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December 3, 2014

Are the gays recruiting?

Human sexuality is incredibly complex. Take away the emotional and religious hyperbole and you still find the scientific research and analysis is inconclusive.

What shapes our sexuality? Biology? Society? Or something else? Is our sexuality some sort of fixed concept or are we all somewhere on a fluid spectrum? No one has the definitive answers to these fundamental questions. Nobody knows what makes us who we are.

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

November 13, 2014

New South Wales follows Queensland and Tasmania

New South Wales has become the third Australian state to recognize gay couples who have married abroad in places where same-sex unions are legal.

November 7, 2014

Installation takes a firm stance on condom use among gay men

An 18m pink condom has been erected in Sydney to promote condom use among gay men in the lead up to World AIDS day in December.

The heritage-listed Hyde Park Obelisk was sheathed yesterday night with a prophylactic printed with the message 'TEST MORE + TREAT EARLY + STAY SAFE.'

Safe sex ambassadors are also on hand offering passers-by free condoms and sexual health information.

The installation is the climax of safe sex education campaign launched by the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) last three weeks ago.

October 16, 2014

The Legislative Assembly of the state of New South Wales has passed a private members bill that would see criminal convictions for consensual sex between men from before the legalization of homosexuality struck from their records

The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) looks set to join Victoria and South Australia in quashing criminal convictions for gay and bisexual men who were prosecuted over consensual sex acts prior to the decriminalization of homosexuality in the state.

The NSW Legislative Assembly, or Lower House of the NSW Parliament, voted today in favor of a private members bill put forward by Coogee Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith – the first openly gay man to be elected to that chamber.

October 16, 2014

New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania have introduced bills to repeal laws forcing married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized

Three Australian states today introduced bills to scrap laws that require married transgender people to divorce before their new gender is recognized.

Legislation was introduced in New South Wales by Greens legislative council member Mehreen Faruqi and Independent legislative assembly member Alex Greenwich, in South Australia by Greens legislative council member Tammy Franks, and by Greens house of assembly member Nick McKim in Tasmania.

September 21, 2014

'If we were to go down that path [of a free vote], we [the MPs] are the ones that become vilified,' says Liberal Party MP Craig Laundy who now no longer supports a conscience vote on the issue

Liberal Party MP Craig Laundy, who was one of few MPs who publicly supported a free vote on same-sex marriage last year – even though he did not support same-sex marriage himself for religious reasons, has said he no longer supports MPs having a free vote.

September 19, 2014

Report finds syphilis is at an all-time high in the country, mostly among gay men

Methamphetamine use is responsible for the rise in HIV infections in the Australian state of Victoria, according to a new survey.

A survey conducted by the Prahran Market Clinic in Melbourne has shown that 84% of its patients living with HIV said ice was a significant cause for contracting the disease.

Dr Beng Eu, director of the clinic, told Gay News Network, 'I think we're surprised to the degree of the ice use that was common, but the infection of HIV was what we were expecting.

September 18, 2014

New South Wales approved the bill a day after Victoria introduced similar legislation

New South Wales today became the second Australian state to introduce a bill that will clear historical gay sex convictions, a day after Victoria introduced similar legislation.

The Parliament of New South Wales approved the bill which will be debated later this year.

Bruce Notley-Smith, the gay Liberal MP for Coogee district, introduced the legislation a week after he announced his intention to do so.

July 20, 2014

South Australia is one of the few regions of Australia where gay couples cannot adopt, but that could change following a planned public consultation on its adoption laws

The State Government of South Australia is planning a long-awaited review of its adoption laws, which will include looking at whether same-sex couples and singles will be able to adopt.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

July 7, 2014

Australia’s Sydney Convicts won their first match in a professional event against a side from Macquarie University on Sunday as Sydney prepares to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby

The Sydney Convicts gay rugby club beat Macquarie University 30 to 12 in a curtain raiser game before the New South Wales Waratah’s state Rugby Union game against the New Zealand Highlanders on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.

The match was the first time anywhere in the world that a gay rugby club participated in a professional level rugby event, and was held as part of Sydney’s preparations to host the Bingham Cup world cup of gay rugby from 24 to 31 August with matches between 15 different countries on the 29th, 30th and 31st.

July 5, 2014

Gay rugby club the Sydney Convicts will face off against players from Macquarie University on Sunday at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium before the New South Wales Waratahs and the New Zealand Highlanders face off in the stadium

Australia’s oldest gay rugby union team the Sydney Convicts will make history when they become the first gay rugby team in the world to play as part of a professional match on Sunday as they prepare to host the Bingham Cup world championship of gay rugby.

The Sydney Convicts will play against a team from Macquarie University on Sunday afternoon ahead of the game between Australia’s New South Wales Waratahs and New Zealand’s Highlanders at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

June 10, 2014

Tony Abbott gets burned by an 11-year-old who cannot understand his reasons for refusing to give gay people equal rights

An 11-year-old boy has written a kickass letter to the Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott to demand support for same-sex marriage.

Orlando Burcham, from Newcastle, New South Wales, has described the socially conservative Liberal party leader as ‘pathetic’.

Read his amazing letter in full here:

‘My name is Orlando Burcham, I am 11 years old and I would like to know why you don’t allow ‘gay marriage’ in Australia

June 9, 2014

Lex Watson, who co-founded the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founded the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and was first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, has been given the Australian equivalent of a knighthood just weeks after his passing

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, has been honored with the Australian equivalent of a knighthood for his decades of activism on behalf of LGBTI people.

Watson was made a Member of the Order of Australia as part of the release of today’s Queen’s Birthday honors list.

May 24, 2014

The Australian Federal Police recognized as the highest-ranking public sector employer in advocating for LGBTI employees

The Australian arm of the global financial services firm Goldman Sachs topped a list of 20 organisations to be named Australia’s Employer of the Year for 2014 for recognising workplace support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

May 7, 2014

Mike Baird, the new Liberal premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, has reiterated his predecessor’s pledge to allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage for his MPs if the issue comes before the parliament

The new Liberal premier of the Australian state of New South Wales told the state parliament earlier today that he would allow his MPs to vote with their consciences if a bill to legalize state-based same-sex marriages were to come before the parliament.

Premier Mike Baird made the announcement in response to a question from openly gay independent MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich who wanted to know if Baird would make the same commitment on the issue that his predecessor Liberal premier Barry O’Farrell had.

May 7, 2014

Co-founder of the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founder of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, Lex Watson passed away yesterday evening but will be remembered for his decades of activism in support of his community

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, passed away last night after his health declined in the last few weeks.

Lex had been instrumental in the foundation of most of the LGBTI rights groups in the state of New South Wales, beginning with the Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) in 1970, and was one of the first gay people to advocate openly for their rights on Australian television.

April 17, 2014

Sydney man Paul Armstrong pleaded guilty to killing Felipe Flores 23 years ago after his blood was found under the victim’s fingernails but says he did it because Flores told him he had AIDS after they had sex

An Australian man who had previously been found guilty of male rape in 1992 has been found guilty of killing of a gay man the year before.

Sydney man Paul Armstrong had been found guilty of murdering Felipe Flores in 1991 by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2010 after DNA evidence revealed blood found under Flores’ fingernails belonged to him.

However an appeals court overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial.

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