25th January 2012
Catholic priest wins ‘gay panic defence’ fight 10
4:54 PM — The Queensland government has announced it will make the changes necessary to ensure 'gay panic' cannot be raised as a partial defence to murder following a petition by a Catholic priest.
Margaret Court maintains stance on gay marriage 85
4:04 PM — Margaret Court has caused controversy once again by repeating her views on marriage and the "choice" people make to be gay.
23rd January 2012
Olivia Newton-John greases wheels for gay marriage 12
3:03 PM — Olivia Newton-John is backing Australian Marriage Equality, and the campaign towards equal marriage rights in Australia.
Grindr ‘mandatory update’ to tackle hack 1
11:33 AM — Man-locating app Grindr has said it will release a mandatory security update after thousands of Australian users' accounts were put at risk. The company says personal information and chat history has not been compromised.
20th January 2012
Australian radio host ‘dislikes lesbian name’ 31
12:31 PM — An Australian radio host has reportedly gone off her middle name, Ellen, because it "sounds a bit lez". Jackie O, 37, whose full name is Jacqueline Ellen Marie Henderson, presents the most popular breakfast radio show in Australia.
18th January 2012
Hugh Jackman backs marriage equality 3
10:06 AM — Hugh Jackman is among a number of Australian celebrities to have pledged their support to marriage equality proposals this week.
17th January 2012
Unwitting British teen joins rainbow protest at Australian Open 12
1:29 PM — Rising British tennis star Laura Robson inadvertently found herself party to controversy surrounding a flag-waving protest at the Australian Open yesterday.
16th January 2012
Call for rainbow flags as Australian Open starts 4
12:49 PM — As the Australian Open began today, a group is calling for fans to raise rainbow flags to protest in a "peaceful, non-disruptive" way against anti-gay comments made by former tennis champion Margaret Court. Flag-owners are being called on after the former world number one made inflammatory comments about gays last month.
11th January 2012
Stephen Fry supports Catholic priest’s ‘gay panic’ petition 6
10:01 AM — Stephen Fry backed an Australian Catholic priest's petition to eliminate the "gay panic" defence from Queensland's criminal courts as signatures reached 10,000. He recently topped a PinkNews.co.uk list of the most influential Tweeters on gay life.
10th January 2012
8,500 sign Catholic priest’s petition to end “gay panic” defence 28
11:24 AM — A Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia has seen huge support for his petition to have the “gay panic" defence struck out. Defendants claim "gay panic" in murder cases to try and downgrade the charge, saying the victim made a gay advance and they lost control of their actions.
6th January 2012
Actor slams “dragphobic” complaints to tampon advert 90
12:35 PM — The drag queen who featured in a recently-pulled "transphobic" tampon advert has hit back at critics. Sandee Crack, a stage name, said the transgender people who had complained were clearly "dragphobic", pointing out that he "never considered" himself trans, "and never will do".
5th January 2012
Former tennis star Margaret Court “does not hate homosexual people” 80
10:47 AM — One-time world champion tennis star Margaret Court has denied she "hates" gays, saying she has them in her church and works with them, but has added that young people "need to know it's a choice".
3rd January 2012
New Zealand company pulls “transphobic” advert 43
11:36 AM — Libra, a company which manufactures feminine hygiene products in Australasia, has pulled an advert which provoked outrage among the trans community.
30th December 2011
Catholic priest petitions to remove Australian “gay panic defence” 53
10:14 AM — A Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia has started an online petition to ensure the complete removal of the "homosexual advance defence", which has been used to attempt to have murder charges lessened to manslaughter if the victim had propositioned the killer.
22nd December 2011
Australian Psychological Society backs call for equal marriage rights 15
11:14 AM — The Australian Psychological Society has officially given its support to full marriage equality for gay couples, adding the voice of its 20,000 members to the debate. The group's board approved an endorsement of the American Psychological Association's resolution this summer, which gave its unequivocal support to the introduction of equal marriage rights for gay couples on behalf of its 100,000 professional members.
15th December 2011
Former tennis star Margaret Court serves up controversy over gay marriage 94
1:27 PM — Margaret Court, once the world's number one female tennis player, well-known for her anti-gay views, has sparked a heated row with other former champions after saying gays were "aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take."
14th December 2011
Australian lesbians turn down bishop’s offer after school refuses their child 28
12:36 PM — A couple in Australia whose child was rejected from a Catholic school because of their sexuality have been offered a place after intervention by the diocese's bishop, but they have turned down the offer.
Australia’s gay finance minister Penny Wong announces daughter’s birth 6
11:14 AM — Penny Wong said her partner Sophie Allouache had given birth to a daughter on Sunday morning, a week after a groundbreaking vote by the Australian Labor Party to formally support equal marriage.
13th December 2011
Sister of former Australian PM leaves Labor over marriage equality “nonsense” 64
12:38 PM — The sister of Australia's former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has officially left the party over what she termed the "utter nonsense" of gay marriage. Loree Rudd said: "I couldn't work for a party that had endorsed homosexuals marrying."
8th December 2011
Australia lifts ban on certificates for gay couples marrying abroad 12
10:25 AM — The Australian government has lifted a ban which hindered the ability of gay couples to marry overseas. Julia Gillard's ministers have reversed a policy which meant gay couples were not able to receive a certificate confirming their eligibility to marry.