Queer Thinking

Things to do, Talks and discussions
Benjamin Law
Photograph: Sydney Mardi Gras/Daniel Francisco Robles
Queer Thinking
Photograph: Supplied/Sydney Mardi Gras

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Hear thought-provoking discussions on LGBTQ+ topics in a one-day festival

Mardi Gras’ compelling talk series is back for 2021, bringing together leading queer thinkers, creatives, community organisers, activists and academics for a one-day mini-festival of critical thinking and listening. This year’s smaller, more refined program includes three thought-provoking talks.  

Almost five years after the publication of his Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 ahead of the “Yes” vote for marriage equality, writer Benjamin Law hosts The Fights Ahead. In this talk, 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.

Then, Raising the rainbow flag: Rising up for ‘Gayrabia’ is a panel of local and international queer Arab writers and thinkers, hosted by award-winning journalist and TV presenter Patrick Abboud, which will discuss stories of resistance and resilience, pride and party. 

Do rainbow communities really embrace difference? Broadcaster, journalist and lesbian icon Julie McCrossin heads the panel for Dating when you're different. A diverse panel will share their five-point-plans for successful dating (tips from the audience will be encouraged) and discuss how warmly queer communities actually do embrace newcomers. 

The talks are all taking place at the NSW Teachers Federation in Surry Hills on Saturday, February 27 between 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets for individual sessions are $19-$29, or you can buy a day pass for $59. For the first time, virtual tickets are available for you to join from home at $9 a session. Put on your thinking cap and check out events and ticket options here.

Check out what else is happening for Sydney Mardi Gras in 2021.


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