8 August 2012
Matthew Mitcham ‘most influential Australian Olympian on Twitter’
Openly gay gold medal-winning diver Matthew Mitcham is the most influential athlete on the Australian team at this year's London Olympics, according to a PR firm in his home country.
6 August 2012
Australia: Tasmania to legislate for equal marriage rights if federal bill fails
The Parliament of Tasmania may pass equal marriage laws for the island's gay couples after the Australian state's premier announced support for the move.
25 July 2012
Australia: Extremist preacher bailed on Mardi Gras terror charge
An extremist Muslim preacher has been bailed in Australia after answering charges for allegedly threatening a terrorist attack on Sydney's gay Mardi Gras parade and for possessing images of child abuse.
16 July 2012
Australian Olympic athlete in anti-straight room discrimination claim
An Australian gunman competing at the London Olympics has said it is 'stupid' he and his wife are not allowed to share a room while 'tons of gay couples' representing Australia can.
12 July 2012
Queensland priest relaunches campaign against ‘gay panic’ defence
A Queensland priest who started a campaign to have the 'gay panic' comprehensively removed from local law in Australia has relaunched his campaign.
8 July 2012
Australia: ACT bid to remove surgery requirement for trans recognition
Legal and human rights groups in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are pushing to change a law which requires transgender people to have surgery in order to change their legal gender.
6 July 2012
Australia: Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull hits out at anti-gay ‘hypocrisy’
Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has attacked anti-gay campaigners as "dripping with the worst sort of hypocrisy".
29 June 2012
Australia: 40 percent of gay couples identify as Christian
According to 2011 census figures, 40 percent of gay couples in Australia identify themselves as Christians, compared with two-thirds of straight couples.
28 June 2012
Queensland: Groups fear three-year prison sentences under gay surrogacy ban
Equality advocates are meeting to oppose the new Queensland government's plan to criminalise surrogacy arrangements for gay couples, single people and some straight couples.
25 June 2012
Australia: Senate committee backs marriage equality in ‘watershed’ report
A cross-party senate committee in Australia has published recommendations for a free vote on marriage equality legislation in the country's federal parliament and called on senators to support the move.
24 June 2012
Australian Salvation Army apologises for spokesman arguing gays should be executed
Following a senior official in the The Australian Salvation Army has apologised after a senior official told an Australian LGBT radio station that gay people should be put to death.
23 June 2012
Audio: Australian Salvation Army chief: ‘Gay people should be put to death’
In a discussion for Australia's Joy 94.9 FM, a senior official in the Australian Salvation Army suggested that sexually active LGBT people should be put to death.
22 June 2012
Queensland ‘downgrades’ civil partnerships and will ban gay surrogacy
The Australian state of Queensland will remove gay couples' ability to have children through surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships to the class of 'registered relationships', after a debate in Parliament last night.
21 June 2012
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples
Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.
20 June 2012
Australia: MP wishes wife a happy anniversary in speech against marriage for gay couples
Australian MP John Murphy paused during a speech in which he opposed equal marriage rights for gay couples to wish his own wife a happy anniversary on Monday.
18 June 2012
Australia: Equal marriage headed for a defeat in the Parliament
Gay rights activists in Australia and pro-equality politicians are bracing themselves for a parliamentary defeat on equal marriage, even as a public consultation on the matter finds record support for the measure.
11 June 2012
Australian prime minister: Not all loving relationships need marriage certificates
Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, who is personally opposed to marriage rights for gay couples, has told the father of a gay man that not all loving relationships need to be recognised as marriages.
8 June 2012
Sydney team wins gay rugby world cup at Manchester final
Gay Australian rugby team the Sydney Convicts have taken home the 2012 Bingham Cup, becoming gay rugby champions of the world.
7 June 2012
Australian Christian Lobby director likens equal marriage campaign to Nazi propaganda
The Australian Christian Lobby has criticised the ethics of a morning television programme after it publicly supported an equal marriage campaign and said today the way it had been run would do 'great credit' to Nazi propagandists.
3 June 2012
Video: Australian celebrities launch a high-profile campaign for equal marriage
As the Out4Marriage campaign gathers momentum in the UK, celebrities in Australia have lent their voices to a high-profile equal marriage campaign, launched today.