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February 20, 2014

The Liberal president of the Western Australia state Legislative Council has ruled that a Greens Party bill that would allow same-sex marriages at a state level can be considered by the chamber

A bill to allow same-sex marriages at a state level cleared its first hurdle in the Western Australia state Parliament on Tuesday with the Liberal Party’s President of the Legislative Chamber ruling not to withdraw the Same-Sex Marriage Bill introduced by Greens Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Lynn MacLaren late last year.

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.

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.

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.

December 13, 2013

The Liberal state premiers of New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria have all urged Australian Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote for all MPs on gay marriage

Australian advocates for same-sex marriage have welcomed four Liberal state premiers throwing their support behind a federal Coalition conscience vote on marriage equality and hope other state and territory Liberal leaders will follow suit.

December 13, 2013

The Liberal state premiers of New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria have all urged Australian Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote for all MPs on gay marriage

Australian advocates for same-sex marriage have welcomed four Liberal state premiers throwing their support behind a federal Coalition conscience vote on marriage equality and hope other state and territory Liberal leaders will follow suit.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

May 31, 2013

Australia is to get a national LGBT phone counseling service with the country’s five state LGBT counseling services working together with the National LGBTI Health Alliance to provide the service

LGBT and intersex Australians will be able to get over the phone counseling wherever they are in the country thanks to a new initiative from the country’s existing five state LGBT phone counseling services and the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

May 31, 2013

Australia is to get a national LGBT phone counseling service with the country’s five state LGBT counseling services working together with the National LGBTI Health Alliance to provide the service

LGBT and intersex Australians will be able to get over the phone counseling wherever they are in the country thanks to a new initiative from the country’s existing five state LGBT phone counseling services and the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

December 2, 2012

Western Australia has become the latest state to have same-sex marriage legislation before its parliament, while the state parliament of New South Wales will hold an inquiry into the constitutionality of having state-level same-sex marriage

Australian marriage equality advocates have welcomed the introduction of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage into the Western Australian state parliament by Greens' party Upper House member Lynn MacLaren, bringing to six the total number of states and territories moving forward on the issue.

December 2, 2012

Western Australia has become the latest state to have same-sex marriage legislation before its parliament, while the state parliament of New South Wales will hold an inquiry into the constitutionality of having state-level same-sex marriage

Australian marriage equality advocates have welcomed the introduction of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage into the Western Australian state parliament by Greens' party Upper House member Lynn MacLaren, bringing to six the total number of states and territories moving forward on the issue.

September 13, 2012

Another Australian state to take same-sex marriage legislation into their own hands

Western Australia will become the latest state to take same-sex marriage legislation into their own hands after Greens Lynn MacLaren announced her intention to introduce a bill to state parliament.

The state with a population of 2.3 million joins South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Australian Capital Territory in initiating their own gay marriage legislation following a prolonged national campaign which may come to nothing.

September 13, 2012

Another Australian state to take same-sex marriage legislation into their own hands

Western Australia will become the latest state to take same-sex marriage legislation into their own hands after Greens Lynn MacLaren announced her intention to introduce a bill to state parliament.

The state with a population of 2.3 million joins South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Australian Capital Territory in initiating their own gay marriage legislation following a prolonged national campaign which may come to nothing.

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.

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.

August 22, 2012

Australian study finds lesbian and bisexual women are less likely to have a cervical smear

Lesbians are more likely to binge drink and take drugs, according to a new study in Australia.

In the survey of almost 900 women, Western Australia's Curtin University found that lesbian and bisexual women use legal and illegal drugs more than the general population.

Drinking was also found to be higher. While 86% of the sample reported they drank alcohol, which is similar to the broader population, levels of risky drinking were higher.