14th August 2013
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tells Liberal leader ‘there’s no place for homophobia in Australia’ 7
3:00 PM — Australia's PM Kevin Rudd says there is “no place” for sexism, racism or homophobia in the country following Liberal leader Tony Abbott's outspoken remarks.
Australian opposition leader says equal marriage is just the ‘fashion of the moment’ 23
11:26 AM — Tony Abbott, the leader of Australia's main opposition party and who is vying to become the country's next prime minister, has come under fire for suggesting that same-sex marriage is something that is just in fashion at the moment.
13th August 2013
Gay Australian Senate leader: I don’t support an equal marriage referendum as the campaign would be too hateful 19
11:49 AM — The leader of the Australian Senate says she's not in favour of a referendum on equal marriage - despite supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Australia: Treasurer says Kevin Rudd’s commitment to equal marriage may offer political advantage 2
12:17 AM — The ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, has predicted that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's commitment to introduce same-sex marriage could bring with it a political advantage in several seats in next month's election.
12th August 2013
Source: Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard considered reversing equal marriage opposition 44
12:25 PM — It’s being reported by an Australian broadcaster that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tempted to drop her opposition to equal marriage during her time in office.
11th August 2013
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledges to introduce equal marriage if reelected 10
4:42 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd has promised to allow a full conscience vote on equal marriage, should be be re-elected in next month's election.
8th August 2013
Australia: Court allows trans teenagers to undergo hormone therapy 3
5:06 PM — An Australian family court judge has given permission for two trans teenagers to undergo hormone treatment, after it was revealed that both teens had self-harmed and contemplated suicide.
7th August 2013
Australia: Man who shouted he would ‘eradicate all gays’ ordered to take out apology ad for gay activist 10
3:31 PM — A man from Sydney has been ordered to take out a newspaper advert and publicly apologise to an LGBT rights activist for screaming that he would "eradicate all gays" in a street.
2nd August 2013
Australia: LGBT and intersex anti-discrimination laws come into effect 2
12:58 PM — New Australian laws protecting LGBT and intersex people from religious discrimination by aged-care providers have come into effect, commencing August 1.
30th July 2013
Australian Christian politician says PinkNews writer belongs to ‘Technicolour’ Taliban 45
3:37 PM — The leader of the Christian Democratic Party in the Australian state of New South Wales has criticised two of PinkNews’ contributing writers, accusing one of them of belonging to a "Technicolour" Taliban.
Canada: Vancouver unveils permanent rainbow crossings to celebrate pride week 5
11:20 AM — The city of Vancouver has unveiled rainbow street crossings amid this week's Pride Week celebrations, and unlike similar crossings in Sydney earlier this year which were later removed, the local council says they are permanent.
28th July 2013
Holly Valance: ‘I like Kim Kardashian’s style, but I dress like an angry lesbian’ 11
9:29 PM — Australian actress, singer and TV presenter Holly Valance has spoken in an interview about her personal style to say that she thinks she dresses "like an angry lesbian".
27th July 2013
Australia: New South Wales gets legal go-ahead for equal marriage bill 27
9:55 AM — An Australian parliamentary committee has ruled that the country's federal government does not have sole responsibility for marriage equality laws, paving the way for the state of New South Wales (NSW) to introduce its own same-sex marriage bill.
20th July 2013
Study finds that children of gay parents are generally happier than those with straight parents 48
7:05 PM — A study has found that children growing up with gay parents are on average happier than those raised by straight parents.
14th July 2013
Australia: Sister of PM Kevin Rudd calls for Russian-style anti-gay propaganda law 95
11:39 AM — The sister of recently re-established Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told journalists she believes the law should protect Australian children from being told that homosexuality is "normal".
6th July 2013
Australia: Bill will stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation 13
7:36 PM — A private members bill will soon be introduced in the New South Wales State Parliament, which would remove the right of religious schools to expel students who come out as gay.
28th June 2013
Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average 9
6:54 PM — An Australian report on the children of same-sex couples has revealed that they have higher self-esteem, greater family cohesion, and better overall health than the national average.
Australia: Kevin Rudd pledges to push for referendum on equal marriage 9
11:10 AM — Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced his intentions to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage, just one day after being sworn in to the role.
27th June 2013
Tasmanian lawmakers pass same-sex adoption bill 1
3:34 PM — Same-sex couples in Tasmania will be able to adopt children not previously known to them following the passage of a bill by the upper parliamentary house.
26th June 2013
Australia’s first lesbian cabinet minister elected Senate leader 5
6:52 PM — Penny Wong has been elected unopposed as leader of the Australian Senate.