Dating when you’re different? Tips & Tricks with Julie McCrossin & Friends
Dating when you’re different? Tips & Tricks with Julie McCrossin & Friends.
CURATED BY JULIE MCCROSSIN AM – SAT 27 2:00pm
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
The Fights Ahead
CURATED BY BENJAMIN LAW – SAT 27 4:00pm
Almost five years after publishing his Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 – as well as the marriage equality “Yes” vote – writer Benjamin Law regathers with activists, parents and policy-makers to identify where the new anti-queer culture wars are located – and what needs to be done to defend the most vulnerable in our community.
GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
Raising the rainbow flag: Rising up for ‘GAYRABIA’
CURATED BY PATRICK ABBOUD – SAT 27 6:00pm
Come through ‘Gayrabia’ with a panel of queer Arabs sharing their stories of resistance and resilience, pride and party — plus a revolutionary vogueing performance from House of Silky’s Xander Khoury.
Raising the rainbow flag at a pop concert in Egypt was the most exhilarating but dangerous five minutes of Sarah Hegazy and Ahmed Alaa’s life. In many parts of the Middle East, it’s still illegal to be gay. In one of the worst crackdowns against the LGBTQI+ community in the region, Sarah and Ahmed were charged with “inciting debauchery”, abused, electrocuted and left in solitary confinement.
Live from Canada, where he’s now living in exile, Ahmed Alaa will join host Patrick Abboud for a live Q+A, alongside fellow ‘Gayrabs’ living in Australia who’ll take you inside their lives.
Right now, Egyptian police continue to entrap LGBTQI+ people through dating apps and arrest people off the streets solely based on their gender expression. While LGBTQI+ Arab Australians’ lives aren’t under threat, many here struggle with being open about their identities, the fear of losing family and being cut off is all too real. But some of us can live freely, fighting for safer spaces for our global middle eastern queer family to thrive.
Together we will raise the rainbow flag and rise up for ‘Gayrabia’.