OVER the next few weeks leading up to the Victorian state election at the end of November, the Star Observer — in partnership with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL), Pride TV and Hares & Hyenas — will be releasing a series of videos with candidates from the major parties answering questions on LGBTI issues.

VGLRL co-convenor Corey Irlam will moderate the discussions, giving each candidate a minute to respond to questions about what their party will do for LGBTI Victorians.

Filmed by Pride TV and hosted at LGBTI bookshop Hares & Hyenas, the videos will give LGBTI voters the chance to make an informed decision on who will best represent them at the November 29 election.

To kick things off with a bit of fun, meet all of the candidates in this first video pitting the LGBTI representatives against their non-LGBTI counterparts in a free-for-all debate on the question: do you need to be LGBTI to effectively represent the LGBTI community?

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Stay tuned for upcoming videos on topics including adoption, older LGBTI people, anti-discrimination, relationships and young people.

The candidates are:

Shannon Eeles, Liberal candidate for Albert Park
Martin Foley, Albert Park state Labor MP
Sam Hibbins, Greens candidate for Prahran
Ed Huntingford, Liberal candidate for Melbourne
Kathleen Maltzahn, Greens candidate for Richmond
Sean Mulcahy, Greens candidate for Bentleigh
Clem Newton-Brown, Prahran state Liberal MP
Fiona Patten, Sex Party upper house candidate for Northern Metropolitan Region
Neil Pharaoh, Labor candidate for Prahran
Harriet Shing, Labor upper house candidate for Eastern Victoria Region

Meet the Candidates 2014 is in partnership with: Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights LobbyPride TVHares & Hyenas

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