Gayby Baby (2015)

"A tender, intimate and unmissable look into the lives of families who are needlessly politicised" - Benjamin Law

Meet Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham, 10 to 12 year-olds, each coping with growing up. As they navigate challenges of school, sport, friends and their futures, they do so within loving homes and with caring parents - who happen to be gay or lesbian.

It's a situation still debated over and at the time of this film, legislated against, as director Maya Newell knows from experience. Inspired by her own up bringing in a same-sex household with two mums, she crafts an intimate portrait of childhood, showing the complexity that colours these families far beyond the issue of sexual orientation.

Gayby Baby (2015) provides a platform to those too often ignored, the kids themselves. As marriage equality continues to inspire discussion around the world, Newell's documentary looks at the reality - not the rhetoric of same sex parenting.

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Gus Skattebol-James was 10 when he starred as one of the four children featured in the documentary film Gayby Baby (2015) about growing up with same sex parents.

Now 17 and a Year 12 student sitting for his Higher School Certificate, he's co-authored a children's picture book about the experience of growing up in a gay household, celebrating Mardi Gras and a love of wrestling.

"We wrote Wrestle! because LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex) families are still rarely represented in books ... we thought it was time for a book that's showing there is no right or wrong way to be a family, or be yourself," Maya Newell said.

Gus could not believe there were so few books set in LGBTQI families. His favourite book, Some Dogs Do, always featured two mothers. He had not realised that his mums had adapted the book with a white-out pen to change the story.

"For Gus and I and children of same-sex parents, Mardi Gras was always good fun as Christmas, although I remember the early 90s when it was more a protest to remember the struggle of people like our mums, " Ms Newell said.

Read It's not just about having gay parents: why we wrote our kids' book about queer families


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