To shine a light on all the incredible LGBTQI executives and creatives in our industry, TIO has teamed up with Wonder founder Matt Emsell (5SOS, Matt Corby) to launch an article series. We’ll ask industry figures and artists how their sexuality and gender identity has shaped their experiences in the Australian music business. And, of course, why marriage equality is important to them.

With the final day of the Same Sex Marriage Postal Vote happening on November 7, the music industry has an important role in the discourse playing out in the public space.

We asked Matt to kick off the series…

Why are you taking part in this campaign?

Because I don’t think I have read an article in any of the industry press about the experience of being gay in the Australian music business. We need to shine a light on all the incredible LGBTQI executives and creatives in this country doing brilliant work and achieving great success. As a 23-year-old gay man starting out in the business, it would have made the world of difference to me to have read about that.

The marriage equality plebiscite. Discuss…

Ridiculous. Absurd. Hurtful. Shameful. I could go on. I respect the right of everyone to hold their own view on the issue of gay marriage. But this debate isn’t about marriage. It has inevitably become about whether or not Australia believes a gay kid should grow up and have the same rights as a straight kid.