I was looking forward to our friends' party Friday night. Then I found out that I wasn't invited to the party. Someone let slip that he was also invited by the host couple— on Saturday night. "Friday," I said. "The party is Friday." "No," he said, " the other party is Saturday. The gay party." It took two beats, but then it sank in: There. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Austria advanced significantly in the 21st century. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Austria. Registered partnerships were introduced in , giving same-sex couples some of the rights of marriage. Stepchild adoption was legalised in 29 Mar One of the more notable changes in same-sex marriages is how far the couples stray from the roll call of a traditional wedding party, Stephanie White of Shiraz Events explains. "Best men?" asks White. "Well, with gay weddings, it seems that gender is not a factor in choosing best men or maids of honour.