Looking beyond the simple message that 'love is love', this collection of documentaries explore the deeper social, political and cultural issues facing the LGBTQI community
Staff writers

17 Nov 2017 - 1:38 PM  UPDATED 17 Nov 2017 - 1:38 PM

The message that Australia delivered this week is that 'love is love' regardless of your sexual orientation. With marriage equality legislation is expected to be passed through the government this year, take a moment to consider the social, political, and cultural issues facing the LGBTQI community locally and abroad.


Actress Ellen Page and her best friend, Ian Daniel, set off on a journey to explore LGBTQI cultures around the world. From Japan to Brazil, they discover the multiplicity of LGBTQI experiences through amazing people and their stories of struggle and triumph in this Emmy-nominated program.

In the first episode Ellen and Ian are in Japan, on a journey which includes getting friend-married at a Buddhist temple, working at a rent-a-friend agency and partying in the world's smallest gay bar. 

Insight - Gay Marriage 

Australian culture and relationships have changed as a consequence of this past week's postal vote result announcement. This 2013 episode of Insight is a fascinating discussion about gay marriage from a then-theoretical viewpoint. 


In hidden basements, bedrooms and bars across London, "Chemsex" is a documentary that exposes frankly and intimately a dark side to modern gay life. Traversing an underworld of intravenous drug use and weekend-long sex parties, "Chemsex" tells the story of several men struggling to make it out of 'the scene' alive - and one health worker who has made it his mission to save them. While society looks the other way, this powerful and unflinching film uncovers a group of men battling with HIV, drug addiction and finding acceptance in a changing world.

Bi-Curious Me

This documentary explores the ramifications of usually straight-laced ladies seeking sexual fulfillment with other women - not just the thrill of an occasional girlie snog, or the effects of augmented reality girl-on-girl porn – the real long-term implications. Delving deep into this very modern dilemma, it asks important questions: Why this trend is occurring now? Will same-sex attraction empower a new generation of women?

The Last lesbian Bars

San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, and New Orleans are four of the biggest gay party meccas in America, yet the cities' lesbian bars keep shutting down. Why are lesbian bars dying while clubs for gay men continue to thrive?


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