11th December 2008
Mayor of Hobart apologises 20 years after gay ban
2:57 PM — In August 1988, a newly formed group pressing for law reform in Tasmania set up a stall at a popular outdoor market in Hobart.
Australia’s human rights body considers third gender recognition 2
9:33 AM — The Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission has raised the possibility of the creation of an official intersex status in Australia.
10th December 2008
Russia, US and South Africa under pressure to sign UN decriminalisation statement 4
4:17 PM — LGBT activists in several countries have asked their governments to support a declaration on the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality to be presented at the UN next month.
28th November 2008
Health ambassador sacked for standing by anti-gay comments 14
5:20 PM — Australia's Health Minister Nicola Roxon has dismissed one of the new Men's Health Ambassadors for co-authoring an anti-gay, anti-transgender report.
27th November 2008
HIV-positive man faces jail sentence for deliberately infecting partners 1
2:33 PM — A judge in Victoria, Australia said that an HIV-positive grandfather from Melbourne preyed on "vulnerable" gay men when he tried to infect them with the virus.
Australian government ‘health ambassadors’ in gay hate controversy 2
11:39 AM — The Australian Department of Health has come under fire for appointing two men's health ambassadors who were allegedly involved in writing a document that espoused homophobic views.
25th November 2008
New rights for Australian gay and lesbian couples approved by Senate 8
1:46 PM — Legislators in Australia have voted to grant equal rights for same-sex couples in areas such as taxation, healthcare and retirement benefits.
17th November 2008
Red Cross tactics attacked as gay blood tribunal hears closing submission 1
4:02 PM — The Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal has finished its hearings into the ban on men who have sex with men donating blood and will now consider the thousands of pages of evidence.
10th November 2008
Gay donations would mean more safe blood, tribunal told
5:53 PM — An anti-discrimination tribunal in Australia has been told that lifting a ban on gay men giving blood would increase the amount of safe transfusions available.
Nicole Kidman lines up bisexual and trans roles 1
5:31 PM — Actress Nicole Kidman is to play a Danish artist who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 1931, one of the first documented cases of transsexuality.
Labour lose New Zealand general election as Parliament gains new gay MPs 3
3:13 PM — Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand since 1999, has announced she is to step down as leader of the Labour party after defeat in a national election on Saturday.
28th October 2008
American gays demand apology from broadcaster over “fag” comedian 4
1:59 PM — A gay group that monitors media has criticised Australia's Channel Ten for broadcasting comedian Jerry Lewis' comments about cricket.
27th October 2008
Scientist claims biological basis for transsexuality 5
5:02 PM — 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.
25th October 2008
Comedian Jerry Lewis under fire after calling cricket a “fag’s game” 9
11:29 AM — 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.
21st October 2008
Gay website “outs” straight X Factor contestant Austin Drage 2
2:21 PM — 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."
16th October 2008
Gay activist to sue former Victorian premier over bisexual trainer comments 1
11:35 AM — Sydney gay rights activist Gary Burns is planning to sue Jeff Kennett, Victorian premier (1992-1999) and President of Hawthorn Football Club.
10th October 2008
Children of lesbians ‘at risk’ due to prolific sperm donors 2
12:12 AM — 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.
7th October 2008
Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham “proud” to be gay role model 1
12:40 PM — Australian diver Matthew Mitcham has said he was "very surprised" that he was the only out male athlete at the Beijing Olympics in August.
2nd October 2008
Sydney Mardi Gras gets government funding for first time 1
1:23 PM — One of the world's best-known gay events is being given state backing. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras generates more than $30m (£13.3m) for the city and state of New South Wales.
30th September 2008
Sydney celebrates first gay Jewish commitment ceremony 2
11:25 AM — 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.