For 20 years JOY 94.9 has been the voice of gay and lesbian Melbourne. Today one of its board members comes out as trans*. Sammy Cameron was known at the station as the Dykes nn […]
Throughout its 160 years, St Marks in Fitzroy has cared for the homeless, the poor and society’s forgotten peoples. When HIV first took hold of Melbourne’s gay community, St Marks was there at Fairfield House […]
Making Men: Andrew & Aaron
People questioning their gender are amongst the most marginalised members of our community. Female To Male (FTM) Transgender people are a growing sector and a new support group is starting up to help these individuals […]
Jason Ball is a 24yo footy player for Yarra Glen’s River Pigs – and he’s gay. His public admission is an Australian first. His brave stance sheds light on the homophobia that’s embedded in all […]
How does a man born in rural Western Australia in the mid 40s, go from being conscripted into the army to studying ballet at the army’s expense? How does one man recover from a near […]
The Hollywood gossip guru entertained us on midday television for years. More recently he has authored mega-hit musicals like “Shout” and “Dusty”. John-Michael Howson is outspoken, opinionated and like him or loath him, he is […]
Brett Lasham and Shirley
OnMother’s Day we werejoined by Brett Lasham, one of the owners of Melbourne’s iconic gay hotel The Laird, and his wonderful Mother, Shirley. Together they share the challenges Brett faced growing up, his coming out […]
Brent Harris is undoubtedly one of Australia’s finest contemporary artists. In 2012, the National Gallery of Victoria exhibited a retrospective of his paintings, drawings and prints. In this episode, Brent Harris gives Dean Beck a […]
Comedian, broadcaster, novelist, columnist, agitator, television entertainer, ‘queen of stand-up satire and dominatrix extraordinaire of audiences’, Rachel Berger is the latest addition to the swelling ranks of Ambassadors for the ENUF campaign, which...
Our guest today has been an active member of Melbourne’s GLBTI Community for more than four decades.Only a handful of our founding pioneers maintain a public profile these days.Of the few that do, our guest […]
Dr Mark Stoove
WARNING: Contains course language and adult themes. Today we speak with Dr Mark Stoove, one of Australia’s top researchers specialising in HIV, AIDS & STI epidemiology and behaviours. We discuss some of the latest medical […]
For more than a decade, Wes Snelling has being engaging cabaret audiences around the world with his dark humour, quirky repertoire and extraordinary voice. In character or as himself, Wes is truly one of this […]
Cr Tony Briffa
One child in 4, 500 born at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, is ‘Intersex’. What does “Intersex” really mean? Today we are joined by a true pioneer within the GLBTI community. Cr Tony Briffa is the […]
Secret Histories of Queer Melbourne
The French historian and philosopher, Voltaire once said, “History consists of a series of accumulated imaginative inventions.” But as an advocate of civil liberties and social reform, I think even he would be impressed by […]
Gary Singer and his partner Geoffrey Smith are generous supporters of the arts and community radio station Joy 94.9. Gary talks candidly about what it was like to be a patron during the Tasty Nightclub raid in 1994 and how subsequently he led a...
Jean Taylor is a radical lesbian feminist activist and is a prolific author. Jean has also worked as a women's refuge worker, a tram driver, a circus performer (where at aged 47 Jean learnt to walk on stilts) a director and is now a Lesbian...
Anita Gibbons met her partner and soul mate Maureen in 1970 and they were together for 37 years until sadly Maureen passed away in 2007. For the last 18 years, Anita has played a significant role at Joy and has hosted a program Women on Waves...
Snr Constable Gabby Tyacke
Senior Constable Gabby Tyacke joined the NSW Police Service in 1998 and 3 years later relocated to Victoria both for her career and also to follow her heart. 4 years after joining Victoria Police, Gabby became a Gay and Lesbian Liaison officer,...
Dan Vo is the son of Vietnamese immigrants and 'discovered' he was gay listening to JOY aged 16. In his early 20s he joined JOY as a volunteer and subsequently become an employee and worked with JOY for 5 years. Dan now lives and works in London. Dan...
Dr Catherine Barrett
Dr Catherine Barrett is the Community Liaison Officer and Research Fellow at The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society - La Trobe University In 2008, with the assistance of Matrix Guild Victoria and Vintage Men, Catherine authored,...
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