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Week-long celebrations to mark IDAHOT

The Drodrolagi Movement (droMo) will be marking International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) with a week of events that include rainbow-chalking driveways, a peace vigil, a documentary screening and discussion and a Pride Party. IDAHOT is a day to draw attention to the issue of homophobia and transphobia in the community. On May 17th… Read more »

Olympic swimmer comes out as gay

Amini Fonua, who represented the South Pacific islands nation of Tonga at London 2012, comes out as gay – but he goes to an ‘LGBT-unfriendly’ American university Olympic swimmer Amini Fonua has come out in his college newspaper, despite studying at one of the least LGBT-friendly schools in the US. New-Zealand-born Fonua represented the South… Read more »

Anti-gay marriage candidates win Tasmania election

Despite a campaign to make local election all about marriage equality, anti-gay-marriage candidates win all three contested seats in Australian state of Tasmania Two candidates who voted against gay marriage in last year’s Upper House vote in Tasmania won their seats in a local election yesterday. The third victor has also said she would vote… Read more »

World’s first transgender MP seriously ill

New Zealand’s Georgina Beyer, who became the world’s first openly transgender MP in 1999, has chronic kidney failure The world’s first transgender MP, New Zealand’s Georgina Beyer, is seriously ill with chronic kidney failure. Beyer had been about to announce her candidacy in the Wellington mayoral election. She has not confirmed if she will no… Read more »

‘Impersonating a woman’ decriminalized in Samoa

Third gender fa’afafine in Samoa celebrate the end of legal discrimination Fa’afafine, a third gender culture native to Samoa, are celebrating because a new law decriminalizes ‘impersonating a woman’. The Crimes Act 2012, which came into law yesterday, replaced the Crimes Ordinance 1961 which criminalized ‘the impersonation of a female’ by any male in Samoa.… Read more »

Pacific nations seek solutions to laws and policies that block access to HIV services

For activist and community leader Kapul Robert* from Papua New Guinea (PNG) accessing HIV services is a constant challenge. “Papua New Guinea has a law that says sodomy is illegal and this law is contributing to the high-levels of stigma existing in society for both men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people.”… Read more »

No gay marriage in the Cook Islands, says prime minister

Despite ties to New Zealand, the Cook Islands will not proceeding with legalizing gay marriage The prime minister of the Cook Islands, Henry Puna, said they will not be following New Zealand into legalizing gay marriage, despite the islands ties to the Pacific nation. Puna said the Cook Islands ‘Christian values’ and ‘tradition’ prevent it… Read more »

Gay Marriage Legalized in New Zealand as Lawmakers, Public Cheer

New Zealand became the first Asia- Pacific nation to legalize same-sex marriage, prompting cheers and singing in the same parliament where sexual relations between men were decriminalized 27 years ago. The third and final reading of the Marriage Equality Bill was passed late yesterday 77 votes to 44. Lawmakers and members of the public applauded… Read more »

A secret history of sexuality on the front

Archived files shed light on relationships in the army, writes Andrew Stephens. It was a hot night in Borneo and eight Australian soldiers were sitting around discussing film stars they fancied. The war had just ended – Hiroshima and Nagasaki were ashes – but most soldiers in Asia remained on active duty in the all-male… Read more »

New Zealand: Church billboard questions whether Jesus was gay

A controversial church billboard in New Zealand has been unveiled, which raises the question of whether or not Jesus might have been gay. St-Matthew-in-the-City church in Auckland, unveiled this year’s Christmas billboard, which features a depiction of baby Jesus in a crib, with a rainbow-coloured halo surrounding his head, reported Stuff.nz. The billboard reads: “It’s… Read more »

Thousands march for marriage equality in Australia

Thousands took to the streets this weekend in support of marriage equality, while the Australian Green party has pledged to move legislation in every parliament in the land until the issue is settled Nearly a thousand people marched for marriage equality in central Sydney on Sunday, with thousands more marching in other cities over the… Read more »

Fijian government says gays have nothing to fear in Fiji

Government of Fiji responds to protestors on the roof of an immigration detention center in Sydney The government of Fiji has responded to claims by protestors at Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney who said yesterday there are no gay rights in the Pacific islands nation. Three protestors climbed onto the roof at the immigration… Read more »

Gay Red Shirt Day

New Zealanders plan gathering to show Prime Minister that ‘gay’ is not an insult A group of parents have declared this Friday (9 November) ‘Gay Red Shirt Day’ after New Zealand Prime Minister John Key used ‘gay’ as an insult when he criticized a radio host’s ‘gay red top’. The day was inspired by Green… Read more »

New Zealand: Presbyterian Church to defy its governing body and perform same-sex marriages

A church in Wellington, New Zealand, has vowed to go against its governing body if equal marriage becomes legal, and perform same-sex weddings, ”because what matters in marriage is love and commitment.” The St Andrews on the Terrace Presbyterian Church, released a statement today titled “We support equal marriage”, which said that the church would… Read more »

Tasmanian gay marriage bill defeated

Gay marriage advocates have vowed to keep campaigning as numbers mount against them in the first attempt at pioneering state-based same sex marriage. The numbers for reform in Tasmania were lost tonight when the eighth voice against the bill was declared in the 15 member state upper house, the Legislative Council. Australian Marriage Equality spokesman… Read more »

Constructions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer identities among young people in contemporary Australia.

Source – College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University , UK. Abstract This paper focuses on young people’s construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer (LGBQ) identities in contemporary Australia. Through the perspectives of young people, it seeks to position their understanding of LGBQ identities alongside current theoretical and empirical debates about the individual and… Read more »

Australian Senate Joins House In Rejecting Gay Marriage Bill

The Australian Senate on Thursday rejected a bill which would have legalized gay marriage in the country. The Senate voted 41 to 26 against the measure. Yesterday, the House of Representatives defeated the measure with a 98 to 42 vote. Liberal Senator Sue Boyce broke ranks with her party during debate on the bill. “Gay… Read more »

Australia votes against legalising equal marriage

Lawmakers in the Australian Parliament have overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would have introduced equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. The House of Representatives voted 98-42 against the legislation last night. It was the first of four bills introduced to the parliament that aimed to lift the country’s ban on same-sex marriage. A separate bill… Read more »

Australian doctor banned for prescribing gay ‘cure’ to teen

An Australian doctor has been severely reprimanded and banned from working as a general practitioner after prescribing a drug to a teen who came to him for help to “cure” his homosexuality. An Australian doctor who is a member of the Exclusive Brethren Christian sect has been banned from practising as a General Practitioner after… Read more »

Public debate about marriage equality to be held among Pacific communities in New Zealand

Pacific leaders in Auckland, New Zealand, say it is necessary for their communities to hold a public debate the country’s marriage equality bill to quell fears that it will cause conflict with Pacific churches and undermine “traditional values”. As reported by Radio New Zealand News, Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio has asked… Read more »

Australia: Premiers of South Australia and Tasmania promise same-sex marriage

The premiers of South Australia and Tasmania say that they will legislate to introduce same-sex marriage regardless of what Australian federal Prime Minister Julia Gillard or parliament does. While there are two marriage equality bills before the federal parliament, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill told gay rights campaigners at a rally in Adelaide that he… Read more »

Tasmania Plans Gay Marriage Law, Pressuring Australia’s Gillard

Tasmania’s Premier Lara Giddings will move to legalize same-sex marriage on the island, making it the first Australian state to approve gay unions and intensifying pressure on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to follow suit. “We will be leading the way for the rest of Australia to follow,” Giddings, 39, told a ruling state Labor Party… Read more »

‘Gay panic’ killer walks free after four years

An Australian man who killed a man he claimed had made a gay pass at him has walked free after only four years in jail after using the so-called ‘gay panic defense’ to downgrade a murder charge to manslaughter An Australian killer who claimed his victim made a gay pass at him has walked free… Read more »

Tasmania: 250 attend vigil at ‘Excellent Marriage’ anti-gay marriage conference

250 people attended a vigil outside an anti-marriage equality conference in Tasmania last night as it was revealed the winning video message in the conference’s competition to define an ‘excellent marriage’ was from a gay man. The Excellent Marriage conference was attended by around 350 organisers said today, with an address by former senator Guy… Read more »

Fiji’s first Pride march cancelled

Fiji’s first LGBT rights march cancelled because officials ‘did not realise they had given a permit for gays to march’ The Pacific island nation of Fiji was due to celebrate it’s first ever march for gay rights today, but the IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) event was cancelled at the last minute by police. Oceania… Read more »

Australian former judge says he is a ‘second-class citizen’ because he cannot marry

Retired High Court of Australia judge is questioned by senate inquiry into legalising same-sex marriage Micheal Kirby, former High Court of Australia judge Retired judge Michael Kirby reached the pinnacle of his profession and served on the High Court of Australia for 13 years, but despite this he said today that he is a ‘second-class… Read more »

Australia: Former High Court judge speaks up for equal marriage

A former High Court judge in Australia, in testifying to a parliamentary inquiry into equal marriage, has said that all rights afforded to heterosexual citizens should also be afforded to LGBT citizens. Michael Kirby, 73, and in a relationship with his partner for 43 years, said: “My brother is left-handed and I was gay [sic].”… Read more »

AIDS memorial quilt gets permanent home in the Museum of New Zealand

Memorial quilt for the first victims of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand handed to museum in church ceremony Te Papa, the Nation Museum of New Zealand in Wellington The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, accepted the country’s AIDS memorial quilt in a church ceremony yesterday. The quilt, a memorial to the first victims of… Read more »

Matthew Mitcham happy to be seen as an LGBT icon

The Australian Olympic champion, Matthew Mitcham, has said that he’s happy to be seen as an icon for the LGBT community, and did not mind the attention that would be drawn to his personal life as a result. Mr Mitcham, 24, came out shortly before the Beijing olympics, where he won the 10-meter platform event,… Read more »

Mr Gay World 2012 won by German man

The fourth Mr Gay World contest took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday. This was the first time that the contest included black African participants, whose involvement brought its own fraught set of problems. The title was taken by Andreas Derleth, a German man who lives in New Zealand and who beat 21 other contestants.… Read more »

Poll: Australia leads Britain and US in support for equal marriage

Australia is leading Britain and the US in its support for the implementation of equal gay marriage rights, a poll released today suggests. An equal right for gay couples to marry had 49 percent support in Australia, 43 percent support in Britain and 42 percent support in the US, the Angus Reid Public Opinion survey… Read more »

NZ HIV infection numbers drop

Nurse’s care not adequate – report Alcohol warnings to pregnant women Mental illness on rise in children ACC tries to plug another breach Recession’s big role in mental-health spike Study follows 3000 as they age Council backs birthing proposal Release evidence to back claims, Pullar told Home service helps patients recover Widow begins her long… Read more »

Gay Asians fight stereotypes

A new magazine hopes to reach gay men in Asian communities – both in Australia and abroad – in a fight against cultural stereotypes and sexual hierarchy. Video The magazine’s editor and some contributors told SBS about their vision for the groundbreaking publication, in an environment rife with racism and misconceptions. The editor of A-Men,… Read more »

Hon. Michael Kirby Calls for Decriminalization of Homosexuality in Asia Pacific

Retired Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby has called on Asian and Pacific nations to decriminalise homosexuality. Mr Kirby told Radio Australia’s Asia Pacific program that in 41 of 54 Commonwealth nations, laws against homosexuals are still “steadfastly in force… They [the laws] isolate people, stigmatise them, and make them second-class citizens,” he said. Mr… Read more »

One-fifth of gay Auckland men with HIV unaware they are infected

A fifth of gay and bisexual Auckland men with HIV are unaware they are infected, new research has found. The Otago University study is the first community-based biological measure of HIV to estimate of the rate of undiagnosed and overall HIV infection among gay and bisexual Auckland men. The research suggests 6.5 per cent of… Read more »

Catholic priest wins ‘gay panic defence’ fight

The Queensland government has announced it will make the changes necessary to ensure ‘gay panic’ cannot be raised as a partial defence to murder. Recommendations to amend the Criminal Code have been made after a petition by a Catholic priest garnered more than 25,000 signatures and international support. So-called “gay panic” has been invoked by… Read more »

Regional action needed on homophobia

Australian gay rights activists have called on the Gillard Government to take a stronger stand on LGBTI rights in the region following the release of a United Nations report into high levels of violence faced by LGBTI people worldwide. The report was released in Geneva last week after a UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution… Read more »

Australian Psychological Society backs call for equal marriage rights

The Society backed the American Psychological Associations August resolutionThe Society backed the American Psychological Associations August resolution The Australian Psychological Society has officially given its support to full marriage equality for gay couples, adding the voice of its 20,000 members to the debate. The group’s board approved an endorsement of the American Psychological Association’s resolution… Read more »

Sydney LGBTI leaders speak of hopes and wishes for 2012

Sydney – Marriage equality, rapid HIV testing, an expansion of services for LGBTIQ youth in need, and anti-discrimination laws that offer every person protection no matter what their sexuality, gender or sex identity, are a few of the things that some of the country’s leading LGBTI bodies and community groups will be fighting for and… Read more »

Bill repeal will traumatise gays: psych

Repealing laws allowing same sex couples to form civil unions will cause psychological damage to gays and lesbians, a psychologist says. Independent Queensland MP Rob Messenger on Tuesday announced he would put forward a private member’s bill after the state election to repeal the same-sex civil union bill passed recently by Queensland parliament. Brisbane-based psychologist… Read more »