In this episode, Michele speaks with Yandell Walton, a contemporary artist working with moving image and projection installation in non-traditional gallery spaces and public sites, and Willow Franklin, an emerging digital artist who creates through the lens of their queer identity; about Queer in Kingston (QiK). QiK is a new immersive multimedia exhibition by Yandell Walton, Willow Franklin and Queer in Kingston and engages LGBTIQA+ youth aged 14 to 25 years living in Kingston City Council to facilitate and have agency over their creative practice that focuses on themes of queer identity.
The exhibition runs February 7 - March 7 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 12-5pm) at the Kingston Arts Centre, 979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin. Free entry. Details.
Michele then speaks with Dan Lee-Bates and Michael Crusius, gay ex-Jehovah's Witnesses and co-founders of Agapé Support Services, a safe refuge, online space, and a newly-formed support group for LGBTIQA+ ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, about how and why the group was created, their lived experiences of shunning and isolation within the religious denomination, and the group's vital role for the ex-Jehovah's Witnesses community.
For more resources on the Jehovah's Witnesses and the lived experience of ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, you may find the following helpful:
- jwfacts.com, a website that outlines if Jehovah's Witnesses have 'the truth' through the examination of its history, doctrinal accuracy, and its belief systems.
- Crisis of Conscience, a biographical book by Raymond Franz, a former member of the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, written in 1983, three years after his expulsion from the Jehovah's Witnesses religion.
Content and trigger warning: Please be aware that this interview contains descriptions and discussions about religious fundamentalism, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses trauma, mental health, and queerphobia, that may be distressing to some listeners. If this type of content is a trigger for you, please contact Lifeline (13 11 14), Switchboard Victoria (1800 184 527), or contact your state-based service.
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.
In 2015, the collective created We Weren't Born Yesterday, a series exploring queer heritage, vocabulary and intergenerational connections in Arab, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Indian communities in Australia. Read more and listen.
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