>I have to say that in general, I find Australia more tolerant in regards to gay issues than the US. Without a doubt, my opinion is based on being an outsider looking in, so I don’t quite have the same perspective as a native. That being said, a close friend who is a born and bred Australian and who has lived in the US, shares that opinion.
I could go on and on as to the reasons why, but it all boils down to the fact that (indigenous natives aside, of course) the US was settled by a hodge-podge of religious zealots and fortune seekers, whereas Australia was settled mostly by convicts, military, and fortune seekers.
I mention this because one thing I find extremely peculiar is that there are very few Gay Australian celebrities. Ironically, the one article that addresses this absence is one of the NewsCorp papers, The Herald Sun.
It is bizarre that in this day and age, in a country that has one of the most prominent and well attended international celebrations of Gay & Lesbian liberation, that there are so few celebrities willing to say “I’m gay.”