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Mardi Gras, let's go outside
Gay icon George Michael closed out the 2010
Mardi Gras with a last-minute appearance at
this year's Mardi Gras party. In Australia for the
nal leg of his world tour, Michael performed
his hit 'Outside' at 1am. e crowd of 12,000
was down on last year's 15,000 as this year the
parade and party were on separate weekends.
However, New Mardi Gras said it was satis-
ed with the turnout. Crowd numbers were
up for the parade the previous weekend, which
featured trans-identity Amanda Lepore as the
parade chief, and arrests were down from last
year. e mass gathering of nude participants
for Spencer Tunick's art installation at the Op-
era House, called 'Mardi Gras: e Base', was
another festival hit.
Organisers are yet to decide if the split party/
parade format will remain for 2011.
NSW couples to sign up
Gay groups have welcomed the NSW Government's
decision to introduce a relationships register for
same-sex couples, despite the fact it falls short of
ACT's civil unions' model.
Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokes-
person Rodney Croome said: "Civil partnership cere-
monies are not a substitute for same-sex marriage, but
until same-sex marriage is achieved, a civil partnership
ceremony may the only way for same-sex couples to
o cially a rm and celebrate their love and commit-
ment in front of friends and family."
NSW Attorney General John Hatzistergos said civil
unions were a matter for the Federal Government.
"What we're trying to do here is provide a simple
and digni ed mechanism for people to be able to
have their relationships recorded, whether they are
same-sex or heterosexual, and to be able to facilitate
access to the family court system, but also to various
entitlements under state and federal law," he said.
Greens vow to ght on
Greens senator Sarah Han-
son-Young has pledged to
re-introduce the party's Mar-
riage Equality Bill in the rst
session of the new Parliament
a er it was soundly defeated in
the Senate. e bid to legalise
gay marriage failed miserably
with a vote of 45 to ve votes,
with only the Greens supporting it. One third of sena-
tors failed to turn up for the vote, some of whom were
deliberately absent as they felt uncomfortable with
their party's opposition to it. Openly lesbian Climate
Change Minister Penny Wong was in a cabinet meet-
ing and did not vote.
Hanson-Young said polls consistently showed the
issue was widely supported in the community. " e
old parties desperately want the issue of same-sex mar-
riage to go away, but it won't,'' she said.
Preschooler expelled for
A Catholic school in Colorado is kicking out a
preschooler because the child's parents are
lesbians. The lesbian couple, who have attended
services at Sacred Heart for years, have been
denied the right to re-enrol their child in pre-school
at the church's school. The decision was made by
Fr. Bill Breslin, who was acting according to church
policy but said, "It was the hardest decision I have
ever made in my life." The decision has made news
in media outlets around the world and upset both
church members and Boulder's LGBT community.
Both communities joined together in protest over
Slovakia's rst pride parade
Slovakia has announced that it will hold a Pride
festival this year. It is a rst for the nation and the
last country in the Euopean Union to make the
announcement. Dúhový (Rainbow) Pride will take
place in Bratislava on 22nd May. While full details are
yet to be released, a spokesperson for the event said,
"Rainbow Pride Bratislava 2010 is an important step
towards the visibility of lesbian and gay people in the
public space. Pride is celebration of who we are, our
identities, our presence and our civic participation in
Slovak society. Pride is also a march for true equality
for LGBT people with legal recognition for same-sex
couples and the possibility for adoptions and assisted
Gay militants surge in military
Andrea Lafferty, the US-based Traditional Values
Coalition Executive Director, and one of Washington's
most powerful lobbyists, has issued a call to action
to members of the antigay group urging supporters
to help defend the US military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Lafferty penned an open letter on the group's website
after attending a Senate panel hearing on President
Obama's plan to abolish the policy. Lafferty called the
hearing a "dog and pony show for the gay agenda."
She said, "I can foresee rampant violence in the
military if macho men must share shower facilities,
bunk beds in a submarine or fox holes with sex-
crazed gay males." No word from Lafferty on the
in uence of sex-crazed lesbians.
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