Queer Lives: Activism and the Arts

Join us for a lecture series with a difference as we explore and celebrate queer Australian and South Australian lives. Four speakers over four weeks tackle bodies, art, sex, death, love, law, loss and music to reveal the complexities, histories and victories of LGBTIQ activism and the arts. Every Thursday in May 6-7.30pm.

Thursday 4 May – Barbara Baird

Abortion, Homosexuality, Prostitution: Law reform and progress in South Australia
Barbara Baird is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Women’s Studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. Her research focuses on histories and cultural politics of sexuality and reproduction in Australia.

Thursday 11 May – Marc der Veer

Drag: The Power to Move
Adelaide born, Marc has had a stellar career as a professional dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher with credits including Broadway and West End shows. With the creation of his alter-drag-ego, Kris del Vayze, a second career was born after his dance retirement when he co-founded internationally acclaimed, Australian drag performance troupe ‘Drags Aloud’.

Thursday 18 May – Kathy Sport

Musical Selves: Protest Songs, Sexualities and DIY of Australian Women’s Music
Kathy Sport volunteers with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Melbourne. Her research areas of interest are music, gender, sexuality, gay liberation and second wave feminism. In 2015, she completed a PhD titled ‘Women’s Music in Australia: Space, Place, Bodies, Performance’ at Macquarie University.

Thursday 25 May – Paul Sendziuk

Can Art Save Lives? A history of cultural responses to HIV/AIDS in Australia
Associate Professor Paul Sendziuk is Head of the Department of History at The University of Adelaide, with particular expertise in the history of post-war Australian immigration, public health and disease.