LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Perth

January 9, 2014

Gay Star Travel embraces the capital of Western Australia with its bronzed bodies, nature attractions and local culinary delights

Perth, the capital and largest city of West Australia state, is one of the most isolated cities in the world.

Located on the southwest tip of Australia and framed by the Indian Ocean, Perth's temperate climate makes visiting local scenic caves, rivers and beaches a daily way of life.

The relaxed pace of life is felt through the shopping and eating hot-spots, where the region's warm weather helps produce some of the best wine, coffee and food in the world.

Perth is definitely worth the journey. Here’s eight reasons why.

December 30, 2013

A boyfriend known as Volleyball and a rabbit named Oreo added to the festive cheer of a family holiday on Margaret River and the beaches of Perth

It was the weekend before Christmas and I was watching a television in Heathrow airport’s Terminal 4, just near my departure gate.

The weather forecast looked bleak - so far it had been a fairly mild December in the UK, but it seemed things were set to deteriorate with high winds, heavy rain, and stormy skies predicted.

It was with some relief I boarded my flight. I was heading to Australia for a family Christmas.

October 30, 2013

Anglican Archbishop of Perth Roger Herft has blocked a motion saying gay civil unions can co-exist with heterosexual marriages despite two thirds of the state’s Anglican Synod voting in favor of doing so

The head of the Anglican Church in the state of Western Australia has again vetoed a motion in support of the civil legal recognition of same-sex relationships alongside heterosexual marriage.

The motion was passed by more than two thirds of the attendees of the church’s synod in Perth at the beginning of the month but the Anglican Archbishop of Western Australia Roger Herft had 30 days in which he could decide to assent or dissent to the motion.

On Monday Herft announced his dissent on the motion, saying, ‘the church cannot formally accept certain behaviors.’

October 14, 2013

A heterosexual Australian father of two has written about how he now has greater empathy for gay people after he was the subject of a homophobic prank by an airline employee

A heterosexual father of two has blogged about his experience having the words ‘I am gay’ plastered on his luggage after boarding a Jetstar flight at Perth airport - an incident which the airline is now investigating.

‘Aaron,’ wrote that the experience had given him a greater appreciation of what gay people go through every day.

‘My suitcase was the first bag on the carousel,’ Aaron wrote on his One Sleepy Dad blog.

October 9, 2013

A Nigerian pastor who claims gay marriage will lead to the end of the human race is touring the Pacific region next month, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and the Solomon Islands

‘General Overseer’ of the Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor Enoch Adeboye is touring Pacific nations in November, hoping to plant branches of his anti-LGBT church across the region.

Adeboye’s Let the Wind Blow tour will take him to Canberra, Melbourne, Auckland, Suva, Port Moresby, Perth, Sydney and the Solomon Islands capital Honiara.

Adeboye made headlines in Nigeria earlier this year when he claimed same-sex marriages would lead to the end of the human race.

October 7, 2013

A majority of the Synod of the Anglican Church of Western Australia has voted in support of a motion saying that legally recognized same-sex unions can coexist with heterosexual marriage

The Synod of the Anglican Church of Western Australia has passed a motion saying that gay civil unions can co-exist with heterosexual marriages – backing same-sex couples having their relationships legally recognized.

Rector of Darlington-Bellevue Anglican parish, the Reverend Chris Bedding told ABC News he had not been confident that his motion would pass but it was backed by more than the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass.

July 30, 2013

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has signed “Keep Calm” posters backing allowing same-sex couples to wed at an official campaign launch for a Labor candidate in another sign it is an issue that the Labor Party wants to use to differentiate itself during this year’s election

The man campaigning to be a three time Australian prime minister has signed posters backing marriage equality at an election campaign event – showing that the ruling Labor Party wants to use the issue to differentiate itself from Opposition leader Tony Abbott's Liberal/National Coalition of parties.

Rudd signed the posters at Perth’s Mt Lawley Bowling Club in Western Australia on Friday during a campaign launch for Labor candidate for the seat of Perth Alannah MacTiernan.

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.

June 5, 2013

A lecture in Perth, Western Australia against same-sex marriage by University College Oxford law professor John Finnis was disrupted by protesters who drowned out most of his speech

Dozens of LGBT rights supporters disrupted a lecture by University College Oxford law professor John Finnis last night, drowning out most of his speech.

Finnis had been at the conservative Catholic Notre Dame University in Perth to deliver the lecture ‘Opposing death with dignity and same sex marriage: faith or reason?’ but a group of protesters organized by Equal Love WA (Western Australia) managed to render most of his speech unintelligible by banging on walls and chanting outside the lecture theater.

June 4, 2013

Students and supporters of LGBT rights in Perth, Western Australia will picket a speech by controversial University College Oxford law professor and LGBT rights opponent John Finnis

A lecture by a controversial anti-gay scholar will be picketed by students and supporters of LGBT rights tonight in Perth, Australia.

University College Oxford law professor John Finnis has written a series of articles opposing LGBT rights and same-sex marriage throughout his academic career and was scheduled to speak at the Perth Notre Dame University tonight.

Finnis will present a lecture entitled, ‘Opposing death with dignity and same sex marriage: faith or reason?’

February 2, 2013

A Qatari national has been sentenced to at least 15 years in jail in Perth, Australia, after being found guilty of murdering his partner’s lover

A 39 year old Qatari man has been jailed in Perth, Australia, after he murdered the long term partner of a man he was in a love triangle with.

Mohammed Ahmed Almansouri was convicted of murdering Kenny Horack in August of 2011 after tensions surrounding their shared lover Ben Campbell resulted in Almansouri stabbing Horack 14 times in a home the three men shared on and off.

December 18, 2012

GSN recalls the ghosts of Christmas past

For me Christmas always feels like an intrinsically Northern European tradition - the stories of St Nicholas and Good King Wenceslas seem more relevant when the nights are dark and the snow is actually deep and crisp and even. Christmas markets where you huddle around drinking glühwein and hot chocolate seem a lot more fun when you’re rugged up in hats and scarves, watching your friends skate madly around the temporary rink that has taken over the town square.

September 5, 2012

Australia’s Prime Minister has had to use a back entrance to avoid protesters in favor of marriage equality, while all federal Australian politicians have been sent a video dispelling myths around the issue

The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has had to use a back entrance to avoid facing protesters in favor of same-sex marriage at Perth, Western Australia’s Curtin University.

Gillard used a back way into the university’s new Health Innovation Research Institute which she was officially opening.

The protesters began shouting ‘Shame Gillard, shame!’ when they learned she had slipped by them.

July 12, 2012

Facebook group Movement Against the HIV-AIDS Theory set up in Malaysia

A dangerous theory that denies the connection between HIV and AIDS is being spread in Malaysia.

A Facebook group called Gerakan Bantah Teori HIV-AIDS Malaysia (meaning Movement Against the HIV-AIDS Theory Malaysia) was started two months ago and has 146 members.

Malaysian human rights activist Pang Khee Teik was alerted to the group when he was asked to be a member.

June 18, 2012

Lesbian newsreader Narelda Jacobs has likened opposition to gay marriage to opposition to interracial marriages a generation ago

Mixed-race lesbian Australian news reader has likened opposition to gay marriage to opposition to interracial marriages a generation ago.

The face of Channel 10 news in Perth, Narelda Jacobs, whose mother is English-Irish and father is Aboriginal, said that at the time of her parents’ wedding ‘it was a major issue to have an interracial marriage’.

Jacobs said, as reported by Perth Now:

April 24, 2012

An anti-gay marriage rally in Perth is set to be gate-crashed by LGBT rights campaigners tonight

An anti-gay marriage rally planned by the Australia Family Association in Perth tonight is set to be challenged by up to 100 students standing up for gay rights.

The organiser of the counter-rally Sam Cavallaro told The West Australian:

April 2, 2012

Just how essential is a personal trainer for the modern gay fitness fanatic facing austerity measures?

With the global economic remaining relatively uncertain, I’ve been reviewing my outgoings to see where I might be able to make some savings.

My twice-weekly workout with my personal trainer is one of those items of expenditure that, on the face of it, would be one of the first things to go if times got hard. The thought terrifies me.

If you’ve never had a personal trainer, then it’s difficult to understand the deep bond and dependency that quickly forms.

January 23, 2012

She's concerned by 'amount of hatred' directed at her due to anti-gay views

Margaret Court vowed she wouldn't stay away.

The 11-time Australian Open singles champion arrived in Melbourne Monday (23 January) night despite backlash against her over her outspoken comments against gay marriage.

'I love [gay people], I even work with them,' Court tells the Herald Sun. 'But what concerns me so much is the amount of hatred that has been directed at me.'

December 9, 2011

Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King slam Margaret Court for her efforts to block same-sex marriage in Australia

Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King both faced Margaret Court on the opposite side of the net during their playing days and now find themselves opposing the Australian again - this time on the issue of gay marriage.

Court, winner of three Wimbledons and a record 24 grand slam singles titles overall, is senior pastor in Perth’s Victory Life Church and is speaking out against efforts in Australia to legalize same-sex marriage.