The Metropolitan Community Church in Sydney this year celebrated its 40th anniversary, at a time when LGBTI communities themselves face uncertainty. Benjamin Riley asks what a future of increasing social acceptance might hold for a church that began as a refuge for gay and lesbian Christians excluded from their faith.
Since its traumatic origins in August 1985, during the early years of the HIV and AIDS crisis, ACON has evolved into a dynamic and multifaceted health promotion organisation. With the end of HIV transmissions now in sight, it is still an essential and enduring part of NSW’s health sector.
Melbourne’s Trough X parties, gay dance parties held in a sex-on-premises venue, gave become legendary. Benjamin Riley spoke to Trough’s creator Nik Dimopoulos about mainstreaming the fetish scene, taking the party to Sydney, and masculinity in counterculture.
For the first time in a long time family violence has become the focus of media and political attention across the country. However, such violence in LGBTI communities still faces a lack of basic understanding, let alone recognition. Benjamin Riley finds out more about how domestic violence is affecting some LGBTI people, and what needs to be done.
The serving US Ambassador to Australia is a little different to previous appointments. Openly gay, married and with the ear of President Barack Obama, John Berry talks to Benedict Brook about his experiences down under and his hope marriage equality will soon become a reality.
If you’re a gay Asian male, there’s a good chance you’ve wondered about the “panda in the room” — the theory of people treating you differently just because of your appearance. With this question in mind, Edison Chen sets out to ask fellow gay Asian-Australians about their dating experiences in order to understand the stereotypes and commonalities that impact us all.