Rainbow Report on Docos

Monique Schafter, Director of “Conspiracy of Silence”

Not just any old docos: docos about the GLBTI community. And other representations of GLBTI folk in the media.

We’ve gotten very used to seeing gay and lesbian characters on TV, especially in American comedy shows like Will & Grace, and more recently Glee and Modern Family. And that’s all well and good, if not that realistic.

We’ve also seen gay characters cropping up in computer games: currently there’s discussion about including same-sex marriage in the upcoming re-release of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. But what about real gay lives – I don’t mean queens on Big Brother, I mean real, day-to-day life as a gay person? That’s what the docos we’ll talk about tonight cover.

All of them are looking for money via crowdfunding sites: please consider giving them your support.

Gayby Baby

Maya Newell is a “gayby” – a person with gay parents – and she wants to tell the story of children growing up in families like hers. When she was a kid, there were not many other children with gay parents. She would have loved to have been able to watch a film and feel that her experiences were shared. So she’s decided to make that film, Gayby Baby, with producer Charlotte McLellan.

For more details, email, or check them out on Facebook:. Twitter: @gaybybaby You can see some of the work in progress on the GaybyBaby Youtube channel.  To chuck them some dollars, go to their Pozible page.

The Doctor’s Wife 2

Jonathan Duffy IS The Doctor’s Wife: You may remember the first film which began in 2008 when Dr Vincent Cornelisse decided to move to country Queensland to further his career. But he wouldn’t do this without his partner, Jonathan Duffy.

Neither had ever lived in a country town and were excited about the scene change but nervous about how they would be received. The Doctor’s Wife explored their journey through Jonathan’s eyes: a glimpse into the real life experiences of a rural medical practitioner and his partner. The Doctors Wife 2 will interview well-known and ordinary people from all walks of life on the issue of gay marriage, as it follows Jono and Vinnie returning to their old home and much-loved country town of Munduberra to have a wedding.

The movie has a Facebook page and so does Jonathan. To help them with funding, go to their Pozible page.

Conspiracy of Silence

Our third doco is rather a different animal, and potentially the most contentious. It will be a half hour documentary on the ABC called Conspiracy of Silence, on the currently hot topic of child sex abuse. It’s directed by Walkley award winning , former Hungry Beast producer and presenter, Monique Schafter. And by the way – happy birthday Monique!

The story follows Chas, a happily married 28-year-old lawyer, soon-to-be Dad and a survivor of child sex abuse, as he takes us on his own personal journey and starts what he describes as “lighthearted conversations on a serious subject.”  They are fundraising on Kickstarter and have a Facebook page..

My last guest and co-host for the evening is James Newburrie, late of Mt Isa, a self-confessed nerd and also a computer gamer.

Listen live in Melbourne on Joy 94.9 Thurs 7pm AEDST, or stream live via the Joy website, where you can also get the free smartphone app. Podcasts will be available at the Community Broadcasting Association site or on iTunes about one day after broadcast.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)