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Queer Thinking

Things to do, Talks and discussions Carriageworks , Eveleigh Saturday February 23 2019 - Sunday February 24 2019
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Hear thought-provoking discussions on community issues in a two-day festival at Carriageworks

Artist Bhenji Ra, photographer William Yang and comedian Steven Oliver will be speaking at this year’s Queer Thinking – a mini talks festival as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival taking place at Carriageworks.

Focusing on social justice, the nine engaging sessions in Queer Thinking will cover issues that reach beyond the LGBTQIA community, from class and poverty to Sydney’s nightlife and racism.

On Saturday February 23, you can hear from non-binary speakers Kaya Wilson, Riley J. Dennis, Māra Māyā Devi and Nevo Zisin in a talk called What It Means to Be Non-Binary. Later on the day, panelists Hannah-Joy Gillard, Nayuka Gorrie and Oscar Monaghan will tackle Queers vs Capitalism: Reform or Revolution?. Saturday is themed ‘young and fearless’ and you can buy an all-day pass for $45, or buy tickets for the individual talks, which all run for around an hour, ticketed at $15.

At the end of day one, My Trans Story – the Next Generation, sees 14-year-old Evie Macdonald speak about facing off with the PM on The Project alongside young trans and gender diverse people stepping into the spotlight for the first time.

On Sunday, settle in for four talks curated by Queer Thinking curator Maeve Marsden. There’s the Medical Pink Dollar at noon, which will look at the prohibitive costs of medical care for the community, from transition to forced surgeries and expensive IVF. In Death of the Gay Bar, Bhenji Ra, William Yang, Joy Ng, Jonny Seymour and Penny Clifford will talk about the history and future of LGBTQIA spaces post lockout laws. 

See out the weekend with three keynote talks on the impact of colonialism and race by Indonesian human rights lawyer Yasmin Purba; Canadian artist and academic Vivek Shraya; and Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi writer, comedian and poet Steven Oliver.

Take a look at the Dates & Times tab for all the talks and prices.

Venue name: Carriageworks
Address: 245 Wilson St
Price: $15-$45
Event website:
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      After Safe Schools: Queer Youth Still in Crisis

    • Carriageworks $15 Book online

      What It Means to Be Non-Binary

    • Carriageworks $15 Book online

      Queers vs Capitalism: Reform or Revolution?

    • Carriageworks $15 Book online

      Iraq and Queer Rights: In Conversation with Amir Ashour

    • Carriageworks $15 Book online

      The Medical Pink Dollar

    • Carriageworks $15 Book online

      POVO: On Class and Community

    • Carriageworks $15 Book online

      Death of the Gay Bar

    • Carriageworks $15 Book online

      Decolonise NOW

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