In Ya Face is probably one of the longest running queer radio shows in Australia. The program explores gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, feminist, and current sociopolitical issues with interviews, music, and commentary. We speak with people engaged in stimulating and provocative projects in queer, feminist, and activist communities - whether it be political/social activism, advocacy, the arts, personal narratives, or anything else that grabs our attention. We give queer perspectives on local and international current affairs, social issues, and politics with an intersectional approach. We play eclectic tracks and love the quirk factor.
Presented by James McKenzie and Yvette Kean, and produced by Michele Vescio
This show is created and produced on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to Elders, past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge the continued resilience of First Nation peoples in the face of ongoing colonisation and settlement. We acknowledge sovereignty was never ceded, and a treaty was never signed.
James and Yvette speak with Managing Editor and writer at Junkee Media, Rob Stott, about his article on the Federal government’s review of religious freedom and its potential to widen LGBTQI discrimination. The review is being chaired by former Liberal frontbencher Phillip Ruddock, who introduced legislation specifically outlawing same-sex marriage in 2004.
Follow Rob’s work via Twitter @Rob_Stott.
James and Yvette then speak with Robyn Kennedy of the 78ers First Mardi Gras and member of the curatorial committee of the exhibition 40 years of Queer Art: Rebellion and Subversion, about the work included in the showcase and the importance of queer art that engages with the politics of identity, community and activism. Robyn was a protester at the first Mardi Gras in June 1978 and was met with unexpected police violence.
The exhibition runs from February 22 – March 8th at Comber Street Studios, Paddington.