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April 3, 2014

The High Court of Australia has ruled that the state of New South Wales must recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female – ending the court battle to have Norrie recognized as such

Sydney LGBTI community activist and genderless person Norrie has won a court victory in the High Court of Australia – forcing the New South Wales (NSW) state Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female.

Norrie had initially been given a ‘sex not specified’ registration by the registry in 2010 but it then reversed its decision to do so four months later – saying that it had been in error to do so.

March 27, 2014

The New South Wales Upper House of Parliament has passed a bill that would stop murderers from seeking to have their charges downgraded by claiming their victim made a gay pass at them and it looks set to be passed by the Lower House as well

The New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Council has passed a bill restricting provocation defenses in murder trials but the bill’s champion will surprise you.

The bill was proposed by Christian Democrats leader the Rev. Fred Nile – one of Australia’s most prominent political campaigners against LGBTI rights - and will ensure that people will not be able to use their disgust of homosexuality to argue they had diminished responsibility in committing violent acts against LGBTI people.

March 15, 2014

Australian PM Tony Abbott stumbled over his response when a high school student asked ‘Why are you so against legalizing gay marriage?’ during a school trip to Canberra

A high school student took advantage of the chance to quiz Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on some of the important issues facing the country by challenging him on his stance on marriage equality.

Students from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in New South Wales were on a school trip to Government House when the Prime Minister went to talk to them and agreed to answer some questions.

March 10, 2014

A far-right Catholic group is sending pamphlets to voters in the Australian state of Tasmania ahead of its state election – but the group sending them isn’t even from that state

A far-right Catholic group appears to be trying to influence the results of the Tasmanian state election – sending hand signed pamphlets to voters across that state - though the group is from a different state altogether.

The group behind the pamphlets is the Australian Traditional Families Property Bureau and has previously published publications including the anti-abortion ‘The Womb becomes a tomb: are we sacrificing to Moloch?’ and ‘Our Lady at Fátima: Prophecies of Tragedy or Hope?’

March 1, 2014

State laws currently require transgender people to divorce their spouse before updated birth certificate can be issued

Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich and NSW Greens spokeswoman Mehreen Faruqi are expected to introduce a private member's bill to the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday so that transgender people can have their gender changed on their birth certificates without them having to divorce their spouses.

February 14, 2014

New South Wales state police have agreed to more sensitive policing of the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival after there were complaints of police brutality and over-policing at the 2013 festival and parade

The Premier of New South Wales (NSW) has signed an accord with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival to ensure better outcomes from policing during the festival after there were complaints of over-policing and police brutality at last year’s festival

January 14, 2014

New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will consider joining Victoria and Tasmania in wiping convictions of men charged with having adult gay sex before it was decriminalized

The Australian state of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory may follow Victoria and Tasmania in quashing historical convictions for gay sex before it was legalized.

January 13, 2014

Calls have been made for convictions for gay sex before it was decriminalized to be wiped from people’s criminal records in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales after the state of Victoria announced it would quash such convictions

Activists in the Australian states of Tasmania and New South Wales (NSW) have called on their state governments to wipe historical convictions for adult gay sex from people’s criminal records after it was announced the Victorian state government would become the first to do so.

December 30, 2013

January 2014 is the beginning of the second half of Australia’s summer LGBTI pride festival circuit – with major pride events across the states of New South Wales and Victoria

Australia’s summer LGBTI pride calendar straddles the year’s end and there are a host more events to enjoy before the festival circuit closes with the coming of the colder months.

From January to March in 2014 there are almost no weeks where there isn’t an LGBTI pride event happening in the states of New South Wales and Victoria, and many gay and lesbian tourists plan their trips around Australia to coincide with these events.

December 27, 2013

2013 saw many gains and set backs in the fight for LGBTI rights in Australia - GSN looks back on a year of struggle in the Great Southern Land

2013 was a tumultuous year for LGBTI rights in Australia, with significant victories on the road to reform but also significant short term obstacles put in its way.

The LGBTI community started 2013 on a bit of a high with the 2012 national conference of the then ruling Australian Labor Party adopting same-sex marriage as part of its party platform in December of 2012 – though the party stopped short of binding MPs to vote for the reform.

December 16, 2013

The Rev. Fred Nile – an outspoken Australian lawmaker who says marriage is only for creating children – has remarried at 79 to a woman who is 55

An Australian Christian lawmaker who believes that marriage is only for procreation and that same-sex marriage comes from ‘the depths of hell’ has remarried at age 79 to a woman who is 55 - sparking claims of hypocrisy.

Member of the New South Wales (NSW) state Legislative Assembly and leader of the Christian Democratic Party the Rev. Fred Nile married Silvana Nero on Sunday at St Thomas’ Anglican Church in North Sydney.

December 13, 2013

The Liberal state premiers of New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria have all urged Australian Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote for all MPs on gay marriage

Australian advocates for same-sex marriage have welcomed four Liberal state premiers throwing their support behind a federal Coalition conscience vote on marriage equality and hope other state and territory Liberal leaders will follow suit.

November 25, 2013

Taylor Square, in the heart of Sydney’s Oxford Street gay precinct, will host a HIV rapid testing clinic this week from Wednesday in the lead up to World AIDS Day to help more people know their status

People will be able to find out their HIV status for free in under 30 minutes this week in Sydney’s iconic gay precinct thanks to a pop-up clinic in Taylor Square.

Taylor Square lies at the heart of Sydney’s Oxford Street and is surrounded by some of its most popular gay venues and this week Wednesday until Sunday it will host LGBTI community health organization ACON’s (formerly the state AIDS Council of New South Wales) a[TEST] rapid HIV testing service.

The clinic will act as a drop-in testing service and no appointments are necessary to get tested.

November 20, 2013

The New South Wales State Government has announced it will restrict the ability of schools and disability services owned by religious groups to discriminate against LGBTI people

Independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich has received assurances from the New South Wales (NSW) Government that it will ensure that LGBTIs will not be discriminated against by religious groups in the provision of services when it comes to disability care and education.

November 14, 2013

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state of New South Wales has failed in a narrow vote of 19 to 21

New South Wales (NSW) has backed away from becoming the first Australian state to legalize same-sex marriage with Members of the state Legislative Council (MLCs) voting narrowly to defeat the measure.

MLCs voted 21 to 19 against the measure which had been put forward by a cross parliamentary working group on same-sex marriage which included both Government and Opposition lawmakers.

November 4, 2013

A large majority of the people in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) say they do not think religious schools should be able to punish or expel kids for being LGBT, while mental health experts have also joined the call for reform

New polling has shown that 2 out of 3 voters think religious schools should not be allowed to legally discriminate against LGBT kids in the Australian state of New South Wales – while less than 1 in 5 thinking they should be allowed to expel or punish gay kids

NSW state Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich released the results of a new Reachtel poll showing 66% of NSW Voters support his moves to end anti-discrimination exemptions for private schools, while only 18% support religious schools being allowed to legally discriminate.

October 31, 2013

Christian group Christian Snippets Australia has blamed this month’s catastrophic bushfires in the state of New South Wales on efforts to legalize same-sex marriage, saying they were a final warning from God

New South Wales (NSW) lawmakers have been bombarded with emails from group Christian Snippets Australia claiming that this month’s catastrophic bushfires were a warning from God to back down on plans to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

Christian Snippets Australia warned that recent ‘bushfires and gale force winds’ were a ‘prelude’ to what would happen if a bill to legalize same-sex marriage is passed by the NSW Upper House.

October 30, 2013

The New South Wales state Labor Opposition has announced it will vote as a block to support a bill by independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich which would see religious private schools banned from discriminating against LGBT students

Schools that are owned by religious groups could be stripped of their right to discriminate against people on a range of grounds under a proposal being supported by the New South Wales (NSW) Labor Opposition.

A private members bill by independent state Sydney MP Alex Greenwich would remove exemptions that allow religious private schools to legally discriminate against students based on sexual orientation, transgender, marital or domestic status, disability and pregnancy.

October 25, 2013

Same-sex couples will have just days to be able to marry in the Australian Capital Territory in December before the High Court hears the Australian Government’s challenge to the law

Same-sex couples will have a brief window of opportunity to begin marrying in Australia despite the Australian Government’s challenge in the High Court.

The Australian Government had sought to expedite its challenge to the Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) law allowing same-sex couples to marry under territory law and the court held a directions hearing today at 2.15pm.

October 24, 2013

The Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales passed a motion today condemning attempts to treat homosexuality as a treatable condition

Openly gay independent MP for Sydney has had a motion opposing attempts to treat homosexuality as a treatable condition passed by the New South Wales (NSW) state Parliament.

Greenwich’s motion, passed by the NSW Lower House, states that therapies attempting to turn gay people straight do not work, stigmatize gay men and lesbians and are fundamentally damaging to mental health.

‘Reparative therapy has been condemned by Australian, New Zealand and US psychological organizations, yet at least 10 organizations still practice it in Australia,’ Greenwich said today.

October 23, 2013

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first to consider legalizing same-sex marriage at a state level following the Australian Capital Territory’s allowing same-sex couples to wed - and the state of Tasmania will revisit the issue soon after

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) will be introduced in the state Upper House as soon as next Thursday and all MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on it.

Labor member of the NSW Legislative Council Penny Sharpe will introduce the bill 31 October, with a debate on the bill to follow soon after.

October 21, 2013

Australia had a 10% increase in new HIV diagnoses in 2012 with a rise in the number young gay men contracting the virus

1250 people were diagnosed with HIV in Australia during 2012, with an alarming number gay men in their 20’s – suggesting they may not taking the virus seriously.

1250 people represents an increase of 10% compared to 2011’s figures.

The state of New South Wales (NSW) had a 24% increase during 2012, prompting NSW Health to release early data for the first half of 2013, showing an 8% decrease in new diagnoses compared to the same time last year.

October 18, 2013

A second leading expert on the Australian Constitution has said Tasmania can pass a law to allow same-sex marriage at a state level and believes a High Court challenge against it by the Australian Government is likely to fail

Supporters of the Tasmanian Same-Sex Marriage Bill today released what they say is a ‘game changing’ legal opinion that backs the constitutionality of the bill.

The opinion is from one of Australia's most senior and respected High Court barristers in the area of constitutional law, Bret Walker SC.

In the opinion Walker says there is no legal conflict between the Tasmanian state Same-Sex Marriage Bill and the federal Marriage Act and that a High Court challenge to the state bill is likely to fail.

October 16, 2013

Tess Corbett, who was dumped as a candidate for the Katter’s Australia Party after she likened pedophiles to gay people, has been ordered by a tribunal to apologize in print for those comments

A New South Wales (NSW) state legal tribunal has ordered Australian political candidate Tess Corbett to make a public apology over comments she made in January comparing gays to pedophiles.

Using the state’s anti-discrimination laws, the tribunal found that Corbett’s remarks ‘incited hatred’ towards the gay community.

In January, Corbett of the Katter's Australian Party said 'pedophiles will be next in line to be recognized in the same way as gays and lesbians’ in an interview with local newspaper The Hamilton Spectator.