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March 5, 2015

It might not be a Minogue, but what do you think of the pick?

Australia has chosen its first ever representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, and they're not messing around.

Guy Sebastian, one of the most successful winners of Australian Idol, will perform on behalf of the country in Vienna this May.

His debut single 'Angels Brought Me Here' was the highest selling song in Australia last decade.

The title of the track that he will perform is scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sebastian said: 'It's incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.

March 5, 2015

It might not be a Minogue, but what do you think of the pick?

Australia has chosen its first ever representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, and they're not messing around.

Guy Sebastian, one of the most successful winners of Australian Idol, will perform on behalf of the country in Vienna this May.

His debut single 'Angels Brought Me Here' was the highest selling song in Australia last decade.

The title of the track that he will perform is scheduled to be announced in the coming weeks.

Sebastian said: 'It's incredibly exciting to be given the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.

February 27, 2015

'Page boy Tony - maybe we will see him in a little blue velvet cap'

The Australian Prime Minister has promised his lesbian sister he would attend her wedding if gay marriage is legalized, despite his personal opposition.

Christine Forster said her brother was the most supportive member of her immediate family when she came out.

'People raise my eyebrows when I say this but it is the honest truth,' she told the Feed.

The City of Sydney councilor said she was in what looked like a 'perfectly happy suburban marriage' before she met her partner, Virginia Edwards.

February 25, 2015

Civil partnership ceremonies were scrapped in 2012

Queensland is making moves to reinstate state-sanctioned civil union ceremonies for gay couples.

The state attorney-general, Yvette D'Ath, said Wednesday(25 February) the new Labor government would make good on an election pledge and re-introduce civil partnership ceremonies after they were scrapped in 2012.

'It’s something that I’m getting briefings on as we speak,' she told Fairfax Radio.

'We have made it clear we will change it back. We’re putting in place (measures) to do that now.'

February 25, 2015

Civil partnership ceremonies were scrapped in 2012

Queensland is making moves to reinstate state-sanctioned civil union ceremonies for gay couples.

The state attorney-general, Yvette D'Ath, said Wednesday(25 February) the new Labor government would make good on an election pledge and re-introduce civil partnership ceremonies after they were scrapped in 2012.

'It’s something that I’m getting briefings on as we speak,' she told Fairfax Radio.

'We have made it clear we will change it back. We’re putting in place (measures) to do that now.'

February 23, 2015

State government calls for review of family law

Victoria is one step closer to allowing gay adoption after the state government made good an election pledge and called for a review of family law.

The Labor government commissioned the review, to be led by Eamonn Moran PSM QC, to determine what legal changes are needed to permit adoption by same-sex couples under Victorian law.

The Moran is to report to state equalities minister, Martin Foley, by 8 May.

February 20, 2015

Aussie pop star Dannii Minogue is the latest big name act to be announced for the party that follows Sydney’s biggest parade of the year

The organizers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival have announced the next big star to perform at the Mardi Gras party that follows the parade.

Legendary Australian pop princess Dannii Minogue will be jetting into town for the 7 March party which will also see Nick Jonas, Jessica Mauboy, Destiny Haz Arrived, Betty Who, Courtney Act and Jake Shears perform.

It’s been sixteen years since Minogue last performed at the Mardi Gras Party and she’s promising a spectacle of stellar proportions.

February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.

February 19, 2015

New South Wales politician voted against same-sex marriage in 2013

The opposition leader in New South Wales has u-turned on gay marriage after voting against reform in the Australian state in 2013.

On becoming Labor leader in January, Luke Foley said he would keep 'an open mind' and 'continue to reflect' on the issue, which cynics saw as a non-commital halfway ground ahead of the March elections.

But today, the practising Catholic spoke in favor of overturning a federal ban on gay marriage.

February 17, 2015

The RuPaul's Drag Race star shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Pandora Boxx has undoubtedly been one of the stars to emerge from the phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race. A frequent flyer who jets around the world to perform, we recently caught up with Pandora to swap travel stories.

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

February 17, 2015

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application and unreasonable in its intent'

The chairman of the Law Commission of India has slammed the country's anti-gay as discriminatory and psychologically damaging.

Justice A P Shah made the comments yesterday in New Delhi at the launch of a book about LGBTI legal issues in the southeast Asian country.

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application, unreasonable in its intent, deprives a group of its personal autonomy and violates individual privacy and human dignity,' he said.

February 17, 2015

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application and unreasonable in its intent'

The chairman of the Law Commission of India has slammed the country's anti-gay as discriminatory and psychologically damaging.

Justice A P Shah made the comments yesterday in New Delhi at the launch of a book about LGBTI legal issues in the southeast Asian country.

'Section 377 is discriminatory in its application, unreasonable in its intent, deprives a group of its personal autonomy and violates individual privacy and human dignity,' he said.

February 16, 2015

That's pretty unfortunate

Oh Louis Tomlinson from One Direction, what mess have you got yourself into now?

The singer from the British boyband caused a kerfuffle over the weekend after appearing in a Vine video where it appears he can be heard saying: 'I'm gay, it's pretty unfortunate'.

The fan, who captured the video, also captured other clips of Tomlinson with other members of the band in Australia.

The upload was captioned: 'JUST MET LOUIS AND LIAM DRUNK WTF'.

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 13, 2015

Mass voicemail campaign is launched in response to politicians who say they receive few calls on the issue

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have launched a mass voicemail campaign to increase pressure on federal MPs to support gay marriage.

Ben & Jerry’s and Australian Marriage Equality set up the Equality Calling hotline after a number of politicians claimed that gay marriage was not important to their constituents as they received few phone calls on the issue.

The hotline allows gay marriage supporters to record a message that will be automatically delivered to their federal representatives and highlighted on social media.

February 13, 2015

The head rabbi of Melbourne's Yeshivah Center has told an inquiry into the handling of child abuse complaints by institutions that be believes it’s possible that pedophiles could be cured through counseling and spiritual guidance and that ‘the same thing could happen to someone who was gay’

A leading Orthodox Jewish religious leader in Australia has told a public inquiry into child abuse in institutions that he believes that gay people can change their orientation if they undergo therapy and are given spiritual guidance.

Rabbi Zvi Telsner made the comment in response to questions at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia, which is currently examining how Jewish schools in Melbourne and Sydney responded to reports of child abuse since the 1980s.

February 13, 2015

Youth support organization minus18's campaign gives homophobes a taste of their own medicine

An Australian youth organization has revisited their popular campaign to fight casual homo-, bi- and transphobia.

Minus18, Australia’s largest youth-led LGBTI organization, originally launched the Another Perspective campaign in 2010.

It was written, created and designed entirely by the teens at Minus18.

Another Perspective features five posters turning casual homophobic quotes on their head and showing them from another perspective, highlighting how it affects LGBTI teens.

February 12, 2015

The Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and former boy band member Nick Jonas will join Jessica Mauboy and drag sensations Courtney Act and Destiny Haz Arrived in performing at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party following the parade

The organizers of the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival have announced that ex-boy band heart throb Nick Jonas and Jake Shears will be heading downunder to perform at the party that follows the parade.

Taking place on Saturday 7 March, 2015 from 10pm, directly after Australia’s biggest and most iconic parade, the Mardi Gras Party will showcase a host of other top performers, drag stars and DJs as tens of thousands of gays and lesbians take over Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter.

February 11, 2015

Read the most hilarious responses to Australia competing in the campest contest ever

Australia is to compete in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

The country, which is not exactly in Europe, will enter an artist, perform and vote on the grand final in Vienna this year.

This is a 'historic opportunity for Australia to be represented on the world’s biggest stage', said Michael Ebeid, managing director of SBS, which will broadcast the live-show in May.

February 6, 2015

The Hollywood local shares some insider tips on how to get the best out of his home town.

Here at Gay Star Travel we like to bring you a local perspective on cities and destinations around the world.

If you're thinking about visiting Los Angeles, then you'll probably need some of local-boy Anthony Duran's insider hints and tips on how to navigate your way around this spawling city.

Apart from three years living in Australia, Duran has lived his entire life in Hollywood. From his teenage years dancing the nights away in the clubs of LA to his weekend mini-breaks to Palm Springs.

February 6, 2015

The Hollywood local shares some insider tips on how to get the best out of his home town.

Here at Gay Star Travel we like to bring you a local perspective on cities and destinations around the world.

If you're thinking about visiting Los Angeles, then you'll probably need some of local-boy Anthony Duran's insider hints and tips on how to navigate your way around this spawling city.

Apart from three years living in Australia, Duran has lived his entire life in Hollywood. From his teenage years dancing the nights away in the clubs of LA to his weekend mini-breaks to Palm Springs.

February 6, 2015

Rhinestone-covered cash machines print 'out and proud' on receipts

A New Zealand bank has transformed four of its most prominent ATMs into rhinestone-covered GAYTMs in support of diversity and inclusion.

The GAYTMs, which were by introduced by ANZ Australia last year to celebrate the famous Sydney Mardi Gras and quickly became a sensation on social media, were commissioned in New Zealand as part of the bank’s diversity program.

Antonia Watson, chief financial officer and ANZ Pride Network executive
sponsor, said celebrating diversity was not only the right thing but also made good business sense.

February 5, 2015

Memorable, romantic, and disastrous - we swap travel stories with the man whose stage-name was inspired by a Swedish tennis player.

Born in London, Kristen Bjorn seems to have lived and worked in many of our favourite countries around the world.

It was in the late 1970s in San Francisco where Bjorn began his career as a model, actor, photographer, and film-maker, with locations such as Brazil and Australia shaping his work.

We recently caught up with Bjorn and asked him to share some travel stories.