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April 23, 2014

The openly gay chair of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea has been attacked by state media over his sexual orientation

Former Australian High Court justice Michael Kirby has been labelled a ‘disgusting old lecher with a 40-odd-year-long career of homosexuality,’ by North Korean state media – saying his sexual orientation makes him a ‘ridiculous’ person to investigate the country’s human rights record.

Kirby is the chair of the United Nation’s Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in North Korea and released a recent report detailing North Korea’s terrible human rights record which the government there has claimed is based on ‘fabrications.’

October 15, 2013

Australia’s first openly gay judge of its highest court has joined the Australian branch of the UK’s Kaleidoscope Trust as its first official patron

The Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation, formerly known as the Kaleidoscope Trust Australia, today announced that The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, the first Justice of the High Court of Australia to come out as gay, has been appointed as the organization’s inaugural patron.

The Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation began as a daughter organization of the UK based Kaleidoscope Trust but recently incorporated as a separate organization.

Both groups are dedicated to advancing the cause of LGBT equality around the world.

October 15, 2013

Australia’s first openly gay judge of its highest court has joined the Australian branch of the UK’s Kaleidoscope Trust as its first official patron

The Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation, formerly known as the Kaleidoscope Trust Australia, today announced that The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, the first Justice of the High Court of Australia to come out as gay, has been appointed as the organization’s inaugural patron.

The Kaleidoscope Human Rights Foundation began as a daughter organization of the UK based Kaleidoscope Trust but recently incorporated as a separate organization.

Both groups are dedicated to advancing the cause of LGBT equality around the world.

May 27, 2013

Gay Australian former high court judge Michael Kirby says state schools are less discriminatory to minority pupils than private or religious schools

Gay Australian former high court judge Michael Kirby said that secular public schools are better for gay pupils and other minorities that private or religious schools.

May 27, 2013

Gay Australian former high court judge Michael Kirby says state schools are less discriminatory to minority pupils than private or religious schools

Gay Australian former high court judge Michael Kirby said that secular public schools are better for gay pupils and other minorities that private or religious schools.

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.

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.

March 21, 2013

The creator of a new film about the iconic relationship between gay men and straight women talks to Gay Star News

What is it that attracts gay men and some straight women into such intense friendships? Is it genetic? Or is it a pheromone? Or do the women have a problem with relationships with straight men?

Gay Star News talks to Monica Davidson, the creator of a new film about the 'fag hag' called Handbag.

Davidson discovered that she is one link in four generations of women in her family who befriend gay men and her film explores these heartwarming friendships and tests out some theories on what is the source of this special relationship.

November 16, 2012

Gay Star News asks five of the key players in the Australian marriage equality debate if gay marriage will come to Australia before 2014. The one-word summary answer is ‘unlikely’. 

Nearly a year ago Gay Star News wrote that gay marriage may come to Australia in 2012. The year began full of hope - over 60% of Australians said they supported marriage equality in several polls and the advocacy campaign from Australian Marriage Equality was slickly professional and on-the-ball.

June 15, 2012

‘I don’t want any old gent in frocks to take my religion from me,’ says gay former Australian high court judge

Retired high court of Australia judge Michael Kirby has spoken about reconciling his homosexuality and his Christianity.

In an interview with Jesuit media channel Eureka Street TV that was broadcast this week, Kirby describes himself as a ‘Protestant Anglican Christian’.

The legal academic who served as a high court judge from 1996 to 2009 says in the interview that he gets a ‘rather hard time’ from his partner of 43 years, Johan van Vloten, about his church attendance.

June 15, 2012

‘I don’t want any old gent in frocks to take my religion from me,’ says gay former Australian high court judge

Retired high court of Australia judge Michael Kirby has spoken about reconciling his homosexuality and his Christianity.

In an interview with Jesuit media channel Eureka Street TV that was broadcast this week, Kirby describes himself as a ‘Protestant Anglican Christian’.

The legal academic who served as a high court judge from 1996 to 2009 says in the interview that he gets a ‘rather hard time’ from his partner of 43 years, Johan van Vloten, about his church attendance.

June 13, 2012

Australian Marriage Equality condemn Australian Christian Lobby video that suggests same-sex marriage leads to polyamorous multiple-partner marriage

A video that suggests same-sex marriage will lead to polyamorous marriages with multiple partners has been condemned as ‘scaremongering’ by Australian Marriage Equality.

Introduced by the words ‘Marriage Equality, no consequences? Wait a minute…’ the video uses edits of high court judge Michael Kirby’s submission to the senate inquiry into legalizing same-sex marriage and an radio interview with polyamorist Rachelle White (scroll down to watch the video).

May 3, 2012

Retired High Court of Australia judge is questioned by senate inquiry into legalising same-sex marriage

Retired judge Michael Kirby reached the pinnacle of his profession and served on the High Court of Australia for 13 years, but despite this he said today that he is a 'second-class citizen' because he can't marry his partner of 43 years.

May 3, 2012

Retired High Court of Australia judge is questioned by senate inquiry into legalising same-sex marriage

Retired judge Michael Kirby reached the pinnacle of his profession and served on the High Court of Australia for 13 years, but despite this he said today that he is a 'second-class citizen' because he can't marry his partner of 43 years.

March 27, 2012

Former Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby urges other high-profile gay Australians to help fight discrimination

A retired High Court judge in Australia has urged other high-profile gay Australians in different walks of life to be open about their sexuality to combat discrimination.

In a recent speech to the Law Institute of Victoria, Michael Kirby, who is openly gay, said removing secrecy and getting people to 'put their heads above the parapet' was the key to equality and same-sex marriage.

March 27, 2012

Former Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby urges other high-profile gay Australians to help fight discrimination

A retired High Court judge in Australia has urged other high-profile gay Australians in different walks of life to be open about their sexuality to combat discrimination.

In a recent speech to the Law Institute of Victoria, Michael Kirby, who is openly gay, said removing secrecy and getting people to 'put their heads above the parapet' was the key to equality and same-sex marriage.