More Australians are coming out as LGBTIQ on Facebook than ever before
The amount of Australians coming out on Facebook at the end of 2015 has doubled what it was before Mardi Gras 2015.
In new data released by Facebook today a dramatic rise in LGBTIQ people coming out has been noted around events such as Mardi Gras 2015, the Irish referendum and same-sex marriage rights being granted across the United States.
The continous increase has shown Australians are feeling more comfortable to come out online and open up about their sexuality.
Facebook's Director of Policy Mia Garlick told GNN that Facebook is a place where people can be themselves.
"Not only has the total number of Australians who have come out on Facebook risen substantially, but so has the number coming out each day."
In every Australia capital city LGBTIQ Facebook fan pages have doubled or nearly doubled, also spiking at times where LGBTIQ events or topics were in the media.
Garlick says these spikes coincide with worldwide events.
"In 2015, the topic of marriage equality was the sixth most talked about topic globally and the eleventh most talked about topic in Australia. This is perhaps not surprising given 2015 saw many momentous events for the LGBTIQ community."
New Australia fans have risen on these pages by 20 percent.
But new fans are not just from home, they have also come from overseas.
Individuals from more than 200 countries have supported a prominent Australian LGBTIQ page with many coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Thailand, the Philippines, Pakistan and India.