Although "born this way" has become a rallying cry for queers, Simon and Benjamin are pretty sure it's the wrong way to fight for the political change we want. But when you feel like you were born this way, what happens when our politics crash headfirst into our experiences?
A new (and very sexually explicit) music video has a lot of queers asking: does this represent me? Benjamin and Simon respond with cries of "respectability politics", and dig into why marriage equality—what else—seems to bring out some pretty awful homophobia in gays everywhere.
'House of Air', by Brendan Maclean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2uZyTm_w0M
'Queer art pushes boundaries: why I made my explicit gay porn music video', by Brendan Maclean: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/07/queer-art-pushes-boundaries-why-i-made-my-explicit-gay-porn-music-video
'It's Time', by GetUp! Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TBd-UCwVAY
Homophobia. It's everywhere! But what happens when we struggle to actually point to examples of it in our day-to-day lives? Simon and Benjamin wonder whether we need to find new ways to talk about homophobia.
Queers is back for 2017, and Benjamin and Simon decide to kick off the year with a serious look at identity politics. After all, if we're going to spend so much time talking about it, we should probably figure out what it means.
'A queer take on Safe Schools and identity politics', published in Overland: https://overland.org.au/2016/06/a-queer-take-on-safe-schools-and-identity-politics/
It's been a big year! From Safe Schools and the marriage plebiscite to Brexit, Trump and the Orlando shooting, Simon and Benjamin reflect on what's changed for queers in 2016. And almost a year since the podcast started, we take a look at how we're doing so far, and at what comes next.
In late November Simon presented a talk at the Homosexual Histories Conference in Melbourne, organised by the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. In this recording of his talk, Simon presents research he has been working on for his first book, Sexy Capitalism.
Controversy around sponsorship of the queer festival Midsumma by News Corp gets Benjamin and Simon thinking broadly about what corporate sponsorship means to queer communities. Where and how do we draw the line when it comes to taking money from companies we don't like?