Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same-sex marriage. But as the child of immigrants, he's also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia. So he sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians. Law takes his investigative duties seriously, going nude where required in Balinese sex resorts, sitting backstage for hours with Thai ladyboy beauty contestants, and trying Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets - from Tokyo's celebrity drag queens to HIV-positive Burmese sex workers and Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists to Chinese gays and lesbians who marry each other to please their parents - all teach him something new about being queer in Asia. At once entertaining and moving, Gaysia is a wild ride and a fascinating quest by a leading Australian writer.
Â©2015 Benjamin Law (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.
âOur government jailed his body, but his soul remained that of a free man.â (From the foreword by Man Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan) In 2013, Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was illegally detained on Manus Island, a refugee detention centre off the coast of Australia. He has been there ever since. This book is the result. Laboriously tapped out on a mobile phone and translated from the Farsi. It is a voice of witness, an act of survival. A lyric firsthand account. A cry of resistance. A vivid portrait of five years of incarceration and exile.Â Winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, No Friend but the Mountains is an extraordinary account - one that is disturbingly representative of the experience of the many stateless and imprisoned refugees and migrants around the world.
Â©2019 Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian (P)2019 Anansi Audio
Meet the Law family - eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: Why won't his Chinese dad wear made-in-China underpants? Why was most of his extended family deported in the 1980s? Will his childhood dreams of Home and Away stardom come to nothing? What are his chances of finding love? Hilarious and moving, The Family Law is a linked series of tales from a wonderful Australian talent. Warning: This title contains explicit content.
Â©2011 Benjamin Law (P)2014 Audible Studios
Are Australian schools safe? And if they're not, what happens when kids are caught in a bleak collision between ill-equipped school staff and a confected media scandal? In 2016, the Safe Schools program became the centre of an ideological firestorm. In QE67, Benjamin Law explores how and why this happened. He weaves a subtle, gripping account of schools today, sexuality, teenagers, new ideas of gender fluidity, tabloid media scares and mental health. Looking at the perils for those of uncertain or shamed sexual identity and bullying of the vulnerable young, he brings to light hidden worlds in an essay notable for its humane clarity.
Â©2017 Benjamin Law (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
I marked the day in my adolescent diary with a single blank page; the mantle of 'queer migrant' compelled me to keep going - to go further; I never 'came out' to my parents. I felt I owed them no explanation; I was 38 and figured it was time to come out to her. Even now, I sometimes think that I donât know my own desire.Â Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, genders, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia.Â For better or worse, sooner or later, life conspires to reveal you to yourself, and this is growing up.Â With contributions from David Marr, Fiona Wright, Nayuka Gorrie, Steve Dow, Holly Throsby, Sally Rugg, Tony Ayres, Nic Holas, Rebecca Shaw, Kerryn Phelps and many more.
Â©2019 Benjamin Law (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd
Do you accidentally get turned on while watching a nature documentary? Are you dating someone whose tattoos are the worst, but you're having the best sex of your life? Are you feeling emasculated because your girlfriend has had more one-night stands than you? Never fear: the world's first mother-son sex and relationships advice duo is here to save you from yourself. The longest-running regular column in The Lifted Brow , the Law School column has been offering stern warnings, enthusiastic encouragement, and sage (and not-so-sage) wisdom to desperate lovers and sexual adventurists alike since 2011. This collection brings the best of Law School into an excruciatingly funny and semiexplicit book of advice you never knew you needed. Hilarious, rude, and surprisingly heartwarming, Law School covers the practical and ethical dilemmas of sex and relationships from two very different perspectives. Ben and Jenny challenge the way we think and talk about the intimate in funny and earnest banter. Their advice will either save your love life or ruin it forever.
Â©2017 Benjamin Law and Jenny Phang (P)2017 Audible, Ltd