You’ve never heard the conversation around marriage equality quite like this before.
The free six-part audio series Listen To Love features some of Australia’s favourite voices including comedian Tom Ballard as host, TV and radio personality Osher Gunsberg whispering sweet love poetry, an original standup routine by comedian Joel Creasey and philosophical musings about La La Land by Ethicist Damon Young.
Inequality in sport and the family dynamics of love by siblings Angie and Brent Greene, powerful fiction by acclaimed local writer Catherine Cole and a host of other moving stories from everyday people are also part of the new Australian series.
To celebrate the launch, Audible.com.au has teamed up with comedians Joel Creasey, Rhys Nicholson and Rosie Lourde to create a gargantuan and spectacularly outlandish “Marriage Equality Acceptance Debate” video. Watch the video below.
The impassioned debate about ‘who loves marriage equality more’ sees the trio trade feisty barbs amid a frenzied crowd, eventually destroying the placid ambience of a fancy tearoom.
Listen To Love forms part of Audible’s global focus on expanding original audio content and underscores Audible’s commitment to the ongoing production of local original content.
Tom Ballard, comedian and Listen To Love contributor, says: “I wanted to be part of this series with Audible.com.au because I think it’s important to keep the conversations going around marriage equality – we can’t forget it or dismiss it.
It’s vital that straight, cisgender people hear these stories and understand just how much marriage equality and discrimination in the Marriage Act at the moment affects people with real stories.”
Tracey Markham, Audible Ltd. spokesperson, says: “Listen To Love is Audible.com.au’s first original series and adds to the growing collection of inspiring and thought-provoking audio content Australians can choose from.
The human voice is a powerful tool and using it to share stories is something Audible is proud to do each and every day – especially for causes such as this that are so important to so many people.”
Matthew Gain, Head of Audible Australia and New Zealand, says: “Audible.com.au believes in the power of telling stories. People use our platform every day to hear and share a range of perspectives, across a multitude of topics.
The powerful, personal stories of love that are imparted within the Marriage Equality discussion need to be heard, so it felt natural for us to amplify them through Listen To Love.”
Dr Shirleene Robinson, The Equality Campaign spokesperson and Listen To Love contributor, says: “Over time, people’s attitudes towards marriage equality have changed in this country.
I think one of the most powerful reasons has been because people, like those in Listen To Love, are willing to share their personal stories about why this reform matters to them. That’s how we’ve won hearts and minds of the Australian people.”
You can download Audible.com.au’s Listen To Love series for free here.