Workshops

Beyond the Queer Collective: AQSN, NUS and Cross-campus Organising

Facilitators: Dylan Lloyd, Marcus Wong, Teddy Murray

Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 19-1002

The Australian Queer Student Network (AQSN) and National Union of Students (NUS) have a rich history of working with individual campuses, as well as whole states and territories and nationally to achieve amazing victories for queer students and the wider queer community. This workshop aims to look at the history of cross-campus queer organising, recent victories, current projects and how you and your collective can get support from AQSN, NUS and other campuses. The workshop will also aim to discuss how we can improve AQSN, NUS and cross-campus organising and will be run by the AQSN Co-conveners, a previous AQSN co-convener and QC-endorsed candidate for NUS National Queer Officer and one of the current NUS National LGBTI Officers.

 

Coming Out (with Fairy Lights)

Facilitator: Patrick

Friday, 4:00pm-6:00pm, 19-G024

Coming out is an often difficult experience, and a near-universal one for queer people. In this workshop, we hang up fairy lights and share our coming out experiences, express how we would want our coming out experience to go, and generally sit in a supportive environment with people who have similar experiences. We encourage people to bring snacks to share.

 

A Critique of Queer Spaces Accessibility

Facilitator: Harry Kennewell

Friday, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 19-1093

This workshop will take a critical look at the way our queer spaces work (from gay bars to university spaces), the shortcomings of them, how they may fail to reach those most in need, and some potential ways we could address these issues. I would love for this to be a place of discussion so bring along any ideas/feelings/stories you have.

 

Dear White Allies

Facilitator: Denise Atzinger

Thursday, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 19-1084

A look at Ally Theatre, Common Misconceptions, My Favourite PoC, Help : My Favourite PoC is Now The Worst, How to Ruin a Good Joke, In The Wise Words of Beyonce, I Demand You Call Me In and many other tropes within the Queer Community.

 

Emotional Abuse in Friendships and Other Non-romantic Relationships: workshop and open dialogue

Facilitator: Viv Chunkysoup

Thursday, 4:00pm-6:00pm, 19-1084

A look at how abuse in non-romantic relationships (focusing on platonic friendships) is not something often addressed or considered and how that plays into the abuse occurring, not being recognized or addressed and how it silences the narrative and complicates recovery. The workshop will be followed by an open discussion with any who feel comfortable participating (you do not have to talk to attend)

 

Fat, Femme and Asian

Facilitator: Vibol Hy

Content Warnings: Racism, fetishisation and body image

Tuesday, 5:00pm-6:00pm, 19-1002

 

This workshop would like the explore ideas of body size, gender, sexuality and how race affects this for PoC.

 

Fuck You Margaret Court

Facilitators: Vibol Hy and Katecia Jade Taylor

Tuesday, 6:00pm-7:00pm, URAC Sports Hub

Margaret says tennis is full of lesbians, well show how queer tennis can be! Come play tennis at the and if you don’t know, we can help teach! Any skill level! Because we have to pay for court hire it does come with a cost. Equipment Hire is $3 per hour, so unless you just happened to pack a tennis racquet, perhaps bring at least $3-6 to cover the amount of tennis you wish to play. Also, there is only one non-gendered change room at URAC so maybe change beforehand.

 

Gems Making Jewellery

Facilitator: Laura Smith

Thursday, 4:00pm-5:30pm, 19-1064

Always wanted to learn how to make your own jewellery? Want some time to relax with craft? Then this is the workshop for you! In this workshop, you will learn how to make your own bracelet using the jewellery making skills I will teach you. Materials will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring them.

 

How to Apologize – Ethical Accountability

Facilitators: Denise Atzinger, Viv Chunkysoup

Friday, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 19-1084

Call in, call outs – doesn’t matter, just don’t suck. A critical look at the emotional labour invovled in calling someone in/out as well as how to apologizing in a meaningful way while avoiding tone policing or silencing. (Revisiting this workshop from QC 2016. Do not have to attended the previous one.)

 

How to Run a Successful Queer Event on Campus

Facilitators: William Triste & Lucas Medcraft

Thursday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 19-G026

Have you got an idea for a queer event on campus but aren’t sure how to execute it? Then come along to this workshop to get the basics on all things events. This includes how to plan event structure, protocol, a budget, marketing, community engagement and how to make it successful and fun!

 

Intersex Inclusion in LGBTI Spaces

Facilitator: Stephanie Lum

Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 19-2004

A discussion of how to improve the inclusion of people with intersex variations within LGBTI spaces, as well as how to be a good ally to intersex people. I will discuss some of the current problems intersex people face in being a part of the LGBTI umbrella and some ideas on how to address these. I will also talk about some of the recent developments in the Australian intersex movement for a broad overview and understanding of where it is heading for context. A discussion of how to improve the inclusion of people with intersex variations within LGBTI spaces, as well as how to be a good ally to intersex people. I will discuss some of the current problems intersex people face in being a part of the LGBTI umbrella and some ideas on how to address these. I will also talk about some of the recent developments in the Australian intersex movement for a broad overview and understanding of where it is heading for context.

 

Jesus Loves All the Queers

Facilitator: Katecia Taylor

Content Warnings: Christians and the Bible, discussions of homophobia, queerphobia and transphobia specifically that perpetrated by Christians, discussion of ex-gay/reparative therapy (not in great detail but it will come up), r*pe specifically threats of gang r*ape – not in huge detail only as relevant to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, sex, violence, spiritual abuse and possibly slurs such as sodomite

Thursday, 5:30pm-7:00pm, 19-1064

The bible is often used to oppress people. This workshop explores how there are alternate readings of the Bible that try to do the opposite. Open to anyone interested whether Christian, religious, atheist or agnostic, this will just be a 101. It will also offer some insight into a more conservative Christian mindset by a former conservative Christian. There will be memes! It’ll be informative but relaxed, so feel free to bring questions.

 

Let’s Get Physical

Facilitator: Jordy

Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, McKinnon Lawn (TBC)

A chance to get moving and grooving with some gymnastics skill training and general sports and fun games.

 

Neurodivergent Accessibility in the Queer Community

Facilitator: Alex Linker  

Content Warnings: Discussions of Ableism

Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 19-G024

“Ever wondered how to make queer spaces and events more accessible to those with cognitive, sensory, processing, communication, and/or social differences? This workshop will explore the accessibility needs of neurodivergent (ND) individuals and  support strategies that the queer community can implement. Note: this workshop is run by an ND person and is non-autonomous.”

 

Non-exclusive sexualities: Antagonism, invisibility and erasure

Facilitator: Amy Davis

Content Warnings: Discussions of Biphobia

Tuesday, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 19-1002

Who are we talking about when we talk about non-exclusive sexual attraction? Bisexuals? Pansexuals? Sexualities that change over lifetimes? Hetero- or homo-flexibility? People who are open to being surprised? People with fluid and/or non-exclusive sexual attractions have long been part of the LGBT community, but continue to be misunderstood and viewed with suspicion. In this workshop we will be thinking about some of the meanings attached to ‘bisexuality’ and ‘pansexuality’ in particular, and why many people who experience fluid and/or non-exclusive attractions do not identify with these labels and/or the LGBTIQ+ community. We will also think through the complexities of visibility and erasure for this population and the the social and health issues that affect people with non-exclusive attractions as a result. In light of this we will discuss the barriers to building community around non-exclusive attraction and brainstorm ways of building a sense of belonging and inclusion.”

 

Organising QC: Learning to schedule times to cry

Facilitators: Members of QCOC 2017

Tuesday, 6:00pm-7:00pm, 19-1002

Members of this year’s QCOC gently guide you through the process of putting together the Annual Queer Student’s Conference known as QC. Featuring probably a slideshow and maybe even a (large) Q&A portion if everyone’s really feeling that.

 

Postgrad Catchup

Facilitator: Vibol Hy

Tuesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 19-1002

A friendly catchup for queer postgraduate and mature age students. This will be facilitated by the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) Queer Officer.  

 

Queer People of Faith Stories

Facilitator: Katecia Taylor

Content Warnings: Religion, potential discussions of homophobia and queerphobia

Friday, 5:00pm-6:00pm, 19-G004

Stories of queer people of faith. A space to listen and share our experiences/stories around being a queer person of faith. Less of a traditional workshop and more of an open space to share and learn from each other.  

 

Queer Representation in Video Games

Facilitator: Andrea Duval

Content Warnings: violence, sexualisation, transphobia and homophobia

Thursday, 11:30am-1:00pm, 19-1084

Hey Gaymers and friends, this workshop will look into the history of video games and the tropes within them. It’s also a discussion of the gaming community and what we actually want in representation. You don’t actually have to play games (it touches on queer representation in media and stereotypes in general) or be a hardcore gamer to attend.

 

Queers in Sport

Facilitator: Jordy

Friday, 3:00pm-4:00pm, 19-G004

A look through historical and contemporary LGBTIQ+ sportspeople and the impact they have had on their sport and the wider world.

 

What does a queer Utopia look like?

Facilitator: Andrea Duval

Content Warnings: Potential discussions of Substance/alcohol abuse and of sex

Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 19-1038

A discussion space about the viability of building queer communities outside of universities and nightlife. It may touch upon how can we support each other, ways of increasing amount of queer events and establishments outside of city centres, and looking at promoting a more diverse variety of establishments. In other words, when are getting a big ole gay ice cream shop (with vegan options of course).

 

You’re A Vision (The Conference Stole My Title)

Facilitator: Laura Smith

Content Warnings: Blanket content warnings for homophobia, transphobia and transmisogyny. Participants should also be warned that some videos contain strobe lighting. There are also sections of this workshop that include discussions of suicide, as well as some content with sexual themes (specifically leather/spandex clothing and masturbation)

Friday, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 19-1093

Cover yourself in glitter, warm up those singing voices and fire up the wind machines, because what would a Queerovision-themed QC be without a Eurovision workshop? I’ll be taking you through the history of queerness at Eurovision through a timeline of performances spanning over 3 decades! It’ll be part-viewing party, part-discussion group, so please Join Us as we Come Together and Celebrate Diversity!

 

Queer fiction: Misbegotten Youth

Facilitator: Ally Wolfe

Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 19-1001

Queer theory, when applied to science fiction and Young Adult fiction, reveal the strange way we expect children to grow up to be their parents and their parent’s salvation simultaneously. I intend to talk about and lead discussion on what happens when popular fiction is read queerly.

 

Queer Tango

Facilitator: Kate Alway

Friday, 4:00pm-5:00pm, 19-1084

Learn the basics of dancing tango, in the queer tradition!

 

Workshops with explicit Kink and/or Sexual Content

Getting It Together

Facilitator: John Casey and Angus Molyneux

Tuesday, 2:00pm-4:00pm, 19-1064

A community workshop regularly delivered by ACON, this workshop covers sexual health, safe sex, identity, experiences of gender and the body, community connection, and a discussion of personal safety.

 

Queer Foot Fetishes

Content Warnings: Kink, Sexual Discussion

Tuesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 19-1064

Foot and sock fetishes are one of the more common fetishes around and this workshop aims to provide a friendly social space for queers to meet other like-minded queers. Anyone is welcome whether this is a major part of your sexuality or whether you’re just curious. However, please remember to respect the privacy and confidentiality of others and obviously that the workshop venue is strictly a social space.

 

Grindr?! But I hardly knew her!

Facilitator: John Casey

Content Warnings: Harassment, bullying, online and verbal abuse, image based abuse, personal safety

Wednesday, 12:00pm-1:00pm, 19-G004

A discussion group on personal and online safety. We’ve heard the messages about staying safe since we were kids; from crossing the road to holding scissors to wearing condoms. But how do we keep ourselves safe when using online hook-up apps and the myriad of abuse that it can generate? And what about when deciding to meet up or when we go cruising? This workshop is an opportunity to share practical ideas on what works to keep yourself safe both online and in person.