Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands

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Gay & Lesbian Kingdom
of the Coral Sea Islands
GLK flag.svg.png
Motto: tba
Musical Anthem: I am what I am
Type of entity: Micronation
Location: Coral Sea Islands
Area claimed: Coral Sea Island Territory
Membership: Gay & Lesbian people
Date of foundation: 14 June, 2004
Leadership: Emperor Dale I
(Dale Parker Anderson)
Purported organisational structure: Constitutional Monarchy
Language: English
Purported currency: Euro

The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands is a micronation established as a symbolic political protest by a group of gay rights activists based in southeast Queensland Australia.

History

Map of the claimed 'kingdom'

On June 14, 2004, the group claimed the Coral Sea Island Territory and seceded from Australia after sailing to the largest island in the group and raising the rainbow flag there. One of the group's members, Dale Parker Anderson (born 1965), was declared Emperor, as Dale I. The "secession" was staged in protest at a decision to ban same-sex marriage made by the Australian federal parliament.

Since 2005 the Australian group has reportedly been embroiled in internal disputes and secessions by various factions. These include two American-based groups, the Gay and Lesbian Commonwealth Kingdom, headed by Jaix Broox, and the Unified Gay Tribe, led by Bill Freeman and Enrique Pérez, and the German based Gay Homeland Foundation led by Victor Zimmermann. Since none of these groups claims the territory of the Coral Sea Islands, their organisational nature, is unclear.

The kingdom's claims are not recognised by any state, and as no permanent settlement has been established, the Coral Sea Islands remain uninhabited.

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References

  • "Mini-states Down Under are sure they can secede", by Nick Squires, The Daily Telegraph (UK), 24 February 2005.
  • "If at first you don't secede...", by Mark Dapin, The Sydney Morning Herald - Good Weekend, 12 February 2005, pp 47-50

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