Respectability 101

Respectability 101

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Society loves us at our most presentable: selling our rainbows, parading our bodies, eating up our slogans. But this acceptance demands our conformity as respectable citizens. Shut up and smile. Put your head down, work hard, look white. If that’s not an option, then you are pushed to the margins and out of sight.

This show is about taking over the stage. We don’t need respectable. Get uncomfortable and bask in an all-star line-up of QTIBPOC* and s*x workers of colour. Join us for an evening of community performance, our crash course for you on the politics of desire. See you at Respectability 101.

QTIBPOC* - Queer and Transgender Indigenous, Bla(c)k and People of Colour.

This event has been sponsored by the ACT Government.



  • This is an 18+ event open to everyone.
  • Entry fee is a donation (pay as you can). Donations can be any amount greater than $1 — these donations help pay the producers, artists and performers behind this show, and recognise the costs that went into its creation. ! Any profits made will then be redirected towards DEiFY for future events to help support the QTIBIPOC and BIPOC SWer community!
  • There are Equity tickets available. Please book this ticket if you would like to come but are unable to give a donation. No one is turned away for lack of funds. However, we ask when selecting for a free ticket, if you are white OR cis-gendered OR a non-sex worker, it is important to assess whether you do have some capacity to pay it forward to a space centring BIPOC folks who are transgender and/or s*x workers.


  • Tune in to the online stream of Respectability101 via Zoom (link sent to attendees 30 minutes before the event).
  • Friday, May 27th
  • 7 pm AEST start


  • An in-person screening of the show will be held in Ngunnawal, Ngunawal, Ngambri Country (Canberra)
  • Location : Belconnen Youth Centre
  • Friday, May 27th
  • Doors open at 6.30 pm AEST (please arrive then for a prompt 7 pm start)



Hosted by Miss Cairo (Naarm/Melbourne)

DJ set by VOLTA HYMN (Ngunnawal/Canberra)

Despo Debby(Naarm/Melbourne)

Fetu Taku (Eora/Sydney)

Māra Māyā Dēvi (Eora/Sydney)

Karmalæon (Eora/Sydney)

Currie Brownshaw ft. Christine Minh Thanh Van (Ngunnawal/Canberra)

Cutie Whippingham (London)

Produced by Ono Chowdhury (Ngunnawal/Canberra)

Videography by JANE (Ngunnawal/Canberra), wāni (Naarm/Melbourne) and IMPRINT CREATIVE (Eora/Sydney)

Graphics by Joanne Leong (Instagram @blanketblanket_).




  • The entire event will be closed captioned. AUSLAN interpretation will not be provided.
  • There may be bright and flashing lights as part of the show.
  • If you require any accessibility services, please let us know ASAP. However, we cannot guarantee we can secure these services due to financial and time constraints. We sincerely apologise if we cannot arrange these services and endeavour to create greater accessibility in future events.
  • DEiFY is letting you into a special place. Please be aware of your positionality and have a good read of our safer spaces policy:


  • Please feel free to unmask and come as your full self. Come to us however you want – from your beds, with food, stimming toys, aids, etc.
  • The general chat function will be disabled.
  • If at any point you have concerns or require assistance - you will be able to contact a DEiFY angel via private message or private Zoom chat.

When posting online or referring to the performers:

  • Do not assume anyone's gender. If you are unsure how to refer to someone, use gender neutral language.
  • Do not assume anyone’s ability. We must appreciate that disability is diverse.

In-Person Venue

  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Toilets are gender-neutral.
  • Accessibility guide for venue:
  • Unfortunately, there is no hearing loop at this venue.
  • Seating will be a mix of sofas and plastic chairs - attendees with mobility/accessibility requirements will be prioritised for the more comfortable furniture.
  • Please avoid wearing strongly scented cologne, perfume, deodorant etc. to the event.
  • Please feel free to unmask and come as your full self. Come to us however you want – with food, stimming toys, aids, etc.
  • Do not assume anyone's gender in the space. If you are unsure how to refer to someone - introduce yourself and your pronouns and ask for theirs!
  • Furthermore, do not assume anyone’s ability in the space. We must appreciate that everyone engages in their capacity - please respect others’ personal space.
  • We will have a low sensory area with stim toys set up.
  • If you are QTIBIPOC and would like to be linked up with a buddy, send us a message or email us!


  • Belconnen Youth Centre is less than 5 minutes walk (average walking speed) from the Belconnen Bus Interchange. It is a 10 minute walk from the Belconnen Westfield bus stop.
  • Nearest parking is across the road, and is free after 5:30pm. There is also street parking on Chandler Street and Swanson Ct, also free after 5:30pm.


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“Respectability101” written in shiny, stylised green typography.

“27 May, 7PM AEST

Online via Zoom and screening at Belconnen Youth Centre (Ngunnawal/CBR)”

Background is black with holographic and textured purple and green shapes floating around, including a high stiletto heel. The DEiFY and artsACT logos are in the top right corner of the image.


DEiFY is based on unceded Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri country. As we come together with a common goal of building anti-racist queer spaces, settlers must recognise how they benefit from stolen Indigenous land, kinship and culture. We must create space and honour the strength and blueprint laid by queer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Always was, always will be.

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