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Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination

Friday, August 29, 2014
Brisbane Hustlers rugby players tackles a San Francisco Fog player during the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The Australian Rugby Union today announced its new Inclusion Policy, which is designed to stamp out all forms of discrimination and homophobia in Rugby and ensure a positive environment for everyone involved in the game.
SYDNEY -- World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Friday for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament. ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the "inclusion policy" ensures "every individual, whether they're [...]

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‘Please Like Me’ lets its comic creator Josh Thomas be himself

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Josh Thomas
NEW YORK -- "I float around," says Josh Thomas, "and I've just been very lucky." The 27-year-old openly gay Australian comedian is trying to account for his success in what he'd argue is the absence of ambition or strategy. Still, look at him: a star Down Under and the [...]

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World-renowned AIDS researchers, activists perish in downed Malaysian jet

Thursday, July 17, 2014
People inspect the crash site of a a Malaysian jetliner plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
SYDNEY -- Several passengers on board a Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine were heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia, officials said Friday. "A number of people" on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the southern Australian city of Melbourne to attend the 20th International AIDS [...]

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Australia lawmaker: Gay marriage ban a ‘bizarre misappropriation of power’

Monday, July 14, 2014
David-Leyonhjelm
An Australian lawmaker is challenging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Members of Parliament a free vote on same-sex marriage and said he would introduce legislation to amend the federal marriage act as soon as that happens. Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm said he hopes the “closet libertarians” in Parliament [...]

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Study: Children raised by same-sex couples happier, healthier

Sunday, July 6, 2014
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A new study conducted by the University of Melbourne in Australia finds that children of same-sex parents enjoy better levels of health and wellbeing than their peers from traditional family units. Described as the largest study of its kind in the world, researchers surveyed 315 same-sex parents and 500 children [...]

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Australia’s major sports leagues pledge to fight anti-gay discrimination

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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SYDNEY -- Chief executives of Australia's major sports leagues have signed a commitment to eliminate discrimination against gay people among their teams, players and spectators. [...]

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‘Marry Me’

Monday, March 10, 2014
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From Director and Videographer Elvis Di Fazio comes "Marry Me," a video created as the closing act for Sydney, Australia's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014, which concluded last week. [...]

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Australian court rejects gay marriage law, nullifies dozens of same-sex marriages

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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SYDNEY -- Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of dozens of same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. [...]

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First same-sex weddings held in Australian capital city

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Rob Griffith, APGay couples, back row from left, Craig Berry, Ulyses Garcia, Narelle Majic, Ashleigh Watson, Dennis Littelow and Stephen Dawson, front row from left, Joel Player, Alan Right, Samantha Hermes, Hayley Wilson, Ivan Hinton, and Chris Teoh, pose for photos after they all took their wedding vows during ceremonies throughout Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
CANBERRA, Australia — Gay and lesbian couples from around Australia joined in fragile marriages in Canberra on Saturday under the nation's beleaguered same-sex union laws that face a challenge in the courts within a week. [...]

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Same-sex weddings begin in Australia, but marriages could be short lived

Friday, December 6, 2013
Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
CANBERRA, Australia — A state lawmaker and his partner dressed in matching suits and ties embraced and kissed in front of Australia’s Parliament House early Saturday in one of the nation’s first same-sex marriages. Stephen Dawson, a 38-year-old member of the opposition Labor Party in the Western Australian Parliament, and [...]

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