In Ya Face is probably the longest running queer radio show in Australia. The program explores gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, and feminist issues with interviews, music, and commentary. We speak with people engaged in stimulating and provocative projects in queer communities - whether it be activism, advocacy, the arts, their personal narratives, or anything else that grabs our attention. We give queer perspectives about current affairs, social issues, and politics; and we play eclectic tracks and love the quirk factor.
Presented by James McKenzie and Yvette Kean, and produced by Michele Vescio.
This show is created and produced on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge sovereignty was never ceded and a treaty was never signed.
On Wednesday 15 November, at the State Library of Victoria, the ABS announced that 133 out of 150 electorates voted Yes for same-sex marriage. In this vignette, we hear the voices of various speakers supporting marriage equality and what equality means to them. Audio recorded by Michele Vescio.
View the entire results via the ABS website.
Yvette then speaks with Guardian columnist, activist, feminist commentator and writer, Van Badham about the #MeToo social media movement, the #WeinsteinEffect, sexism, and #misogyny in the workplace, and how women can push against the typical patriarchal trajectory and the brutal economics of inequality. Follow Van’s work via Twitter.
Content warning: This interview contains descriptions of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, torture and the use of guns, that may be distressing to some listeners. If the content has raised questions or caused distress to you, please call Lifeline (13 11 14), or Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia (1800 211 028).
James then speaks with Chris Kennewell, an Urbanist specialising in Public Safety, Community Health and Crime Prevention, and a Marriage Equality campaigner and advocate, about the empowerment of LGBTQIA+ communities after the result of the #samesexmarriage postal survey.
For information on the same-sex marriage bills, see Dean Smith vs James Paterson.