Tag: Talks & Ideas

History Walk - CBD Chapels of Lurv

History Walk - CBD Chapels of Lurv
In the spirit of the celebration of the Mardi Gras Season, the Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence will be undertaking a Living History Walk: this year they will be focusing on the public anonymous sex venues, beats or Chapels of Lurv of the inner East and CBD. The Sisters have been undertaking these walks annually for over 27 years – with each of their walks focusing the Gay, Lesbian and Queer lifestyles in separate geographical areas of Sydney.

Out in the Streets: A history of LGBTIQ activism in Sydney

Out in the Streets: A history of LGBTIQ activism in Sydney
Out in the Streets is a panel discussion to analyse Sydney's vibrant history of LGBTIQ activism. Marriage Equality is the most recent issue to galvanise the LGBTIQ and broader communities into action. But ME is part of a much longer history, with victories on the road to equality won through the persistence of our activists and the resilience of our community.

Order of Perpetual Indulgence Annual Zoo Walk

Order of Perpetual Indulgence Annual Zoo Walk
Now in its 25th year, join the Sisters as they visit the world renowned Taronga Park Zoo at Mosman for their Annual Zoo Walk. The journey starts for most by joining the Sisters at Wharf 2, Circular Quay, to catch the ferry across to the zoo, and then catching the cable-car or bus up to the top gate. At the Top Gate we are met and greeted by Zoo Guides and Zoo Keepers, and subject to the availability of suitable animals there is likely to be some Australian fauna that can be gently petted (under supervision, of course), or observed in the arms of their keepers. The Sisters’ Walk around the zoo is accompanied by the knowledgeable Zoo Guides, and we will focus on visiting the Australian contingent … and along the way the Sisters will be able to share with the party, some of the recipes and cooking techniques that were used in the 19th Century … in fact, some of the recipes are still in vogue today. The Sisters may well also take the opportunity to read selected poems to the animals for their edification. The escorted walk will conclude as the Sisters get to the celebrated Bird Show at 12 noon or an alternative special event such as Dingo feeding time. Thereafter, participants are invited to join the Sisters for luncheon, and/or to explore other parts of the zoo at their leisure.

Queer Thinking

Queer Thinking
Queer Thinking

Koori Gras

Koori Gras
Koori Gras

Guy James Whitworth Presents Gentlemen of a Certain Reputation

Guy James Whitworth Presents Gentlemen of a Certain Reputation

A dynamic group exhibition that examines identity, sexuality, gender and reputation and challenges what those issues mean in Australia after the postal vote and its recent outcomes. Award winning Sydney based artist Guy James Whitworth presents current works selected from his favourite queer artists based all around Australia, an event which he describes as ‘less of a passing on of the torch, but more of a sharing of the talking stick. With so many artists referencing inspiration from the same events and cultural reference points, it’s amazing to see so many different styles and statements.’ Multi media artists such as Dan Gladden, Michael Willard, Andrew Batt-Rowden and Dim Fim (whose works are all featured above) head a stellar line up, in this not to be missed exhibition. The M2 Gallery in Surry hills will host a week long festival of events such artists talks and evenings of performance art, with dates to be announced closer to the opening night.

Watch this space…

Mythology: Where is Hercules

Mythology: Where is Hercules

What does it mean to be Hercules in the 21st century? Artist Miriam Cabello offers a host of unique artistic responses to this ambitious question.

MLC Gallery at 5 Eliza St., Newtown hosts a compelling art exhibition with the aim of picturing the 21st-century Hercules. Brazenly titled Mythology: Where is Hercules? This exhibition features some of the finest figurative contemporary paintings of Australian heroes from the celebrated to the conspicuous.

Hercules finds its origins in Cabello’s 2011 exhibition held at the National Art Museum of Sport titled ‘Australian Aboriginal Boxing Legends’, highlighting Lionel Rose. American Sports Illustrated wrote of his 1968 fight in Tokyo,

“all across Australia that night people clung to radios as if the ringside announcer were Winston Churchill … women wept over Lionel Rose and men shouted … Lionel Rose was Hercules, Charles Lindbergh and the Messiah all rolled into one.” 

From athletes to activists, 2016 Community Hero Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon’s portrait is included in the exhibition for championing acceptance and inclusion of LGBTI people in faith-based organisations for over 30 years.

This Herculean exhibition proudly celebrates the historic 40 years of struggles, triumphs and the beauty of acceptance and tolerance. Highlighting the sociological evolution of social justice, activism and diversity.

Queer Families Documenting Stories of Adversity, Diversity and Belonging

Queer Families Documenting Stories of Adversity, Diversity and Belonging

One of the distressing consequences of the marriage equality survey was the reminder that some people view queer sexuality and family life as incommensurable. Yet the marriage debate also prompted the documentation and dissemination of highly moving stories of queer belonging within Australian families. Associate Professor Christy Newman from the UNSW Centre for Social Research in Health (CSHR) will review a number of qualitative research studies conducted at CSRH in which LGBTQ+ participants provided rich accounts of what family means to them and how they have overcome continuing prejudices to forge a sense of resilience and belonging in the context of family life.

Supported by Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Queerstories: Western Sydney

Go west this Mardi Gras with Sydney’s favourite LGBTQI storytelling night. Join host Maeve Marsden and an eclectic line up of stars and strangers at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta for a night of our city’s queerstories, unexpected tales of lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.

The LGBTQI community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family and community.

In its usual home in Redfern, Queerstories has been selling out every month for over a year, bringing storytellers from all walks of life to the stage. Funny, moving, surprising and engaging, the stories from Queerstories are also available on the podcast.

 

This event is Auslan interpreted. This Western Sydney special event is presented by Riverside Theatres.

Fair Day

Fair Day

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ANZ

Our communities shine in the sun at Fair Day, Mardi Gras’ free family-friendly carnival of rainbow festivities, featuring a plethora of activities for the young and old, the tame and the bold!

Kick off your heels and enjoy a picnic with friends and family, and kick up your heels at the dance tent. See an amazing array of performers on the Main Stage, get amongst it in the Sports Village, sample the food stalls and admire the drag queens in all corners of the park.

There is always something for everyone at Fair Day, even our fur babies are a part of the action. Bring your most fabulous dog down to Fair Day to strut their stuff at our world-famous Doggywood competition.

Whoever you are, Fair Day is the must-do event of the year. See you there!

Presented in partnership with ANZ.

Black Point

Black Point

Koori Gras present a community forum with dinner and drinks for local and interstate guests to discuss relevant issues and challenges for First Peoples’ communities.

Speakers Platform

Speakers Platform

An international panel of influential thinkers and artists come together to discuss queer performance from First Peoples’ perspectives. Guest speakers include Associate Professor of Creative Industries at University of the Sunshine Coast, Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Creative Director of Yirramboi First Nations Art Festival, Jacob Boehme, Cherish Blood (Alberta Canada), performance artist Black Foot, and more to be announced.

Trans Stories - 40 Years

Trans Stories - 40 Years

In this unforgettable Queer Thinking co-presentation with Trans Sydney Pride, a diverse range of trans people will share their experiences and truth in an evening of storytelling covering Struggle and Sequins, Love and Life.  Hear stories of survival, resilience and finding happiness in their authentic selves throughout the four decades of Mardi Gras.

With speakers covering four decades, discover just how very far we’ve come with trans visibility, acceptance and pride. There in the melee of 1978, in every festival, every parade and on stage at every party since. Hear about the early struggles, the glamour of the sequins, the resilience in creating a successful trans life and the power to love ourselves, our family’s and partners.

Meet the storytellers:

Karen Chant

Karen Chant

Karen is a true pioneer and living legend in the history of Sydney drag.  At the very young age of 15 Karen decided she would pursue a feminine lifestyle, being drawn into the glamorous world of fashion and the catwalk. Karen was hired by June Millinery in Sydney to create her style of ladies headdress, and being the first male milliner in Australia drew enormous publicity - from there her star status began. 

In the early 1960s Karen debuted as the compare of the first all-male revue in Australia, The Jewel Box coffee shop in Kings Cross. What followed was an extraordinary career that saw Karen perform at arguably every historical venue of the last century: The Purple Onion 62, Les Girls 63, Ivy’s Birdcage 67 and her own club Karen’s Kastle 68.

Karen was a big star, who throughout the 70s headlined (along with Rose Jackson) the most well-known of gay showrooms Capriccio’s, also known as International Vanities. These excellent production shows are now the source of fond memories for all who visited.

Karen went on to make guest appearances at the Balmain Town Hall hotel and Polly’s Follies at both the Albury Hotel and Stonewall. For the past 40 years Karen has been performing for The Pollys Club, the longest running gay social club in Australia, and now at 86 years old occasionally performs for charity at The Venue in Pattaya, Thailand donating her time for the street kids of Pattaya.

Katherine Maver

Katherine Maver 

Katherine is an experienced Senior Project Manager, who is a member of the Complex Programme Management practice within IBM. She is highly respected within IBM as a person who is driven and can deliver projects without the compromise of quality.

Katherine leads the A/NZ IBM’s Employee Alliance for LGBTI Empowerment, otherwise known as EAGLE. This is a Business Resource Group for LGBTI employees and their allies at IBM.  The objective is to promote a safe and open working environment for our members and all employees, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  The aim is to foster a strong sense of community within IBM and to facilitate networking, mentoring and ongoing education.

As a Transgender woman, Katherine uses her standing in the corporate world to influence, to effect change and continue the fight of equality in the workplace.

Kaya Wilson

Kaya Wilson

Kaya is both a scientist and a writer, studying the impact of tsunami on Australian coastlines and writing about all things queer and wonderful. He is part English, part African and wholly Australian. Kaya tells stories because that is how we share our humanity and the humanity of trans people is something we can't forget. He is a visible and out trans man who wants to make things better for our community and entertain you along the way.

Colleen Windsor

Colleen Windsor

It seems little known now, that way back in the late 1970s our little part of the world here in Sydney experienced a phenomenon with the existence of a subculture of transgender women in such large numbers that remains unexplainable.

I was an active participant of this subculture and as a Les Girls showgirl I worked hard doing three shows, six nights a week, entertaining locals and tourists. We were seen as freaks on the one hand and as the most beautiful boys in the world on the other. But in Kings Cross, along with the strippers, the callgirls and other associated misfits we were at the heart of Sydney’s then exciting nightlife.

These days as a writer, I tell the stories of Sydney’s LGBTI history, Gay Sydney and my memories of Kings Cross – I love to share the connection of the past and the present.

Peta Friend

Peta Friend

Peta is a Trans Advocate, public speaker and founder of Trans Sydney Pride.

Born in 1961 and raised in Sydney, Peta transitioned in the year 2000 from male to female. “Transitioning enabled me to live an authentic life, after years of living in the dark I felt I was finally able to step into the light”. Peta is a Skin Therapist with a career spanning over 30 years, she is the owner and operator of Will And Peta Skin Clinic.

Peta’s passion is to  raise awareness of Transgender issues through education and support.

Trans Stories was conceived and developed by Peta and she is the producer of this event for Trans Sydney Pride.

Lisa Freashwater and AJ Brown

Lisa Freashwater and AJ Brown

AJ Brown is a proud transman, trans activist, landscape designer and artist. He was born in Derbyshire in the UK in 1967. He’s a qualified horticulturalist, structural landscaper, landscape designer and director of Evolve Garden Concepts.

After medically transitioning FTM in 2015 AJ turned his focus to trans activism and is an admin for the online groups Trans Sydney Pride (TSP), TSP Family, Friends and Allies, Trans Melbourne Pride and Transgender International. He’s spoken in TSP’s Trans Stories and modelled for the Aurora foundations [STYLE] aGender.

Lisa is a theatre director and producer and co-founder of The Theatre Division. Currently TTD are producing the national tour of Miracle City which opened at Sydney Opera House in October 2017 and Thai-riffic! which opened this year and will tour nationally in 2019.  In 2014 TTD produced and Lisa directed the critically acclaimed and award winning production of Ruthless! The Musical at The Seymour Centre.

Lisa and AJ have been together for thirteen years, eleven of those years in a same sex relationship. They have a sixteen-year-old son.

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Chrissy Doyle

Chrissy Doyle is a 34-year-old trans woman who grew up in Wollongong. Chrissy began her transition at 31 and works as a personal assistant for The Theatre Division in Sydney.  She is very family oriented and loves spending time with her friends and lives with her amazing partner Ray. Chrissy has told her story of life and love for Trans Sydney Pride’s Trans Stories on previous occasions - with not a dry eye in the house! 

Rainbow Reflections 40 Years of LGBTI Legal History

Rainbow Reflections 40 Years of LGBTI Legal History

Presented by Lander & Rogers Lawyers and the SGLBA

Over the last 40 years, the LGBTI community has achieved a great deal. However, most would agree there is still much to be done.

Please join us for this special event, in partnership with Lander & Rogers Lawyers, as we reflect on the past 40 years of legal history in the context of the Sydney LGBTI community and immerse ourselves in our Rainbow Reflections.

We will bring together the past, present and future community members and discuss the major hurdles we’ve overcome and then consider the future, to see how far we must go for equality in the workplace and more broadly, the wider community.

Our discussion will be joined by business owners, legal professionals, journalists, politicians, NSW police, 78’s and millennials each sharing their perspective from a historical point of view and their insight into the next 40 years (and beyond) of LGBTI rights in Australia.

Discounted pricing is available for students. Click Buy Tickets for more information and venue details.

The First Mardi Gras: Was The Pain worth the Gain? An Afternoon with the 78ers

The First Mardi Gras: Was The Pain worth the Gain? An Afternoon with the 78ers

For a street party, the first Mardi Gras Parade certainly wasn’t fun for the participants.

But, for all the trauma and pain inflicted, was it worthwhile?

Did it change the dynamics between men and women in the gay, lesbian and transgender movements of the time?

Did it re-vitalise and influence our own movements and political agendas?

Did it influence other political movements and parties in terms of their approach to our communities and issues?

These are just some of the issues to be explored in an Afternoon with the 78ers.

This event is by gold coin donation.

Oxtravanganza

Oxtravanganza

Darlinghurst and Oxford St has forever been an iconic stomping ground for artists, queers, bohemians, and outcasts, whose influences delightfully combine to form this unique cultural hub. From the iconic gay bars, to live music venues and fiercely independent retail, artistic expression has always underpinned the Darlinghurst community, making it an unconventional and nonjudgmental space for everyone and anyone. Join us Saturday the 24th of February as we celebrate the Pink Mile with a collection of events put on by the local business and entertainment community. 2017’s highlights were live Shibari window displays, DJs performing on the street, burlesque dancers in display windows & drag cover bands, so you get the idea :)

There’ll be a string of free events within venues and the strip will be transformed to highlight the unique character of the spectacular Darlinghurst community. The event will be covered by local media partners at GAY RADIO & BBR, who will be also banging out tunes live on air from Taylor and Oxford Squares. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW, who provide social and mental health support, counselling and housing for Sydney’s LGBTIQA+ youth.

Full a full list of events and times visit www.oxtravaganza.com.au closer to the date. Photo by Robert Knapman

Proudly In Love

Proudly In Love

PROUDLY IN LOVE is Australia's first same sex wedding festival and expo that celebrates love, bringing together the finest and most sought-after wedding suppliers, unique venues, hotels and destinations along with the best entertainment, design, living and luxury travel. The inaugural event will be held at the iconic Fox Studios on Sunday, 25 February 2018. Across 150 stands, as part of the 2018 Mardi Gras Festival’s 40th Anniversary, PROUDLY IN LOVE will curate an expo that will inspire, influence and motivate you and the LGBTQI community to celebrate your love, and plan your wedding at your own dedicated event, so come and get LovedUp! www.proudlyinlove.com.au

In Conversation with Justice Michael Kirby and Uncle Jack Charles, Actor, Musician, Potter and Gifted Performer Celebrating the Contribution of the LGBTQI Community to Law and Theatre

In Conversation with Justice Michael Kirby and Uncle Jack Charles, Actor, Musician, Potter and Gifted Performer Celebrating the Contribution of the LGBTQI Community to Law and Theatre

In conversation with Justice Michael Kirby and Uncle Jack Charles, this event will explore the changing portrayal and treatment of the LGBTIQ community by both law and theatre and will celebrate the contributions made to both fields by the LGBTIQ community.  By looking back at how law and theatre have each engaged with the LGBTIQ community, this event will frankly ask where the LGBTIQ community presently stands with respect to these institutions and consider what the future holds.
 
A collaboration between Belvoir, NSW Young Lawyers and the Inner-City Community Legal Centre, this event will entertain, inform and challenge.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Inner-City Community Legal Centre to support programs of legal assistance to the LGBTIQ community.