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Episode 5: ‘Queer Sex Part 2’ out now!

We enjoyed round one of our Queer Sex chat so much, we thought it would be best to go back for round two – and in this episode of Queer Thinking, we’re going deeper. First up, we’ll chat to Mistress Tokyo – one of Sydney’s premier BDSM Dominatrices. Mistress Tokyo shares their experience on the incredible world of BDSM, her clientele, boundaries, safe words as well as what she loves about being a Dominatrix.  

We’ll then chat to Matt Bluff – who’s been a part of Sydney’s leather scene for many years now, running one of Sydney’s most well-known leather nights, The Eagle Bar – Matt goes through the changing leather scene, the relationship between BDSM and the leather community, sex-on-premises venues as well as how he found his people in the leather scene. 

Finally, we’ll be joined by Phil Evangelous – Phil is a lawyer and sex-positive advocate. We chat about the legalities behind sex on premises venues as well what the community can do to encourage sex positivity. 

This episode does get a bit raunchy, so a little content warning – but we are all about sex-positivity and education, so strap in and stay tuned to this episode of Queer Thinking.

  • We enjoyed round one of our Queer Sex chat so much, we thought it would be best to go back for round two – and in this episode of Queer Thinking, we’re going deeper. First up, we’ll chat to Mistress Tokyo – one of Sydney’s premier BDSM Dominatrices. Mistress Tokyo shares their experience on the incredible world of BDSM, her clientele, boundaries, safe words as well as what she loves about being a Dominatrix.

    We’ll then chat to Matt Bluff – who’s been a part of Sydney’s leather scene for many years now, running one of Sydney’s most well-known leather nights, The Eagle Bar – Matt goes through the changing leather scene, the relationship between BDSM and the leather community, sex-on-premises venues as well as how he found his people in the leather scene.

    Finally, we’ll be joined by Phil Evangelous – Phil is a lawyer and sex-positive advocate. We chat about the legalities behind sex on premises venues as well as what the community can do to encourage sex positivity.

    This episode does get a bit raunchy, so a little content warning – but we are all about sex positivity and education, so strap in and stay tuned to this episode of Queer Thinking.

    Queer Sex Part 2
  • Sex is a big part of the queer community. Whether it’s attending sex on premise venues or sex parties, identifying as asexual, a commitment to monogamy, or being in a polyamorous or open relationship – there are many layers to queer sex. Many people use it as a chance to explore their sexuality and their identity. However, there are also many issues around queer sex that don’t often get spoken about – such as consent, STIs, stigma around those who are HIV positive, sexual racism – and, for members of the asexual community, sex isn’t on their radar at all. In Queer Sex Part 1, we explore the layers of queer sex, and how to cut through stigma in the modern dating scene.

    Queer Sex Part 1
  • 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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