First person essay about being a nerdy kid who now identifies as genderqueer, and their relationship with a father who might not understand.
Internationally acclaimed, award-winning transgender writer & performer Sunny Drake is touring back to Australia in early 2015. His one person show, “Transgender Seeking…” will be in Melbourne on January 27-31 along with a few workshops on January 31st and February 2nd 2015
Sunny is delighted to be touring back home after the show has been translated into two other languages and toured to sold out shows and rave responses in 31 cities in Canada, the USA, Puerto Rico and Europe. More info below my signature line.
Directed by Gein Wong
** Sold out shows & rave responses in Europe, the USA & Canada**
Jimmy is trying to quit romance, cold turkey. An exposing, funny and tender look at ueer and trans* relationships including run-ins with the anti-monogamy police, online dating mishaps and figuring out whether to throw out or reinvent mainstream rlationship ideals. This smart, fast-paced take on dating in an age of social media and technology features visually stunning, highly interactive projections and sound.
MELBOURNE –“TRANSGENDER SEEKING…”
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre a Premier event as part of Midsumma Festival
When: Tuesday Jan 27 – Saturday Jan 31, at 7:30pm
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray VIC 3011
Cost: $25 full / $20 concession
Bookings: Visit Midsumma: https://midsumma.org.au/event/transgender-seeking
Access info: This venue is wheelchair accessible
Warning: Sexual content
Director / Gein Wong
Writer, Performer & Producer/ Sunny Drake
Dramaturgy/ Catherine Hernandez
Projection Design / Gein Wong
Composer / Njo Kong Kie
Set & Costume Designer / Joe Pagnan
Lighting Design/ Michelle Ramsay
Video Content / Alex Williams & Hisayo Horie
Puppet / Ann Powell
Promo Photos: Tania Anderson
MELBOURNE – WORKSHOP: “So You Wanna Tour the World with Your Art & Performance?”
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre
When: Saturday Jan 31, at 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray VIC 3011
Cost: $40 full / $25 concession
** Bookings essential**: http://footscrayarts.com/event/tour-the-world-with-your-art/
Access info: TBC
MELBOURNE – WORKSHOP: “Telling Your Story: Performance Writing workshop”
Presented by Writers Victoria
When: Mon Feb 2, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Writers Victoria in the Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Cost: $130.00 (Member) / $120.00 (Concession Member) / $180.00 (Non-member)
** Bookings essential**:
Access info: TBC
For more info about Sunny Drake visit
Put it in your diaries, your smartphones and calendars, folks.
Bent TV has produced a new show – Transmission – which features interviews, panels and opinions on all things Trans* from many in the Victorian community including our very own Gem!
It arrives September 1st at 10pm on Channel 31.
Metis; male bodied, feminine people, captures the subtleties of modern gender and the way their unique environment encapsulates a notion of expressive style.
Abigail Varney’s subjects are joined in celebration on women’s day held at the Blue Diamond Society, the main NGO in Kathmandu that supports the LGBT community. This hub reinforces confidence through community and allows her subjects to be photographed unguarded and of pure self-expression. While Nepal has official recognition of the
third gender within their national census, the first positive step in paving stronger acceptance of sexual and gender minorities, their efforts to lead a normal life are still being contested.
Finding true connection with her subjects is what drives Abigail’s portrait photography, her subject’s join the bind of tradition and the contemporary and reveal a graceful celebration of their personal femininity.
The exhibition runs until 2nd August, come by and check it out!
Above is a link to the webpage where you will find more information, please feel free to share with friends and others who may be interested in this work.
How did you get through it?
Exploring strategies and service provision for older LGBTI people with depression and anxiety
Who we are and why we need you
We are currently seeking older LGBTI Australians to participate in confidential interviews. The interviews are part of a project to educate service providers about the issues associated with depression and anxiety for older LGBTI people. The project is a collaboration between The National Ageing Research Institute, Val’s Café (at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University) and RMIT and has been funded by beyondblue. The project has been approved by La Trobe University’s ethics committee.
We would like to speak with LGBTI Australians aged 65 years or more, from any state/territory who have experienced depression and/or anxiety – about their strategies for managing. Interviews will be conducted until June 2014.
For more information or to book an interview contact:
Dr Catherine Barrett, Val’s Café
P: 03 9479 8702 5297 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Whyte, Val’s Cafe
P: 03 94798739 or E: email@example.com
Dr Jean Tinney, National Ageing Research Institute
P: 03 8387 2601 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Phillip Maude, RMIT
P: 9925 7447 or E: email@example.com
Hello, my name is Jessica Cleasby. I am currently completing the research
component of a Masters of Sexology at Curtin University. I am seeking participants
to assist with my research. We are looking for trans people who have undergone
hormone therapy for at least six months to tell us their story.
We use the term trans in an inclusive way, and would like to hear from people who
use (or used) words like transsexual, transgender, sistergirl, androgynous, or
genderqueer to describe themselves.
The purpose of this research is to investigate the lived experience of taking
hormone therapy. I am also interested to learn about treatment by healthcare
providers during this period and recommendations for service improvement. We hope
that this research will inform practice and policy to assist our healthcare system
to better support trans individuals, and the healthcare professionals who work with
We are asking for participation in two short interviews with a researcher from
Curtin University, and confidentiality is guaranteed. We anticipate it will take
about an hour and a half in total.
If you or someone you know would be willing to share your experience, please email:
Jessica Cleasby: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how
Alternatively, you may contact the project supervisor, Matt Tilley on (08) 92664579,
Thank-you for your time, please feel free to forward this message on to others who
may be interested.
**This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics
Committee (Approval Number HR 118/2014). The Committee is comprised of members of
the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. If needed, verification
of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human
Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin
University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 92662784 or by emailing
Researchers at Griffith University, with support from beyondblue, are conducting a study aiming to develop better strategies for preventing suicide in LGBTI people in Australia.
If you are interested in taking part, please read further information below and in the attached flyers.
Study Title: Fatal Suicidal Behaviours in LGBTI Populations
This project has ethics approval from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (CSR/01/13/HREC) .
Organisation: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University
Researchers: Dr Delaney Skerrett, Dr Kairi Kõlves, Prof. Diego De Leo
Project description: The aim of this study is to learn more about the processes that lead to a suicide in LGBTI individuals. This information is aimed at helping us develop better strategies for preventing suicide in LGBTI people in Australia. No previous studies have been carried out that systematically look into deaths by suicide among LGBT individuals in the Australian context and therefore this is a very important topic.
(1) The researchers are looking to interview friends and relatives of LGBTI people who have lost their lives to suicide.
(2) The researchers are also looking to interview LGBTI people living in Australia to be the control group for this study to allow us to better understand the differences and similarities between the experience of those who are alive and those who have lost their lives to suicide.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and will be interviewed for around two to three hours, with compensation given for their time.
While the term "sex-change" is a bit old-school, this article from Jill Stark of The Age newspaper, helps expand the issues around hormones and surgery for youth.
We were interviewed by Jill Stark a couple of weeks ago for this Age Newspaper article.
I’m never happy with a "War" comparison in any struggle by the way, but it seems to be the thing to do when talking about difficulties people have.
Read about a 17th century cyborg and have your gender preconceptions blown!
Good news for Genderqueer peeps: Genderqueer Australia is now on the Gay Lesbian Health Victoria website.
Big thanks to the peeps who run the website for this inclusion!
We’re on the move in June and at a new location for our regular monthly gatherings.
Hairy Little Sista
218-240 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hairy Little Sista on Little Collins Street is the location for our June gathering. So remember to update your calendar, or if you have a smartphone or computer, you can subscribe to the GQA calendar here.
1000 £ bend has been brilliant to us, and has hosted our organisation launch and 24 plus GQA gatherings, but the time has come to find different digs.
Over the next two weeks our crack team of chai tasters will be scoping out the local cafes in search of the perfect brew for GQA peeps. Food, accessibility and space are also being looked into.
We’ll post updates over the next month and then see you all at the new venue on the 1st of June!
Make a recommendation?
Use the form below to suggest a new venue!
The requirements are:
- Makes a decent chai
- Food is available
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible for wheelchairs
- Child friendly
We’ve got a new events calendar here at the GQA website, which we’ve just finished setting up.
You might think it’s just another calendar, BUT this one is different! Just by clicking the +Subscribe button, you can add the calendar to your computer or smartphone and Never Miss Another Event!
Dead useful really.
Sexing the Transman
Buck Angel brings you a groundbreaking educational adult film about trans male sexuality, consisting of interviews and jack-off scenes with four different transmen (aged 20-35).
Each scene starts with an interview in which the performers share details about who they are and why they transitioned from female to male.
To some it seems preposterous to have gender neutral toilets, but to genderqueer and trans folk it’s something sorely needed.
Perhaps in Oz we can get these too!
Julie Burchill, transphobia and hostility towards the victims of oppression | Dean Burnett | Science | guardian.co.uk
Heres a really well written article on the weirdness which is one group harassing another.
The University of Western Sydney is currently recruiting LGBTQI young people to be involved in an Australia-wide online survey. The survey aims to give young LGBTQI people an opportunity to contribute to the development of community and professional education resources that aim to counteract homophobia, transphobia and harassment.
If you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or Intersex (LGBTQI), are aged between 16-27 years, and live in Australia we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to be involved, please follow the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QueerStories
The results from this survey will contribute information that will lead to greater awareness of the needs of queer youth in the wider Australian community.
Find out more:
Contact: A/Prof Kerry Robinson (email@example.com); Dr Nida Denson (firstname.lastname@example.org); or Dr Peter Bansel (email@example.com)
Thanks to the efforts of a 13 year old boy and his family, a toy oven will be made to be gender neutral rather than pink and purple.
It’s a small step for cooking…
Here’s a great petition to create gender neutral toy ovens so everyone can use them!