Monthly Archives: March 2010

Sydney 2010!

Country Details: Gay Rights and Culture in Australia

Australian LGBT Rights:

Homosexual Acts Legal? Yes

Same-sex Relationships Recognized? Yes

Same-sex Marriages Allowed? No

Same-sex Adoption Allowed? Yes

Can Gays Serve Openly in the Military? Yes, since 1992

Anti-discrimination Laws? Yes

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 “prohibits discrimination on the ground of homosexuality in a number of areas including employment, accommodation, education, the provision of goods and services, and club membership or benefits.”

However, the states of the Commonwealth of Australia also have their own laws concerning anti-discrimination legislation.  This means the degree of anti-discrimination protection varies state to state.

Legislature Concerning Gender Identity? Some

July 2009, the Australian Passport Office reviewed its policy to make it easier for those seeking a passport in their preferred gender

Cultural Points of Interest:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island indigenous cultures have the term “Sistergirl” to describe those in their communities who prefer being a different gender, mostly those wanting to be female.
  • This year’s Mardi Gras celebration was attended by photographer Spencer Tunick, well-known for his installations that include large numbers of nude participants.  While in Sydney he photographed a new piece called “The Base”.

Websites:

SameSame – Australia’s #1 gay and lesbian lifestyle website.  The site hosts a huge number of forums, as well as providing news, reviews, and features on various gay community activities.  http://www.samesame.com.au/

Yarns – Features stories and interviews with gay aboriginals.  http://www.yarns.org.au

Guide To Gay – A popular entertainment and lifestyle website based in Australia.  The brand also includes travel guides, and provides high quality information for visitors.
http://www.guidetogay.com

Gay Travel in Australia – Provides excellent information for travelers planning a visit to Australia.
www.gay-australia.net

ACON – ACON is Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
http://www.acon.org.au

Pride Centre – Non-profit organization that works as a community centre and social services for the LGBT community.
www.pridecentre.com.au

Journal Entry: March 4, 2010 — Chad’s Back from Sydney

Completely exhausted, Chad returned from photographing Sydney’s Mardi Gras Activities on Tuesday (March 2).

He’d spent about a week there photographing different Mardi Gras events, including the main events of Parade Day and Harbour Day ’10.  On our main project website, we’ve upload the top pictures into a “Sydney Pride Gallery“.  Soon, we’ll be uploading some more to Flickr.

Pride kiss taken by Charles Meacham of the Walk with Pride Project at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Chad will also be uploading a blog entry later in the week further describing his experiences photographing Mardi Gras.

WWP Project Featured on the Outrage Magazine GayZine

The WWP project is very honored to be featured on the Outrage Magazine GayZine.

“Outrage Magazine is the first online publication for the Filipino gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally (GLBTQIA) community, and aims to be the complete sourcebook for everyone queer.”

Check out the full article at:

Outrage Magazine – “Walk with Pride: Capturing History”

Gay Pride image of OutRage Magazine, the Philippines only GayZine.

Sydney Updates — Coming Soon!

More Updates on the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras — Coming Soon!!

Chad will be back from his trip to OZ later tonight, and we’ll get the blog updated shortly.