Queer Reading Group Sydney

About us:

In the wake of 2017’s marriage equality reform, for the first time in at least a decade Australia is staring down an uncertain future for queer politics. If the field is wide open for what comes next, can we make space for thinking about what it means now to be queer in Australia?

Digging into the rich past and present of queer writing from Australia and around the world, Queer Reading Group Sydney is a place for these conversations.

Presented by The Lifted Brow and hosted by journalist and podcaster Benjamin Riley, Queer Reading Group Sydney meets on the third Thursday of the month at Better Read Than Dead in Newtown.

The group focuses on short texts—covering everything from radical pamphlets and zines to articles and essays, which are almost always available free online.

Even if you’ve never read a queer text, or you’re not entirely sure what queer means, Queer Reading Group Sydney is accessible and friendly, encouraging participants to think about and engage with new ideas.

6:30pm, third Thursday of each month
Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead, Newtown.

Next meeting:

Thursday 17 October 2019 - 'LGBT Economic Empowerment In the Era of Climate Crisis' by Kathleen Connell and Jaye Whittaker, and 'Queering the Wild' by Micha Rahder

Past meetings:

Thursday 25 September 2019 - 'Sex In Public' by Lauren Berlant and Michael Warner

Thursday 22 August 2019 - 'SCUM Manifesto' by Valerie Solanas

Thursday 18 July 2019 - 'How to Have Promiscuity in an Epidemic' by Douglas Crimp (1987)

Thursday 20 June 2019 - 'KINQ Manifesto' by Craig Middleton & Nikki Sullivan, plus Nathan “Mudyi” Sentance's response to the manifesto

Thursday 18 April 2019 – 'Do Hate Crime Laws Do Any Good?' by Liliana Segura (2009)

Thursday 21 March 2019 – 'Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence', by Adrienne Rich (1980)

Thursday 21 February 2019 – 'Cocksucking as an Act of Revolution', by Charles Shively (1971)

Thursday 17 January 2019 – 'Queers Read This', by an anonymous author from NYC Pride in 1990

Thursday December 20 2018 – 'The Future of Queer', by Fenton Johnson (2018)

Thursday October 17 2018 – all things camp

Thursday September 20 2018 – 'The “Normalization” of Intersex Bodies and “Othering” of Intersex Identities in Australia' by Morgan Carpenter (2018) & the Darlington Statement (2017)

Thursday August 16 2018 – 'Gay Marriage IS a Conservative Cause' by Yasmin Nair (2013)

Thursday 19 July 2018– Camp Ink Vol 1 No 1 (November 1970)

Thursday 21 June 2018 – ‘Transgender Liberation: A movement whose time has come’, by Leslie Feinberg

Thursday 17 May 2018 – ‘The Radicalesbian Manifesto’, by unknown authors at the 1973 Sorrento Radicalesbian Conference (pages 8 and 9 of the PDF)

Thursday 19 April 2018 – ‘A Gay Manifesto’, by Carl Wittman (1973)

Thursday 15 March 2018 – ‘What is this Gay Community Shit’, by Sasha Soldatow (1983)

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Our host Benjamin Riley

Our host Benjamin Riley

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