Film-makers Maya Newell and Charlotte Mars talk about their new documentary Gayby Baby — the first feature documentary about same-sex families in Australia — and share an exclusive first look at the trailer.
MAYA: On the eve of the Mardi Gras Parade last week, the Australian Marriage Forum – headed by David van Gend – launched a television-ad campaign entitled: THINK OF THE CHILD.
As a child of two lesbian mums, I thought ‘phew’ – finally someone is thinking of us kids! But while the ad sought to present ‘what is best for the child’, it once again recast old intolerances and repeated prejudices without recourse to any evidence. If you were really ‘thinking of the child’, it might be useful to actually meet and listen to the views of thousands of kids already in existence.
David van Gend was not thinking of the children.
Not sure which ad we’re talking about? Shame on you, Channels 7 and 9. This ad should never have aired last night.
To make matters worse, Facebook’s masterful algorithm thought that I would be interested in ‘liking’ an ad from old mate Fred Nile that read: ‘Parenting, not promiscuity is worth celebrating #MardiGras 2015.’
— Fred Nile (@frednile) March 7, 2015
As the child of two lesbian Mums, I could have stomped down to David and Fred’s offices (or the social media equivalent) and pointed out that many types of families don’t have a mother or father, and that many children of same-sex parents have BOTH a mother and father via co-parenting arrangements and donor dads.