Sydney has an energy as vibrant as any world-class city and the LGBT gay energy is equally vital as life moves along the famous Oxford Street lined with its gay cafes, clubs, bars, discos, fashion shops, organizations and restaurants (including Betty’s Soup Kitchen). The popular LGBT venues are easy to find in this city
Technologically advanced and industrialized, Australia is a prosperous multicultural country and has high measures in many international comparisons of national performance such as health care, life expectancy, quality-of-life, human development, public education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. In 1975, the state of South Australia became the first state to legalize sexual conduct between males. Other states and territories repealed their laws between 1976 and 1990. The exception was Tasmania, which retained its laws until the Federal Government and the United Nations Human Rights Committee forced their repeal in 1997. In May 2008, following the election of a more liberal Labor government, legislation was introduced into Parliament to begin altering previous limited conservative laws regarding LGBT citizens. The new statutes will provide equality in tax, health, superannuation, aged care and other areas. The annual Sydney mardi gras is one of the world’s premier gay festivals. In 2002 Australia was host to the international Gay Games.
Gay Tasmania, Australia, 2009
Distant and remote as Tasmania may be, 150 miles off the south coast of Australia, it still has a full story to tell about gay life, from a sad and tormented beginning to fulfilling and modern LGBT scene. There is much to tell about this picturesque state (Australia has six states and two terrtories).
Gay Life Way Down Under – Tasmania
Richard Ammon – GlobalGayz.com Hobart, Tasmania, November 9, 2009 Gay life is everywhere, as we know, even here in Tasmania. Some people think of this place as some remote Africa country hardly worth mentioning. But they couldn’t be more wrong. Tasmania is Australia’s southernmost state, off the south coast of the continent and separated by
Love Among the Ruins: USA, an Indian Prince, Love & HIV
Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com November 4, 2009 Sydney, Australia While America was limping from the loss of two important marriage-rights elections (New Jersey and Maine), across the globe in India there was a cause for celebration of sorts. Prince Manvendra Gohil, the famous ‘gay Prince’ from Rajpipla state in the western Gujarat area of India announced
A Princely Gay Man – Manvendra Singh Gohil of India Comes Out
October 29, 2009 Richard Ammon, GlobalGayz.com No question that rank carries privilege and privilege carries fame. This time it belongs to an Indian prince who came out as gay in 2005 and shocked his family and fascinated the Indian public. Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of the Rajpipla region in the state of Gujarat, the westernmost
Gay Australia and Gay Games VI 2002
Intro: Sydney Australia was the host city for the fabulous sixth Gay Games and Cultural Festival held November 2-9, 2002. For a week the city was indeed at the end of the rainbow as athletes and spectators flooded stadiums and cafes with excitement and color. Following the competitions, I traveled across this great continent-country all the way to Perth on the Indian Ocean interviewing lesbigay folks in the major cities along the way: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, as well as some Aboriginal gays I met along the way.
Tasmania – North Coast
Tasmania’s north coast is rich in history and offers fine landscape and coastal areas. There are pretty towns such as Penguin and Stanley where life seems tidy and peaceful. The rocky and sandy coastline also has places of natural beauty to visit. The Bass Highway runs along the north coast allowing access to all areas.
Tasmania – West and Central
Tasmania West and Central Central and western Tasmani is mostly wilderness. The main city is Queenstown which is in the center of a large mining area. Great swaths of forest were mowed down for fuel for the mineral smelters (mostly copper) leaving the land looking like a moonscape. But most of western Tasmania is quite
Tasmania – East Coast
Tasmania East Coast Australia has six states and two terrtories. The southernmost is Tasmania, an island state about the size of Switzerland, Ireland or the U.S. state of Maine. It’s located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the mailand, Most of the urban and social life is along the east coast, with smaller towns along
Australia – Gay Games VI 2002
Sydney was host to the sixth Gay Games in 2002 which was attended by about 11,000 athletes participating in more than 25 sports. GlobalGayz owner Richard Ammon was a participant swimmer for Team Orange County, California, which accounts for the swimming-only photos. (It is difficult for athletes in one sport to see other sports because
Australia – Sydney City
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.28 million. It is noted for the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and its beaches. To gay people it is one of Asia/Pacific’s premier LGBT destinations with great festivals including the famous Mardi Gras every year. It was host
Australia – Sydney to Melbourne
By train from Sydney to Melbourne is a comfortable way to see the rural lanscapes of southern Australia. It’s only 442 miles / 712 km and passes through green agricultural land. Read the gay Australia story
Australia – Melbourne to Warrnambool
By car and ferry from Melbourne to Warrnambool along the south coast of Victoria state. Warrnambool is a regional city with a population of about 31,000 people. It is at the western end of the Great Ocean Road, 265 kilometres and 3 hours from Melbourne. Read the gay Australia story
Australia – Warrnambool to Adelaide
By way of car along the Prince’s Highway skirting pastoral farms and rugged coastal scenes. The beautiful ride passes through the town of Mount Gambier with its various quirky landmarks. Read the gay Australia story
Australia – Adelaide City
Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1.1 million. Each year it has a spirited Pride March and diverse LGBT Feast Festival (photos #24-34) that includes artistic performances (photos #29-30) and seminars– including one
Australia – Perth City
Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia, and the fourth-largest city in Australia, with a population of about 1.5 million. (2045 miles/3290 kms from Sydney) It’s a handsome city on the coast with a modest-sized gay community. Just south of Perth is the resort coast town of Freemantle,