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TV host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres has fame,
fortune, Portia, and now the muscle after being voted the
tenth most powerful woman in the world.
This year's Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list
has ranked DeGeneres behind some impressive women,
including a rst lady, corporate heavyweights and pop
Politics reigns in the power stakes, with US rst lady
Michelle Obama topping the list. German Chancellor
Angela Merkel is fourth and former rst lady and now
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton behind her in fth.
The old adage that money is power rings true with the
2010 list, with chief executives Irene Rosenfeld (Kraft
Foods) in second, Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo) in sixth, and Gail
Kelly (Westpac) in eighth.
It wouldn't be any kind of power list without Oprah
Winfrey, who was ranked third. Pop queen du jour Lady
Gaga is in seventh and Beyoncé Knowles rounds out
the list in ninth.
Angelina Jolie doesn't make an appearance until
number 21, Queen Elizabeth took 41st spot and
Australia's PM Julia Gillard scrambled in at 58th.
Ellen's in our top 10
Two NSW activists who have campaigned for gay
rights for more than 40 years received the community's
top accolades recently at ACON's Honour Awards.
Sue Willis and Lex Watson were the dual winners
of this year's Community Hero Award. e pair were
elected the inaugural co -presidents of the Campaign
Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) and have been
active law reformers in the areas of health and welfare
ey were among six people and organisations
recognised in the annual Awards, also a fundraiser for
ACON, now in its fourth year.
Albury-based carer, fundraiser and volunteer
Robert Hemburrow won the Health and Wellbeing
Award while Reece Farmilo from Out Travel won
the Business Award.
e entertainment eld was not forgotten, with
drag performer Trevor Ashley winning the Media/
Arts/Entertainment Award, and lm festival ueer
Screen receiving the Community Organisation
Award for its promotion of queer culture over the
past 20 years.
In congratulating the winners, ACON president
Mark Orr said, " e event was a truly inspirational
and thoroughly entertaining evening and a great
celebration of the dynamic spirit of our community."
Money raised at the awards will be spent on
ACON's health projects within the community.
Top Honours for activists
OK in Tas Same-sex couples who
marry or enter into a
civil partnership overseas
will have their unions
recognised in Tasmania
a er legislation passed
through the state's Upper
It is the rst Australian
state to recognise such
An amendment to the Relationships Act
will allow couples from interstate and overseas
to be automatically recognised as partners in a
Tasmanian Deed of Relationship (i.e. state civil
partnership). is reciprocates the recognition
o ered to Tasmanian Deeds of Relationships by
the ACT, New Zealand, Britain, and in federal law.
e amendment was passed without opposition.
"It is important for Tasmanian law to respect
the o cial, legal commitment partners make to
each other, regardless of what state or country that
commitment was made in," said Tasmanian Gay
and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney
Brethren loses gay
A er three years of legal proceedings, LGBT youth
and suicide-prevention group Wa y O u t has won a
discrimination case against an anti-gay religious or-
WayOut lodged a complaint with the Victorian
Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) a er
their request to use the Christian Youth Camps' Phil-
lip Island Adventure Resort, run by Christian Breth-
ren church, in 2007 was refused on the basis the camp
would be used to promote homosexuality.
Ironically, WayOut had planned an anti-homo-
phobia workshop for its members to better equip
them to deal with such incidents. WayOut chal-
lenged the decision, arguing business should not be
exempt from anti-discrimination laws on the basis of
Judge Felicity Hampel from VCAT agreed, and it
has been reported the Christian Youth Camps were
ordered to pay a penalty of $5000.
" ese ndings make it clear that being owned by
a religious group does not give a business the right to
do whatever they want," said WayOut's Sue Hackney.
" at's good news for equality and not just for our
young people, but for every business out there who's
been doing the right thing all along."
Photo: Ann-Marie Calihanna
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