The AFL will now consider holding a Pride Round next season to celebrate the participation of the LGBTI community to the sporting code after the league today also agreed to air the ‘No to Homophobia’ campaign ads during the weekend’s two preliminary finals matches.
Gay men and men who have sex with other men are being urged to see their GP or visit a sexual health clinic to be tested for gonorrhoea and other STIs and HIV with notification rates for gonorrhoea attributed to sex between men rising steeply in recent times and now at a six-year high.
Having never lost an election she has contested, popular Independent MP for Sydney, Clover Moore, was nevertheless forced to bid farewell to NSW Parliament on Thursday amid emotional scenes after 24 years of service to the local community.
High-profile gay rights advocate Alex Greenwich has announced he will contest the by-election for the state seat of Sydney as an Independent after today receiving the backing of outgoing popular long-serving MP Clover Moore.
Yesterday’s defeat of a federal same-sex marriage bill has intensified the push for states to lead the way on marriage equality while on the federal level the Opposition is again trying to introduce civil unions.
As pressure continues to build on Australia’s major sporting codes to do more to tackle homophobia, controversy has erupted on the baseball fields of North America after Toronto Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar was spotted displaying an anti-gay message on his eye-black strips used to deflect sun glare.
A marriage equality bill introduced into Federal Parliament has been overwhelmingly defeated in the lower house today after almost half of all Labor MPs sided with leader Julia Gillard and the Coalition to oppose the reform.
Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has resigned as parliamentary secretary to Coalition Leader Tony Abbott after coming under fire from within his own party as well by marriage equality advocates for claiming same-sex marriage laws would lead to bestiality.
He may be the country’s potential next prime minister but the family of Tony Abbott now have another sibling to support in the political world after the Coalition Leader’s openly gay sister, Christine Forster, was named the winner of the final City of Sydney council seat following this month’s local government elections.