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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.

January 13, 2014

SameSame.com.au, Australia’s leading LGBTI website, was in Melbourne this weekend to photograph the launch of Midsumma, the city’s gay pride festival

January to March isn’t winter for Australia, it’s the start of their LGBTI festival circuit.

This weekend, an estimated 90,000 party-goers kicked off three weeks of gay pride at the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens.

With support from Victoria Tourism Board and the City of Melbourne, Midsumma saw LGBTI people, allies and pets roam the park for hours of sun and socializing until the night-time T Dance and Confetti Party.

November 20, 2013

From relishing overnights in trendy suites to not minding early mornings in bayside jacuzzis, Gay Star Travel settles into three of Canada's most attractive and accommodating hotels

Sleeping in British Columbia, Canada, is like sleeping in a home away from home (with a few chic embellishments).

November 20, 2013

From relishing overnights in trendy suites to not minding early mornings in bayside jacuzzis, Gay Star Travel settles into three of Canada's most attractive and accommodating hotels

Sleeping in British Columbia, Canada, is like sleeping in a home away from home (with a few chic embellishments).

November 12, 2013

Celebrities and politicians joined thousands of parade-goers at the fifth annual LGBTI rights march

When Cyd Ho, a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, went up onto the platform to show her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the 2013 Hong Kong Pride Parade reached its climax with thousands of people’s cheers.

'The government’s support means a lot to us,’ said Abby Lee, one of the organizers of the 9 November event held at the Victoria Park.

‘I hope to have more people to push the government to be more active and supportive of LGBT community.’

November 12, 2013

Celebrities and politicians joined thousands of parade-goers at the fifth annual LGBTI rights march

When Cyd Ho, a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, went up onto the platform to show her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, the 2013 Hong Kong Pride Parade reached its climax with thousands of people’s cheers.

'The government’s support means a lot to us,’ said Abby Lee, one of the organizers of the 9 November event held at the Victoria Park.

‘I hope to have more people to push the government to be more active and supportive of LGBT community.’

November 7, 2013

Bisexual actress Saffron Burrows will play lesbian comic book character Victoria Hand in next week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD – the first time an openly LGBT Marvel character has been portrayed on screen

Marvel Comics will have its first openly gay character portrayed on screen when actress Saffron Burrows plays openly lesbian character Victoria Hand in next week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.

Marvel made the announcement that Burrows would play Hand yesterday in a blog post with the first pictures of Burrows in the role.

November 6, 2013

Carmen Carrera went from RuPaul’s Drag Race to the pages of W magazine. Is the Victoria Secret runway next for her?

It’s about time we had an Angel from the LGBTI community.

New Jersey-born Carmen Carrera, who stole hearts and snatched wigs as a contestant in season three from RuPaul’s Drag Race, has received nearly 18,000 signatures on an online petition to become the first transgender model to rock the Victoria’s Secret runway.