Tag Archives: Sydney

Sydney Rings In 2020 With Controversial Fireworks

The BBC reports: Sydney’s Lord Mayor has defended the decision to press ahead with the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display, despite calls it should have been cancelled due to the bushfire crisis. Speaking earlier on Tuesday, Clover Moore said the celebration would “give hope to people”. Parts of Australia have been ravaged by bushfires intensified by high temperatures and …

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Australia: Wildfires Again Spur Emergency Declaration

Reuters reports: Australia’s most populous state declared its second emergency in as many months on Thursday as extreme heat and strong winds stoked more than 100 bushfires, including three major blazes on Sydney’s doorstep. A day after Australia recorded its hottest day on record, thick smoke blanketed the harbor city, shrouded the Opera House and brought many outdoor activities to …

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AUSTRALIA: Emergency Declared Over Many Wildfires

BBC reports: Two Australian states have declared a state of emergency as bushfires bring a “catastrophic” threat to heavily populated areas of the nation’s east. At least three people are dead and thousands have been displaced by three days of dangerous weather conditions in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland. But officials say the worst danger will come on Tuesday …

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Sydney Wins Bidding To Host WorldPride 2023

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Sydney has won the right to host the international WorldPride event in 2023 after defeating Montreal and Houston in a vote in Athens on Sunday. Members of the worldwide InterPride network voted for Sydney to host the event in 2023, which will coincide with the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham …

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SYDNEY: City To Offer Free Weddings To Gay Couples (But Not Straight Ones) If Equal Marriage Becomes Law

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Gay couples – but not straight ones – will be able to marry for free in some of the City of Sydney’s most prominent buildings and parks, in a move that will outrage the progressive council’s conservative critics. A motion passed on Monday night will allow same-sex couples to hire community facilities, halls and parks …

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AUSTRALIA: Haters Skywrite “Vote No” Over Sydney

Gay Star News reports: Skywriting appeared over Sydney today to encourage Australians to ‘Vote No’ to marriage equality. Australians are currently voting in a expensive and divisive postal vote on same-sex marriage. They have until 27 October to post their votes back, with results announced 15 November. But the ‘No’ campaign ramped up their attempts to sway people against same-sex …

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At Sydney’s Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras [VIDEOS]

From the Sydney Morning Herald: As 178 floats assembled near Hyde Park and excited revellers made the final touches to their bright, feathered and stiletto-ed outfits, Sydney was ready to party. Thanks to spectacular weather, the 38th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was especially dazzling, with glitter and sequins reflecting a radiant sun. Thousands lined the streets and …

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AUSTRALIA: Government Apologizes For Mistreatment Of Gay Activists At Historic 1978 March [VIDEO]

From the Sydney Morning Herald: After a wait of nearly 40 years, “78er” Julie McCrossin​ says she was thrilled and emotional to learn that the NSW [New South Wales] government is to apologise for the discrimination and mistreatment that she and other gay rights activists suffered in 1978. The commentator and broadcaster said she understood that she and a group …

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Sydney Rings In 2016 With Fireworks Spectacular

No New Year’s Eve is complete without a look at the fireworks spectacular over Sydney. Watch below. I’m just a little disappointed that they didn’t soundtrack the fireworks with Kylie this year.

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SYDNEY: Kylie Minogue Holiday Flash Mob [VIDEO]

Australians still love their flash mobs. Via the Daily Mail: Thousands flocked to Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach on Saturday to escape the searing heat, but were instead treated to a Christmas flash mob – hosted by two gloriously confident drag queens. Dancing to the tune of Kylie and Dannii Minogue’s latest single ‘100 degrees,’ bare-chested men and bikini-clad women wearing …

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AUSTRALIA: Catholic Church Pressures Businesses To Back Off Marriage Support

The Archdiocese Of Sydney is ever so pissed at the 150+  Australian corporations that have placed a joint newspaper campaign in support of same-sex marriage. The Catholic Church in Sydney is sending letters to companies that publicly support same-sex marriage, expressing its “grave concern” about their stance. The ABC has seen a copy of one letter addressed to the chairman …

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AUSTRALIA: Sydney Rallies For Marriage

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AUSTRALIA: Hate Group Tries To Air Anti-Marriage Equality Ad During Sydney Mardi Gras, Network Refuses

Via SameSame: SBS has flatly refused to show a controversial fear-mongering advertisement for ‘traditional marriage’ during tonight’s broadcast of Sydney Mardi Gras Parade highlights – and the maker of the ad is very annoyed about it. Australian Marriage Forum lobby group President Dr David van Gend, who appears in the ad simply billed as a ‘family doctor’, explained in an …

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Sydney Rings In 2015

Their fireworks are always the best.

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AUSTRALIA: Grieving Partner Of Murdered Hero Cafe Manager Speaks Out

Via Australian television: Siege victim Tori Johnson’s partner has thanked Australia and the world for the outpouring of support for the family that has come in the wake of the Martin Place tragedy. Thomas Zinn read an emotional statement directly to viewers on the TODAY Show this morning, speaking of the family’s pride in the strength of the community. “As …

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AUSTRALIA: Murdered Hero In Sydney Cafe Siege Was Openly Gay Man

The Sydney cafe manager murdered yesterday after being held hostage by a deranged Islamist was an openly gay man in a 14-year relationship. The manager of the Lindt cafe who was fatally shot in the Martin Place siege is being praised as a hero who helped others trapped in the cafe to escape. Tori Johnson, 34, was wrestling a gun …

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SYDNEY: Giant Condom Riles Anti-Gays

A giant condom wrapped over a monument in a Sydney park has enraged anti-gay activists. The 18m fluoro covering was slipped onto the Hyde Park Obelisk overnight as part of an advertising campaign commissioned by an agency for HIV prevention among gay men. Australian Christian Lobby director and outdoor advertising lobbyist Wendy Francis has spoken out on the stunt, telling …

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AUSTRALIA: Protesters Block Entrance As Hate Conference “Opens In Chaos”

Via the Guardian: About 100 protesters blocked the entrance to the Catch the Fire evangelical ministries in the Melbourne suburb of Hallam on Saturday morning, where the controversial World Congress of Families conference was scheduled to begin. Many speakers, including the American campaigner Angela Lanfranchi, who planned to speak on the thoroughly debunked link between breast cancer and abortion, were …

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Bingham Cup: Day Two Highlights

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AUSTRALIA: Gay Couple Legally Marries At British Consulate In Sydney

Gay Star News has the story: From today British consulates around Australia are allowed to marry same-sex couples where at least one of the parties is a UK citizen. What is believed to be the first such marriage in Australia took place today around 3pm at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay and involved a Scottish Australian couple. Peter …

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