Sex and the City Star Leads Incredible Queer Thinking Line-Up

Known for portraying Charlotte in the revolutionary HBO series Sex and the City, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) High Profile Supporter Kristin Davis is now headed down under for a series of UNHCR events including the launch of the incredible and diverse 2016 Queer Thinking line-up.

Running throughout the entire Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Queer Thinking gives audiences the low down on some of the meaty LGBTQI community issues for 2016, presenting over 18 panels, discussions, and workshops to inspire action.

Following her 2015 mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, Davis joins Naomi Steer, National Director of Australia for UNHCR in conversation at Carriageworks (Fri 12 Feb, 8pm – 9pm) to discuss UNHCR’s work preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). In light of the high levels of SGBV in conflict settings worldwide and the growing number of asylum claims based on gender or sexual orientation, the event is presented as an urgent conversation on prevention and response, presented by Australia for UNHCR and Carriageworks.

Queer Thinking curator Dino Dimitriadis says, “The Queer Thinking series is a keystone Mardi Gras event in provoking discussion about issues important to LGBTQI people and communities, both at home in Australia and abroad.”

“The 2016 program delves into what 'momentum' can mean to the LGBTQI community and celebrates our diversity without shying away from some of the more difficult conversations”, says Dimitriadis.

Program Highlights include:

LGBTQI Refugees - Australia can do more: Queer Thinking Forum (Wed 24 Feb) explores the unique challenges faced by LGBTQI refugees fleeing persecution based on gender or sexuality.

Families Come in all Shapes and Sizes (Sun 28 Feb) brings together a diverse panel to address some of the key challenges facing LGBTQI families and what it means to be, create and raise a family in 2016.

Out Loud: About Domestic and Family Violence in LGBTQI Communities (Sat 27 Feb) is a forward looking discussion on domestic violence within LGBTQI relationships. With one in three LGBTQI people having experienced violence at the hands of their partner, the forum looks at the reasons why and explores avenues of support to those in need.

Online Dating – The Dos and Don’ts of Modern Lust and Love (Tues 01 March) brings together a flirty mix of love, laughter and online hookups. More than just a talk, comedian Nath Valvo and a panel of special guests drill down into the tips and techniques for setting up the perfect gay dating profile that’s sure to guarantee a ‘right swipe’.

These are just some of the mind food on offer at the impressive Queer Thinking. To view the whole program as well as buy tickets head to www.mardigras.org.au/queer-thinking

For more Mardi Gras mania head to the website for a jam-packed calendar of summer events at www.mardigras.org.au 

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Chief Strategist David Watson is a 20+ year sales and marketing veteran that has worked across different industries with a diverse range of businesses. Prior to launching Strategy Point, David was employed by photo print retailer Momento for over 7 years and in that time was instrumental in growing Momento from startup into a successful brand and service with millions of dollars of annual revenue. This experience provides his clients with unique insights and an unparalleled perspective of photographic consumers, sales and marketing, and maximising business opportunities. David has a Diploma in Strategic Marketing and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Marketing course. He is an associate member of the Australian Marketing Institute, a member of the National Board for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and is a member of the advisory board for the Head On Photo Festival. In his spare time David walks his pooch Rosie around Sydney Park, hones his photography, cheers for the Sydney Swans, indulges in reality TV and dreams of overseas holidays. He also supports two organizations that are close to his heart - Twenty10 who provide support for homeless gay and lesbian youth, and Assistance Dogs Australia who provide freedom and independence to people with physical disabilities.