• Victoria May See Adoption Equality

    Last week, legislation was introduced to the Victorian Parliament that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children together. Victoria’s Equality Minister, Martin Foley, promised during his campaign that adoption equality was one of his priorities, and he has begun to fulfill that commitment. Earlier this year, Foley called for...
  • Study: Dementia in the Australian LGBT Community

    Two organizations in Australia just released the results of a study on dementia in the LGBT community, undertaken to disprove the idea that people with dementia “turn straight” and to improve their care and service. The study was organized by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society...
  • Australian Teens Make Pro-Marriage Equality Statement with Potatoes

    Last week, two Australian teens decided to send a message to the Australian government about their anti-marriage equality views. Their method? One thousand rainbow-painted potatoes. Will Richards and Dan Buttson are the co-founders of a business called Potato Messenger, which allows people to pay $10 for a handwritten message...
  • Successful Trials of Anti-HIV Drug in Australia

    Truvada PrEP, a pill that blocks HIV infections, has been available in Australia through clinical trials for over a year, and the results are highly encouraging. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is not a vaccine, but rather an antiretroviral drug that is up to 92% effective at preventing HIV infection...
  • New Australian Prime Minister in Favor of Marriage Equality

    Australia has a new Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull. And he just might bring about needed change in marriage laws. Last week, after being informed that he no longer had the strong support of his party, Tony Abbott called for a leadership ballot, which he expected to win. However, on...
  • No Faith-Based Exemptions to Adoption Equality in Victoria

    As LGBT Australians and their allies continue to fight for the legalization of same-sex marriage, another struggle looms on the horizon: adoption rights. Currently, same-sex couples are permitted to adopt children in about half the Australian states, although conditions and requirements vary from state to state. In Victoria, Equality...
  • LGBT Documentary Banned on #WearItPurple Day

    Last Friday, August 28th, all across Australia, students and adults celebrated #WearItPurple Day. As suggested by the hashtag, people are encouraged to wear purple in support of LGBT youth and in opposition to the bullying and harassment that they often face. Australians of all ages posted photos of themselves...
  • UN Free & Equal Campaign Makes Inroads in Cook Islands

    In 2013, the United Nations held the global launch of its Free & Equal campaign, a public education campaign for LGBTQ equality. Earlier this month, in Suva, Fiji, the UN launched a regional branch of the campaign for the Pacific Islands. At the launch, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau,...
  • Debate Over Marriage Equality Vote in Australia Intensifies

    It’s been a busy week in Australia for LGBT activists and politicians on both sides of the marriage equality question. As it stands, Australia is the only large English-speaking country that has not established legal provisions for marriage equality. The political conversation this week could mean a change in...