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September 19, 2014

Report finds syphilis is at an all-time high in the country, mostly among gay men

Methamphetamine use is responsible for the rise in HIV infections in the Australian state of Victoria, according to a new survey.

A survey conducted by the Prahran Market Clinic in Melbourne has shown that 84% of its patients living with HIV said ice was a significant cause for contracting the disease.

Dr Beng Eu, director of the clinic, told Gay News Network, 'I think we're surprised to the degree of the ice use that was common, but the infection of HIV was what we were expecting.

September 18, 2014

Show's former runner-up handles New York auditions as Urban is with wife Nicole Kidman after death of her father

Adam Lambert is back on American Idol - this time as a judge.

The show suddenly found itself one judge short during its New York auditions when Keith Urban left to be with wife Nicole Kidman in Australia after her father's sudden death over the weekend.

Lambert, the season 8 runner-up and one of the most successful stars to ever emerge from the show, agreed to join Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. at the judge's table temporarily.

September 18, 2014

New South Wales approved the bill a day after Victoria introduced similar legislation

New South Wales today became the second Australian state to introduce a bill that will clear historical gay sex convictions, a day after Victoria introduced similar legislation.

The Parliament of New South Wales approved the bill which will be debated later this year.

Bruce Notley-Smith, the gay Liberal MP for Coogee district, introduced the legislation a week after he announced his intention to do so.

September 17, 2014

Legislation in the self-governing Australian territory of Norfolk Island has been put forward to allow same-sex couples to marry and the bill has been crafted with a view to surviving any constitutional challenge

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry.

The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

September 17, 2014

Legislation in the self-governing Australian territory of Norfolk Island has been put forward to allow same-sex couples to marry and the bill has been crafted with a view to surviving any constitutional challenge

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry.

The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

September 15, 2014

A conference attended by members of far-right family values groups from around the world has drafted a resolution calling on all countries to restrict the rights of LGBTI people – especially their free speech

The Large Families – the Future of Humanity International Forum was held in Moscow last week and delegates have put forward a resolution calling on world leaders to ban positive discussion of same-sex relationships all over the world.

The conference was organized after the World Congress of Families had to suspend its plans to hold a conference in Moscow in September after hostilities broke out between Russia and the Ukraine.

September 5, 2014

The man's hands were tied behind his back

A man was found dead near an secluded nudist beach outside Sydney after driving there with two men he recently met through a gay social media site.

Police found the body of Jarrod Dark, 45, just after midnight on Tuesday on a walking path leading to Hell Hole Beach, a designated nudist area mainly frequented by gay man. Dark's hands had been tied behind his body with his own belt.

Hours earlier police received a phone call reporting a fight at the beach.

September 4, 2014

The Australian Government has approved the personal use of HIV home tests so that people can test themselves for the virus but people will need to import them themselves

The Australian Government has removed barriers to the use of HIV home tests in Australia in a move that LGBTI community health groups hope will help Australia reach its goal of ending new HIV transmissions in the country by 2020.

HIV home test devices allow users to perform an initial screening test in the comfort and privacy of their home, involving a mouth swab or finger prick - which produces a result in less than 30 minutes.

September 4, 2014

The Australian Government has approved the personal use of HIV home tests so that people can test themselves for the virus but people will need to import them themselves

The Australian Government has removed barriers to the use of HIV home tests in Australia in a move that LGBTI community health groups hope will help Australia reach its goal of ending new HIV transmissions in the country by 2020.

HIV home test devices allow users to perform an initial screening test in the comfort and privacy of their home, involving a mouth swab or finger prick - which produces a result in less than 30 minutes.

September 3, 2014

The CEO of the Australian Football League (AFL) rugby code has stated for the record that his code wants to see all Australian couples to be able to get legally married in response to a letter from a mother with a gay son

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League (AFL) has put his organization’s support for same-sex couples being allowed to legally marry on the record after he received a letter on the issue from the mother of a gay son.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan wrote back to Geelong woman Sharyn Faulkner on 14 August to clarify where his organization stood on the issue.

‘Dear Sharyn, I write in response to your letter regarding marriage equality,’ McLachlan wrote.

September 3, 2014

The CEO of the Australian Football League (AFL) rugby code has stated for the record that his code wants to see all Australian couples to be able to get legally married in response to a letter from a mother with a gay son

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Football League (AFL) has put his organization’s support for same-sex couples being allowed to legally marry on the record after he received a letter on the issue from the mother of a gay son.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan wrote back to Geelong woman Sharyn Faulkner on 14 August to clarify where his organization stood on the issue.

‘Dear Sharyn, I write in response to your letter regarding marriage equality,’ McLachlan wrote.

September 1, 2014

International musician and civil servant, a couple from Ireland, died off the western coast of Crete

A gay man has died in a desperate struggle to save his partner, who also lost his life off the coast of Crete.

John Lynch, 45, and Kevin Devine, 46, both drowned off the coast of the Greek island last Friday (29 August).

Violist Lynch, originally from Melbourne, Australia, had lived in Dublin for many years with his civil servant partner.

August 29, 2014

All but one Australian Government lawmakers have pulled out of attending the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne after the event struggled to find a venue over its controversial views

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has pulled out of opening and closing the controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne after it was announced the event would be hosted by the controversial Catch the Fire Ministries church after at least four other venues turned organizers away.

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who has in the past said that same-sex marriage could lead to group marriage and the legalization of bestiality, has also pulled out of attending the event.

August 27, 2014

Australia’s Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union will be investigated by the Human Rights Commission over allegations that its leaders systematically exclude LGBTI people from leadership positions

Australia’s biggest union will be investigated over allegations of systematic discrimination against its gay and lesbian members attaining leadership positions after allegations were made at a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

A witness at the Royal Commission recently accused the leadership of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union (SDA) of refusing to allow openly gay or lesbian people to become union shop stewards and openly gay Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has agreed to open an investigation into the union.

August 27, 2014

Australia’s Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union will be investigated by the Human Rights Commission over allegations that its leaders systematically exclude LGBTI people from leadership positions

Australia’s biggest union will be investigated over allegations of systematic discrimination against its gay and lesbian members attaining leadership positions after allegations were made at a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

A witness at the Royal Commission recently accused the leadership of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union (SDA) of refusing to allow openly gay or lesbian people to become union shop stewards and openly gay Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has agreed to open an investigation into the union.

August 26, 2014

The World Congress of Families that has praised Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ ban still hasn’t found a venue for its Melbourne conference scheduled for Saturday

The right wing anti-gay and anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled to be held in Melbourne, Australia this Saturday appears to be becoming a shambles, with it not even having found a venue just days before it is supposed to start.

The event had initially been going to be held in Mentone St Patrick’s parish hall but the venue withdrew after police advised the venue not to host the event because of security concerns.

Event organizers then moved the event to St Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Glen Iris but that venue also turned them down.

August 24, 2014

The Queensland state branch of the Australian Labor Party voted today to join the Tasmania state branch in binding its MPs to vote for same-sex marriage regardless of their personal views

Delegates to the Queensland State Australian Labor Party Conference have today voted to bind its federal MPs to vote for the legalization of same-sex marriage regardless of what their personal views on the issue are.

The Queensland branch of the party joins its Tasmanian branch in doing so, while the rest of the party’s state and territory branches still favor allowing MPs a conscience vote on the issue.

August 22, 2014

Deputy leader of Australia’s Northern Territory Dave Tollner will go to the back bench after he called a colleague’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’

The Deputy Chief Minister of Australia’s Northern Territory has had to apologize after he called a fellow MP’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’ and he has now resigned after days of sustained criticism.

Country Liberal Party MP and territory Treasurer Dave Tollner defended allegations of homophobia by pointing out that his mother has been in a same-sex relationship for 27 years and that he has a gay nephew who’s relationship he supports.

August 22, 2014

Deputy leader of Australia’s Northern Territory Dave Tollner will go to the back bench after he called a colleague’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’

The Deputy Chief Minister of Australia’s Northern Territory has had to apologize after he called a fellow MP’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’ and he has now resigned after days of sustained criticism.

Country Liberal Party MP and territory Treasurer Dave Tollner defended allegations of homophobia by pointing out that his mother has been in a same-sex relationship for 27 years and that he has a gay nephew who’s relationship he supports.

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 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.