, wants the father's name wiped from the girl's records, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
16th May 2011
Violence breaks out between Christians and gays in Australian city 215
10:40 AM — Police had to intervene when a clash broke out at a gay rights rally in Adelaide, Australia, this weekend. The rally was held to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
5th May 2011
Man charged over Australian army Facebook ‘gay hate’ page 10
12:27 PM — A former member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been charged in connection with a Facebook page which allegedly outed gay soldiers.
13th April 2011
Australian Facebook group outed gay soldiers 59
11:45 AM — The Australian Defence Force has been accused of failing to discipline soldiers who were involved in an online hate campaign against their gay colleagues.