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October 15, 2014

The Australian Equality Party has signed 700 same-sex marriage supporters

Hundreds of Australian gay marriage supporters have registered a new party to run in the next federal election.

The Australian Equlity Party (AEP) was launched in February and has signed more than the 500 members required for recognition from the Australian Electoral Commission.

Party leader Jason Tuazon-McCheyne said, 'What started as a discussion amongst a group of friends 12 months ago has snowballed into the creation of Australia’s newest political party.

October 15, 2014

Victoria state parliament passed the bill with three amendments, including posthumous expungements

Victoria today became the first Australian state to expunge historic gay sex convictions.

Both houses of Victorian parliament passed the Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill with three amendments proposed by the Labour Party.

The amended bill includes allowances for posthumous expungements, a provision to amend the state’s Equal Opportunity Act to outlaw discrimination on the basis of an expunged gay sex convictio and an additional purpose to recognize that the convictions should never have been considered crimes.

September 28, 2014

Australian singer Rob Mills posted an image of two toys engaged in a sex act to depict a losing football team

An Australian singer is under fire for posting a tasteless image of gay sex on Instagram in order to poke fun at a losing football team.

Rob Mills from Victoria, Australia is famous for appearing on Australian Idol and being a musical theatre star currently starring in a production of Grease.

Last night (27 September), Mills was watching a football match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League (AFL) final.

September 28, 2014

Australian singer Rob Mills posted an image of two toys engaged in a sex act to depict a losing football team

An Australian singer is under fire for posting a tasteless image of gay sex on Instagram in order to poke fun at a losing football team.

Rob Mills from Victoria, Australia is famous for appearing on Australian Idol and being a musical theatre star currently starring in a production of Grease.

Last night (27 September), Mills was watching a football match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League (AFL) final.

September 25, 2014

Report finds transgender women face systemic abuse and discrimination in one of the few countries to criminalize them

Malaysian transgender women are routinely arrested and abused by religious officials and police in one of the few countries to criminalize them, according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed 45 transgender people for the report, which was released today.

One of the interviewees, Victoria, said she was arrested in 2011 by religious officials who stripped and sexually assaulted her.

She said, ‘They were rough. One of them squeezed my breasts. I was completely humiliated.

September 24, 2014

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, has described homosexuality is a ‘result of psychological trauma’ and has donated over $650,000 to anti-gay marriage campaigns

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic Church was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he got married.

The Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis was consulted after Jamie Moore, the music director at St Victoria Catholic Church, married his long-time partner over the weeekend.

He 'recommended' the music director's resignation, saying someone employed in the Catholic Church that is also in a same-sex marriage does not 'uphold church teaching'.

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.

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.

August 11, 2014

25% of pupils say they are physically abused by classmates during school sporting activities, according to new findings

A shocking number of LGBTI students suffer discrimination during PE at school, a new report has found.

Four out of five pupils have said they experience casual homophobia in physical education lessons.

A quarter also said they had been physically abused by classmates during school sporting activities, according to the new findings.

July 26, 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore
 

Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

His comments were in response to a question asked by an audience member about the Buddhist position on LGBTs.

July 26, 2014

Discrimination and LGBTI people suppressing their natural sexuality causes 'terrible harm' to LGBTIs and harms their community, says the well-known Theravada Buddhist monk and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore
 

Ajahn Brahm, Abbott of the Bodhinyana Buddhist Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, and Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore has urged followers to show respect, compassion and fairness to LGBTI people.

His comments were in response to a question asked by an audience member about the Buddhist position on LGBTs.

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 8, 2014

Paige Phoenix has had his marriage to his wife annulled by the Victorian state government despite his passport saying he is male and living as a man for seven years but he hopes the United Nations Human Rights Committee will find in his favor

Australian transgender man Paige Phoenix will challenge his home state of Victoria’s policy of only allowing those who have undergone a full surgical genital sex change from changing their sex on their birth certificates in the United Nations after it annulled his marriage against his will.

Phoenix is recognized by the Australian Government as male and has a male passport but his state’s registry of births, deaths and marriages will not recognize him as male unless he undergoes the surgery – which could be life threatening for him due to a previous medical condition.

July 7, 2014

Victoria's Secret model was born to a gay mother and gay father over 21 years ago, and is now hoping to make it easier for other rainbow families

Supermodel Josephine Skriver has spoken out on what it is like to be the child of a gay mother and gay father.

The 21-year-old model, known for her work with Victoria’s Secret and Gucci, was newly appointed as an ambassador for Family Equality Council and its Outspoken Generation Program, a project dedicated to bringing awareness to LGBTI families.

Over two decades ago, Skriver’s mother placed an advert in an LGBTI magazine seeking a gay male partner to start a family with in Denmark.

June 23, 2014

Coming to the Big Smoke for Gay Pride or for the free museums? Consider our round up of London hotels, from great value to the best city views

There’s no better time than the summer to see London.

Taking a line from Adele, we love seeing everybody in short shorts, skirts and shades.

From glorious parks, to the charming South Bank, to bustling city hoods and free entertainment, London is a city that can accommodate almost all tastes.

Which is why we’re doing a round up of London’s best hotels, ranging from budget bookings to luxury splashes.

June 23, 2014

Coming to the Big Smoke for Gay Pride or for the free museums? Consider our round up of London hotels, from great value to the best city views

There’s no better time than the summer to see London.

Taking a line from Adele, we love seeing everybody in short shorts, skirts and shades.

From glorious parks, to the charming South Bank, to bustling city hoods and free entertainment, London is a city that can accommodate almost all tastes.

Which is why we’re doing a round up of London’s best hotels, ranging from budget bookings to luxury splashes.

May 22, 2014

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study will be the first to measure the level of homophobia in the sporting arena in different countries and is taking place now to report back in time for the world cup of gay rugby in August

The first international study on homophobia in sport is aiming to shine a light on how often gay, lesbian and bisexual people face discrimination on and off the playing field.

Researchers will also gather national data for the USA to compare it with other countries to find which countries have sporting cultures that are the most welcoming of same-sex attracted people.

The ‘Out on the Fields’ study was launched in the wake of controversy around Michael Sam’s draft and in time for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

April 2, 2014

S Club 7, Stooshe and Foxes also to perform at the two-day event in the West Midlands

A star studded line-up of headline acts for this year’s Birmingham Pride have been announced ahead of the festival next month.

Conor Maynard, and ‘90s legend Gabrielle will be headlining the two day bank holiday festival alongside acts like S Club 7, Ms Dynamite, Stooshe and heartthrob Elyar Fox.

This year’s parade will start in Birmingham’s Victoria Square on 24 May, and will follow the theme of Equality and Freedom around the world.

April 2, 2014

S Club 7, Stooshe and Foxes also to perform at the two-day event in the West Midlands

A star studded line-up of headline acts for this year’s Birmingham Pride have been announced ahead of the festival next month.

Conor Maynard, and ‘90s legend Gabrielle will be headlining the two day bank holiday festival alongside acts like S Club 7, Ms Dynamite, Stooshe and heartthrob Elyar Fox.

This year’s parade will start in Birmingham’s Victoria Square on 24 May, and will follow the theme of Equality and Freedom around the world.

March 19, 2014

Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating

Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its doors and its national director will resign by the end of the month.

Living Waters national director Ron Brookman made the announcement 12 March in a group newsletter, writing, ‘I sense, and the board and leadership team around me concur that, sadly, it is time to wind up the ministry.’

March 19, 2014

Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating

Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its doors and its national director will resign by the end of the month.

Living Waters national director Ron Brookman made the announcement 12 March in a group newsletter, writing, ‘I sense, and the board and leadership team around me concur that, sadly, it is time to wind up the ministry.’

February 3, 2014

The leaders of the major parties in the Australian state of Victoria are battling each other to win the gay vote with the Labor Party now pledging to make its Safe Schools LGBTI support program compulsory for all public high schools

The Labor Party in the Australian state of Victoria has promised that every public high school in the state will get Safe School support programs for LGBTI young people if it wins November elections and retakes power.

State Opposition leader Daniel Andrews made the announcement yesterday at Melbourne’s Midsumma LGBTI Pride March, telling marchers, ‘Every Victorian is entitled to feel safe in the school yard – they have a right to be who they are and they have a right to belong.’

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

The luxurious Nadler Hotels in Soho and Kensington are offering a special rate for visitors to the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show this weekend

Visitors to the LGBTI Travel Show can get a specially discounted rate at two of London’s best gay-friendly boutique hotels this weekend.

The Nadler Hotels in Soho and Kensington offer affordable luxury at the heart of two of the UK capital’s most exciting districts.

On the 17, 18 and 19 January they are offering 15% off their best available room rates – for guests coming to the Gay Star Beach Party and LGBTI Travel Show.