LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Brisbane

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 8, 2014

The Courier Mail says it did not intend to diminish Mayang Prasetyo's murder by labeling her a 'ladyboy'

An Australian newspaper that drew sharp criticism for its sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder has said it did not intend to diminish the value of her life - but stopped short of a full apology.

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 8, 2014

The Courier Mail says it did not intend to diminish Mayang Prasetyo's murder by labeling her a 'ladyboy'

An Australian newspaper that drew sharp criticism for its sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder has said it did not intend to diminish the value of her life - but stopped short of a full apology.

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 7, 2014

Hundreds have slammed the Courier Mail's sensationalist reporting of a transgender woman's murder

A newspaper's sensational reporting of a transgender woman's murder has sparked outrage in Australia.

Mayang Prasetyo from Indonesia was killed and cooked by her boyfriend at their apartment in Brisbane.

News Corp's Courier Mail ran the headline 'Monster Chef and the She-Male' on its front page and 'Ladyboy and the Butcher' inside.

October 7, 2014

Marcus Peter Volke killed and cooked the body of his transgender Balinese wife in their Brisbane, Australia apartment, but fled and slit his own throat when police arrived

Balinese-born transgender woman Mayang Prasetyo has been identified as the victim of a shocking murder-suicide discovered in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday.

Prasetyo, 27, had met her husband Marcus Peter Volke, 28, while both were working as chefs on cruise ships and the couple married late last year, honeymooning in Germany.

Volke had no criminal record or known history of mental illness but on Saturday police were called to their Tenerrife, Brisbane apartment after neighbors complained of a bad smell coming from the ground floor apartment.

October 7, 2014

Marcus Peter Volke killed and cooked the body of his transgender Balinese wife in their Brisbane, Australia apartment, but fled and slit his own throat when police arrived

Balinese-born transgender woman Mayang Prasetyo has been identified as the victim of a shocking murder-suicide discovered in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday.

Prasetyo, 27, had met her husband Marcus Peter Volke, 28, while both were working as chefs on cruise ships and the couple married late last year, honeymooning in Germany.

Volke had no criminal record or known history of mental illness but on Saturday police were called to their Tenerrife, Brisbane apartment after neighbors complained of a bad smell coming from the ground floor apartment.

September 1, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts gay rugby club has dominated the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, winning the Bingham Cup after defeating the Brisbane Hustlers 31-0

The Sydney Convicts have dominated the competition at the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby, with the club’s A team winning the competition in a match against the Brisbane Hustlers with a score of 31 to 0, it’s B team reaching the semi-finals and its C team winning the Bingham Shield.

It was a stunning reversal for the Brisbane Hustlers considering that earlier this year they had beat the Convicts to win the Australian national cup of gay rugby the Purchas Cup.

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

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.

April 25, 2014

After diving into the Great Barrier Reef or partying all night in the capital of Brisbane, lay your body to rest in Queensland’s most unique hotels

These days, getting into nature doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort.

Today’s adventure accommodations are working wonders by pairing nature with man-made hotels, using local resources and complementing the natural landscape all to bring guests unique experiences they might not get in a typical city hotel.

From reef luxury to chic city escapes, the northeastern Australian state of Queensland is a traveler’s paradise.

March 18, 2014

The Brisbane Hustlers have beat gay rugby teams from across Australia and New Zealand to win the annual Purchas Cup

A team from the state of Queensland has won Australia and New Zealand’s annual Purchas Cup for gay rugby beating out teams from Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.

The Sydney Convicts had been the favourites to win – being the current reigning world champions of gay rugby - but the Brisbane Hustlers came up on top beating them 12 to 5 in a surprise result.

The Hustlers may have had a home ground advantage as it was the first time the competition has been held inside Brisbane’s Ballymore Stadium – the home of rugby in the city.

January 7, 2014

A gay Pakistani man who was due to be deported from Australia on his birthday despite having a long term Australian partner has been given a reprieve while a migration tribunal reviews whether he should be allowed to stay or not

Pakistan born gay man Ali Choudhry’s deportation from Australia has been put on hold while its Migration Review Tribunal considers his case.

Choudhry had been due to be deported on 8 January, which is also his birthday, but the tribunal has given him a reprieve while it decides whether to overturn Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to reject his appeal to his deportation order.

January 3, 2014

A gay man who was born in Pakistan but who has lived most of his life in North America is being deported to Pakistan by the Australian Government despite his four year relationship with an Australian man

Ali Choudhry expects to be deported by the Australian Government on 8 January after it determined that his four year relationship with Brisbane doctor Matthew Hynd did not constitute a ‘longstanding relationship.’

‘[We] do not consider that you are in a long-standing relationship with your sponsor,’ the Immigration Department wrote to Choudhry in response to the couple's attempt to obtain a partnership visa.

Choudhry was born in Pakistan but has lived most of his life in North America and originally came to Australia on a student visa to study Zoology.

September 21, 2013

Estimated 800 people join Brisbane Pride Festival parade, which is city council sanctioned for the first time

New prime minister Tony Abbot is not making many friends in the LGBT community in Australia but that has not stopped one of his Liberal MPs, Robert Cavallucci, from launching the Brisbane Pride parade today.

September 21, 2013

Estimated 800 people join Brisbane Pride Festival parade, which is city council sanctioned for the first time

New prime minister Tony Abbot is not making many friends in the LGBT community in Australia but that has not stopped one of his Liberal MPs, Robert Cavallucci, from launching the Brisbane Pride parade today.

September 4, 2013

More anti-gay election flyers that suggest same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught about gay sex in kindergarten have been distributed to electorates across the country while whatever group is responsible is refusing to admit to it

Controversial anti-gay flyers are being sent to residents in the Australian electorates of Indi, Moreton, Oxley, Petrie, Jagajagah and Brisbane – with the Oxley flyer translated into Vietnamese to target that electorate’s migrant communities.

The flyers either imply or outright state that allowing same-sex couples to marry will lead to gay sex education being given to very young children in attacking candidates from the Liberal and Labor parties that support same-sex marriage.

August 19, 2013

Larger than average crowds have turned out for the last same-sex marriage protests before the Australian election in the cities of Melbourne and Brisbane, with thousands attending across both cities

Thousands of LGBTs and their allies marched and rallied in the state capitals of Queensland and Victoria on Saturday in the last protest actions in support of same-sex marriage that will be held in Brisbane and Melbourne before Australian voters go to the polls.

Melbourne Greens MP Adam Bandt told protesters at the Melbourne rally that they should be proud of themselves for bringing the Australian public around to their way of thinking.

July 16, 2013

Australian LGBT activists have called on Australian Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd to make a clear commitment to pass a law allowing same-sex marriage within his first 100 days should he be returned to government

Marriage equality activists from around Australia have signed a statement calling on Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to make a firm election promise on the issue following the passage of legislation by the UK House of Lords.

July 12, 2013

A complaint about an Australian PFLAG billboard showing a couple who are expecting their baby to be a lesbian has been thrown out by the Advertising Standards Bureau – though they also through out a complaint about an anti-gay billboard

Complaints against a billboard with the message that ‘marriage equality is every family’s issue’ because any child could be born gay have been dismissed by the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau.

The billboard, erected by the group Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), depicts an expectant couple getting an ultrasound of their baby and the slogan ‘Surprise! You’re having a lesbian!’ was the subject of two complaints.

June 17, 2013

New exhibition weighs in on marriage equality and poses some challenging questions for gay men and lesbians

I met photographer William To at antipodean favorite cafe Long White Cloud in London’s Hackney Road.

I ordered a long black, To opted for a chai latte (he’s lactose intolerant).

Originally from Brisbane in the northern Australian state of Queensland, To speaks slowly and with an endearing twang - every sentence sounding like an implied question, for example: ‘It’s pretty good coffee, eh?’

June 5, 2013

A newspaper from 1932 shows that Australian gay men were holding illegal same-sex marriages behind closed doors eight decades ago

A newspaper article from 1932 has been uncovered that shows that gay men were seeking to marry each other in Australia as long ago as 80 years ago.

In an article in the tabloid The Arrow newspaper entitled Wide Open Immorality, the newspaper’s writers describe a growing gay subculture with men marrying men and appeal for police action to halt the phenomenon.

May 30, 2013

SDA for Marriage Equality stage a protest against 'conservative and right-wing' Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA), the largest trade union in Australia

Disgruntled members of the largest trade union in Australia, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) protested outside the union's office in Brisbane today.

The protest was organized by SDA for Marriage Equality which formed in response to union leader Joe de Bruyn's vocal opposition to gay marriage.

Around twenty young union members and university students were at the demonstration brandishing pro-gay marriage placards.

May 24, 2013

In a public wedding ceremony, an Australian gay activist is taking a stand against marriage laws prohibiting the union of two people of the same sex  by getting married to a lesbian

As part of a stand against Australian laws prohibiting same-sex marriages, a gay man is planning to marry a lesbian bride at a demonstration in Brisbane.

Chad St James, a student filmmaker and gay rights activist is marrying lesbian Kristan Walker this Sunday (26 May) forming what has been described as a government endorsed ‘gay’ marriage.

On Facebook, the gay husband-to-be said ‘needless to say I'm all kinds of nervous and stressed’ about marrying Kristan, a fellow marriage equality activist.

May 1, 2013

LGBT rights advocate speaks at meeting for gay and lesbian business people in Brisbane

Former High Court judge and vocal gay rights advocate Michael Kirby spoke about discrimination against minority groups in Australia at a gathering for gay and lesbian business people in Brisbane last night.