Benjamin Law (writer)

Benjamin Law (born 1982) is an Australian author and journalist. He is best known for his books The Family Law, a family memoir published in 2010,[1] and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, a journalistic exploration of LGBT life in Asia.[2]

Benjamin Law
Born1982 (age 37–38)
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
OccupationAuthor, journalist
Notable worksThe Family Law, Gaysia
RelativesMichelle Law (sister)

Born in Nambour, Queensland[3] to immigrant parents from Hong Kong and Malaysia,[4] he is currently based in Sydney.[5] He is openly gay.[6][7]


The Family Law was a shortlisted nominee for Book of the Year at the 2011 Australian Book Industry Awards,[1] and was adapted by Matchbox Pictures into a six-part television series for the SBS network in 2016, which Law created and co-wrote with Marieke Hardy (Series 1) and Kirsty Fisher and Lawrence Leung (Series 2).[8] It won the Screen Producers Awards for Best Comedy (2016)[9] and was nominated for two AACTA Awards.[10]

At the 2012 Sydney Writers' Festival,[11] he presented on the topic of bullying, for a panel with Wendy Harmer and Paul Capsis.

In November 2015, he advocated for gay people in a public discussion hosted by Mildura Pride (a Mildura Rural City Council Initiative). The social inclusion initiative focused on making Mildura more welcoming for GLBTIQ communities.[12]

In April 2018, Law became an ambassador for the National Library of Australia.[13]

As a journalist, he has contributed to publications including Frankie, The Australian Financial Review, The Saturday Paper,[14] The Monthly (including a 2014 supplement on the Museum of Old and New Art), The Courier-Mail and its Qweekend supplement, Griffith Review, New Matilda[15], Fairfax Media's Good Weekend magazine, The Big Issue and Crikey.[1]


On 12 September 2017, The Australian newspaper criticised Law's tweet of 30 August 2017, "Sometimes find myself wondering if I’d hate-fuck all the anti-gay MPs in parliament if it meant they got the homophobia out of their system".[16] The newspaper also highlighted Law's responding tweet to Rob Stott, "[sighs heavily, unzips pants]".[17] The article highlighted that both tweets were posted during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.[18][19] Law subsequently stated that Googling the term "hate-fucking" shows that it is "not a sexual assault", and that The Australian's report coincided with the release of Law's investigative Quarterly Essay which examined that newspaper's coverage of the Safe Schools program. Law later publicly thanked the newspaper for the free publicity.[20]



  • The Family Law (2010, ISBN 9781863954785)
  • Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012, ISBN 9781863955768)


  • Sh*t Asian mothers say, Collingwood, Vic. : Black Inc. (2014, ISBN 9781863956635)
  • Law School : sex and relationship advice from Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang, Melbourne, Vic. Brow Books (2017, ISBN 9780994606853)

Contributed chaptersEdit

  • "Tourism", pp. 147–152, and "Towards manhood", pp. 195–203, in: Growing up Asian in Australia, Melbourne, Black Inc. (2008, ISBN 9781863951913)
  • In: Voracious: best new Australian food writing, edited by Paul McNally, Prahran, Vic. : Hardie Grant Books (2011, ISBN 9781742701202)
  • In: I'm not racist but ... forty years of the Racial Discrimination Act, by Tim Soutphommasane, Sydney, N.S.W. NewSouth Publishing (2015, ISBN 9781742242057)
  • In: The book that made me, edited by Judith Ridge, Newtown, NSW Walker Books Australia (2016, ISBN 9781922244888)
  • "Beijing", pp. [43]-49, in: Best Australian comedy writing, edited by Luke Ryan, Affirm Press, South Melbourne, Victoria (2016, ISBN 9781925475265)


  • In: Me and Mr Booker, by Cory Taylor, Melbourne, Victoria : The Text Publishing Company (2017, ISBN 9781925498271)

Essays and reportingEdit


  • The women who shaped my life (August 2010). Cleo, pp. 100–102.
  • Morris, Linda (21 December 2012). Benjamin Law. The Sydney Morning Herald, p. 6.
  • Tabart, Sally (July 2019). A Day In The Life Of Benjamin Law, Writer. The Design Files.

As editorEdit


As WriterEdit

Year Title Notes
2016-19 The Family Law Creator/script writer (based on his memoir)
2017 Sisters Episode 3

As ActorEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Freudian Slip Jacob's Id Web Series[21]

Other work[22]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Deep Water: The Real Story Researcher/associate producer Documentary film
2018 Filthy Rich and Homeless Himself/participant Docuseries
2018-present That Startup Show Co-Host Web series
2019 Waltzing the Dragon Presenter Two-part documentary


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Nassim Performer (Jan 24 performance [23]
2020 Double Delicious Performer For Sydney Festival[24]
2020 Torch the Place Writer For Melbourne Theatre Company[25]


Year Title Role Notes
2019-present Stop Everything Host Podcast for ABC Radio National
2019 Look at me Host Podcast for


  1. ^ a b c "Law unto himself: The Family Law author Benjamin Law". Meld, 27 March 2012.
  2. ^ Robert Dessaix, "Queer and Loathing". The Monthly, September 2012.
  3. ^ Law, Benjamin. "Benjamin Law". Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Jenny Phang". The Wheeler Centre. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
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  6. ^ "Over the rainbow". The Hindu, 20 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Gay, lesbian or queer writing". The Book Show, 7 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Benjamin Law Comedy in Production at Matchbox Pictures". Pedestrian Daily, 16 October 2013.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Harmer, Wendy & Law, Benjamin & Capsis, Paul (2012), Bully for you, ABC1, Sydney, N.S.W.
  12. ^ "Benjamin Law visits Mildura to challenge homophobia". ABC News. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  13. ^ Doherty, Megan (6 April 2018). "Kaz Cooke, Benjamin Law among National Library's 50th anniversary ambassadors". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Benjamin Law" The Saturday Paper, 20 December 2014
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  16. ^ Law, Benjamin (30 August 2017). "Sometimes find myself wondering if I'd hate-fuck all the anti-gay MPs in parliament if it meant they got the homophobia out of their system". @mrbenjaminlaw. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  17. ^ Law, Benjamin (30 August 2017). "[sighs heavily, unzips pants]". @mrbenjaminlaw. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Gay rights activist slammed for lewd tweets". Sky News. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Coalition MPs lash out at 'vile' tweet by same-sex marriage advocate". News Ltd. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  20. ^ Meade, Amanda (15 September 2017). "Benjamin Law thanks News Corp's 'unholy alliance' for free publicity". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
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