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Queer Daze - A SaturGay Arvo Session

Queer Daze - A SaturGay Arvo Session
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A dedicated time and place to catch up with your queer family in the middle of the Mardi Gras season.

Accessible, casual, affordable, as always. Disability friendly, family friendly, all genders and sexualities.

Tunes and beers and queers, but without the flashing lights and thumping bass. Dance if you want to, dress up or down. It’s time to chill out and have a debrief.

Entry is free. Donations to our running costs appreciated. All profits will go to our chosen charity, the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown.

See the Queer Daze Facebook page here for updates!

The EAGLE Sydney

The EAGLE Sydney
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A new name on the Sydney fetish scene. A space to be yourself.

The EAGLE Sydney - a pop up fetish bar from Feb 22-28. Located in the Dugout Bar, Burdekin Hotel Darlinghurst - entrance Liverpool Street.

Each night a different fetish theme - come in the fetish of the night and receive a free drink. Leather, Rubber, Pups, Sports Gear+Sneakers and more. All fetishes welcome every night. GEAR is encouraged, not enforced - come explore yourself.

Free Entry every night. DJs most nights
All sexes and sexualities welcome.

Sat 22 - BLUF Social and OPENING NIGHT
Sun 23 - RUBBEr
Mon 24 - BIKEr
Tues 25 - MAXIMUM FETISH
Wed 26 - KICKr
Thu 27 - WROOF
Fri 28 - UN:RUL:LE

Details and information on facebook or the website!
 

SPARK Annual History Walk

SPARK Annual History Walk
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Join us for SPARK’s Youth History Walk this Mardi Gras season!

Well before Oxford Street became the Gay Golden Mile, King’s Cross was the centre of Sydney’s gay nightlife. How did the community grow and why was there a later move to Oxford Street? Along the walk down King’s Cross and Oxford Street, we will be revisiting Sydney’s LGBTQ history with stories about important bars and venues that carved out spaces for members of the community in those early days, and the legacy of the first Mardi Gras in 1978.

Commentary will be by former gay activist and community historian, Robert French, who has been leading history tours for over 30 years, often in conjunction with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. He has also published on homosexuality in Colonial and mid-20th Century Sydney.

The walk will take roughly 90 minutes. We encourage you to bring a water bottle and wear some sun screen on the day.

This event is for people of diverse sexualities and genders aged 26 years and under.

Bear Bar

Bear Bar
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Sydney's small gay bar for Bears and their friends has supersized for Mardi Gras and pops up in the main bar of the Burdekin Hotel on Oxford street for a week of fun and games. Expect comedy & drag, pool & pizza plus great party nights with some of the best Australian and International DJs.

Appearing at Bear Bar for Mardi Gras 2020 are comedian Dean Arcuri, popular London DJ LCB and Sydney based DJ Hamo who'll also be spinning at the Mardi Gras Party.

Join the friendly crowd at Bear Bar for eight action packed days including a special Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party on Feb 29th. This will be the place to be this Mardi Gras, everyone welcome ...not just Bears!

Open Saturday, February 22nd to Saturday February 29th. Visit BearBar.com.au for all the event details!

Sex (and Drugs) Lecture

Sex (and Drugs) Lecture
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Understanding drugs in social and sexual lives

Substance use has long played a role in the social and sexual lives of gay, bisexual and queer men. Dr Max Hopwood and Dr Kerryn Drysdale from the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW will present the fourth annual Sex Lecture, drawing on insights from the Crystal, Pleasures and Sex between Men research project on gay, bisexual and queer men who use crystal methamphetamine for sex. The lecture will be followed by an expert panel who will discuss how we can better encourage practices of safety and care for people who use drugs for sex or socialising in our communities.

This is a free public lecture, delivered by the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW. Tickets are $0 to attend, but attendees must register via our Eventbrite page here.

Introduction: Emeritus Professor Gary W. Dowsett
Gary Dowsett, PhD, FASSA, is Emeritus Professor at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW

Event MC: Scientia Professor Carla Treloar

Panellists include Leon Fernandes, Joe Lonn and Suzie Hudson.


Leon Fernandes is a harm reduction and adult educator for over 20 years, with intimate knowledge of illicit and injecting drug use and its relationship with sex.

Joe Lonn is a gay man from the United States living in Sydney, working in LGBTQ inclusive practice education for mainstream services.

Dr Suzie Hudson is an accredited mental health Social Worker, with over 20 years’ clinical experience, and is the Clinical Director at NADA as well as maintaining a private counselling and clinical supervision practice.

Super-Hero Drag Story Time with The Fabulous Wonder Mama!

Super-Hero Drag Story Time with The Fabulous Wonder Mama!
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Sydney’s very own Super-Hero Drag Queen and Glambassador of Love and Equality, The Fabulous Wonder Mama, will be hosting a FREE 'Super-Hero Drag Story Time' at the Inner West’s Club Five Dock RSL On Friday February 21, 2020 from 4.00-5.30pm!

Wonder Mama is the semi-retired super-hero that has attended many charity fundraisers, comic conventions, and community events and has even travelled to New York for World Pride and Wonder Con in Anaheim California!

Join Wonder Mama as she reads some of her favourite super-hero stories plus the kids can come dressed as their favourite super-hero and a chance to home a prize for best super-hero costume! Super-Hero Story Time with Wonder Mama will be followed by Club Five Dock RSL’s Monthly Jitterbugs Kids Disco at 6pm which kids can also attend for just $7 a ticket.

Club Five Dock RSL Promotes inclusitivity and acceptance of the LGBTIQ Community hosting a number of events for Sydney Dykes on Bikes and other LGBTIQ functions so come along for a FREE Story Time Family Event open to everyone!

Annual Dayenu Shabbat Dinner

Annual Dayenu Shabbat Dinner
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Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dayenu (Sydney’s Jewish LGBT+) Group, in association with Emanuel Synagogue, invites you to their annual Shabbat Service, followed by a communal dinner.

Emanuel Synagogue takes pride in its long history of support for the LGBT+ community, including offering same-sex marriage ceremonies and a raft of political initiatives in support of LGBT+ issues.



The service is free of charge and open to everyone.

Booking required for our strictly Kosher-catered dinner - last year sold out so don’t wait! (BYO wine)
$50 for Emanuel Synagogue / Dayenu members, and $65 for non-members.

For more information: (02) 9389 6444 or info@emanuel.org.au

Service commences 18:15
Dinner to follow from 19:30

Male Man

Male Man
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Alun Rhys Jones’ newest exhibition Male Man investigates and deconstructs the traditional tropes of masculinity today with a series of works which analyse, question, and subvert both masculinity itself and its portrayal in mainstream media.

Explored through hyper real drawings, photography and installation, the artist captures a flawed push for perfection at a time in which masculinity itself appears to be crumbling.

In the words of the artist: "Masculinity is in flux. The effects of traditional masculinity on the male psyche have revealed the extent to which men are both the jailors and prisoners of their own emotional wellbeing. Gender stereotypes are being questioned and broken down allowing men to open up, to show emotion and be vulnerable."

The upcoming exhibition 'Male Man' will run from the 24th February to the 10th March 2020.

24 February–8 March
10am–5pm Daily
Bondi Pavilion Gallery

FREE ADMISSION

Exhibition Launch
Wednesday 25 February 6–8pm

Visit Alun Rhys Jones on Instagram here.

Free Self Defence Workshop

Free Self Defence Workshop
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Free Self Defence Workshop for LGBTQI community and allies to keep you safe when you're out and about.

The workshop will include:
Prediction
Prevention
Physical Strategies
Dealing with being punched, ground techniques, being attacked by a group

Tips For Safety:
1. Keep your eyes and ears open
2. Make sure you have back up and know where the nearest Safety Zone is (where there are sympathetic people or people in authority)
3. Keep emergency phone numbers on speed dial
4. Run to safety rather than from danger
5. If you have no choice strike vulnerable areas of your attacker/s and run if you feel you don’t have a choice, but talk them down if you can 

For these and more detailed tips and techniques, come to the Free Self Defence Workshop.

Bookings via SMS to 0411808451 or email Keepsafe@ihug.com.au

www.selfprotectionconsultancy.com.au

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony
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Happy Mardi Gras! The Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Sydney Town Hall is the first official welcoming event of the Festival each year.

The rainbow flag originated in San Francisco in 1978 and was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city's Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then it has become a worldwide emblem of pride and LGBTQI+ friendly areas. The red in the flag symbolises life, while orange signifies healing, yellow is for sunlight, green represents nature, blue stands for harmony and violet signifies spirit.

City of Sydney is proud to show support for its many LGBTQI+ residents, workers and visitors. As a government partner of Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival, the City will fly the rainbow flag above Sydney Town Hall throughout the 2020 Festival from Friday 14 February until Sunday 1 March.

PLAYLIST

PLAYLIST
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A peek, taste and celebration of new works by LGBTQI+ writers, PLAYLIST is a full day of professional play readings by writers, theatre makers and new talent who tell bold, unique LGBTQI+ stories for audiences hungry for new voices.

PLAYLIST is a partnership between Seymour Centre, Mardi Gras and Siren Theatre Co that celebrates the creation and development of original Australian theatre with an LGBTQI+ focus.

Over the past two years, PLAYLIST has received over 100 new plays for consideration, curated a public reading program of 20 new works, engaged over 80 professional artists in the readings and welcomed full houses of engaged, curious and enthusiastic audiences.

TICKETS ARE FREE - BOOK HERE

Find out more about the plays and artists here

Twenty Twenty Vision

Twenty Twenty Vision
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2020 Vision is an art exhibition by gay artist, Stuart Meyer-Plath. It features limited fine art prints, paintings, silver jewellery and figurative male nude bronzes.

2020 Vision celebrates the theme of same-sex relationships and attraction as underpinned by the basic human right of 'Equality' and 'Respect'. Meyer-Plath’s exploration of the issues of 'Equality' and 'Respect' came to fruition due to the series of political circumstances stemming from the 2017 Marriage Equality plebiscite. This event highlighted the fact that contemporary Australian society still possesses diverse and opposing opinions and attitudes towards lifestyles, religion, workplace equality and discrimination. Meyer-Plath’s jewellery depicting the subtle political statement of 'Equality' and 'Respect', in the form of ambigrams, alluding to the fact that despite the current spin-doctoring surrounding these issues we as a society still need to establish and enforce these values across all aspects of society; ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age and religion.

2020 Vision runs from 23rd -29th February, 2020, 11am - 6pm at the Sheffer Gallery, 38 Lander Street, Darlinghurst.

Stuart Meyer-Plath was born in Sydney, Australia to European parents in 1965. He spent his formative years growing up in Spain and Germany before his family settled in Australia. These early childhood travel experiences and exposure to stories and art depicting ancient mythology, religious constructs, relationships and diversity encouraged his interest in classical art and sculpture which has continued to this day. Meyer-Plath’s journey in art has seen him express aspects of his personal experience. This is particularly reflected through his sculpture where the human form has been expressed in both figurative and abstracted forms. Meyer-Plath has explored the notion of what it has meant for him to be both a gay man, a father and in a long-term same-sex relationship for over twenty years. The 3-D male form has been represented throughout history but what makes Meyer-Plath’s sculpture unique is that the male form takes on a sensuality that is rarely expressed. For this reason, his sculpture is both refreshing and inspiring as well as challenging as it questions the notion of sexuality, but in particular, homosexual attraction as depicted in relaxed male, nude poses.