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)
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
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.
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
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.
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.