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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.

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.

July 12, 2014

British journalist Michael Parkinson's interview with Thorpe will air on Sunday night, 13 July, on Australian television

In a soon to be aired television conversation, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe will disclose he's gay.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the winner of nine Olympic medals (five gold) will make the confession in an interview with British  journalist Michael Parkinson.

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.

December 24, 2013

Australian Marriage Equality are targeting from cabinet and shadow ministers to rank members in 201

Same-sex marriage advocates in Australia have drawn up a list of about 70 federal politicians, who they are hoping to sway on the issue of marriage equality in the new year.

December 1, 2013

The Australian Rugby Union football code will display the global gay rugby Bingham Cup in its trophy case alongside other international trophies held by Australia – becoming the first Australian sporting code to do so

The global gay rugby Bingham Cup trophy, currently held by Australia’s Sydney Convicts team, will be displayed alongside other international rugby cups held by Australia in an Australian first.

The news was made public by Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons yesterday.

November 30, 2013

Christine Forster tells a national newspaper about coming out, leaving her ex-husband and telling her parents and brother that she is gay

The lesbian sister of right-wing Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has talked openly in a newspaper interview about coming out, leaving her ex-husband and finding love with a woman in middle age.

October 22, 2013

Lesbian comic has returned to stand-up and plans to 'still say things that’ll piss people off'

Rosie O'Donnell is well aware that some people think of her as an overbearing loudmouth - or worse.

'It’s mostly right-wing Republican traditionalists who think that,' she tells the Sydney Morning Herald. 'To some people, I’m a scary monster and to other people I’m, you know, I speak truth to power.'

July 27, 2013

Report says almost 80 ambushes took place in NSW between the 1970s and ’90s but are yet to see all the perpetrators brought to justice

Even as New South Wales takes a step closer to allowing same -sex marriage, an Australian daily has dug up as many as 80 forgotten gay murders with the killers in nearly 40 per cent cases still not brought to justice.

June 10, 2013

Christopher Pearson, a gay conservative intellectual, died at home in Adelaide yesterday

Christopher Pearson, columnist for The Australian and speech writer for Australia's conservative former Prime Minister John Howard, has died aged 61.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott paid tribute to Pearson saying he was one of Australia's 'finest conservative intellects' and a 'steadfast' friend.

'I valued Christopher's counsel and his wisdom,' Abbott said, Sydney Morning Herald reports.

May 20, 2013

Western Australia convenor of Australian Marriage Equality says that political leaders' resistance to gay marriage is bad for business

Former senator Brian Greig said that Australia's resistance to legalizing gay marriage is preventing much-need skilled workers from immigrating there.

'Our nation's increasing isolation on this matter is impacting recruitment and employment mobility,' wrote Greig in an editorial for Sydney Morning Herald.

April 30, 2013

Political leaders say no to a referendum on gay marriage in Australia, religious groups against marriage equality support a vote on the issue

Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott have ruled out a referendum on same-sex marriage in September.

Independent MP Tony Wilson yesterday suggested holding a referendum on the matter on the same day as the general election, 14 September.

April 29, 2013

Australian Marriage Equality against a referendum on the issue, despite majority public support

Australian independent MP Tony Windsor has proposed that the nation say yes or no to gay marriage in a referendum in September.

Windsor suggests taking the issue 'out of the hands of the politicians' and letting the public vote on the issue on the day of the general election - 14 September.

The government is planning to hold a referendum on recognizing local government in the constitution on that day, so it would not be much of an extra cost to include an extra question on the ballot paper.

March 25, 2013

Betty DeGeneres may be 82, but as the mother of one of the most famous lesbians is still campaigning for gay rights across the world

She may be 82 years old, but Betty DeGeneres is a gay rights campaigner who can be extremely outspoken.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, the mother of Ellen has called people who are against gay marriage bullies.

She said politicians who fail to support marriage equality are just ‘bullying’, and said she would love to get a message to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is against same-sex marriage.

February 25, 2013

Road crossings in Oxford Street, central Sydney will be painted rainbow colors to honor the LGBTI community

In time for the Mardi Gras festival, road crossings on Oxford Street, in the centre of Sydney have been painted rainbow colors.

The rainbow crossings were proposed by Mayor Clover Moore who got the idea from a similar initiative in West Hollywood.

January 21, 2013

Head of Organisation Intersex International Australia says it is 'vitally important' that intersex is listed separately in anti-discrimination law

Intersex rights advocate Gina Wilson said that Australia's draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill leaves intersex people vulnerable to discrimination.

'[Intersex] is not a sexual orientation, it's actual physical differences,' Wilson said in an interview with Sydney Morning Herald.

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 16, 2012

'Taking it was something I did to take my mind off things that were upsetting me - to make me feel better about myself'

Gay Australian Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham reveals in his new autobiography Twists and Turns that he battled an addiction to crystal meth after winning the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

In the book, to be released on Monday (20 November), Mitcham writes about how he went from the heights of Olympic glory to suffering from anxiety, depression and panic attacks.

October 2, 2012

Poll shows independent Alex Greenwich and Liberal Shayne Mallard both at 31% of the vote, if the election for Sydney MP was called now

Former marriage equality campaigner Alex Greenwich is neck-and-neck with another gay candidate, Shayne Mallard, in the campaign for the Sydney by-election.

The poll comissioned by Greenwich shows his first foray into politics is off to a promising start, after recieving a full endorsement from former Sydney MP Clover Moore.

The results of the poll show that Greenwich, standing as an independent, and the Liberal party's Mallard would both get 31% of the primary vote, with Greens candidate Chris Harris trailing at 25%.

August 12, 2012

The Olympic champion is planning to be a springboard diver and wants his 'thighs as big as [China's] He Chong's' for Rio 2016

After narrowly missing out on a place in the diving final yesterday (11 August), it looked like it would be the last time we would see gay Australian athlete Matthew Mitcham at the Olympics.

Not a chance, as the 24-year-old is now considering reinventing himself as a springboard diver, primarily to reduce the impact on his battered body.

August 5, 2012

Tom Daley and Qiu Bo watch out, Australian Mitcham is a big gay gold hope in the individual 10m dive at the London Olympics

Four years ago, gay Australian Matthew Mitcham shocked the world when he won gold on the 10m diving platform in the Beijing Olympics.

Receiving the highest score for a single dive in Olympic history at the time, Mitcham not only dispelled myths about gay men in sport but set the bar higher for every other athlete.

The Chinese were heavily favored in the 2008 event, and Mitcham was behind Zhou Luxin by about 35 points going into the final dive.

But then Mitcham hit a score of 112.10 on his sixth and final dive to win by just over three points.

July 30, 2012

Director of campaign group GetUP! resigns after fainting on live TV earlier this month

The director of Australian campaign group GetUp! has resigned after fainting on a live TV discussion show earlier this month.

Simon Sheik, who has fought tirelessly for gay rights and other causes for four years, said that he had already decided to resign before fainting on political discussion show Q&A.

July 23, 2012

Thirty-nine-year-old singer says she wants to set an example for her son

Australian country singer Beccy Cole will come out publicly as a lesbian for the first time in televised interview tonight.

Cole was interviewed with her two country singer friends, Kasey Chambers and Gina Jeffreys, for Australian Story, a regular program on national TV channel ABC.

‘I think for years Beccy has had this secret, that she really does want people to know about but didn’t really know when was the right time and how to do it too,’ Jeffreys says on the program.

June 16, 2012

Three of Australia's most prominent Christian leaders have used weekend services to urge their congregants to campaign against marriage equality

Three of Australia’s most prominent Christian leaders have used pulpits across the country to urge their congregations to lobby MPs against same-sex marriage ahead of the tabling of a parliamentary report on the issue.

Statements by the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, Australian Greek Orthodox Archbishop Stylianos Harkianakis, and the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell were read out during weekend services in churches across the country – though Pell claimed the efforts were not coordinated.