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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.

November 26, 2012

Brisbane gay rights activist Chad St. James is making a film about the highs and lows of the battle for marriage equality in Australia

Brisbane gay rights activist Chad St. James is seeking funding for a documentary about the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

The film, Love Like Yours, follows the highs and lows of the fight for marriage equality in Australia including the votes in parliament that failed to pass the legislation and the imaginative costumes and sloganeering at rallies across the country.

November 22, 2012

Gay Star News interviews gay Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham on the release of his shockingly honest autobiography

The revelation that Australian diver Matthew Mitcham was addicted to crystal meth, disclosed in his autobiography released this week, has shocked many, but that’s only one ordeal that he has overcome in his 24-years.

Raised by a single mother in Brisbane, Mitcham didn’t meet his father until he was an adult. His mother Vivienne struggled financially and they lived for six months without electricity when Mitcham was six-years-old.

November 20, 2012

A woman 'emotionally blackmailed' her two partners into stealing from their work to fuel her gambling addiction

A woman who manipulated her two lovers into committing a million dollar fraud pleaded guilty yesterday (19 November).

Brisbane District Court Judge Hugh Botting sentenced Luisa Touli for ‘emotionally blackmailing’ two women into stealing AU$1.4 million (£914k, €1.13m) forcing the closure of six jewelry stores and 60 members of staff to lose their jobs, the Australian reports

November 6, 2012

Conservative Party politician Nadine Dorries under fire for agreeing to take part in British reality TV show

A British Member of Parliament who opposed gay marriage legislation is under fire after agreeing to join reality TV show I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here.

Conservative politician Nadine Dorries has shocked her peers and constituents in Mid Bedfordshire after taking extended leave to spend up to a month in the Australian jungle.

The 55-year-old who in May 2012 said the government should 'jettison' the policy of gay marriage is already in Brisbane preparing for the ITV show which kicks off on Sunday (11 November).

August 27, 2012

This year’s Brisbane Pride Festival will run from August 31 until September 30 and comes just as the weather hots up in Australia’s ‘sunshine state’

The 2012 Brisbane Pride Festival celebrates the LGBT family through September this year, beginning with a launch party on the night of August 31.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘We are family,’ which Brisbane Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock said was about celebrating a sense of community.

‘We want to celebrate all that is wonderful and wild about our community, and we have a fantastic array of events that reflect the interests of our diverse queer community,’ Hancock told the Gay News Network.

August 27, 2012

This year’s Brisbane Pride Festival will run from August 31 until September 30 and comes just as the weather hots up in Australia’s ‘sunshine state’

The 2012 Brisbane Pride Festival celebrates the LGBT family through September this year, beginning with a launch party on the night of August 31.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘We are family,’ which Brisbane Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock said was about celebrating a sense of community.

‘We want to celebrate all that is wonderful and wild about our community, and we have a fantastic array of events that reflect the interests of our diverse queer community,’ Hancock told the Gay News Network.

July 27, 2012

Man accuses ex-wife’s family of homophobia and racism

A bitter custody battle is raging in Brisbane Federal Magistrate’s court this week, with a gay dad saying his obese ex-wife has a ‘co-dependent relationship’ with their eldest son, ‘even to the point of joint comfort eating’.

The mother of the two boys, aged ten and eight, denies their father’s claims. She wants to take her sons to live with her in her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand.

But the boys’ father says his ex-wife’s family in Christchurch is ‘homophobic’ and ‘racist’ and he doesn’t want his sons to be influenced by them.