This week’s top stories in Star Observer LGBTI news


Ugandan president blocks homophobic bill

REPORTS have emerged that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has blocked the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

According to Ugandan newspaper The Monitor, the president accused Ugandan Parliament of breaking the law by passing the bill in December 2013 without the minimum number of parliamentry members present at the time of the vote for it to be valid | Read more



Belle Brockhoff: gay Aussie snowboarder heading to Sochi

BELLE Brockhoff may have a reputation as one of the world’s best snowboarders, but it’s as Australia’s only openly-gay athlete for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics that she is being recognised for her courage and honesty as she prepares to hit the slopes in search of gold next month | Read more



Nigeria passes strict anti-gay laws

REPORTS have emerged that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has signed a bill that criminalises same-sex relationships.

The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which was passed last December before the president signed it into law this week, bans gay and lesbian marriages, public displays of same-sex relationships, outlaws organisations supporting LGBTI rights, and enforces various jail terms for anyone breaking these laws | Read more



“Inaccuracies” in Immigration Dept claims: Choudhry

THE couple at the centre of a deportation struggle has refuted recent claims made by the Immigration Department in a statement regarding their visa rejection.

Pakistani-born Ali Choudhry made headlines over his then-impending deportation to his birthplace on January 8 following a partnership visa rejection despite having an Australian partner of almost four years | Read more



Mardi Gras pushes for greater trans* & intersex inclusion

A TRANS*, intersex and queer working group has been established by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in the lead-up to this year’s festival to create greater visibility and inclusion | Read more



Health care clinic opens at Twenty10

YOUNG people will now have the opportunity to receive free and confidential health advice and treatment at a new primary health care at Twenty10 | Read more



Flier controversy fails to deter 100,000 attending Midsumma Carnival

SPECTACULAR weather in Melbourne on Sunday helped bolster the huge crowd for Carnival, the annual event that launched the city’s Midsumma festival.

Over 100,000 people attended Carnival, which this year saw it return to its former venue in Alexandra Gardens | Read more



Socceroos, A-League stars applaud The Hammer’s coming out

SOCCEROOS coach Ange Postecoglou and A-League footballer Thomas Brioch have joined a list of prominent people from around the world who have applauded high-profile German star Thomas Hitzlsperger for publically coming out as gay | Read more



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