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Photograph: Supplied/Queer Sydney | Schisandra
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Photograph: Supplied/Queer Sydney | Schisandra

Time Out says

Get your life at this monthly event with nude models, drawing, drinking and discussion

As the resurgence of life drawing events with live nude models continues to grow in popularity, a small group of Sydney’s queer performers decided it was high time to start up their own progressive spin on the tradtional art class.

Queer Lyfe is an inclusive event with a more casual “drink, draw and discuss” vibe, open to people of all skill levels and identities. The monthly themed mid-week event at Ching-a-Lings bar on Oxford Street features models from across the LGBTQI+ spectrum, and from a range of body types and differences. Many of the models are drag and burlesque performers who’ve had less work available to them under lockdown and then during post-lockdown restrictions – and they do more than pose, incorporating performances and discussions throughout the evening. 

“I wanted to create a safe space for the queer community to come together and have a bit of fun whilst supporting artists who generally rely on nightclub gigs. My dream is to break down internal barriers and segregation in the community too,” host Zachary Gallagher – aka Schisandra when in drag – explains. 

For the next event on Wednesday, January 27, Schisandra hands the reigns over to First Nations artists for the Deadly edition. This month's model is Kamilaroi man Dale Woodbridge Brown, who brings his circus background, whip cracking, sword swallowing and camp country aesthetic to the mix. Indigenous drag queen Demi DoMore steps into hosting duties alongside First Nations songstress Majeda. Grab a signature 'The Colony Destroyer' cocktail and settle in for chilled and affirming fun. A portion of bar and ticket sales for this event go to Black Rainbow. Get tickets here.

Follow Queer Sydney on Instagram (@queer_sydney) to keep across upcoming events. 

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