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.
7th January 2010
New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7
4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.
24th December 2009
Father accused of forcing ‘gay’ son to have sex with a prostitute
4:59 PM — A father is standing trial in Queensland, Australia, for allegedly forcing his 14-year-old son to sleep with a prostitute because he thought the boy was gay. According to the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, the alleged incident happened in 2007 at a family barbecue.
17th December 2009
Australian music teacher acquitted of lesbian affair with student 3
12:09 PM — An Australian music teacher has been acquitted over allegations she had a lesbian affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Leonie Pech, 42, was charged with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of indecent assault.
10th December 2009
New Jersey’s gay marriage vote cancelled 4
12:20 PM — The state Senate vote on gay marriage in New Jersey has been cancelled. Democrat sponsors Raymond J Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg reportedly withdrew the bill from today's agenda because it was headed for defeat.
30th November 2009
Australian teacher accused of lesbian affair with pupil
3:15 PM — An Australian music teacher has pleaded not guilty to repeatedly counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a female pupil.
27th November 2009
Australian gay marriage ‘could lead to incest and polygamy’, religious figures say 35
6:48 PM — Marriage equality rights in Australia could lead to legal recognition of incest and polygamy, critics have said. A Senate inquiry yesterday recommended that gay marriahe should not be legalised, although the government has allowed civil union ceremonies to remain in the ACT.
26th November 2009
Australian government backs down on civil union ceremonies 9
11:54 AM — The Australian federal government has opted not to quash laws allowing legally-binding civil union ceremonies for gay couples in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
25th November 2009
Gay couple have Australia’s first legally recognised civil union ceremony 8
2:16 PM — Warren McGaw and Chris Rumble have become the first Australian gay couple to have their civil partnership ceremony legally recognised. Their ceremony was performed yesterday in Canberra in the ACT.