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March 1, 2014

State laws currently require transgender people to divorce their spouse before updated birth certificate can be issued

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi are expected to introduce a private member's bill to the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday so that transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificates without them having to divorce their spouses.

January 13, 2014

Calls have been made for convictions for gay sex before it was decriminalized to be wiped from people’s criminal records in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales after the state of Victoria announced it would quash such convictions

Activists in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales (NSW) have called on their state governments to wipe historical convictions for adult gay sex from people’s criminal records after it was announced the Victorian state government would become the first to do so.

November 12, 2013

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has today put forward an amendment to ensure religious disability care providers cannot legally discriminate against LGBTI people as clients or employees in the state of New South Wales (NSW)

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich is hoping to close a legal loophole that could potentially let disability care providers who are owned by religious groups legally discriminate against LGBTI people in the provision of services and employment.

Greenwich today moved an amendment to the NSW Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Enabling Bill to protect LGBTI people from discrimination with a disability and disability workers who are gay, lesbian or transgender.

October 30, 2013

The New South Wales state Labor Opposition has announced it will vote as a block to support a bill by independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich which would see religious private schools banned from discriminating against LGBT students

Schools that are owned by religious groups could be stripped of their right to discriminate against people on a range of grounds under a proposal being supported by the New South Wales (NSW) Labor Opposition.

A private members bill by independent state Sydney MP Alex Greenwich would remove exemptions that allow religious private schools to legally discriminate against students based on sexual orientation, transgender, marital or domestic status, disability and pregnancy.

September 19, 2013

Independent MP Alex Greenwich wants the New South Wales State Parliament to pass a bill which would prevent religious schools from expelling, punishing and refusing to accept students because of their LGBT status

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich is seeking to narrow religious exemptions in the Australian state of New South Wales’ (NSW) anti-discrimination laws which allow schools run by religious groups to refuse to educate LGBT students and students in a range of other situations.

‘Currently NSW private school students can be expelled for being gay, lesbian, transgender, a teen mum, or a having a disability,’ Greenwich said in introducing his bill earlier today.

August 29, 2013

A NSW Police officer who was captured throwing a handcuffed teen to the ground during the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade has been revealed to have been involved in a second alleged incident of police brutality that night

The police officer who was captured on video throwing 18-year-old Jamie Jackson to the ground during the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade has been revealed to have been one of the officers involved in a second alleged incident of police brutality that night.

Sydney LGBT rights activist Bryn Hutchinson was charged by police with assault when they arrested him for crossing Oxford Street in disobeyance of their instructions after the parade had finished.

August 23, 2013

GSN can reveal that Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr has condemned Russia over its treatment of sexual minorities, making him the highest ranking Australian official to oppose Russia’s “gay propaganda” ban

In a GSN exclusive, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the South Pacific nation has been applying diplomatic pressure on Russia to repeal its so-called gay propaganda law in a letter to Sydney state independent MP Alex Greenwich.

June 26, 2013

A star studded annual charity ball in Sydney’s historic Town Hall has raised almost $54,000 for LGBT community groups

Sydney’s Aurora Annual Ball has raised $53,931 for LGBT community groups in a night of celebrity entertainment and fine dining.

The event on Saturday night had a 1920’s ‘Yesterday Once More’ theme and was attended by state Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and federal Sydney MP Tanya Plibersek, City of Sydney councilor Linda Scott and a host of corporate supporters including IBM and Goldman Sachs.

May 23, 2013

Bishop Gene Robinson given warm welcome by New South Wales legislative assembly after motion is introduced by Sydney MP Alex Greenwich

New South Wales (NSW) legislative assembly has passed a motion introduced by Sydney MP Alex Greenwich to welcome American openly gay bishop Gene Robinson to the Australian state.

The legislative assembly unanimously passed the motion showing that Australian politicians can agree on one aspect of LGBT rights, as the same-sex marriage debate rages on.

April 25, 2013

Alex Greenwich fights to ensure right-wing 'family values' conference in Sydney next month is hate-speech-free

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich has written a letter to the New South Wales tourism minister asking him to ensure that the 7th World Congress of Families, being held in Sydney next month, does not include hate speech.

The 'family values' conference includes presentations from New Zealand anti-gay marriage campaigner Bob McCoskrie and Dr Miriam Grossman, who believes it is possible to change someone's sexual orientation through therapy.

April 22, 2013

Liberal city councillor Christine Forster suggests a large rainbow flag in Taylor Square, independent MP Alex Greenwich says the idea should come from the community

Sydney city councillor Christine Forster is suggesting a large rainbow flag to replace a rainbow road crossing that was taken away by the state government due to safety concerns.

Forster, who is the lesbian sister of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, said to the Daily Telegraph:

April 2, 2013

Sydney’s Oxford Street gay nightlife quarter will lose its rainbow crossing despite it becoming a local tourist attraction and nearly 15,000 people signing a petition to keep it

The City of Sydney will be forced to spend $35,000 to remove a rainbow flag gay pride crossing on Sydney’s Oxford Street despite the City wanting to keep it and police having no issue with it.

March 13, 2013

Touching video of Steve Johnson, whose brother Scott is suspected to have been killed in a homophobic attack in 1988, at Sydney Mardi Gras

Steve Johnson, whose brother Scott was found dead in Sydney in 1988, was at Sydney Mardi Gras this year as part of a campaign to dissolve the mystery around what happened to him before his body was found at the bottom of a cliff in Manly.

Johnson marched with Lord Mayor Clover Moore and MP Alex Greenwich in the 35th Sydney Mardi Gras parade on Saturday 2 March and found the experience bittersweet.

March 8, 2013

Alex Greenwich says he has asked for an independent ombudsman to oversee a police investigation into alleged police brutality at Sydney Mardi Gras

Sydney's MP Alex Greenwich has held a press conference to reassure the LGBTI community that allegations of police brutality at last Saturday's Sydney Mardi Gras are being investigated, before tonight's protest about the incidents.

'People are rightly angry about the serious incidents involving police during the 2013 Mardi Gras festival,' said Greenwich.

March 5, 2013

Mardi Gras party-goer is seen screaming 'I did nothing wrong!' as a policeman  throws him to the ground

Sydney police are being accused of brutality during an arrest at last weekend’s Mardi Gras.

A video allegedly shot at the gay pride parade shows an unidentified partygoer in handcuffs thrown on the ground by a policeman, who then stands on the man’s back.

The footage does not show clearly what happened immediately before the man is thrown to the ground, and it is not known why the man was targeted by police.

Alex Greenwich, Independent member for Sydney, said the footage is ‘certainly distressing’.

March 4, 2013

Now the Mardi Gras party is over, thousands want permanent reminder of LGBT history in central Sydney

Over 6,000 people have signed a petition to make a rainbow colored road crossing in Sydney's city center a permanent celebration of LGBT life in the city.

A week ago stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple were painted over a road crossing in Oxford Street, close to the gay party area of the city, in time for last Saturday's Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

February 26, 2013

Christine Forster responds to Alex Greenwich's accusation that she is 'mean-spirited' and not supporting the LGBTI community

Sydney Councillor Christine Forster has explained why she voted against a motion to paint a road crossing rainbow colors to honor the LGBT community.

The city's MP Alex Greenwich said yesterday that the fact that Forster, along with another Liberal councilor and a Living Sydney councillor, had voted against the crossing was 'mean-spirited and showed a lack of respect' for the LGBTI community.

February 25, 2013

Road crossings in Oxford Street, central Sydney will be painted rainbow colors to honor the LGBTI community

In time for the Mardi Gras festival, road crossings on Oxford Street, in the centre of Sydney have been painted rainbow colors.

The rainbow crossings were proposed by Mayor Clover Moore who got the idea from a similar initiative in West Hollywood.

February 14, 2013

Lawmakers from three political parties and an independent give marriage equality hope to gay couples in Australian state of New South Wales

A group of lawmakers from across the political spectrum is giving hope to the campaign for marriage equality in Australia by releasing a draft same-sex marriage bill for the state of New South Wales (NSW) today.

The draft bill will allow same-sex couples in the state to marry and recognize marriages from other countries and states and territories in Australia.

January 30, 2013

Museum to commemorate the history of Sydney Mardi Gras opens, but is yet to secure permanent home

The first museum to commemorate the history of LGBT rights activism in Australia has opened in Sydney.

The Mardi Gras Museum features archive materials, such as costumes, photograps and posters from Sydney's annual gay rights festival which started in 1978.

Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore and MP Alex Greenwich opened the museum at a packed event last night.

December 21, 2012

Marriage equality advocates in Australia are encouraging people to talk about the importance of marriage equality when they spend time with their family these holidays

High profile Australian supporters of marriage equality have joined forces to encourage people to talk about the importance of letting gays and lesbians marry when they spend time with family this holiday season.

A new online video campaign by advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality (AME) features Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Labor Senator Louise Pratt, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, former Australian Medical Association head Professor Kerryn Phelps, independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens Legislative Council member Cate Faehrmann.

December 7, 2012

Former Australian Marriage Equality head Alex Greenwich gives his first impressions on parliament from the inside

New independent MP for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, who used to head the campaign for marriage equality in Australia, has said he views parliament as 'pathetic theatrics'.

November 20, 2012

Australian state is moving ahead with marriage equality by working across party divisions

A cross-party group of MPs have given hope that same-sex marriage could come to one Australian state, New South Wales (NSW).

MPs from the Liberal-National right-wing coalition, the Labor party, the Greens and an independent (former Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich) are working together on a same-sex marriage bill.

October 30, 2012

Australia’s Daily Telegraph prints article that ‘leaks’ newly elected Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s ‘party past’

Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper greeted the landslide victory of marriage equality campaigner Alex Greenwich with a story that ‘leaked’ his ‘party past’.

The article attempted to disparage Greenwich, who has worked with utmost professionalism as national convenor of Australian Marriage Equality and during his election campaign for independent MP for Sydney, which he won by a wide margin on Saturday.