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Queering the Air presents critically engaged commentary from a mix of trans, genderqueer, gender diverse, bisexual, pansexual, lesbian, gay, queer and intersex perspectives. Each week's show features a fresh feast of ideas, interviews, news, histories, arts and discussion with an anti-racist, feminist and anti-capitalist bent. We have a particular interest in the intersection of queerness with other experiences of marginalisation.




PO Box 1277 Collingwood Vic. 3066 Australia (03) 9419 0155


Po Po Mo Co, Transtravaganza and Marriage Stinks

We hear from Claire from PO PO MO CO (post post modern comedy), a 'debauched queer comedy troupe' about their show in Fringe. We then hear from Zakaria about TRANSTRAVAGANZA, involving 5 talented trans and gender diverse artists. We then hear Mary Tomsic, who co-wrote an article entitled 'Marriage Stinks' in Overland, discussing the need to be critical while supporting the 'yes campaign' for same gender marriage. There's also a shout out to the event Strength in Visions at Fringe.

Duration: 00:51:08

The exquisite Mama Alto, #JusticeForElijah, and Simon Castricum on ageism, sport and transmisogyny

Iris talks to Mama Alto about her upcoming performance, Exquisite, at the National Theatre, plus a few of her Fringe projects, Church, and Transcendent. The campaign for Justice for Elijah is foregrounded #JusticeforElijah. See details of where you can't donate here.Iris interviews Simona Castricum on ageism and exclusion in the queer community, and a discussion about trans women in sport.

Duration: 00:50:31

Buffalo Gals, Ageism and Queerness

Iris is joined in the studio by Zen who talks about the new Buffalo Gals club night, a QTIPOC run femme and gnc-focused hip hop, old school rnb & trap! every thursday @ Hugs&Kisses.Iris then talks to Shane from Housing for the Aged Action Group who talks about the importance of understanding age and ageism in relation to queerness, class and more.Iris then reads from an action in the US, where the POC and Black led #NoJusticeNoPride group shut down WashingtonDC's Pride parade because its...

Interview with Chi Tran

Iris interviews Chi Tran, a writer and artist, currently based in Narrm Melbourne. They produced a poetry / prosody work, entitled 'I occupy space, which is to say, i am always grieving'. You can find their publication at the Incedium Radical Library. We touch on what their work means to them, writing influences, and more. Also mentioned:https://www.facebook.com/alteritycollective/

Robbie Ahmed on Queer South Asian men and Star Ah Mer Ah Su

We broadcast a conversation with Robbie Ahmed, author of "How I learned to Handle Boundaries and Found Self-Worth as a Queer South Asian Torn Between Cultures" on Gaylaxy Magazine.A brief intro: "Robbie Ahmed is a South Asian transman working as the Men's Sexual Health Coordinator at Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) where he runs support programs for queer South Asian men. He uses his experience growing up in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, and Toronto to help queer South...

Duration: 00:53:19

Friendships: my brother, queer kin and the joy of comics

Mikaila/Frankie talks queer friendships, with recordings from the Narrm Melbourne launch of graphic memoir Eyes Too Dry, speeches from co-creators Jessica Tavassoli and Alice Chipkin, as well as their editor Emma Jenson. We read a poem in Jess Hanman's name and also play tribute to him, as it was the 1st anniversary of his passing on April 2nd 2017. Thinking across the airwaves about brother-friends, lover-friends.Buy a copy of Eyes Too Dry here.Tunes:Arm Around You -- Arthur RussellBach's...

Duration: 00:45:45

Trouble in feminist spaces

Iris is joined in the studio by Sister Zai to discuss some trouble at the Loving Feminist Literature's Decolonising Feminism and Building Solidarity event. There is discussion of racism and trans exclusionary transmisogyny. Relevant reading:http://archermagazine.com.au/2017/03/terfs-gatekeeping-womanhood/

Duration: 00:54:09

International Women's Day

Iris and Regan play some recordings from International Women's Day and are joined in the studio with Lisbeth for a trans feminist discussion.

Duration: 00:52:57

Colouring the Rainbow panel

Recording of the speakers (by Regan) on the Coloring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives panel, plus a mention of the #BlockTheBill campaign (the campaign against the lifetime ban on asylum seekers). Guest speakers include:"Dr Dino Hodge – author and honorary senior fellow with the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.Dr Mark McMillan – a Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW and the first Indigenous Australian to join the University of Melbourne Law School...

Duration: 00:32:46

On critiques of marriage

Iris is joined by Jess Ison to discuss queer critiques of the institution of marriage.

Duration: 01:03:28

On justice for Ms Dhu and Community Activism with Bobuq and Roj

On today’s episode of Queering the Air, Frankie and Iris are joined by Bobuq and Roj to discuss the justice for Ms Dhu campaign. Bobuq and Roj are organising a fundraiser for the campaign for justice for Yamaji woman Ms Dhu, who died in custody after being detained for unpaid fines. There are reflections on community activism, positionality and whiteness. We also have some critical thoughts on Midsumma.Events / groups mentionedJustice for Ms Dhu Sunday Fundraise

Duration: 00:43:47

On Sexuality, Self-portraits and the Sentimentality of Film Photography with Vivian Fu

On today's episode of Queering the Air, Thanh Hằng explores the sentimentality of film photography with San Franscisco based photographer, Vivian Fu. We also chat about sexuality on film, as well as the meaning of self-portraits. photo: Self-Portrait Floating August 2015 Vivian Fu MUSIC:mitski - i bet on loosing dogs Puberty 2 Thao and the Get Down Stay Down - Nobody Dies - A Man Alive Yuna - Crush feat. UsherXeno Genesis - Empty Room - This Hearts Alien Land

Duration: 00:44:08

Sounding out Queer Skin & Sexuality

On this special LIVE broadcast, Thanh Hằng, examines the sensory and sensual aspects of 'our skin' 'my skin' 'your skin' and its relation to sexuality.Em is joined in the studio with Nayuka, Bex and Nam-Chi. LIVE music performances by KANDERE (music project of Lakyn Tarai and Wahe Kavara) & Guest DJ WAHE. We talk. We read. We listen. *photo of KANDERE at 3CR taken by Thanh Hằng Phạm

Duration: 00:54:13

An Interview with IraQueer's Amir Ashour, Letters & Poetry

In this Episode of Queering the Air, J & T interview Amir Ashour from IraQueer- Iraq's LGBT Movement. The Show also showcases beautiful & insightful poetry and music.

Duration: 00:46:02

Queer Vietnameseness with Quyên Nguyen-Le, Natalie Newton and Shannon Le

On today's episode of Queering the Air Thanh Hằng presents an interview that she and Erik Ly did with the Queer Vietnameseness Film Documentary Crew including Director, Quyên Nguyen-Le and cast, Rosi Vo Nghiem, Natalie Newton and Shannon Le. We also hear about Natalie Newton's involvement in the 2013 campaign for LGBT inclusion in the Westminster Tet Parade in Orange County California.All music by Lê Cát Trọng Lý

Duration: 00:49:12

Natasha Jynel + Auto Bio Queen

Interview with Natasha Jynel about her new show, Auto Bio Queen playing at the Butterfly Club.And an interview with Sheridon and Fiona about Feminism &childbirth.

Duration: 00:51:38

A Dedication to Lisa Bellear

On this episode of Queering the Air Thanh Hằng & Iris chat to Virginia Fraser, co-curator of the 'Close to You: The Lisa Bellear Picture Show' exhibiting at the Koori Heritage Trust. Lisa Bellear, a Minjungbul/ Goernpil/ Noonuccal/Kanak woman was an Indigenous activist, photographer, broadcaster, poet, feminist, academic and perfomer. The exhibition coincides with the tenth anniversary of Lisa's passing.We chat about Lisa's life, her photography, her public persona and her private life, as...

Duration: 00:49:56

Queering The Air - Episode 201607031500

Listen to an interview with collective members, Claire and Ezel from comedy/ performing arts collective PO PO MO CO about their work and upcoming show in solidarity with Orlando. Additionally a discussion about the Federal election and Queer news.

Queer Health and Arts: Blood on the Dancefloor and & Equinox Gender Diverse and Trans Health Centre

On this episode ofQueering the Airwe speak to Jacob Boehme about his latest productionBlood on the Dancefloor(BOTDF).Jacob Boehme is aMelbourneborn and based artist of Aborignal heritage, from the Narangga (Yorke Peninsula) and Gaurna (Adelaide Plains) nations of South Australia.BOTDF will be premiering at theArtsHouse June 1st - 5th.On IDAHBOT Day May 17thIrisandThanh Hangattended the launch ofEquinox, Melbourne's first Health Clinic for Gender Diverse and Trans people. We spoke to the...

Conversation with Mason Wang & Bendigo St Interviews

Mason Wang was involved in the 'No Pride in Detention' float at the Sydney Mardi Gras in March earlier this year. We chat to them about their action. We also play recent interviews from the Bendigo St Homelessness and Housing Action.
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