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Dec 03

Queer Identities – Midsumma Edition

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Note: The date of this event has changed from the official Midsumma Guide to not clash with Pride March.

When: 11:00AM Sunday 24th January 2016
Where: Upstairs @ Hairy Little Sista, 236 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Tickets: $15/$10
Bookings: Click Here

GLBT, LGBTIQ, QUILTBAG, Alphabet Soup. You’ve heard them all, now come meet the members of your community you don’t always spend time with. Featuring Hespa, Park Ranger and Asexual Awareness Advocate, Amanda Marx, Genderfluid Poet, self described male femme Princess, and hosted by pansexual author Beck Mitchell, Queer Identities shines a light on the experiences of the diverse identities that make up our Queermunity.

So come join us for a cuppa, a slice of cake and a chat about gender diversity, sexuality, asexuality and not always fitting in.

This panel is presented as part of the Midsumma 2016 Program.

Hespa: Asexuality Awareness Advocate

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Hespa stopped writing fiction when she was 19, which is the same age she figured out she was asexual. Coincidence? Absolutely.

She remains an avid reader and, for the last six years, has helped run the annual Continuum speculative fiction convention. This included creating, hosting and participating in a series of discussion groups called ‘We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It’, where writers can listen to and discuss the experiences of people with a diverse range of unusual jobs, hobbies, conditions, and locations on the gender and sexuality spectrums. She quite enjoys talking about asexuality with people who are willing to listen.

By day she is a park ranger, which involves knowing a surprising amount about sex, but mostly only plant sex.

Hespa will be appearing on our A is for Asexual: Queer Identities panel. She is also our amazing Stage Manager for the Saturday night Queerbaret.

A is for Asexual: Queer Identities

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When: 12:00 PM Sunday 19th April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

A is for Asexual. B is for Bi. I is for Intersex. T is for Trans. When talking about Queer fiction it’s very easy to get stuck on fiction about gay men, or fiction about lesbians. Queermance itself was the brainchild of two authors of gay fiction, and sometimes it’s worth reminding ourselves that there are other letters and colours out there in the alphabet soup or quilted bag. Join your Sunday Host Beck Mitchell, Asexual Awareness Advocate and avid reader Hespa, Amanda Marx, Anna Solding and Hazel Edwards OAM as they talk about writing as and about some of the queer identities that are even harder to find in queer fiction. Where are the opportunities, what are the common misunderstandings and how can you be a supportive ally?