Raise Your Rainbow Flags: Australia’s Getting Heaps Gayer

Australia might just be gayer than ever, according to the results of the 2016 national Census.

The data, released earlier today, served up an illuminating cross-section of our national population trends. Among the stats was the discovery that the number of same-sex couples in Australia has increased by more than 80% over the past ten years.

In 2006, the number of same-sex couples counted in the Census was 26,000. By 2011, it had risen to 33,000. Today, the 2016 Census data listed 47,000 gay couples living in the Land Down Under.

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These findings were nestled between discoveries about Australia’s religious loyalties (60% of our population still subscribe to some form of religion, primarily Christianity, though this number seems to be dropping off) and our perceptions of what constitutes a ‘traditional’ family (which have barely changed over the past five years).

Of course, it always bears repeating that same-sex marriage is still not legal in Australia – making for almost 100,000 Australians who are being denied the right to wed. If nothing else, these figures reinforce the fact that this is a conversation we need to be having.

In the meantime, hoist those rainbow flags a little higher. If the historical  data’s anything to go by, Australia’s getting a whole lot gayer every year.

Source: Buzzfeed News
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