$19 – $59

Mardi Gras 2021 – Queer Thinking: RISE

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$19 – $59

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NSW Teachers Federation – Auditorium

37 Reservoir Street

Surry Hills, NSW 2010


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Mardi Gras 2021 – Queer Thinking

About this Event

Queer Thinking, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ boundary-pushing talks and ideas program brings together a platform for rising stars, unsung heroes and provocateurs from across the World for blazing debate at the NSW Teachers Federation on Saturday 27 February 2021.

Queer Thinking is set to feature three thought-provoking sessions, curated by Benjamin Law, Julie McCrossin AM, and Patrick Abboud. Including for the first time, Virtual International Speakers, and the option to attend as part of a Virtual Audience.

This past year has undoubtedly been one of unprecedented challenge and hardship. The impact of droughts, fires, floods and a global pandemic tested our spirit and resolve. Let's come together to connect at Queer Thinking, it’s time we rise together again.


Single Session Tickets: $29 Full, $19 Concession, $9 Virtual

Day Passes (3 Sessions): $59

Dating when you're different? Tips & Tricks with Julie McCrossin & Friends.


Do we really embrace difference in our Rainbow communities? How warm is our welcome to newcomers? A panel of peeps will share their five-point-plans for successful dating in discussion with lesbian icon and new grandmother, Julie McCrossin. Tips from our audience will be encouraged. Join us for a frank discussion with revelations of failure followed by the promise of success - plus songs from the heart.

Julie’s panel peeps include Mel Quinn, musician, singer and survivor of fundamentalist faith 'purity culture’; Emily Dash, disability advocate, actor and award-winning filmmaker; Josh Kirsh, Jewish student advocate and Lexi Buckfield, lesbian wife, mother and health policy professional

The Fights Ahead


Almost five years after publishing his Quarterly Essay Moral Panic 101 – as well as the marriage equality “Yes” vote – writer Benjamin Law regathers with activists, parents and policy-makers to identify where the new anti-queer culture wars are located – and what needs to be done to defend the most vulnerable in our community.


Raising the rainbow flag: Rising up for 'GAYRABIA'


Come through ‘Gayrabia’ with a panel of queer Arabs sharing their stories of resistance and resilience, pride and party -- plus a revolutionary vogueing performance from House of Silky’s Xander Khoury.

Raising the rainbow flag at a pop concert in Egypt was the most exhilarating but dangerous five minutes of Sarah Hegazy and Ahmed Alaa’s life. In many parts of the Middle East, it’s still illegal to be gay. In one of the worst crackdowns against the LGBTQI+ community in the region, Sarah and Ahmed were charged with “inciting debauchery”, abused, electrocuted and left in solitary confinement.

Live from Canada, where he’s now living in exile, Ahmed Alaa will join host Patrick Abboud for a live Q+A, alongside fellow ‘Gayrabs’ living in Australia who’ll take you inside their lives.

Right now, Egyptian police continue to entrap LGBTQI+ people through dating apps and arrest people off the streets solely based on their gender expression. While LGBTQI+ Arab Australians’ lives aren’t under threat, many here struggle with being open about their identities, the fear of losing family and being cut off is all too real. But some of us can live freely, fighting for safer spaces for our global middle eastern queer family to thrive.

Together we will raise the rainbow flag and rise up for ‘Gayrabia’.

In loving memory of Sarah Hegazy.

** This panel discussion is part of ‘Gayrabia’ -- a TV documentary series and podcast **


Phone: +61 (0)2 9383 0900 | reception@mardigrasarts.org.au


The Venue is Wheelchair Accessible via a lift on Reservoir St (book using the add-on in the ticket purchase cart). Hearing Loop Capable, and AUSLAN will be available for each session. Trigger Warnings are communicated throughout the sessions, and Chill Spaces available.


Please wave and thank our wonderful Volunteers when you see them. They will be your ushers for the day, scanning your tickets and helping you to your seats. If you wish to Volunteer yourself and join in, register at mardigras.org.au/volunteer


A series of COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be in place and ticket holders must comply with these. These include:

  • Masks are mandatory as per NSW Health Orders
  • Contact details registered for all ticket holders
  • ID checks on entry
  • Stay at home if you have been to a hotspot or self-isolating
  • Stay at home if you are sick or have any cold or flu symptoms
  • Physical distancing at all times
  • Avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
  • The practice of good hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser and hand wash stations will be available

SGLMG will continue to work closely with NSW Health and other government agencies in the lead up to the festival and will adapt COVID Safe Protocols as required.


No refunds or exchanges. All Ticket holders must sign-in via the COVID-19 check-in on arrival. Before purchasing a Virtual ticket, please ensure you have completed a test Zoom on your connection at https://zoom.us/test

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which our celebrations are held on. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.
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NSW Teachers Federation – Auditorium

37 Reservoir Street

Surry Hills, NSW 2010


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