Critically engaged queer commentary.
Conversations on intimate partner violence in queer relationships
Content warning: Please be aware that this episode contains descriptions and discussions of intimate partner violence, psychological abuse, family violence, domestic violence, physical violence, queerphobia, and mental health issues. If this is a trigger for you, please contact Lifeline (13 11 14), Switchboard Victoria (1800 184 527), or contact your state-based service. In this episode, we discuss intimate partner violence in queer relationships from professional and lived experience perspectives. Michele speaks with Karen Field, CEO of Drummond Street Services and Queerspace, and a partner of WithRespect. We discuss intimate partner violence in the context of queer relationships, why it occurs, and what resources people can access, especially during a global pandemic. Niveen speaks with queer performance artist *Anonymous, about her personal account of experiencing intimate partner violence in her relationship and its continuing effects and impact on her life.*Anonymous has requested that she remains unidentified for this conversation. Resources:Intimate relationships: Signs of respect, Archer online article, where Karen Field discusses intimate partner violence. Undercurrent Victoria, a non-profit organisation focused on community education, building healthy relationships, and challenging the attitudes, beliefs, and actions that enable violence, with an emphasis on intimate partner/family violence, violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships, and gendered violence. Queerspace - iHeal - a program that provides support and services to survivors of intimate partner and family violence who are no longer in crisis. WithRespect, a specialist LGBTIQ+ family violence service in partnership between Queerspace/Drummond Street Services, Transgender Victoria, Thorne Harbour Health, and Switchboard Victoria.
Stories from people inside prison and precarious housing organising
This week we cover two areas: stories from people who have been inside prisons, and organising to change conditions of precarious housing. These are both areas where the pandemic have intensified already existing inequalities. First, we hear extracts from two speakers from the Abolition and Transformative Justice Centre's webinar Stories from Inside Prison in late July, featuring author and advocate Damien Linnane and disability justice and LGBTIQ+ advocate Ashleigh Chapman. Second, we hear from Eirene Tsolidis Noyce from the Renters and Housing Union Victoria. The interview has previously aired on 3CR's Women on the Line. Music: Kee'ahn - Better Things and Alice Skye - Grand Ideas Pandemic fundraisers / mutual aid: IRL food boxes(link is external), First Nations mutual aid fund(link is external), RISE Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees emergency support(link is external) and RISE food truck, Scarlet Alliance support fund for sex workers(link is external).
Punitive state pandemic failures & precarity, towards harm reduction
We are in a serious global pandemic health crisis. States around the world, including the Andrews state government have tackled the virus cop-heavy and with blanket responses minimising their own health failures and leaving many behind. We can imagine another approach, grounded in resourcing communities, health and harm reduction. We hear from four guests, who touch on some of the significant issues here in so called Victoria:Tiara on the distress and dangers of quarantine and isolation, and punitive barriers to support Hope on experiences of systemic failures as a frontline health worker and nursing studentPolly unpacking the assumptions of restrictions on people living solo, care and bosses forcing precarious workers to work in unsafe conditionsStarlady on the significant mental health impacts, problems with policing, and failures in the LGBTIQ services spaceAnd more. Covid-19 Prison Watch Pandemic fundraisers / mutual aid: IRL food boxes, First Nations mutual aid fund, RISE Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees emergency support, Scarlet Alliance support fund for sex workers. For further listening, you can find the full interviews with the guests here.
Niveen Abdelatty - Intersectionality, disidentification, and decolonising queer history
Content warning: Please be aware that this episode contains descriptions and discussions of discrimination towards queer people, othering, Islamophobia, sex, and religion. If this is a trigger for you, please contact Lifeline (13 11 14), Switchboard Victoria (1800 184 527), or contact your state-based service. Michele Vescio speaks with Niveen Abdelatty, a queer Muslim woman of colour and a politically charged DJ and musician, about her queer history through the lens of intersectionality and disidentification; we also unpack discussions on decolonising information and education in the context of queer history within broad LGBTIQA+ identities and communities. Tracklisting: 'Disjointed' by Candy Royalle, 'A Deeper Love' (Sixty Feet Deep remix) by Aretha Franklin Research resources:Decolonizing Queer Time: A Critique of Anachronism in Latin@ WritingsEveryday Decolonization: Living a Decolonizing Queer PoliticsAgainst State Straightism: Five Principles for Including LGBT IndonesiansQueer and Then?Decolonising and Queering Praxis: The Unanswerable Questions for ‘Queer AsiaThe intersectionality warsYes, we must decolonise: our teaching has to go beyond elite white menAustralia’s queer historyThere is No Hierarchy of OppressionThe art of seeing Aboriginal Australia’s queer potentialA map of gender-diverse culturesA definitive timeline of LGBT+ rights in AustraliaLGBTI Aboriginal people – diversity at the marginsIndigenous Subjectivity in Australia: Are we QueerDecolonising the Queer movement in Australia: we need solidarity, not pink-washing
Violence in queer relationships, beyond not-for-profits and care in the pandemic
We hear a conversation with Petra Blagojevic on violence within queer relationships (non-graphic), survivor support, politics beyond the not-for-profit industrial complex, care in the pandemic, mutual aid, reflections and more.MentionedUndercurrent's Support and Safety Planning resources during the Covid-19 pandemicThe Revolution will not be FundedHolding accountable [Instagram]Pandemic fundraisers / mutual aid: IRL food boxes, First Nations mutual aid fund, RISE Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees emergency support, Scarlet Alliance support fund for sex workers. Prison Is Abuse: Understanding Prisons, Abuse of Power, and Control [youtube]Prison by another nameJulia Bak's writing on care work
Beau Newham on Indonesian HIV health promotion and community support
Content warning: Please be aware that this episode contains descriptions and discussions of HIV stigma and discrimination. If this is a trigger for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au, Switchboard Victoria on 1800 184 527 or switchboard.org.au, or contact your state-based service. Michele Vescio speaks with activist, writer, and amateur archivist Beau Newham about his HIV health promotion work with LGBTQ NGO Yayasan Gaya Dewata, the continual ongoing HIV stigma that exists towards PLHIV, his side projects Queer Indonesia Archive and QLC, and his writing work. Beau’s writing work is available via medium.com/@beaunewham.Find details on Queer Indonesia Archive via qiarchive.org and QLC Jakarta via twitter.com/qlc_jakarta.Information on HIV support can be obtained via Thorne Harbour Health, Victoria’s peak body for LGBTIQA+ health promotion, and The Institute of Many (TIM), a peer-run movement for People Living with HIV.Support Yayasan Gaya Dewata via gayadewata.com.