Every year, hairy men from around the world descend on Melbourne for the spectacle of the Mr Australasia Bear competition, the country’s definitive bear beauty pageant. On the night of the contest, writer Benjamin Riley and photographer Bodie Strain got up close and personal with the six men vying for the coveted leather sash.
Mental health awareness in the LGBTI community, especially its youth, is increasingly gaining more attention in mainstream media, helping to break the silence on an issue that is often overshadowed. Young and brace LGBTI people opened up to David Alexander about their experiences of discrimination, homelessness, abuse and depression, and the community organisations dedicated to advocating for them.
As the 20th International AIDS Conference gets underway in Melbourne, workers in the sex industry are hoping that a range of HIV and AIDS issues relating to them will be addressed, as well as bring about attention to its causes and issues.
With the eyes of the world on Australia for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, or AIDS 2014, the community has an opportunity to highlight the widespread stigma faced by people living with HIV. Benjamin Riley spoke to five people who confront the impact of HIV stigma every day, and were willing to share their stories.
From the days of vinyl to the era of The Voice, Kylie Minogue undoubtedly has staying power. In an exclusive chat with the Star Observer, she talks about how she bewitched generations of gay fans, who makes the better judge — her or Dannii — and that difficult Logies performance.
Voices of the brotherboys, sistergirls and trans* people of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are starting to be heard more widely in this country, but fighting for inclusion and even awareness remains a challenge. Advocates Jay Delaney and Lani Dorante sat down with David Alexander to tell their stories.
Rhyian Anderdon-Morley found himself at the centre of a media storm when an article he wrote about being gay and playing Aussie Rules made the front page of one of Australia’s biggest newspapers. Benjamin Riley sat down with him to find out what happened next, and whether coming out is too much to ask — especially in light of Ian Thorpe’s own coming out last weekend.