Ableism and Disabilities 101
Abolish the Police
Angles Of Asexuality: Makeouts Are On Tuesdays, Spooning Anytime
Australian Queer Student Network – Annual General Meeting (AQSN AGM)
Becoming You – Surviving Living
Bi- and Pan- Sexuality: Antogonism, Invisibility and Erasure
Bitch Please: Trans Woman Distro
CALD/QPOC – Internal Struggles
Characters Worth Telling Stories About: The Progressive and Receding Representation of Marginalised Groups in Comics and Film
Coming Out with Rainbow Rabbit
De-Constructing Lesbianity: The Anti-Cultural Perspective
Drag Queen 101
Error 404: Approaching Cisfeminist Theory from Outsider Gender Experiences
Free Hugs
Fuckability: Fucking with a non-normative body, queering up sex!
From Here to Queer
Gender Identity Conversations – with Sally Goldner
How to Change Minds and Actions
How to Create Peer-Supported Safer Spaces
“I Hate The Gaytriarchy” Vent Sesh
I Live in a Co-Op! (Housing Co-Operative 101 for Students and Queers)
iFeminism 3.0: Femmephobia and Transmisogyny
Introduction to Gender Diversity – with Zoe Birkinshaw
Knit and Natter
Meeting Procedure and Facilitation 101
No Cuts! No Way! Queers Fight Education Cuts all the WAY!
Numerology, Queer Dating & Relationships
OMANYTE LIKE THIS
Patch Off! A Genderpunx’s Crafternoon
Peels and Feels
Practical Self-Defence
Queer Archives
Queer Mental Health Support
Queer Sports
Queer Struggle is Class Struggle
Queer Subjectivity and the Law
Queer Technologies
Queering Professional Curricula
Queering Race
Rainbow Blues
Rainbow Revolutions in Cuba and Venezuela
Refugee Rights – Why Queers Should Fight Racism!
Religions’ Perspective on the Queer Identity
Repertoires of Queer Contention
Revisiting ‘We All Need to Pee’
Self Care
Self-Defence and the Criminalization of Survival (A Focused Look Into Trans* Women of Colour)
Sexy, Kinky and Absolutely Terrified: A Primer for Fledgling Kinkster
Smash the Gaytriarchy!
Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me: Sensation Play Skills for Beginners
Trans* Share
Where Has The Activist Movement Gone?
Why Are Queers Oppressed? Is it Capitalism, Class, Family or All Three?
(You Are) Trans Enough: Deconstructing / Mythbusting Trans Narratives
#You ForgotTheT: Trans Women in Feminism

Ableism and Disabilities 101

TW/CW: Discussion of slurs and stereotypes relating to disabilities.

Disabilities are a thing many people live with throughout all communities, including queer ones. This workshop is an introduction to the area, covering topics including the social model of disability, different types of disabilities, preferred terminologies and stereotyping – both negative and ‘positive’.

Abolish the Police

TW/CW: Police violence.
Police have a long history of brutalising, murdering and harassing queers, students, workers, Indigenous people, the poor (this list is almost inexhaustible). This workshop will explore the historic links between queer communities and the police, discuss the function of the policing in capitalist societies, analyse the moral culpability of individual police officers as well as policing as an institution and attempt to dispel any remaining theories about how the police might be reformed.

Angles Of Asexuality: Makeouts Are On Tuesdays, Spooning Anytime

What does physical intimacy means when sex isn’t on the cards – and what does enthusiastic consent mean when sex is on the cards? This talk explores a range of in-depth topics about asexuality, including looking at different ways people can and do navigate mixed orientation relationships, the complexities of coming out and exploring new ways of looking at romance and intimacy.

Australian Queer Student Network – Annual General Meeting (AQSN AGM)

The AQSN Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the formal avenue through which our organisation develops its strategic and operational goals. Furthermore, this is where the executive office-bearers and general members are elected for the following year. These include national Co-convenors, Treasurers, Secretaries, and General Executive positions. It is held at the Queer Collaborations (QC) conference each year, and takes the form of an open meeting where any queer-identifying student from any Australian university may attend as a voting member.

The primary focus of these AGMs in the past has been to solidify the fundamental operational requirements of the organisation – such as reviewing the Constitution, organising bank accounts, and setting out AQSN’s role in relation to both NUS and QC – as well as developing broad and strategic campaign ideas as resolutions that are voted on by all members.

This meeting functions in the same way as the QC conference floor – including protocols for points of order, clarifications, amendments, etc. – though requirements of specific majorities for passing resolutions are outlined in the AQSN Constitution.

All participants are asked to familiarise themselves with the AQSN Constitution.

Becoming You – Surviving Living

TW/CW: May include brief mentions of violence.

An exploration on forming a personal identity outside the dominant paradigm. Visibility, queerness, ability, neurodiversity and their intersections alongside social performance, pressures and the tyranny of the closest combine to make it difficult to navigate self-exploration.

Bi- and Pan- Sexuality: Antogonism, Invisibility and Erasure

Bisexuality’ has been part of the LGBTIQA+ acronym for years, but is still viewed by many with suspicion. In this workshop we explore how bi/pan antagonism, invisibility and erasure manifest both within mainstream society and the LGBTIQA+ community, including how compulsory monogamy interacts with non-monosexuality. We will critically engage with the term ‘bisexual’ itself and why many people who experience fluid attraction or are attracted to more than one gender do not identify with the label and/or the LGBTIQA+ community. In light of this we will discuss the barriers to building community around non-monosexuality and brainstorm ways of improving the visibility and inclusion of non-monosexual people.

Bitch Please: Trans Woman Distro

Trans Woman Distro is run by trans women and we only distro zines and other resources made by trans women, or with contributions by trans women. Our aims are to counter the commonly-held idea in queer communities that trans women do not contribute to political and creative efforts, disseminate information about our lives and experiences which is written by us instead of by medical professionals, and to be a visible presence at public events, where trans women often experience isolation. We have tabled at various queer community events in Sydney and Melbourne, several conferences, at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual zine fair in Sydney, 2013 and Sticky zine fair in Melbourne, 2014. In July 2013 we also sent some zines to the Lithuanian Gay League, for their zine fair for Baltic Pride. This workshop will be a brief history of the distro and our goals, as well as a chance to read and buy some of the resources we have.

CALD/QPOC – Internal Struggles

TW/CW: Racism.

The workshop shall seek to address the struggles and hurdles QPOC go through in their interactions with the wider community. (Slangs, Slurs, reconciling identifies and etc).

Characters Worth Telling Stories About: The Progressive and Receding Representation of Marginalised Groups in Comics and Film

TW/CW: Homophobia, sexism, racism, character death, Nazis.

This presentation and discussion will investigate the cultural effects of marginalised groups being represented or excluded from fictional media; covering both the history of mainstream representation, the positive social changes engendered by this representation, and the challenges still faced in obtaining representation of marginalized groups in fictional media. Case studies will include Star Trek, comics, and other fictional media.

Coming Out with Rainbow Rabbit

This workshop is a space wherein people can share their coming out experiences, express how they’d want to come out, or just listen to other peoples experiences.

De-Constructing Lesbianity: The Anti-Cultural Perspective

Having been ascribed a very particular cultural position, we live our lesbian lives, sexualities and daily experiences within the framework of social invisibility and rigour, which then translates into the quality of our relationships. This lecture-like workshop will provide a re-conceptualisation of female homosexuality from the point of view of queer cultural reflection. As a queer lesbian scholar, and a sociologist of sexuality, I reinvestigate cultural implications and mechanisms of violence behind the ‘lesbian’ category. I see lesbianity (sic!) as of tremendous queer value. To realise why this is so, is equivalent to seeing the potential of lesbian social disobedience. It is through understanding the lesbian that one may disrupt the cultural spectacle of gender and sexual significance. De-constructing the notion of femininity, as well as reflecting on the very term ‘lesbian’, is essential. “Language is also a place of struggle,” as bell hooks argued. Thus, a very particular meaning of queer will be presented as key to understanding the whole.

Altogether, the workshop will provide a sociological analysis of various cultural mechanisms that govern the situation of lesbians from different localities. Since I will explain what ‘being’ a lesbian means conceptually, the character of our meeting will be academic and educational, with slight traits of activism. I will then refer to our lesbian experience and desire on individual levels. The language used will be easily accessible, (inter)personal tone will be applied, and elements of workshop will be there.

I kindly invite all to engage and help me explore the paradoxes of lesbianity, which may further serve as a tool of liberation from social and individual constraints.

Drag Queen 101

Join Miss Teri Wood (and her drag sisters) as she gives a volunteer delegate a full drag queen makeover while teaching everyone else in the room how to serve face (those willing to put make-up on during the workshop will get first preference). If you have your own make-up please feel free to bring it along with you. This workshop will cover the basics of covering brows, contouring/highlighting, making butt/thigh padding, pantyhose, weaves, plucking, tucking, pinching, cinching and creating a drag persona. We are all born naked and the rest is DRAG!

The makeup available in this workshop has not been sourced or checked to be vegan or cruelty free. Participants are encouraged to bring their own makeup if possible. Places for this workshop are also limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Error 404: Approaching Cisfeminist Theory from Outsider Gender Experiences

TW/CW: Intimate partner violence, sexual violence, cissexism, transmisogyny.

Sexism and women\’s oppression are significant and ongoing issues both in Australia at large and within queer communities. However, common conceptions of sexism as occurring across a man/woman binary often make feminist and anti-sexist work difficult to negotiate for people whose gender experiences don\’t neatly fit into an assumed stable binary position.

This workshop is a facilitated discussion of sexism and related concepts from the perspectives of trans people, genderqueer people and other people with experiences of cissexist oppression, looking at a number of tools for approaching both personal interrogation and gendered activism.

Free Hugs

It’s been a long week and hugs are comforting.

Fuckability: Fucking with a non-normative body, queering up sex!

This workshop is a passionate and political exploration of disability, sex, power and kink presented by a queer wheelchair user. Find out what disability politics is, why sex in a non-normative body is a radical act and how to be a rad queer ally! Come to this rare and radical disability sex positive space, bring your most interesting questions, and ramp your mind!

From Here to Queer

Based off Annamarie Jaqose’s “Queer Theory”, this workshop looks at the creation of the ‘homosexual’ identity, the birth of the Gay and Lesbian movement and the rise of the term ‘Queer’. Intended as an introductory session to cover the basic history, theory and terminology of queer, this workshop may be delivered in more of a lecture style than other workshops, but aims to enable all QC participants to engage with theoretical queer debates.

Gender Identity Conversations – with Sally Goldner

This workshop is your chance to communicate about any aspect of trans and gender diverse issues in a safe and respectful space.

Aspects could include (for example) definitions and labels, respectful treatment as a service providers, how to be an ally, legal and social discrimination, religious aspects, young people, media…ask those questions!

The workshop will be balanced to suit people’s knowledge of trans and gender diverse from no knowledge through to more advanced.

Facilitator Sally Goldner has been actively involved in the LGBTI community for 16 years and will draw on her experience, both from advocacy and personally, to ensure the hour is informative, practical…and fun!

How to Change Minds and Actions

TW/CW: Discussions of homo-, trans- and queerphobia, and drugs and alcohol.

This workshop aims to discuss various persuasive communication strategies and how they may or may not work. First we will discuss attitudes, values and behaviours before discussing models of changing them.  Then we will look at specific communication strategies used, particularly fear campaigns, rational appeals, using specific media and communicators as well as exploring the effects target audience has on your message.  This workshop will have periods where we can talk about the effectiveness of communication strategies that people would like to use for certain campaigns. We might also have periods of developing our own ideas for campaigns.

How to Create Peer-Supported Safer Spaces

The aim of this workshop is to teach participants how to create peer supported safe/safer spaces in their queer departments/spaces. In this workshop we will discuss what is peer support, what are safe/safer spaces and how to merge these two concepts together to create peer supported safer spaces for Queer Departments/spaces.

“I Hate The Gaytriarchy” Vent Sesh

Gaytriarchy getting you down? Come talk about your personal experiences, vent, and listen to others.

I Live in a Co-Op! (Housing Co-Operative 101 for Students and Queers)

TW/CW: Homelessness.

Homelessness remains a common lived experience amongst students and queers. Where housing services are under continued threat from large corporations and cuts to crisis services, non-traditional and radical forms of housing could provide a solution to housing insecurity. With no landlords and low rent, housing co-ops represent a new future for community housing, where members run, maintain and engage in the space that they live. Valuing safety, diversity, equity and participation over profit, co-ops provide an accessible and sustainable model for community housing. This session will introduce Stucco, the University of Sydney’s friendly neighbourhood co-op, outlining its history from a neglected factory to a thriving home of political and social student action and community. An introduction will also be given to the growing movement of student co-operatives in Australia and a practical outline of how to imagine, develop and build your own housing co-op!

iFeminism 3.0: Femmephobia and Transmisogyny

TW/CW: Trans- and women- related violence, also discussions about the limitations of binary language.

Why is putting on pants liberating? Why is wearing a skirt subjugating? And who is even wearing said pants and skirts? We grapple with these questions and more in an acerbic recount of feminism to this day. Reconceptualize the feminine, learn good ally behaviours & hair curling techniques! We will deconstruct ideas about power, about men and women, about what is ‘natural’ and what is ‘artificial.’ The workshop will focus on transmisogyny and femmephobia, using the history of mainstream feminism as a launching pad, moving towards more radical conceptions of the feminine, the way femmes are treated in queer circles, possibilities of self-determination, etc. We want this discussion as inclusive as possible for people of all identities, while foregrounding the experiences of trans feminine people – hence we want to encourage those people to attend wherever possible.

Introduction to Gender Diversity – with Zoe Birkinshaw

This workshop will explore gender diversity- what it is, and what it might be like to be part of this community. As part of the discussion we will look at some common social, legal and medical experiences, as well as terminology used in the community. The workshop will explore what it might take to make our shared spaces trans and gender diverse inclusive. The workshop is designed to be a place to ask questions and learn from each other- it is open to both those who are trans and/ or gender diverse, and those who are not. The workshop will be facilitated by Zoe Birkinshaw from the Zoe Belle Gender Centre. Zoe is a trans- masculine and queer identified person who is active in trans and gender diverse communities.

Knit and Natter

Come along for a relaxed session of knitting, crochet and stitching. If you’ve never tried before, there will be people who can help you learn and produce your very own piece of fluffy excellence. Limited supplies for knitting and crochet will be available if you don’t have your own.

Meeting Procedure and Facilitation 101

This workshop will serve as an introduction to or refresher for meeting procedure (in more formal settings) and facilitation generally. If you’re a QC-hack in training or just want to be more confident in running workshops and collective meetings this session will offer training in both the terminology (and theory) of meeting procedure and the practical skills of facilitating debate and discussion.

No Cuts! No Way! Queers Fight Education Cuts all the WAY!

Education should be for all, not just the rich! Queer youth can be real poor, they have it rough, get thrown out of home – its real tough. Queer youth want education, it should be cheap, hell no, it should be free! This is what would be good to see! But PM Abbott and the Education Minister Pyne want a rich persons university. So they try and cut $2.8 billion from higher ed, queers and friends say no way! Thats stupid, callous! We said! Come hear of the plans to stop these cuts. We need a big campaign! These cuts are nuts!

Presented by Chris Peterson, education activist and member of Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance.

Numerology, Queer Dating & Relationships

TW/CW: References to self-harm.

What can a birthday or the way a person write their numerals say about them? And what warning signs can that give us, regarding a potential relationship with them? Find out in this workshop and you’ll never have to see a high-priced ($50 an hour) Numerologist again.

OMANYTE LIKE THIS

TW/CW: Epilepsy warning, cartoon violence.

Where do Team Rocket keep getting those amazing outfits? Why does Ash insist on using Charizard despite it flaming him every time it’s called? What the hell is with Mr. Mime anyway? Why does Magmar have a butt for a head? This workshop will probably not answer any of these questions, but it will involve a lot of Pokemon content, which let’s face it is what people are after these days anyway. Focussing on the early seasons of the Pokemon anime, OMANYTE LIKE THIS is a fannish exploration of Pokemon, Team-Rocket’s cross dressing and enough low-theory to justify the organisers handing over a room to watch an episode and probably a Porygon-load of clips.

Patch Off! A Genderpunx’s Crafternoon

TW/CW:  Potential discussion of slurs/transphobia/transmisogyny/cissexism/trans history (histories behind words or slurs etc.).

This workshop is for trans and gender diverse folk who want to get their patchmaking on! or do some serious sewing, painting, stitching, writing, or whatever else takes their fancy. I will be providing a small amount of supplies ie fabric paints, fabric/material, paint brushes, stencils, and possibly plastic sheets for stencilling. But please feel free to bring along your own supplies as mine are limited, but I am sure others will be happy to share theirs around!

This workshop is autonomous for trans and/or gender diverse questioning/identifying people only.

Peels and Feels

“Peels and Feels” allows delegates to have a break from the intensity of conference and come and assist the Food and Catering Coordinators (Julian and Cam) and other volunteers with food preparation for that day.  It is an opportunity to have a relaxed chat with other delegates, meet some volunteers and learn more about the operation of and history of Wholefoods at Monash University. This workshop mostly involves helping with food preparation; cutting vegetables, taste-testing, and dishes and cleaning. It will run most mornings and afternoons when the Conference is based at Monash and meals will be served. Come and share your feelings and help make the food taste better!

Practical Self-Defence

TW/CW: Discussions of violence, non-dangerous visual depictions of solutions to violence, voluntary participation in practice of self-defence solutions.

Q&A regarding self-defence, some basic theory, and practice of some entry-level techniques. There will be hands on practice for those who are willing.

Queer Archives

In this workshop, we want to explore the possibilities of queer resistance through archiving.

Dominant and official histories are premised on heterosexuality, with queer lives constantly erased or pushed to the margins. In light of this, we want to talk about how we can construct alternative histories that place queerness at the centre, giving us ways to think about our lives and communities today based on how they have evolved over time. This workshop aims to create an open space for discussion and sharing.

If participants are interested we would like to integrate practical elements, to start constructing our own QC archive, ideally through recording personal histories, stories, feelings, events and then uploading them to an online system for people to access. Engaging in this is entirely voluntary.

This workshop will be divided into two sections with the first section presenting an introduction to queer history and archiving, and the second section a facilitated collective discussion about creating a community archive ourselves.

Queer Mental Health Support

TW/CW:  Heavy trigger warning for discussion of suicide and self-harm. Also discussion of depression and mental health issues.

Mental health conditions are present at higher rates in the queer community. This information session, led by a professional working psychologist, provides a basic outline of common concerns and themes related to mental health first aid. Includes acute mental health first aid such as suicide intervention.

NB: This is not an accredited first aid course and is intended as an introduction only.

Queer Sports

Queers in Sports. First a look at different sports’ views on queer identities and how that has changed over recent years. Then a session of gymnastics/mixed sports.

Queer Struggle is Class Struggle

This workshop will explore the relationship between class and queer identity/struggle, explore its historic interplay, analyse the emergence of queerphobia in class stratified society and affirm that queer struggle is inseparable from class struggle.

Queer Subjectivity and the Law

A lecture that looks at the way queerness is framed within the legal system, and its inability to encompass it.

Queer Technologies

Technologies change society, and this lecture looks at the way technology has helped break down traditional barriers and helped produce queer identity.

Queering Professional Curricula

TW/CW: This workshop will show and discuss course materials from professional (including medical) curricula that are queer erasing and/or queerphobic. Before beginning of the workshop any other relevant content warnings will be mentioned.

My name’s Chris, and I’m a non-binary trans woman studying a medical degree at Monash. The token attempts at stimulating discussion on queer health in my curriculum range from the microaggressive to the outright queerphobic, and it worries me to think that the other students in my course could receive no other information on queer health before they become doctors.

I’ve talked with medical students and people in other professional degrees around the country, and it’s clear that the professionals we are training for Australia’s future are ill-equipped for servicing the queer community and queer people. Queer issues and awareness are badly covered or nonexistent in most curricula, and this needs to change in order for us to be equitably and fairly treated when taught at school, when seeking legal advice, when receiving health care, or in many other interactions with professionals in our lives.

Join me for a discussion on how professionals, from lawyers to engineers, physiotherapists to teachers, are letting queer people down, and what issues and skills the queer community needs professionals to learn about in order to be properly served.

Queering Race

TW/CW:  This workshop involves discussions of racism and queerphobia, and the intersectional identities of people of colour and as a result may contain personal accounts of these events. Further, it is non-autonomous, and will likely involve discussions of race between white people and people of colour.

Racism and queerphobia are intersecting, mutually reinforcing systems. This workshop aims to create a space for discussing the intersections of these systems in a self-reflective way. This will be an interactive space focused on discussion of the ways white supremacy relies on heterosexuality, and vice versa. It will also involve workshop activities aimed at thinking through our own positions in relation to these structures, with particular reference to the identities of people of colour.

Rainbow Blues

While depression and anxiety is generally becoming a more common experience in people’s lives, for LGBTI people the rates of depression and anxiety are significantly higher.   Designed specifically for LGBTI populations, this workshop provides some insights into understanding depression and anxiety, why it seems to affect more LGBTI people; helpful hints on living with depression and how to support someone who is depressed or has an anxiety disorder.

  • Increase your knowledge about depression and anxiety and how it impacts on a person’s well-being and their ability to function
  • Understand how our lived experience of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex depression and anxiety
  • Be equipped with strategies on how to live with depression or anxiety
  • Feel more confident and competent in supporting someone who is depressed

Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Sad, Miserable or Depressed: What’s the Difference
  • Angst or Anxious – What to do when anxiety becomes intrusive in our daily living
  • Depressed but not defeated: Strategies for living with depression
  • Being there:  Supporting those we care about who live with depression

Rainbow Revolutions in Cuba and Venezuela

In Australia homeless queers go hungry on the street. In Cuba they are given cheap food to eat. In Australia we have rising rates of HIV. In Cuba AIDS drugs are given away for free, and all health care is free. In Australia transgender operations can be up to $20,000. In Cuba they are free. Education is free. There is no homelessness, there is no unemployment. The revolution provides for all basic needs. Has the anti-capitalist Cuban revolution, that took place in 1959, been a haven for queers? There is a rainbow renaissance occurring in the rum drinking, salsa dancing, cultural power. Pride parades are growing exponentially. All of this is great news for queers. Perhaps the best news we’ve heard in years. How does all of this sound to you? Perhaps it sounds too good to be true? Venezuela’s unfolding revolution is a beacon for the poor. How has it treated queers? A good deal, or a bit raw? Come to this forum and find out more. The Latin American revolutions are just too exciting to ignore.

Presented by Rachel Evans. She is the author of ‘Rainbow Cuba – the sexual revolution within the revolution.

Refugee Rights –Why Queers Should Fight Racism!

When seventy-seven countries around the world carry legal penalties for homosexuality, it is unsurprising that queer refugees are coming to Australia to seek asylum. Some queer refugees have fled from homophobic torture or death threats, only to be locked up in detention centres once they get here. The Australian Refugee Review Tribunal has a homophobic history of rejecting the cases of queer refugees on the grounds that they can’t prove their sexual orientation to the satisfaction of the court. But the tribunal is under pressure now that queer refugees are coming out of the closet to speak out about this homophobia. Come to this forum to hear the stories of queer refugees, to learn about the politics of mandatory detention, and to find out what you can do to support refugees!

Workshop presented by Chris Peterson, refugee activist and member of Resistance: Young Socialist Alliance.

Religions’ Perspective on the Queer Identity

A workshop for those who are curious to know, ‘what do the religions of the world say about being Queer?’. Some of it might surprise you.

Repertoires of Queer Contention

A facilitated workshop to follow on from my own lecture on queer activism. The workshop will unpack the philosophy and ethics of both hard and soft radicalism.

Revisiting ‘We All Need to Pee’

NUS and AQSN invites the intersex, sex and gender diverse caucus to revisit the ‘We All Need to Pee’ campaign. This workshop is designed as an open discussion forum to help AQSN and NUS follow the instructions of the intersex sex and gender diverse community on how to update the current campaign. We will be discussing what was successful, how we can improve and where to take the campaign next.

This workshop is autonomous and only open to sex and gender diverse conference participants

Self Care

TW/CW: Mental health triggers and mental health related topics.

It is common for queer and or Sex and Gender Diverse people to have difficulties such as discrimination and many mental health studies reflect higher rates. Added stress from study, work, income, housing, gender affirmation procedures and all the other stuff can further exacerbate distress. It seems common for individuals to get caught up in it all and forget to self-care. This workshop is a safe space to discuss and share productive, healthy and practical coping techniques of what does and what doesn’t work.

Please Note: This workshop is not intended to replace any professional recommendations and the facilitator is not a mental health professional.

What is said in this space is to remain confidential unless there is a concern about harm to one’s self or others. If anything in this workshop is triggering, please contact a professional, grievance officer or in an emergency call 000.

Self-Defence and the Criminalization of Survival (A Focused Look Into Trans* Women of Colour)

TW/CW: This description/workshop contains discussions of transphobia, homicide, violence and racism.

It should be no secret that young trans women of colour (TWOC) are being murdered at alarming rates. This is a social problem largely ignored by most people, including the media, the service/non-profit sector and government. But this is something people in the affected communities can’t afford to ignore.  Within this workshop, we will be discussing key legal issues, sharing experiences/stories and looking at the current statistics and battles facing trans* women. Looking at how class struggle and the intersectionality of socio-economic status affects trans* women’s ability to access basic fundamental resources.

Sexy, Kinky and Absolutely Terrified: A Primer for Fledgling Kinkster

TW/CW: Adult, BDSM and sexual themes (18+), discussion of both consensual and non-consensual violence and sexual interactions, discussion of BDSM related media including pornography

So, You know you’re kinky… but now what? In this session, Siren will cover everything you need to know about exploring your sexuality in safe but exciting ways. This workshop will help you learn about and find your place in the BDSM world, develop your identity and better understand your kinks, needs and fetishes. Master important skills like finding kinky friends (both online and IRL), navigating community etiquette and pick up the ‘secrets’ to success in the public BDSM scene. The class will cover ways to stay physically, emotionally and psychologically safe on your journey and how to get the most out of your experiences. While aimed at beginners in the public scene, the seminar will also assist those hoping to explore in private and help more experienced kinksters guide and mentor newbies in their own communities.

Smash the Gaytriarchy!

TW/CW: Discussion of examples of queerphobia, racism, sexism, biphobia, transphobia, erasure, violence, ableism, sexual abuse.

White cis gay males: the true representatives of the queer community? This is a discussion about the gaytriarchy and the ways in which it affects queers of all kinds. Marginalised voices will be prioritised, however everyone is welcome to attend. Together, let’s smash the gaytriarchy!

Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me: Sensation Play Skills for Beginners

TW/CW: Adult, BDSM and sexual themes (18+), physical contact for demonstrations

By far the most poorly defined discipline in the kink world, Sensation Play involves utilising the interplay between pleasure and pain, ______ and anticipation and stimulation and deprivation to create intense and intimate experiences. Siren Vandoll has spent more than two years tirelessly developing and perfecting her sensation play repertoire and knowledge through personal research, mentorship from some of Australia’s most prominent players and a lot of trial-and-error. In this skill-based workshop Siren will teach you the basics you need to begin your sensation play journey; including tactile implements like feathers, talons and pinwheels, entry-level temperature play, some useful anatomy, as well as scene structure and safety, negotiation and hygiene. She will also discuss ways to integrate sensation elements into your regular scenes, and demonstrate some more advanced techniques such as electro, knife and fire play.

Trans* Share

TW/CW: Transphobia, transmisogyny, cissexism, descriptions of violence against trans, intersex, gender nonconforming individuals.

Trans* share is just that, a space for sharing of stories, feelings, experiences and thoughts for trans* people, gender queers, gender questioning, gender variant, intersex and other people who experience oppression as a result of the binarisation of gender. It will be a loose, open and flexible space directed largely by the participants, rather than the facilitators. While the intention of the facilitators is to provide an open, encouraging and welcome space for all people attending, participants should also be aware that the content that will arise may also be difficult and emotional for many people and that this could be triggering and fraught for many.

It is a basic premise but one that will hopefully allow a sharing of differences as well as similarities for people whose voices are often constrained and silenced.

This is an autonomous event, and open only to people who identify accordingly.

Where Has The Activist Movement Gone?

A lecture briefly looking at the history of queer activism, and the elements of modern society that cause people to disengage from activism.

Why Are Queers Oppressed? Is it Capitalism, Class, Family or All Three?

Have lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people always been oppressed? Have women always been second class citizens? Fortunately no! This workshop will explain how sexism, homophobia and racism developed. Oppression has a material basis. With class society came the oppression of women and establishment of rigid gender binaries that oppress LGBTI people. Women and LGBTI oppression is systematic – built into the economic, political and cultural structure that make up our society. Many of us at Queer Collaborations will be dedicated to the fight against oppression in all its forms. To make the most of our efforts in this fight we need to understand where our oppression originates from, so we can get to the heart of who our enemies are, who to target, and how we can win our liberation.

(You Are) Trans Enough: Deconstructing / Mythbusting Trans Narratives

TW/CW: Possible discussion of transphobia, transmisogyny, ciscentric ideology, binarist ideology,slurs.

This workshop will be a facilitated discussion centring around the harmful ‘trans enough’ discourses that trans and gender diverse people encounter all the time.

This will be an autonomous workshop – only trans and gender diverse people can attend.

#You ForgotTheT: Trans Women in Feminism

TW/CW: Rape, rape analogies, excessive transphobia, death, murder, violence, homophobia, trans erasure, ableist language.

This workshop will delve into the events that have been important throughout feminist history relating to trans women and how treatment changes across eras and provides a base platform on which change can begin.