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April 14, 2015

Actor says he would like 'long conversation' with Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Star Trek legend George Takei has slammed Australia's gay marriage laws as 'backwards.'

The longstanding LGBTI activist was in Sydney Monday (13 April) night with his husband Brad to attend the Game of Thrones premiere.

'It’s rather backward, I mean you don’t have marriage equality,' he told the Daily Telegraph.

April 13, 2015

American fell from cliff amid spate of gay-bashing attacks in the area

The New South Wales coroner has ordered an unprecedented third inquest into the death of an American gay man who fell from a cliff in Sydney nearly 30 years ago.

Scott Johnson's naked body was found at gay cruising site North Head in December 1988.

Police ruled his death a suicide but his family belive he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.

'The perpetrators are probably still alive and local,' the victim's brother, Steve Johnson, said outside Glebe coroner's court on Monday (13 April) morning.

April 13, 2015

'As black as my skin, as Chinese as my blood, and as Australian and British are my nationalities, I’m also a proud gay woman'

The co-host of The Voice Australia has come out as gay.

Faustina 'Fuzzy' Agolley made the announcement in a blog post on Friday (April 13) – her 31st birthday – because it simply felt right.

'As black as my skin, as Chinese as my blood, and as Australian and British are my nationalities, I’m also a proud Gay Woman,' she wrote.

'Most importantly though, I’m a happy human being.'

April 9, 2015

All proceeds go to same-sex marriage advocates in Ireland

A company in Ireland is turning anti-gay marriage leaflets into beautiful confetti ahead of the country’s referendum on the issue in May.

Daintree Paper in Dublin has received orders for the heart-shaped confetti from as far as the US and Australia, all proceeds for which will go to advocacy group Yes Equality.

April 9, 2015

All proceeds go to same-sex marriage advocates in Ireland

A company in Ireland is turning anti-gay marriage leaflets into beautiful confetti ahead of the country’s referendum on the issue in May.

Daintree Paper in Dublin has received orders for the heart-shaped confetti from as far as the US and Australia, all proceeds for which will go to advocacy group Yes Equality.

April 9, 2015

Says Australian PM Tony Abbott deserves more credit for accepting her

Catherine McGregor, the world’s highest ranked transgender military officer, has said words cannots describe how 'excrutiatingly painful' the effects of gender dysphoria are.

The Australian Defence Force lieutenant-colonel said those effects nearly drove her to suicide at an inspiring speech on Wednesday (8 April) in Canberra.

'I functioned as a male until a few weeks after my 56th birthday. I choose the term “functioned” advisedly, because my relationship to my birth gender was fraught from a very young age,' she said.

April 8, 2015

A long-running TV commercial has prompted complaints after a recent airing in Australia: some viewers felt it could turn people gay, while others felt that it was mocking man-on-man affection

Viewers in other parts of the world, including the UK, will no doubt be familiar with a Maltesers advert in which two sleeping men cuddle up with one another.

The advert, which has been airing since 2007, shows two men asleep on a sofa.

Two female friends – presumably their girlfriends – are eating Maltesers and watching TV. Mischievously, the women position the men so that they are snuggled up against one another, and one of the men subsequently kisses the other man while they sleep.

April 4, 2015

The Australian Marriage Forum ran commercials in which they likened gay marriage to single mothers being forced to give up their babies by the state and warned of a ‘motherless generation’ due to gay men becoming parents

Australia’s former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has asked for the anti-gay Australian Marriage Forum to apologize for linking her 2013 official apology to victims of forced adoption in Australia to their campaign to stop same-sex couples from being allowed to get married.

April 4, 2015

The Australian Marriage Forum ran commercials in which they likened gay marriage to single mothers being forced to give up their babies by the state and warned of a ‘motherless generation’ due to gay men becoming parents

Australia’s former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has asked for the anti-gay Australian Marriage Forum to apologize for linking her 2013 official apology to victims of forced adoption in Australia to their campaign to stop same-sex couples from being allowed to get married.

April 2, 2015

A new study from Australia had identified big differences in the average earning power of gay men and lesbians when compared to their straight counterparts

A new study from Australia has concluded that lesbians earn – on average – 33% more than heterosexual women – but that gay men face negative discrimination from employers when it comes to their pay.

Although, at first, such statistics may be surprising, the study mirrors similar research published in December that concluded that lesbians earn 20% more than their heterosexual counterparts

April 2, 2015

A new study from Australia had identified big differences in the average earning power of gay men and lesbians when compared to their straight counterparts

A new study from Australia has concluded that lesbians earn – on average – 33% more than heterosexual women – but that gay men face negative discrimination from employers when it comes to their pay.

Although, at first, such statistics may be surprising, the study mirrors similar research published in December that concluded that lesbians earn 20% more than their heterosexual counterparts

March 31, 2015

Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia argue same-sex marriage is 'a sound economic option'

Corporate giants including Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia have signed an open letter to the federal government in support of gay marriage.

In the letter, they argue that same-sex marriage is not just 'the only truly fair option' but 'a sound economic option' – as it would make LGBTI employees happy and therefore more productive and  give Australia a competitive edge in attracting international talent.

March 31, 2015

Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia argue same-sex marriage is 'a sound economic option'

Corporate giants including Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia have signed an open letter to the federal government in support of gay marriage.

In the letter, they argue that same-sex marriage is not just 'the only truly fair option' but 'a sound economic option' – as it would make LGBTI employees happy and therefore more productive and  give Australia a competitive edge in attracting international talent.

March 31, 2015

Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia argue same-sex marriage is 'a sound economic option'

Corporate giants including Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia have signed an open letter to the federal government in support of gay marriage.

In the letter, they argue that same-sex marriage is not just 'the only truly fair option' but 'a sound economic option' – as it would make LGBTI employees happy and therefore more productive and  give Australia a competitive edge in attracting international talent.

March 31, 2015

National depression initiative BeyondBlue say one-in-three teenage boys in Australia still wouldn’t want to have a gay person in their friendship group, while nearly two thirds say they have witnessed homophobic bullying firsthand

Despite widespread support in Australia for the legalization of same-sex marriage, the message that it's ok for people to be gay isn’t getting across to teenage boys according to new research.

Australia’s national depression initiative BeyondBlue surveyed more than 300 14-to-17-year-old males and found that one in five still said they found it difficult to treat same-sex attracted people the same as everybody else.

March 31, 2015

National depression initiative BeyondBlue say one-in-three teenage boys in Australia still wouldn’t want to have a gay person in their friendship group, while nearly two thirds say they have witnessed homophobic bullying firsthand

Despite widespread support in Australia for the legalization of same-sex marriage, the message that it's ok for people to be gay isn’t getting across to teenage boys according to new research.

Australia’s national depression initiative BeyondBlue surveyed more than 300 14-to-17-year-old males and found that one in five still said they found it difficult to treat same-sex attracted people the same as everybody else.

March 30, 2015

Faith-based adoption agencies should be able to refuse to place a child in the care of same-sex couples, according to Australian Christian Lobby

Adoption agencies are at risk of closure unless they are allowed to show preferential treatment to heterosexual families, an Australian religious pressure group warns.

In a submission to the government in Victoria, the Australian Christian Lobby are looking to introduce a 'religious exemption' clause, that would give faith-based agencies the right to choose which couples can and cannot adopt children, according to the beliefs of the agency.

March 27, 2015

'Someone should give you a blast of shotgun. Preferably in the stomach'

An Australian senator has received a letter threatening him with a 'shotgun blast' over his support of gay marriage.

David Leyonhjelm, a Liberal Democrat senator for New South Wales, said hate mail like this was common and would not deter him.

‘We actively support freedom of speech, but this does not reflect well on the company people who oppose our Freedom to Marry Bill are keeping,’ he told The New Daily.

March 27, 2015

'Someone should give you a blast of shotgun. Preferably in the stomach'

An Australian senator has received a letter threatening him with a 'shotgun blast' over his support of gay marriage.

David Leyonhjelm, a Liberal Democrat senator for New South Wales, said hate mail like this was common and would not deter him.

‘We actively support freedom of speech, but this does not reflect well on the company people who oppose our Freedom to Marry Bill are keeping,’ he told The New Daily.

March 27, 2015

Clifford Chance says that allowing those who don’t define themselves as male or female need their human rights to be protected

International law firm Clifford Chance has submitted a report to the UK’s HM Passport Office questioning the Government’s decision not to allow passports that do not specify the gender of the holder ('X' passports).

The report has been submitted on behalf of the Non-Gendered campaign launched by Christie Elan-Cane. The campaign seeks legal recognition for individuals who do not identify as either male or female.

March 26, 2015

A planned debate on a bill that would have legalized gay marriage in Australia did not take place after the Liberal Party of Prime Minister Tony Abbott yet again failed to give its MPs a free vote on the issue

The Australian Senate did not debate a bill to legalize same-sex marriage today because the ruling Liberal Party refused to let its members vote with their conscience.

Going into the last election Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that his MPs would be given a free vote on the issue if his party room decided it despite his personal opposition on the issue.

March 26, 2015

At a panel conference at this week’s Advertising Week Europe event in London, the tech giant’s UK CMO, Philippa Snare, wondered why some companies speak out on certain causes

Microsoft’s UK Chief Marketing Officer, Philippa Snare, has questioned the ice-cream company, Ben & Jerry’s, for marketing itself as a supporter of gay marriage – despite the fact that Microsoft has itself featured a same-sex wedding in one of its marketing campaigns.

March 25, 2015

Charles Dickens wrote their ‘doom was sealed’ but here Father Frank Ryan casts new doubt on the 1835 ‘buggery’ convictions of Pratt and Smith

The last Saturday of August 1835 was a beautiful hot day. James Pratt (30) left his wife and two young daughters in Deptford, south London searching for work – promising to return by 6pm. He was a laborer and needed a better job.

Pratt first visited his aunt in Holborn, before heading to Blackfriars. His aunt thought he’d had too much to drink and needed a rest, but he pressed on.

March 23, 2015

Senate will debate same-sex marriage again this week

More than one million emails today (23 March) were sent to federal MPs and senators in Australia's ruling coalition calling for a free vote on gay marriage.

After Senator David Leyonhjelm announced that he would bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate later this week, advocates for and against gay marriage launched unprecedented email campaigns.