Queer Stories

Although I’ve lost track of the number of “story-telling nights”, I’ve attended in my life, I know there’s always been a “dud story”. A story without meaning. A story without a proper end. A story that just goes nowhere. That wasn’t the case at Queer Stories, held Friday night at Sydney’s Giant Dwarf Theatre.

Starting off with the bloke from England, talking about being an “outsider” as a child. Now, living in Australia, he’s told his works are “too gay” for mainstream art. Following, was the story of a transgender man, who works as a scientist studying tsunamis, who experienced a near-death experience which brought to a head his conversation with his mother. Alex Jones talked about his experiences as a deaf man in the gay community, including the many misunderstandings that often occur. Refugee advocate, Tina Dixson talked about her dual identities as both lesbian and a refugee. And finally, Gender Transcendent Diva Mama Alto talked about experiences as both gender-fluid and Jewish descendant. And what a singer!!!

All of the stories were terrific, and well told. Can’t wait for the next one at the end of August.

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  1. Valerie Geller

    Dear James, Quick question: might any of these stories (or talented storytellers) you heard be used for air? A thought? And have you seen this video? If it Maybe of interest?https://www.facebook.com/theguardian/videos/10155743360806323/ http://Www.thenextfamily.com/2017/07/a-man-and-teen-65-years-apart-in-age-discuss-being-gay/ breaks my heart that newspapers are now doing some of the best “TalkRadio” in the world now, V

    Sent from my iPad


    1. James O'Brien

      Absolutely. I have a shortlist!!

  2. Victor Baskir

    I occasionally hear similar talks on Radio National. Is it the Moth(?) Hour that broadcasts some of them? They are often very funny although I notice that many of the participants are not quite able to end their talks with a ‘top them all’ anecdote.

  3. James O'Brien

    Yes, Victor, it’s The Moth. Have been to The Moth in both Sydney


    and New York,


    and both were very enjoyable evenings.

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