By: Maeve Marsden
There’s more to being queer than coming out and getting married.
This exciting and contemporary collection contains stories that are as diverse as the LGBTQIA+ community from which they’re drawn.
From hilarious anecdotes of an awkward adolescence, to heartwarming stories of family acceptance and self-discovery, the LGBTQIA+ community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating their own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community.Curated from the hugely popular Queerstories storytelling event this important collection features stories from Benjamin Law, Jen Cloher, Nayuka Gorrie, Peter Polites, Candy Royalle, Rebecca Shaw, Simon ‘Pauline Pantsdown’ Hunt and more.
Queerstories is an LGBTQI+ storytelling event founded by writer, performer and producer Maeve Marsden that began at Giant Dwarf in Redfern, Sydney but has branched out to include regular events in Melbourne and Brisbane.
It features a diverse line-up of LGBTQI+ Australians telling their stories, with a deliberate emphasis away from tales of coming out and getting married. Queerstories has welcomed some of Australia’s finest LGBTQI+ storytellers to its stage including Hannah Gadsby, Justice Michael Kirby, Helen Razer, David Marr, Jordan Raskopoulos, Matthew Mitcham and many more.
If you haven’t managed to catch one of the Queerstories events you can get a taste by picking up a copy of the anthology. The book was launched at Sydney Opera House as part of the Antidote Festival in early September. Wellknown contributors include Benjamin Law, Peter Polites (Down The Hume), Simon Hunt
(aka Pauline Pantsdown), ic Holas, Quinn Eades and Mama Alto.