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Queer Thinking Day 1: Young and Fearless

Queer Thinking Day 1: Young and Fearless

Saturday 23rd February 2019

12:00 pm


245 Wilson Street

Eveleigh NSW 2015


Wheelchair Accessible
Auslan Interpreted Performances

Curated by Charlie Murphy

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After Safe Schools: Queer Youth Still in Crisis12pm – 1pm
Moderated by Liz Duck-Chong

In the wake of the national conversation on Safe Schools, our queer youth in schools continue to be a vulnerable target for conservative politics, often with youth shut out from the discussion themselves. By including the voices of the queer school students themselves, this panel opens a proper dialogue and lets the youth tell their own stories, their way.

Liz Duck-Chong is a writer, sexual health nerd and filmmaker who has had articles, poetry and essays in a range of publications. A transgender and non binary woman, she co-hosts wholesome sex ed show @letsdoitpodcast, and is on Twitter at @lizduckchong.

Bobuq Sayed is a writer, multidisciplinary artist and queer youth worker for Drummond Street / Queerspace. They partnered with Minus 18 and Safe Schools on an educational resource that unpacks QTPOC intersectionality for school aged young people due for release in early 2019. They coordinate an LGBT youth mentoring program to help facilitate intergenerational connections and tweet @bobuqsayed.

Janet Anderson is a 18 year old transgender actress and comedian who graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2018. She is an aspiring writer, feminist and octuple-threat if you count getting things from highs shelves. She recently performed in 'Political Children', written and directed by Felicity Nicol, which focused on the life and death of the Safe Schools program, from the perspective of the young people it impacted.

Ebony Rose is an activist and public speaker who came into the public eye as a subject of the 2015 documentary ‘Gayby Baby’. The film, following the lives of children with same-sex parents, hit the headlines when it was temporarily banned from being shown in schools. Since then, Ebony has continued to advocate for LBGTQI+ inclusive education and the de-stigmatisation of what she refers to as “poster child syndrome”, speaking at events in Australia and New Zealand. She also partnered with Guardian Australia and fellow ‘Gayby’ Gus as a co-producer of “Vote For Love” during the 2017 Marriage Equality Plebiscite.

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What It Means to Be Non-Binary2pm – 3pm
Moderated by Kaya Wilson, with panelists Riley J Dennis, Mara Maya Devi, and Nevo Zisin

In the new millennium, non-binary identities broke into the mainstream consciousness, emerging largely in online communities, including Tumblr and other social media networks. A conversation exclusively with millennial non-binary identities, including artists and media commentators, they will share their own experiences and views of the future for non-binary people.

Kaya Wilson is a writer and scientist based in Sydney, Australia. He writes lyrical non-fiction essays with a focus on queer identity and researches the tsunami hazard to Australia. His work has been published widely, including by The Guardian, Overland, Archer, Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation.

Riley J. Dennis is a queer girl who makes videos about politics, social justice, and whatever else is on her mind, while drawing from a leftist and intersectional feminist perspective. She uses both she/her or they/them pronouns.

Māra Māyā Devi is a local performance artist who has performed at the MCA, Oyster Club: Glamdrogynous Freakshow, Heaps Gay Parties, and much more.

Nevo Zisin is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, activist and public speaker with a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex, religion and sexuality. They run workshops in schools and workplaces around trans issues. They are also the author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition.

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Queers vs Capitalism: Reform or Revolution? | 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Millennials and Gen Z have been strongly represented in popular support for the resurgent leftist Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders campaigns. As the coming generations drift further left, in this panel young, queer voices respond to our current economic system through a series of unique viewpoints on how capitalism intersects with queer lives.

Will the young queer visionaries of the future seek reform of capitalism, or desire revolution?

With panelists Hannah-Joy Gillard, Nayuka Gorrie, and Oscar Monaghan.

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Iraq and Queer Rights: In Conversation with Amir Ashour 5pm – 6pm
Interviewed by Mon Schafter

An intimate conversation with Amir Ashour, One Young World Ambassador and the founder of IraQueer, the first and only support network for queer Iraqis. Fleeing from his native Iraq to Sweden, and now based in the United States, Ashour joins us to tell his story and share his vision for progressive change for Iraq.

Mon Schafter is a Walkley Award winning journalist, documentary maker and podcast host who reports for the ABC’s flagship current affairs program, 7.30. She has interviewed icons such as Academy Award winner Jodie Foster and Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, and has sought out the voices of young asylum seekers, LGBTQI warriors, domestic violence survivors and indigenous trailblazers. Previously, Mon co-hosted the ABC’s ground-breaking current affairs comedy program Hungry Beast, produced by Andrew Denton.

Amir Ashour is a human rights defender with almost 10 years of experience working with Iraqi and International organisations. He is the founder and executive director of IraQueer, Iraq’s first and only LGBT+ organisation. He holds a masters degree in human rights from Columbia University, and he has been nominated for several human rights awards including the Raoul Wallenberg Academy Prize and the David Kato Voice and Vision Award.

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