Saturday 27 February 2021
NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium
Queer Thinking is Mardi Gras’ program of talks where audiences are invited to unpack a range of issues faced by the LGBTQI community both in Australia and abroad in thought-provoking conversations about the world we live in.
Queer Thinking talks include:
The Fights Ahead
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.
Raising the rainbow flag: Rising up for ‘GAYRABIA’
Take a trip through ‘Gayrabia’ with a panel of queer Arabs sharing their stories of resistance and resilience, pride and party. In many parts of the Middle East, it’s still illegal to be gay. While Arab Australians lives aren’t under the same threat as those in the Middle East, some struggle with being openly gay, the fear of losing family and being cut off is all too real. Join award-winning journalist, TV presenter and out and proud ‘Gayarab’ Patrick Abboud as he hosts a panel of local and international queer heroes rising up for ‘Gayrabia’, each sharing their personal stories live for the first time.
Dating when you’re different – Tips & Tricks with Julie McCrossin & Friends
Do we really embrace difference in our Rainbow communities? How warm is our welcome to newcomers? A panel will share their five-point-plans for successful dating in discussion with lesbian icon and new grandmother, Julie McCrossin. Join us for a frank discussion with revelations of failure followed by the promise of success – plus songs from the heart. Tips from the audience will be encouraged!