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Pop on your headphones, and hit 'play' - Australia, let's talk about love.

Marriage equality is a subject that's captured the hearts and minds of Australians for years, and the topic of love is one for the ages. What is it to love and be loved? What does it mean to have our relationships recognised by the communities we are a part of? These questions and more are explored in Listen to Love, a six-part original audio series from Audible.com.au in partnership with The Equality Campaign.

Listen to Love features some of Australia's favourite voices, including comedian Tom Ballard as host, comedian Joel Creasey with an original stand-up routine, writer and philosopher Damon Young with a thought-provoking discussion on the ethics of love and marriage, TV and radio personality Osher Günsberg reading classic love poetry, and Australian author Catherine Cole with a short story providing a timely reminder that how we experience love is how we experience the world. Bringing us up to speed on the issue of marriage equality in Australia is Dr Shirleene Robinson, a historian focusing on the evolving treatment of gay, lesbian and transgender Australians.

We also hear from everyday Australians whose lives are touched by the ongoing conversation about marriage equality. LGBTIQ couples sit down with broadcaster and performer Joel Carnegie to speak candidly about their relationships, and siblings Angie and Brent Greene explore the family dynamic of love as well as the issue of sexual discrimination in sport. These intimate real-life stories of love and commitment demonstrate the barriers faced by those Australians who are not presently able to marry the ones they love.

Listen to Love is free to download and listen to - don't miss your opportunity to hear these powerful Australian stories brought to you by Audible.com.au and The Equality Campaign.

About the Listen to Love series:

  • Episode 1: Second Class Citizen - Joel Carnegie with LBGTIQ couples
  • Episode 2: What Is Love? - with Joel Creasey, featuring the poem 'Glisten' by Quinn Eades from the collection Rallying
  • Episode 3: So What's The Status Quo? - Tom Ballard with Dr Shirleene Robinson, featuring the poem 'To Be One with Each Other' by George Elliot
  • Episode 4: Standing Up for Us - Angie and Brent Greene, featuring the poem 'Sonnet 116' by William Shakespeare
  • Episode 5: The Ethics of Love - Damon Young, featuring 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • Episode 6: Mother Love - by Catherine Cole, narrated by Louise Siverse, featuring the poem 'Love's Philosophy' by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Production of The Space Company for Audible Originals.

©2017 Audible Originals (P)2017 Audible Originals

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There needs to be more of it

This is a series of quick listens written at a time when Australia was debating marriage equality. Thankfully, those laws have passed, but the conservative right-wing and blindly religious still resist. That keeps this discussion timely and relevant, not just for Australia but for many other countries that are now debating the issue or have recently gone through it.

Tom Ballard is a popular comedian, great host and a very cluey individual. His dive into this subject is kept interesting and enjoyable, with each episode kept to about fifteen minutes. For those directly affected by the debate, this can be both affirming and frustrating to hear. For those outside of the debate who have an interest in actively interfering (for or against) in other people’s relationships, this series may make you aware of issues not previously thought of. Either way, it’s great to see this short-run series readily available and done so well. There needs to be more of it.

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Equality for all

Lovely, touching stories... that also make me sad. Equality is a must... and now is the time!

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Sort yourself Australia.

Great stories. Sad that we still have to discuss the fact that Australia is so backwards on this matter though. Hurry up Australia!

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An important conversation

An excellent production highlighting the many positive reasons the Australian government should embrace and legislate marriage equality. The conversation is balanced, entertaining at times, informative and engaging. Congratulations to all the contributors.

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  • ReadforFun
  • 05-29-17

Great topic

Any additional comments?

Personally i think that each story ended before a "deep dive". Would of loved to hear more about the couple in episode 1.
I'm probably alone on this but honestly i didn't like the poems.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-17

Love is love

Loved the message but I feel the episodes were a bit disjointed in their order

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  • Michael Soo
  • 10-22-17

A timely addition to the same sex marriage debate.

Mixing personal stories with explorations of the many aspects of love. A true love letter.






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  • Hayley
  • 10-04-17

Interesting stories. Heartfelt

A nice little read which shows us why discrimination needs to stop. Too many lives are being negatively impacted. People are people. Let us all be equal.

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  • Jacob
  • 09-08-17

I had to hear it all 3 times, LOVELY

love is different for everyone. this book is a celebration of it in all it's forms and shapes

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-15-17

Moving

The stories of same sex couples wanting to marry are very moving. Tom Ballard and Joel Creasey are terrific. It covers the issue from every angle.

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  • CA Weir
  • 07-27-17

Mad me mad but I loved it!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of the couple who were too late to marry, at the beginning, was incredibly moving.

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  • Thomas Ellenby
  • 05-28-17

Great topic - but no real content

Episode 1 started strong, then it spiralled into random nonsense. Do a series on the elderly couple from episode 1, that would have been brilliant

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  • Amy
  • 05-26-17

great!

this was wonderful,thoughtful,touching,and maddening at the same time that LGBTIQ are still waiting. absolutely loved all the stories.

thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-17

Fernando Estrada - thank you!

congratulations for such an insightful and nurturing manner to express what marriage equality means to the LGBTQI community.

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