The Whitsunday Islands are mostly uninhabited but four of them have resorts and are geared towards tourism. Sydney is such a great city. It has the excitement of London and New York, but it also has great weather, easily accessible beaches and the people are actually friendly. Breathtaking ocean views, abundance of wildlife and wonderful hosts makes Rainbow Retreat a very special place. Mardi Gras is already one of the wor
Friday essay: hidden in plain sight — Australian queer men and women before gay liberation
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights in Australia have advanced over the later half of the twentieth century and early twenty-first century to make Australia one of the most LGBT-accepting countries in the world,   with opinion polls and the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey indicating widespread popular support for same-sex marriage. Australia is a federation, with most laws affecting LGBT and intersex rights made by its states and territories. Between and , the states and territories progressively repealed anti-homosexuality laws that dated back to the days of the British Empire. All jurisdictions offer expungement schemes to clear the criminal records of people charged or convicted for consensual sexual acts that are no longer illegal. All jurisdictions of Australia have legally abolished the gay panic defense , based within common-law since 1 April Australia legalised same-sex marriage on 9 December States and territories began granting domestic partnership benefits and relationship recognition to same-sex couples from onwards, with federal law recognising same-sex couples since as de facto relationships.
11 Reasons Why Australia is Great For LGBT Travellers
The public face of Mardi Gras, which began in with a protest parade, is remarkable in a nation that has been deeply prejudiced toward gay and lesbian people. Being on the front page of the newspaper no longer meant you might be going to jail. Still, Australian queer people did not suddenly emerge in the s and 70s, the years of gay liberation. Where were they before and how can they be identified? Because male homosexuality was criminalised, much can be discovered from the press and crime reports.
Updated November 13, And of course Sydney, home of the annual Mardi Gras, which began as a protest and has become one of the planet's great open parties. But statistically speaking, Canberra is Australia's real gay and lesbian capital — yes, normcore Canberra, with its politicians and suited bureaucrats. And not just by a little.