Recipients have rejected the national honours in solidarity with the LGBTIQ community.
ILGA World has reported on advances and setbacks in LGBTIQ rights worldwide.
The country this week began legally recognising same-sex marriages.
While Pride events have been cancelled, the community is coming together online.
“Your courage changed the course of history.”
The politician has a long history of often bizarre anti-gay remarks.
Bernardi once claimed marriage equality advocates wanted to legalise bestiality.
Couples will be able to marry from next month.