Gay Nation The online gay magazine for the New Zealand and Australian Gay Communities. Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:19:49 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 Gay Nation 32 32 Pope Francis Endorses Same-Sex Unions For The First Time Wed, 21 Oct 2020 21:19:49 +0000 2 min read In a ground-breaking move, Pope Francis has given his endorsement and backing of same-sex unions. The 83-year-old’s historic statement was made during an interview in the documentary titled: Francesco, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday. “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have […]]]> UK Census First: Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation Questions Included Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:37:59 +0000 2 min read For the first time, the UK Office for National Statistics will ask questions related to gender identity and sexual orientation in a nationwide census. Attempts to estimate the number of LGBT people at the national and regional levels have been made in the past, but for the first time, these issues will be addressed throughout […]]]> Ardern Wins, Rainbow Parliament Breaks Records Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:02:01 +0000 2 min read Following the landslide re-election of the Jacinda Ardern led government of New Zealand, the makeup of the new parliament may end up being the most LGBT+ represented nationally elected body in the World. Although the number may change once postal votes are counted, the likelihood is that 11 openly LGBT+ MP’s will take their seat […]]]> Rafters’ Hugh Sheridan Opens Up About His Sexuality – “I’m Human” Sat, 17 Oct 2020 21:23:24 +0000 3 min read In an extremely personal way, Australian actor/performer Hugh Sheridan has openly discussed his sexuality and the fact he has been with women and men, in a magazine opinion piece today. Writing the personal essay for News Corp’s Stellar Magazine, Sheridan opened up about his depression, his relationships with women and being told to hide his […]]]> New Zealand Election: LGBT+ Policy Agenda, What the Parties Say Wed, 14 Oct 2020 23:30:11 +0000 6 min read As all eyes are on the United States Presidential Election at the moment, many may not have registered that New Zealand polls close soon, this Saturday in fact. After overcoming Covid-19 with a hard lockdown in April and then another in New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland in August, the election is finally being held and […]]]> Australian Sports Commit to Landmark Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion Measures Thu, 01 Oct 2020 01:22:55 +0000 3 min read In a world-first, Australian Sports have committed to implementing rules that support a greater level of inclusion for trans and gender diverse people in their sports. Sports such as AFL, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Tennis, Touch Football, Water Polo and UniSport Australia have come together at the Sydney Cricket Ground today to unveil their policies and […]]]> Trainee Nurse Suffered 12 Years of Electroshock Therapy for Being Gay Tue, 22 Sep 2020 21:35:56 +0000 3 min read A former trainee nurse has spoken of suffering through 12 years of electroshock therapy and a concoction of drugs, for being gay. Joan Bellingham, now 68, has spoken at a Royal Commission in New Zealand about her experience during the 1970’s when she first started training as a nurse at the Burwood Hospital in Christchurch. […]]]> Biden Promises To Repeal Trump’s Transgender Military Ban If Elected Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:57:35 +0000 < 1 min read Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden has announced his plans to repeal the Trump administrations anti-trans policy that bans transgender troops from serving in the United States Military if he wins the Presidency in November.  The former vice president’s promise was made on the 9 year anniversary of the repeal of the  Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, […]]]> International Spotlight on Sydney Gays – Is Everyone Welcome? Fri, 18 Sep 2020 04:13:10 +0000 3 min read A publication dedicated to revealing the bodies and voices of LGBTQ communities around the world has put the spotlight on Sydney for its latest issue with some participants suggesting they don’t feel welcome in their own community. The international magazine Elska was the brainchild of London photographer Liam Campbell who in 2015 started the series […]]]> British Doctors Push For Easier Gender Identity Change Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:31:07 +0000 2 min read Doctors in Britain have taken the positive step of allowing transgender and non-binary people the right to self-identify. Currently, any individual who wishes to amend their legal gender identity in the UK has to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria by a doctor which unfortunately perpetuates the idea that transgender or non-binary people suffer from a […]]]>