Lately, there has been a sharp rise in web series with LGBTI-centric stories, though most cater to a gay male audience. However, lesbian web series are increasing their share of the spotlight, and Australia’s “Starting From… Now!” is one of the newest additions. Elias Jahshan met its director to get the lowdown.
Eric Paul Leue has made a name for himself both through winning the Mr LA Leather 2014 competition and through his work as a sexual health activist in the US, especially for PrEP. Benjamin Riley spoke to the German-born, California-based advocate about life, love and leather.
Gay rights have come a long since Australia’s colonialists fashioned laws based on British legislation dealing with the act of “buggery”. From an original sentence of execution for convicted “sodomites to progressively-weakening laws that saw sentences reduced to at least three years, it has been a long journey to the complete decriminalisation of homosexuality across the country.
Unprecedented in an election in Australia, LGBTI issues have been a big part of the campaign leading up to the Victorian state election on November 29. Benjamin Riley looks at the gay-centric race for the seat of Prahran, which has become an unlikely key to the major parties’ prospects for winning the whole state.
As the march towards equality continues, young gay men face a world completely unlike the one experienced by gay men who came out in the 70s and 80s. Benjamin Riley spoke to three gay men over 60 and three under 25 to get to the heart of that stark generational divide.
With younger people bearing the brunt of HIV within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, advocates are arguing for more youth voices in the response. Benjamin Riley spoke to some of the young Australians leading the charge to tackle HIV among Indigenous people.