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Dannii Minogue joins Mardi Gras Party lineup

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This is it! She’s been teasing fans on social media and now we can confirm that singer/songwriter, international TV star, style icon and Mardi Gras favourite, Dannii Minogue is set to make a grand return to the Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 7 March, 2015.
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Samantha Jade joins Harbour Party line up

2012 X-Factor winner Samantha Jade is set to heat up Harbour Party ’15 with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras today announcing that the singer will join the lineup for the event on Saturday 28 February, 2015.
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The Aussie pop star is joining an already high energy line-up including the chart-topping Canadian powerhouse Kiesza, Bimbo Jones fronted by Lee Dagger (UK), DJ Kitty Glitter (Australia), DJ Dan Murphy (Australia), and DJ Du Jour(Australia).

Samantha Jade has been a constant name on the Aussie charts since breaking into the music scene in 2012. Her debut single “What You've Done To Me” was a #1 triple-platinum hit in Australia, and her follow-up singles “Firestarter” and“Soldier” went on to secure platinum accreditation. Her current single “Sweet Talk” is out now.

CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Michael Rolik says “This year’s Harbour Party is shaping up to be the best yet! What better way to celebrate our diverse city than dancing the night away with all your friends while overlooking the stunning Sydney Harbour.”

Final release tickets are on sale now.

Samantha Jade is no stranger to Mardi Gras. Take a look at her performance from last year's MG Party!
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Mardi Gras Parade Sideshow gets funny hosts

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have announced that immensely popular presenter, author and TV personality Gretel Killeen will join regional NSW’s funniest export Rhys Nicholson to host Parade Sideshow, Mardi Gras’ exclusive viewing area at this year’s Parade on Saturday 7 March.
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Australia's Capital gets first openly gay leader.

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While same-sex  marriage is still outlawed in Australia, things are beginning to look up for the gay-rights movement in the land from Downunder as the first openly gay leader takes on state politics.

Australian politician, Andrew Barr, was appointed chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (which is also the purpose built state/territory to house the National Parliament) and hopes that his new-found position will be the perfect platform to advocate for gay marriage.

In a speech, Barr said to his partner: “Anthony, I love you…I look forward to the day we can legally marry in this country.”

We agree, and congratulations to Andrew on his appointment.
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Australian state of New South Wales now recognises overseas Same Sex marriages

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Today, Alex Greenwich, Independent Member for Sydney, won state government support to ensure NSW same-sex couples married overseas can have their marital status recognised by the NSW Relationships Register. This comes in response to Mr Greenwich’s Relationships Register Amendment (Recognition of Same-sex and Gender-diverse Relationships) Bill 2014.
 
Mr Greenwich said:
 
“Under these changes, same sex couples who marry overseas will be able to reflect their marital status on relevant forms and will no longer have to declare that they are not married.  The eligibility section of the guide for couples will also be updated to clarify that same sex couples who marry overseas are eligible to register their relationship.”
 
“This change acknowledges that a growing number of NSW citizens must travel overseas to marry the person they love, while waiting for the Federal Government to legislate for marriage equality”
 
“The inaction of federal governments, past and present, on marriage equality remains an embarrassing blight on our nation’s reputation for fairness, freedom and equality.”
 
“Fortunately the NSW Relationship Register will now ensure these marriages receive a level of protection and recognition in NSW, and I thank the Attorney-General for working with me towards this outcome”
 
The updated Births, Deaths, and Marriages Relationships Register eligibility criteria and application form are available at the links below:
 
Registered Relationship Form
www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Forms/60-Rel-Reg-12Nov2014.pdf 

Registered Relationship webpage
www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/bdm_mge/bdm_rel.html
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