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November 20, 2014

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie'

Former Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe has said he is 'ashamed' he did not come out earlier after years of denying his sexuality.

The 32-year-old Olympian was named Man of Influence at last night's GQ Men Of The Year Awards in Sydney.

'I’m a little bit ashamed that I didn’t come out earlier, that I didn’t have the strength to do it,' he told the magazine.

'I didn’t have the courage to do it, to break that lie.'

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

November 19, 2014

Rosalie Crestani says 'special treatment' for LGBTI people discriminates against straight people

A Melbourne councilor yesterday failed in her bid to ban LGBTI promotion in the City of Casey municipality after a fellow councilor stormed out of a council meeting.

Rosalie Crestani brought a motion to ban the council from discussing or addressing sexual orientation, which she said was a 'private issue.'

November 18, 2014

Titan hotspots London, Berlin and San Francisco battle it out to be named top LGBTI havens

We've brought you numbers 20 to 16 and 15 to 11 on Out Now Business Class' (ONBC) top 20 destinations set to cause a stir in the £200b-a-year LGBTI tourism industry next year. Today we, countdown numbers 10 to six; check back tomorrow for the final five!

10. Berlin

November 13, 2014

New South Wales follows Queensland and Tasmania

New South Wales has become the third Australian state to recognize gay couples who have married abroad in places where same-sex unions are legal.

November 13, 2014

New South Wales follows Queensland and Tasmania

New South Wales has become the third Australian state to recognize gay couples who have married abroad in places where same-sex unions are legal.

November 4, 2014

Australian Capital Territory's marriage equality law was overturned last year

The Australian government's successful challenge to the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) gay marriage law cost the state $800,000 (US$697,800) in legal fees.

Solicitor-General Peter Garrisson told a Legislative Assembly hearing yesterday that the ACT paid $500,000 (US$436,130) in legal fees to the federal government after the country's first marriage equality law was overturned in December last year.

Bills for two external lawyers totaled $112,000 (US$97,690) and the cost of work completed by government lawyers was about $200,000 (US$17,445).

October 31, 2014

A 26 year veteran of the fight for LGBTI equality in Australia, Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome has been honored as the 2015 Australian of the Year for his home state of Tasmania

Veteran spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome has been named the 2015 Australian of the year for his home state of Tasmania.

Croome was honored for his 26 year involvement in the fight for LGBTI equality which has culminated in his role as national spokesperson for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

October 31, 2014

A 26 year veteran of the fight for LGBTI equality in Australia, Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome has been honored as the 2015 Australian of the Year for his home state of Tasmania

Veteran spokesperson for the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group and national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, Rodney Croome has been named the 2015 Australian of the year for his home state of Tasmania.

Croome was honored for his 26 year involvement in the fight for LGBTI equality which has culminated in his role as national spokesperson for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

October 27, 2014

An Australian newspaper has finally apologized for its sensationalist coverage of a transgender woman’s murder after public outrage and several complaints to the Press Council.

News Corp's Courier Mail labeled Mayang Prasetyo as a 'she-male' on its front page next to a picture of the victim in a bikini.

October 26, 2014

Speaking at the group's national conference, he warned against using religion as an 'instrument for division or exclusion'

It's the first time a leader of either major political party has used the forum to challenge the agenda of the conservative lobby group which has consistency and strongly opposed same-sex marriage, gay adoption rights, and anti-discrimination laws.

Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Labor Party, confronted the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) on same-sex marriage, telling them he is a Christian who supports marriage equality.

'I believe in God and I believe in marriage equality,' the keynote speaker told the ACL national conference in Canberra on Saturday.

October 24, 2014

Hotel Hyatt Canberra was slammed for hosting the anti-gay Australian Christian Lobby

LGBTI activists will ‘gaycrash’ an anti-gay marriage event tonight after the venue came under for hosting the Christian group.

A new LGBTI group, the Australian People's Party, and Canberra GayCrash, which regularly holds events at straight venues, have invited both members to the party.

Hotel Hyatt Canberra came under sharp criticism this week for hosting the national conference of the anti-gay Australian Christian Lobby.

October 23, 2014

Go tête-à-tête with a great white shark or overcome your fear of heights zip-lining across the canopy of a forest… just a few thrills in the Rainbow Nation

What’s the craziest thing you can say you’ve done on holiday?

If you’ve ridden atop a racing ostrich or fed a white shark whilst inside a cage, then you’ve earned our jealousy and Gay Star News would love to see photos.

For those who want a vacation where they can scratch that adventure itch, buckle in tight for these death-defying, nature loving, high-five-when-you’re-done worthy type things available in a destination that is a world its own: South Africa.

October 22, 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage

Hotel Hyatt Canberra has come under fire for hosting the national conference of a notoriously anti-gay group.

The Australia Christian Lobby's (ACL) two-day event will take place this weekend.

The ACL has said gay marriage would produce another 'stolen generation' - a reference to the aboriginal children who were forcibly placed in white homes, many of whom were physically and sexually abused.

October 21, 2014

He told clients to pretend they were gay to qualify for protection visas

An immigration agent has been banned from practicing for five years for coaching clients to be gay in order to  an Australia protection visa.

Issam Sam Issa advised two clients to tell an immigration tribunal they were gay and took them to Sydney's gay areas, Oxford Street and Kings Cross.

The Migration Agents Registration Authority found Issa encouraged and assisted clients to protection visas 'based on fabricated claims of being homosexual.'

Protection visa holders can live and work in Australia if they face persecution in their home countries.

October 21, 2014

He told clients to pretend they were gay to qualify for protection visas

An immigration agent has been banned from practicing for five years for coaching clients to be gay in order to  an Australia protection visa.

Issam Sam Issa advised two clients to tell an immigration tribunal they were gay and took them to Sydney's gay areas, Oxford Street and Kings Cross.

The Migration Agents Registration Authority found Issa encouraged and assisted clients to protection visas 'based on fabricated claims of being homosexual.'

Protection visa holders can live and work in Australia if they face persecution in their home countries.

October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam, who lead the Australian Government from 1972 to 1975 and was one of the first Labor Party leaders to champion the rights of gays and lesbians, passed away this morning aged 98

One of the first major Australian political figures to champion equal rights for gays and lesbians has passed away this morning, aged 98.

Gough Whitlam was leader of the Australian Labor Party from 1967 to 1977 and Australia’s prime minister from 1972 to 1975 – a period of incredible reform for Australia before his government was dismissed to end a constitutional crisis.

October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam, who lead the Australian Government from 1972 to 1975 and was one of the first Labor Party leaders to champion the rights of gays and lesbians, passed away this morning aged 98

One of the first major Australian political figures to champion equal rights for gays and lesbians has passed away this morning, aged 98.

Gough Whitlam was leader of the Australian Labor Party from 1967 to 1977 and Australia’s prime minister from 1972 to 1975 – a period of incredible reform for Australia before his government was dismissed to end a constitutional crisis.

October 21, 2014

Gough Whitlam, who lead the Australian Government from 1972 to 1975 and was one of the first Labor Party leaders to champion the rights of gays and lesbians, passed away this morning aged 98

One of the first major Australian political figures to champion equal rights for gays and lesbians has passed away this morning, aged 98.

Gough Whitlam was leader of the Australian Labor Party from 1967 to 1977 and Australia’s prime minister from 1972 to 1975 – a period of incredible reform for Australia before his government was dismissed to end a constitutional crisis.

October 20, 2014

Hillsong founder Brian Houston had said same-sex unions were 'an ongoing conversation'

The founder of Hillsong megachurch Brian Houston has refuted media reports that suggested he supported gay marriage.

The founder of the Australia-based Pentecostal church said at a press conference in New York last week that gay marriage was 'an ongoing conversation' and refused to take a stance on the issue.

He said, 'The world we live in, whether we like it or not, is changing around and about us.

'The world’s changing, and we want to stay relevant as a church, so that’s a vexing thing.'

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

October 16, 2014

In her first public appearance since her publicized gender reassignment, Andreja Pejic reveals how proud she is to represent the trans community through the fashion world

Australian super model Andreja Pejic surprised gay fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier at the designer’s launch of his retrospective in Australia.

Strolling through the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne to find a portrait of Pejic sporting a guilded corset, Gaultier and Pejic reunited like old friends.

Pejic, who is a celebrated Gaultier muse on the runway, magazine covers and in numerous photo campaigns as an androgynous model, came out publicly as a trans woman in July 2014.

October 15, 2014

The Australian Equality Party has signed 700 same-sex marriage supporters

Hundreds of Australian gay marriage supporters have registered a new party to run in the next federal election.

The Australian Equlity Party (AEP) was launched in February and has signed more than the 500 members required for recognition from the Australian Electoral Commission.

Party leader Jason Tuazon-McCheyne said, 'What started as a discussion amongst a group of friends 12 months ago has snowballed into the creation of Australia’s newest political party.

October 15, 2014

Victoria state parliament passed the bill with three amendments, including posthumous expungements

Victoria today became the first Australian state to expunge historic gay sex convictions.

Both houses of Victorian parliament passed the Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill with three amendments proposed by the Labour Party.

The amended bill includes allowances for posthumous expungements, a provision to amend the state’s Equal Opportunity Act to outlaw discrimination on the basis of an expunged gay sex convictio and an additional purpose to recognize that the convictions should never have been considered crimes.