Sydney Femme Guild is proud to host an evening of visual and performance based celebration from the past 40 years of Femmes. Come celebrate Femmes of our community with spoken word, performance and photography on the night.
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.
In November 1992, the Australian government overturned a longstanding ban on gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving in the Australian Defence Force. Transgender service would continue to be banned until September 2010. Yet, LGBTI people were serving in the military long before these milestones, with a range of experiences.
To commemorate 25 years since lifting the LGB ban, this exhibition showcases the history of LGBTI military service in Australia since World War II. The exhibition brings together photographs, objects, documents and the life stories of current and former service personnel to explore how LGBTI Defence members navigated their lives in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force. The exhibition includes tales of lesbian subcultures, witch-hunts targeting homosexuals for expulsion, kamp men in Papua New Guinea, participation in Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the changing Defence approaches to LGBTI service.
This exhibition derives from a larger research project on the history of LGBTI military service and is being co-sponsored by the Australian Lesbian and GayArchives and Sydney Pride History Group.
Presented by Company of Rogues and hosted by the fabulous James Breko we’re creating our own slice of Bedlam inside the famous Red Rattler, just for Mardi Gras.
Showcasing new and emerging LGBTQI and allied artists, musicians and performers - plus a surprise or two - it's going to be a Wednesday night like no other!
Bedlam Mardi Gras Edition will be a madcap multi-genre cabaret blending burlesque, music and song with cutting edge circus, contemporary performance and sizzling drag art.
The incredible Marlena Dali will lead Bedlam’s queerest ever line-up which will also feature Sydney’s rising burlesque superstar Kael Murray (of Star Wars Burlesque fame). And when the stage isn't being lit up by Bedlam's inmates you can play with madhouse activations and soak up some cray cray at the bar before the final party hour kicks off!
So slip into your formal straight jacket and dust off your bed straps because this is one cabaret you don’t want to miss.
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.
Relax at a luscious summer picnic in Enmore Park. Bring your kids, your dogs, your friends and a picnic lunch as we lounge about in the summer sun. Acoustic musicians, laid back DJs and chillout tunes will serenade us as we live our best damn lives. We’ll have a Mocktail bar and platters of fresh fruit – all for free. All LGBTIQ women are welcome. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers for the nearby Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre.
This event is part of ACON’s #TalkTouchTest breast cancer campaign, and we would love to see you there.
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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
Come and join the award winning event that welcomes everyone. Walk or run the 2km, 4km or 6km course around the beautiful Sydney Park. Wear a colour from the rainbow (prizes for best fancy dress) .. but be warned we have our infamous drag queens who have water pistols and aren’t afraid to use them! To help you through the course we have our International DJ SVETA pumping out her amazing beats.
A fun day out for all the family for such a current cause for our community. All proceeds go to the hard working, policy changing Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
RUN FOR LOVE!
Indie Westie Party Starters Heaps Gay are transforming Manning Bar in Chippendale into an a party spectacular! An all immersive and inclusive festival of music, art and performance featuring local aussie acts across 3 stages! Indoor and Outdoor vibes! Expect the unexpected yo! Check them out on Facebook for more deets and line up info!
A celebration of 40 years of queer art in Australia showcasing works by over 20 LGBTQI artists who have created sexy, thought provoking, stylistically varied works that subversively engage with the politics of identity, community and activism from 1978 to now.
The works range across painting, drawing, prints, posters, photography and multimedia. The exhibition highlights the role of queer artists in changing societal attitudes, subverting the politics around LGBTIQ and contributing to queer culture.
Art works featured include those by renowned photographers such as William Yang and C. Moore Hardy and contemporary artists such as Kim Leutwyler and Tina Fiveash. There is the opportunity to see works by artists David McDiarmid and Frances Phoenix, who contributed to the first Mardi Gras exhibition at Watters Gallery in Sydney in1978; as well as to be introduced to lesser-known, later generations of queer artists.
The exhibition also includes rarely seen photographs, posters and imagery from the 1970s and 1980s reflecting the fight for LGBTIQ rights, including the first Mardi Gras.
The exhibition has been curated by artists who participated in the first Mardi Gras.
Opening Night Wednesday 21st February, 6.00pm-8.00pm
Opening night has been supported by Young Henrys, Wicked Foods, Pyrmont Cellars and Flavours Events + Catering.
Snatch and Grab Presents… GiRLTHING MARDI PARDI 2018: Vaults of Heaven
3 Rooms / 30+ acts /sold out 8 consecutive years!
March 3 / 9pm - 3am / The Metro Theatre
Tickets on sale soon - Go to GIRLTHING's Facebook page for more details!