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.
After July’s International AIDS Conference ended, dozens of African delegates remained in Melbourne to seek asylum, fleeing countries that face not only widespread and generalised HIV epidemics, but violent and systemic homophobia. Benjamin Riley interviewed one of those people, learning it’s hard to feel safe when the one you love is left behind.
He left Australia in the early 1970s, but it’s the protests in Melbourne, and the beatings at the hand of his stepfather, that turned Peter Tatchell from a window dresser at Myer to one of the world’s foremost — controversial — LGBTI rights campaigners. Benedict Brook caught up with him in London.
As clinical studies on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis enter their stages, discussion of the controversial HIV prevention method has begun in Australia’s gay community. Benjamin Riley navigates the emotionally-charged debate over whether this radical new took for fighting HIV means the end of the world as we know it.