Queer Thinking: Dating when you're different?

Queer Thinking: Dating when you're different?

Saturday 27th February 2021

2:00 pm

NSW Teachers Federation

37 Reservoir Street

Surry Hills NSW 2010

Wheelchair Accessible
Auslan Interpreted Performances
Assisted Listening

Dating when you're different? Tips & Tricks with Julie McCrossin & Friends

Curated by Julie McCrossin.

Do we really embrace difference in our Rainbow communities? How warm is our welcome to newcomers? A panel of peeps will share their five-point-plans for successful dating in discussion with lesbian icon and new grandmother, Julie McCrossin. Tips from our audience will be encouraged. Join us for a frank discussion with revelations of failure followed by the promise of success - plus songs from the heart.

Julie’s panel peeps include Mel Quinn, musician, singer and survivor of fundamentalist faith 'purity culture’; Emily Dash, disability advocate, actor and award-winning filmmaker; Josh Kirsh, Jewish student advocate and Lexi Buckfield, lesbian wife, mother and health policy professional.

About Julie McCrossin:

Julie McCrossin is a broadcaster and journalist. Julie has co-hosted several TV broadcasts for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Julie became active in Gay Liberation at Sydney University in 1974. She attended countless demonstrations and was arrested many times. Julie remembers forming close friendships with men in Gay Lib as well as meeting many women in the cells behind the Central Court of Petty Sessions in Liverpool Street where demonstrators were often taken in that era. In 1978, Julie was part of the morning demonstration in the city. Later that night, she joined the crowd of activists outside Darlinghurst Police Station when the 53 people arrested at the first Mardi Gras at Kings Cross were taken there. Her most vivid memory of that time is the wall of police blocking the entrance to the Central Court of Petty Sessions when the people arrested had to later appear in court.

Julie remembers the gay activism of the 1970s and early 80s as a time of trauma, but also of exciting comradeship and cathartic release. 

Julie is a long-term advocate for marriage equality. She spoke in favour of same-sex marriage at The Sydney Institute in 1999 and again in 2017. When she was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer in 2013, Julie asked her partner of over 20 years, Melissa Gibson to marry her. In 2014, Julie and Melissa married in Manhattan in the presence of their two adult children, Luke and Amelia.

Julie has qualifications in the arts, education and law. She is an Ambassador for Head & Neck Cancer Australia (formerly BeyondFive), Targeting Cancer and TROG Cancer Research. Julie hosts the podcast series, The Thing About Cancer for Cancer Council NSW. In 2019, Julie was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community, particularly through LGBTIQ advocacy roles and to the broadcast media.

About Queer Thinking:

Queer Thinking is Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ boundary-pushing talks and ideas program brings together rising stars, unsung heroes and provocateurs from across the world for blazing debate at the NSW Teachers Federation on Saturday 27 February 2021.

Queer Thinking is set to feature three thought-provoking sessions, curated by Benjamin Law, Julie McCrossin AM, and Patrick Abboud. Including for the first time, Virtual International Speakers, and the option to attend as part of a Virtual Audience.

This past year has undoubtedly been one of unprecedented challenge and hardship. The impact of droughts, fires, floods and a global pandemic tested our spirit and resolve. Let's come together to connect at Queer Thinking, it’s time we rise together again.

Book tickets below. Can't attend in person? Virtual Tickets are also available to purchase here.