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Episode 3: ‘Queer Families’ out now!

From the provocative and heartfelt, to the hilarious and heart wrenching, no topic is off limits as we invite a dynamic assortment of LGBTQIA+ guests onto the show to share their stories and discuss issues relevant to our communities.  

Join us as we explore all the things that make us unique; from queer sexual experiences to starting a family and much more. 

  • Queer families come in all shapes and sizes. For some it’s a straightforward process, for others it can take years of trying, hope and strength. In this episode of Queer Thinking, we’ll be chatting to those who are a part of the rainbow community and had children through adoption, sperm donation or surrogacy.
    Queer Families
  • Everyone remembers their first Mardi Gras. Whether you went to the Parade with your parents when you were young, when you first came out, watched it on TV or maybe you marched at the first Mardi Gras in 1978. However you were introduced to the Parade, it’s a pretty special moment. On this episode of Queer Thinking, we’re chatting to three different people with very different experiences of their first Mardi Gras.
    Episode 2: My First Mardi Gras
  • Sport has often excluded LGBTQIA+ participants, with many sporting codes having homophobia and transphobia deeply embedded in their players, teams, and fans. Because of this, many LGBTQIA+ identifying sportspeople don’t come out. In this episode, we’ll chat to Australian Athletes who have come out as their true selves.
    Episode 1: Being Queer in Sport
  • Join us for Queer Thinking, a podcast that unpacks queer identity, dives into issues affecting LGBTQIA+ people and explores all the things that make us unique! The Queer Thinking Podcast launches on June 7. Subscribe now and be first to know when each episode drops.
    New Podcast Trailer

This podcast was produced in collaboration with JOY 94.9 – Australia’s Rainbow Community Media Organisation. For more information on JOY and their Podcast Services, visit joy.org.au/services

Guests:

  • Roman Deauna (Legal advisor who specialises in visa applications, immigration, and helping LGBTQIA+ people adopt)
  • Emily Ninnes (had a baby with her HIV+ gay best friend during lockdown, grew up in rural Solomon Islands, poly relationship, neurodiverse)
  • David Seale (he and his partner had a baby through surrogate)

Episode description:

Queer families come in all shapes and sizes. For some it’s a straightforward process, for others it can take years of trying, hope and strength. In this episode of Queer Thinking, we’ll be chatting to those who are a part of the rainbow community and had children through adoption, sperm donation or surrogacy.

In this episode, we chat chat to our guests about the process from the very beginning: the highs, the lows, the setbacks, and the rewarding moments that made it all worth it, all the way through to the incredible moment their family grew. We will also be chatting to a legal professional about the ever-changing legal landscape for LGBTQIA+ people to have children via surrogacy, adoption and sperm donation and what’s on the horizon for queer families.


Guests:

  • Sallie Colchin (78er)
  • Carol Muller (member of the transgender community)
  • Sarah Levett (member of the First Nations community)

Episode description:

Everyone remembers their first Mardi Gras. Whether you went to the Parade with your parents when you were young, when you first came out, watched it on TV or maybe you marched at the first Mardi Gras in 1978. However you were introduced to the Parade, it’s a pretty special moment. On this episode of Queer Thinking, we’re chatting to three different people with very different experiences of their first Mardi Gras.


Guests:

  • Dominic Clarke (Gay, Australian Trampoline Gymnast also on The Voice Australia)
  • Rudy Jean Rigg (From Rainbow History Class and about to launch TransAthletica in collaboration with TikTok – a docuseries exploring the unique barriers trans people face in sport)
  • Alex Blackwell (First out Lesbian in Aus Cricket)

Episode description:

Sport has often excluded LGBTQIA+ participants, with many sporting codes having homophobia and transphobia deeply embedded in their players, teams, and fans. Because of this, many LGBTQIA+ identifying sportspeople don’t come out. However, there are a growing number of sports people who are taking a stand, and publicly coming out.  

From Gold Medalist Diver, Matthew Mitcham, to New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard, a transgender weightlifter, who competed at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, these people are helping to change the landscape of sports in Australia and Around the World. 

In this episode, we’ll chat to Australian Athletes who have come out as their true selves. Joining the panel are guests Dominic Clarke – a trampoline gymnast who represented Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Alex Blackwell – a former Professional Cricketer who celebrated her 250th international appearance for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team in 2017 and the first player to come out as a Lesbian in Professional Cricket. And Rudy Jean Rigg – Rudy is a content creator and host of TikTok account, Rainbow History Class. Rudy is also about to launch TransAthletica – a docuseries exploring the unique barriers faced by trans people in sport.

Born as an in-person talks series as part of the Mardi Gras Festival, Queer Thinking is hosted by trans non-binary JOY 94.9 Presenter Triana Butler (she/them). This season we’ll unpack queer identity and explore all the things that make the LGBTQIA+ community unique, connected and creative.

The podcast is a key pillar of Mardi Gras’ Always On vision; a commitment to year-round events, activism, connection and sharing of stories with people all over the world.

Dropping fortnightly on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the Mardi Gras website, expect heart-warming, hilarious and heart wrenching discussions as our guests discuss starting a family, queer subcultures, queer sex and more.

Hosted by trans non-binary JOY94.9 Presenter Triana Butler (she/them), the Queer Thinking podcast unpacks queer identity and explores all the things that make the LGBTQIA+ community unique, connected and creative.

Triana Butler (she/they) is a broadcaster, streamer, and digital creative from Narrm/Melbourne. Their unique combination of skills and experience gives Triana the ability to lead conversations with just about anybody with confidence, warmth, and good humour. As a bisexual, non-binary trans woman, Triana tries to ensure those who aren’t familiar with the LGBTQIA+ communities are afforded the same grace and kindness she was offered when she first came out and sought queer community.

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