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August 18, 2014

A crackdown on commercial surrogacy in Thailand has left some intended parents unsure of their legal rights

Thailand’s military government has acted swiftly introduce laws to curb commercial surrogacy in the country.

Until now, commercial surrogacy was not illegal in Thailand but rules and regulations around its practice were unclear. This made it a popular surrogacy destination for couples – both opposite-sex and same-sex – from countries such as Australia, where commercial surrogacy is banned.

August 15, 2014

We’re hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John, who has just been announced as the headline act for one of four amazing Olivia Cruises next year

Olivia Cruises, one of the leading women's cruise lines, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

To commemorate the occasion, Grease legend Olivia Newton-John will be joining nearly 2,000 women on a 12-day cruise through Australia and New Zealand, Olivia Cruise’s first ever journey to the land down under.

‘We are living through a historic moment where the walls of prejudice are finally coming down,’ said the British-born Australian four-time Grammy Award winner.

August 15, 2014

We’re hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-John, who has just been announced as the headline act for one of four amazing Olivia Cruises next year

Olivia Cruises, one of the leading women's cruise lines, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

To commemorate the occasion, Grease legend Olivia Newton-John will be joining nearly 2,000 women on a 12-day cruise through Australia and New Zealand, Olivia Cruise’s first ever journey to the land down under.

‘We are living through a historic moment where the walls of prejudice are finally coming down,’ said the British-born Australian four-time Grammy Award winner.

August 13, 2014

A pink LGBTI pride sequined ‘B’ in giant letters forming the word ‘Brisbane’ will greet Russian President Vladimir Putin when he touches down in the city for the G20 summit in November this year

The state government of Queensland, Australia wants to send a message about LGBTI tolerance and diversity to Russian President Vladimir Putin when he arrives in the state capital of Brisbane for this year’s G20 summit.

Earlier today Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, a prominent supporter of same-sex marriage in the Liberal-National Coalition, told a press conference in Brisbane that the city’s name would be spelled out in three metre tall (around 10 foot) letters during the G20, with the B reserved for a message about the importance of diversity.

August 13, 2014

Two men meet moments before their execution. A love story between two women across decades and states. A zebra - all of these and more in the running for the Iris Prize

A late night search for Viagra by two aging strangers during a one night stand.

A military exercise in the woods where two soldiers cover each other’s faces in camouflage paint, and learn more about each other.

A lesbian couple argue during a hurricane.

A zebra runs into a tree.

These are just a few of the films wanting to be named the winner of the Iris Prize, the coveted award given to the world’s best LGBT film short.

August 12, 2014

A prison officer has been awarded $100,000 after a coworker sent a joke email outing him as gay, but the South Australian judge also ruled saying someone is gay when they aren’t is not defamation

A prison officer in the Australian state of South Australia has been awarded $100,000 over an incident where a co-worker used his email account to falsely out him to around 1,200 contacts.

Former colleague Stephen Kirkham sent an email from Adelaide Remand Center officer Cosimo Tassone’s account in July of 2011 reading ‘Hello people, just a note to say that I am a homosexual and I am looking for like minded people to share time with.’

August 5, 2014

20 years ago this month Victoria state police officers stormed the Tasty nightclub, strip searching nearly 500 patrons in view of each other and holding them for seven hours - now they have received an official apology

The police force in the Australian state of Victoria has issued a formal apology 20 years after a notorious raid on a Melbourne gay night spot in which nearly 500 people were stripped search.

The Tasty nightclub was raided on 7 August in 1994 and its 463 patrons were held for seven hours, stripped and cavity searched and in some cases assaulted by Victoria state police officers.

Not only were the club’s patrols forced to strip fully nude by police officers but they were made to do so in front of other club patrons.

August 4, 2014

Australian lawmakers will again vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage and unlike last time it’s looking very likely that government MPs will have a conscience vote on the issue

Australian lawmakers will once again vote on legislation that would see same-sex couples be allowed to marry across Australia and reports indicate it is likely that MPs from the ruling Liberal-National Coalition will be allowed to vote with their consciences.

Fairfax newspapers over the weekend published articles in which several unnamed Liberal MPs said they believed the party room would decide in favor of a conscience vote - including one who is opposed to same-sex marriage.

August 4, 2014

Australian lawmakers will again vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage and unlike last time it’s looking very likely that government MPs will have a conscience vote on the issue

Australian lawmakers will once again vote on legislation that would see same-sex couples be allowed to marry across Australia and reports indicate it is likely that MPs from the ruling Liberal-National Coalition will be allowed to vote with their consciences.

Fairfax newspapers over the weekend published articles in which several unnamed Liberal MPs said they believed the party room would decide in favor of a conscience vote - including one who is opposed to same-sex marriage.

August 4, 2014

Meet the young entrepreneur who's putting Australia's tropical Far North Queensland at the top of LGBTI tourist destinations

I met Jay Horne over coffee, sitting outside at the Rising Sun cafe in Palm Cove, Australia.

Palm Cove is a very relaxed, laid-back tropical holiday destination, but Horne was immediately full of energy and focus - talking excitedly about his business ventures and his plans for the future.

Originally from Kingaroy, the world’s peanut capital, Horne moved to Cairns, Australia to be with his partner Aaron.

August 1, 2014

Last-minute replacements, silver medalists Daley and partner James Denny had only practiced together three times

The world's two most famous openly gay divers had a very good night Friday (1 August) at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia's Matthew Mitcham and his partner Domonic Bedggood took the gold medal in 10m platform pairs.

They survived a late challenge by Britain's Tom Daley and partner James Denny who took a surprise silver.

Mitcham shared his joy on Twitter: 'OMG FINALLY!!! Lol after 6 Comm Games silvers, I finally have a gold one!!'

Daley and Denny had gone into the final round in last place.

July 29, 2014

Gareth Johnson pays a visit to the ultimate holiday destination in tropical Australia, where the only thing hotter than the local cafes and luxury hotels are the sultry, sandy beaches

It’s not that I judge a place solely on whether or not they have good Wi-Fi, but let’s be honest, it is a pretty important factor.

According to recent analysis, Australia’s broadband speeds are a little bit slower than Romania, and based on my experiences of tropical far north Queensland, I’d have to agree.

July 29, 2014

Gareth Johnson pays a visit to the ultimate holiday destination in tropical Australia, where the only thing hotter than the local cafes and luxury hotels are the sultry, sandy beaches

It’s not that I judge a place solely on whether or not they have good Wi-Fi, but let’s be honest, it is a pretty important factor.

According to recent analysis, Australia’s broadband speeds are a little bit slower than Romania, and based on my experiences of tropical far north Queensland, I’d have to agree.

July 23, 2014

Gareth Johnson discovers straight people and tan lines are not allowed on a tropical escape in Australia’s far north Queensland

There’s not many gay resorts in Australia.

There are lots of gay and lesbian friendly places - on the whole Australia is a pretty liberal country and most accommodation providers are keen for business, whatever your sexuality.

Turtle Cove is exclusively gay. No straights allowed.

I’m not sure how they screen for that, if you wanted to try and smuggle a straight guy in I don’t think it would be too hard, but in principle it is gay only.

July 23, 2014

Gareth Johnson discovers straight people and tan lines are not allowed on a tropical escape in Australia’s far north Queensland

There’s not many gay resorts in Australia.

There are lots of gay and lesbian friendly places - on the whole Australia is a pretty liberal country and most accommodation providers are keen for business, whatever your sexuality.

Turtle Cove is exclusively gay. No straights allowed.

I’m not sure how they screen for that, if you wanted to try and smuggle a straight guy in I don’t think it would be too hard, but in principle it is gay only.

July 22, 2014

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have signed on to a pledge to stop new cases of HIV by 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have announced a new HIV reduction target for the year 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia this week.

The ministers want to see an end to new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.

July 22, 2014

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have signed on to a pledge to stop new cases of HIV by 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have announced a new HIV reduction target for the year 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia this week.

The ministers want to see an end to new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.

July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

July 20, 2014

South Australia is one of the few regions of Australia where gay couples cannot adopt, but that could change following a planned public consultation on its adoption laws

The State Government of South Australia is planning a long-awaited review of its adoption laws, which will include looking at whether same-sex couples and singles will be able to adopt.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

July 19, 2014

The data used span a decade, making this a larger and longer trend examination than any previous report

A new study shows the rate of HIV diagnosis in the US has reduced by a third in the past 10 years.

The survey was published today, 19 July, by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The investigation is part of the publication's HIV research report, made public ahead of the start of the International AIDS Conference (held in Melbourne, Australia).

July 18, 2014

Opera singer Tamar Iveri was let go by Opera Australia and La Monnaie opera company of Brussels after a homophobic post appeared on her Facebook account, but she is now planning a charity concert for LGBTI rights in the Georgian capital

Opera singer Tamar Iveri has announced plans for an LGBTI rights charity concert to be held in Tblisi on 11 October.

Iveri announced the plans at a press conference with Georgian LGBTI rights group Identoba and has called for other artists and performers to donate their talents to the charity event, which is being held on world National Coming Out Day.

July 18, 2014

It has been claimed that around 100 of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were HIV experts traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The global HIV research community is in mourning after it was revealed that many of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine, may have been traveling to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

July 17, 2014

Australian government minister Kevin Andrews will open and close the World Congress of Families next month after it had to be moved from Russia after conflict broke out in the Ukraine

Leading Australian Government figures are endorsing a far-right anti-gay international conference of ‘family vales’ groups being held in Melbourne next month.

The 8th World Congress of Families had originally been scheduled to be held in Moscow but US and European sanctions against Russia over the crisis in the Ukraine forced organizers to hastily reschedule the event for Melbourne.

Conference organizers had praised the Russian government over its treatment of LGBTI people and ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors.

July 16, 2014

The preliminary results of the Out on the Fields survey into homophobia in sports for Australia has found that 85% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people have experienced homophobia in a sporting context - as have many straight people

The researchers behind the Out on the Fields study into homophobia and sports have announced their findings for Australia as Australia prepares to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby in Sydney next month.

Nearly 2,500 Australians have taken part in the study so far and the preliminary findings have been compiled by sports market research firm Repucom, which is conducting the research pro bono.