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 today (November 7), the music industry has an important role in the discourse playing out in the public space.

Below is our Q&A with Fraser Stark, the Group Channel Manager, Arts & Music Channels at Foxtel Networks Australia.

Why are you taking part in this campaign?

I am a gay man who has spent many years in childhood and early adulthood feeling unaccepting of my own homosexuality. When, in my mid-twenties, I unburdened myself of the acute worry that my gayness had caused me and ‘came out’ I became openly and irreverently gay. It felt, and still feels, really good.

I would like, in turn, to be part of the trend toward general openness and self-acceptance so that others can live in a society that does not promote the anxiety caused by self-denial and shame.