In celebration of Here We Queer’s first birthday, a super lineup of poets and myself were invited to open the event - a Saturday afternoon of local creators and musicians spilling into an evening of live music, prize raffles, and hundreds of dollars in schooner sales going toward Open Doors LGBT+ Youth Service.
Initially playing my set like a ‘Greatest Hits’ (a round-trip of my most popular published pieces), I finished with a piece close to my heart.
Internalised homophobia is a persistent threat to LGBT+ people, from both outside the community, and within. Too many queer brothers and sisters are subjected to physical, verbal and sexual assault by way of an inability to accept the self, and thus others.
Thought left behind in my teen years, I have been victimised by internal homophobia in adulthood. It is my practice to uplift and encourage LGBT+ people and our allies to accept one another, and to make peace with ourselves.
I am immensely thankful to Phoebe Le Brocque, Tayla Lauren Ralph, and the Here We Queer team not only for the incredible event and my inclusion, but for standing alongside myself and others in a shared effort to protect, sustain, and empower Queensland’s queer community.
Photos by Tayla Lauren Ralph and Aron Oroszvari.