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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.

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.