Queerkats is a fabulous new collective created this year as a subset of the Queer Action Collective. Queerkats aims to create a safe and welcoming space that acts as an alternative to spaces and groups that are often dominated by cis men (cis men being people who were assigned male at birth and agree with that assignation). At the beginning of the year we were defining ourselves as a ‘non cis male’ collective, but this definition has proved insufficient, and
we are currently workshopping a better and more inclusive definition.
So far this semester we’ve been focusing on building community, getting our creative juices flowing and sharing skills and information. Following on from the success of our Pride Week Zine Queerkats members were heavily involved in contributing to and editing Queer Honi, which has traditionally been an area dominated by cis men. We’ve also had a strong turn-out to our fortnightly workshop/social event (Tuesdays 7pm). These events have included a poly workshop, art making, excursions to Lentil As Anything and a screening of lesbian TV dramedy Faking It. In the next few weeks we’re planning a mental health workshop and a workshop to record stories as part of a queer archiving project and an exhibit at our Art Party (see below).
From 7pm on Wednesday 29 October (Week 13) at the Red Rattler in Marrickville we will be hosting our Art Party to showcase the creativity and scope of non-normative queer experiences. Submissions are open to non cis men who are queer or questioning and entry is open to everyone (and free!). We’d love to see you there.
We’ve been really excited to see new faces this semester, including students from other universities. Thanks to everyone, no matter what your degree of involvement, for making the first year of the Queerkats Collective something really special.