Tag Archive | Australia

Sydney’s gay pride parade celebrates same-sex marriage and activists

Sydney’s gay pride parade celebrates same-sex marriage and activists

Excited crowds lined Sydney’s streets on Saturday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the first time the annual parade has taken place since Australia legalised same-sex marriage. The event started in 1978 as a protest march for gay rights and the decriminalisation of homosexuality, but has since grown into […]

Equal Marriage Plebiscite Causes Lyle Shelton To Join Australian Conservatives

Equal Marriage Plebiscite Causes Lyle Shelton To Join Australian Conservatives

With Australian senator, Cory Bernardi, calling for ‘stronger families’, and the Conservatives stating that they will repeal equal marriage if they get elected, Lyle Shelton, the former Australian Christian Lobby leader, has joined them. On their website the Conservatives stated: “The following comments are excerpts from a speech by Lyle Shelton at the Toowoomba announcement of […]

Video: First Same-sex Marriage In Australia

Video: First Same-sex Marriage In Australia

The first same-sex marriages have taken place in Australia under special exemption, in Sydney and Melbourne, which meant the two couples could marry before the due date of 9th January, put forward by the government. Lauren Price and Amy Laker became the first gay couple to tie the knot, and the ceremony took place in […]

ILGA Oceania celebrates passing of marriage equality in Australia

ILGA Oceania celebrates passing of marriage equality in Australia

ILGA Oceania – the regional chapter of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – celebrates Australia’s YES vote on equal marriage, and wishes to acknowledge the hard work that LGBTIQ and human rights activists in Australia, and around the world, have done during this long and protracted fight. “First of all, thank […]

Australia: Alex Greenwich – “Our Country Can Be Truly Proud” Of Equal Marriage Victory

Australia: Alex Greenwich – “Our Country Can Be Truly Proud” Of Equal Marriage Victory

Alex Greenwich of The Equality Campaign is justly proud of the LGBT community and its supporters’ achievement of marriage equality in Australia yesterday, and the fact that they have done it “simply and fairly”. “[…] marriage equality is now law! […] our country can be truly proud”, he said. Greenwich, originally from New Zealand, moved to […]

Australia: LGBT Protections Remain As Senate Votes Yes To Marriage Equality

Australia: LGBT Protections Remain As Senate Votes Yes To Marriage Equality

The Australian Senate has passed marriage equality by 43 votes to 12. The Senate has also resoundingly voted down amendments designed to wind back discrimination protections. This disappointed Tony Abbot and George Brandis, who expected that some of their amendments would be allowed to modify the bill. George Brandis still feels that a celebrant should be […]

As Australian LGBT Community Celebrate, NI LGBT Feel More Isolated

As Australian LGBT Community Celebrate, NI LGBT Feel More Isolated

Yesterday, Wednesday 15th November, Australia voted overwhelmingly that they wish to allow same-sex marriage, in their marriage equality plebiscite. Meanwhile, Theresa May’s UK government is propped up by the DUP in Northern Ireland, a party that has consistently blocked the north’s LGBT community equal marriage rights.