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The more people see gay people and gay lives in movies and on television, the more gay rights advance. Here are two great opportunities for all of us to help get our stories out there. Please give what you can to help get our stories out there.



Lee Matthews needs funds for a documentary he is developing, to be directed by Monique Shafter.

‘Conspiracy of Silence’ takes a light hearted look at a very serious subject: why does society keep silent on the subject of surviving child sex abuse?It is scheduled to be one of five half-hour episodes as part of a new series called Opening Shot on ABC2, and will be produced early next year for broadcast within 12 months.

The documentary will follow Chas Fisher, a happily married 28-year-old lawyer, soon-to-be Dad and a survivor of child sex abuse.  With me producing and Walkley Award winning Monique Schafter directing, we will take the audience on Chas’ own personal journey to find out why the subject of surviving child sex abuse is so hard to talk about.

Along the way we’ll hear from other survivors and their loved ones about their own personal experiences.  We will learn more through experts, community leaders, church officials and members, and see first-hand as the general public react when confronted… ultimately opening up the conversation on a topic that, let’s face it, most of us would rather not talk about.

“We have completed the final round of development with the ABC and once commissioned, we will receive a licence fee from the Broadcaster and a grant from federal agency Screen Australia, but as emerging filmmakers, we don’t qualify for the full-production bucks, and we’re looking towards crowd funding to try and cover the gap in production costs between what we can receive, and what it’ll take to make a half hour broadcast documentary.”

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Charlotte & Maya are embarking on another round of fundraising for the moveGayby Bayby this Wednesday. They write:

“One year on: the kids are older, the film is nearly shot and this little baby of ours is learning to walk. And like all bundles of joy – IT’S GETTING EXPENSIVE! So we’re launching the mother of all crowdfunding campaigns to raise the funds we need to finish the film.”

Join the filmmakers and production team behind the GAYBY BABY documentary on the night for an interactive event, with speeches, music and clips from the film to launch the GAYBY BABY campaign, set to raise $100, 000 in funds to finish the film.

This Wednesday the 7th November 6pm @ Mils Gallery – 15 Randle St Surry Hills. There will also be an exhibition of new work from local photographer Isabella Melody Moore from her latest ‘Rainbow Parents’ series

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)