While the UK doesn’t have a great history on its treatment of LGBT people, it’s now one of the best countries in the world to be gay.
An LGBTI guide to the world: United Kingdom
Gareth Johnson
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It sure as hell doesn’t. Oscar Wilde, for example. Where I have lived for over 40 years (Australia) since unfortunately being born in the UK (no, I haven’t been back), no one much cares what goes on ‘behind closed doors’ or openly, more and more. Dr Kerryn Phelps AM was head of the Australian Medical Association (AMA). In 2003 she was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Health and Medicine. In 2011 she was made a member of the Order Of Australia for her service to medicine. I don’t think it was relevant to most Aussies that she was in a long-term relationship with another woman (she still is, they’re both lovely people). It wasn’t ‘newsworthy’. And that’s how it should be, ‘goodbye to’ British prurience and ‘all that’. [quotes are deliberate].

Australia certainly lags behind the UK and Éire in legislating for marriage equality. Why? Frankly, it’s not a vote winning issue. It will happen, very soon probably, but it’s not a critical issue to most people, even though the vast majority support it. Unlike the apparent UK attitude where I see the BBC is making a large number of documentaries about sex (‘The Sex Box’), sex work (‘Prostitution: What’s the Harm’), stripping for a living (‘Strippers’). In and of itself, that’s fine, but I live in a country where these shows wouldn’t get nearly as good viewer rating — because no one much cares. Much healthier, unless we’re talking about the everyday dangers sex workers face. Now, that’s newsworthy.