Home' LOTL : May 12 Contents The sister of coalition leader Tony Abbott
has come out as a lesbian, and a g ay lobby
group is calling for the community to
pressure Abbott to change his anti-gay marriag e
Christine Forster publicly came out in an
inter vie w with The Australian, but was pictured
with par tner Virginia Edwards holding a placard
which reads “I Love Her. Marr y Me?” for
A C O N ’s This Is Oz anti-homophobia proje ct.
“I have de cided to publicly confirm that I am
gay and am in a committed, live-in relationship
with Virginia,” Forster said in the inter view.
But Abbott declared his views would not
change. “ We’ve had a lot of interesting discussions
and we’ll keep those discussions g oing , but
fundamentally I want to be a politician that keeps
my commitments,” he said.
Australian Marriag e Equality convenor Alex
Gre enwich urged the community to show Abbott
he was out of touch by suppor ting two marriag e
equality bills currently in the lower house of
The House of Representatives Standing
Committee on Social Policy and Leg al Affairs
is conducting a sur vey to garner community
attitudes to Gre ens MP Adam Bandt’s Marriag e
Equality Amendment Bill 2012 and Labor
MP Stephen Jones’s Marriag e Amendment Bill
2012. Both aim to leg alise same-sex marriag e in
The sur vey takes less time than to make a cup
To participate, visit https://www.sur veymk.
“Make sure Australia’s suppor t for marriag e
equality isn’t misrepresented,” Gre enwich said.
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Fresh perspective for WA Pride
Pride WA has announced its new committee
for 2012 and a new commitment to WA’s queer
The new team has promised to make the festival
bigger and better by seeking and incorporating
community feedback, offering more opportunities
and actively involving volunteers and focusing on
building ties with other community groups.
Festival co-director Matthew Landers said: “I am
excited to be on board the Pride WA Committee
for 2012-2013. I would like to see the PrideWA
‘brand’ put on the map.”
Fellow festival director Kingsley Norris said this
year would be a big one for Pride WA.
“Revitalising Pride WA and strengthening the
Pride festival are two things I am very passionate
about,” he said. “For me it’s a year of change,
exciting new events and the modernisation of the
Parade and Fairday.”
Other committee members include Paul Van
Leishout Hunt, Rebecca Hills, Dean Cahill, Alice
Newport-Holden, Sonja Jovivic, and Joel Murphy.
For festival updates, visit pridewa.asn.au
Wanted: Queer Mentors
Australia’s only GLBT scholarship program is
calling for professionals willing to sign up as
mentors for disadvantaged queer youth.
The Pinnacle Foundation, a not-for-profit
organisation run by volunteers and funded by
donors, offered 14 university students financial
scholarships and successfully matched them
with a mentor to guide them academically.
Pinnacle aims to match scholars with
professionals in their chosen field of study in the
same city, but need a greater pool of mentors to
Executive director Sean Linkson praised the
GLBT community for its support thus far and
said potential mentors may take years to be
matched with a student. “Members of our
LGBTIQ community can register to be a mentor
by checking out our website and completing
the registration form. We will do the rest,” said
To complete a self-assessment mentor
checklist, visit thepinnaclefoundation.org.
IN OTHER NEWS...
Tony, let your
Tony Abbott’s gay sister Christine Forster,
left, with partner Virginia Edwards.
Love to play competitive sp ort, discuss human
rights and hang out with other lesbians from
around the world? The World Outgames 2013
ne eds you.
Registrations are now open for the event, to be
held in Antwerp, Belgium, Aug ust 2013. Compe-
tition is across 32 sports from chess to tennis and
water polo and runs from Aug ust 4-10 . A human
rights conference runs from July 31 to Aug ust 2
and the traditional cultural festival, from July 31
to Aug ust 11 includes the opening and closing
ceremonies, live entertainment and festivals for
poetry, movies, choirs and literature.
Lesbian athletes from Australia performe d ex-
ceptionally well at the last World Outgames in
Copenhag en and teams such as Sydney’s Flying
Bats lesbian soccer club are planning to compete
in Antwerp. To register, visit http://woga2013.
org/ or for more updates like the event’s Face-
book pag e : facebook.com/outgames2013
Pictured: Danielle Warby from Sydney’s Flying Bats with
Antwerp Aussie ambassador, Lorraine Little.
Call for lesbians to come
Civil unions under threat
Queensland’s civil unions could be rescinded
as the state’s ne wly-elected conser vative
government has sought leg al advice about
repealing the legislation.
Attorne y-General Jarrod Bleijie has
reportedly requested a full legal brief from his
department about the legislation, which allows
same-sex couples a leg al union.
Bleijie said all options “are on the table,”
including a total repeal or amendments. Any
such chang es are mooted for the short term.
The move is at odds with the personal
views of Premier Campbell Newman, who has
publicly suppor ted gay marriag e.
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