Events for queer people, by queer people happening in June.
Found at the famous Heide Museum of Modern Art, Catherine Opie’s Binding Ties celebrates and showcases images of “leather dykes, drag performers and transgender members of the queer community”. Opie started this topic of photography back in the 90s and the exhibition showcases artworks that delve into ideas of gender and sexuality and non-nuclear notions of family.
Binding Ties can be found at Heide throughout June.
One of the biggest queer comedy events in the West is heading to Pride of Our Footscray this June. Featuring a lineup of different stand-up comedians each and every month, you can grab an easy $30 – $39 ticket as part of a package, as well as grab some pizza, cocktails and drinks.
Pride Comedy will be at Pride of our Footscray on Thursday, June 29.
Bare: The Musical
Bare: The Musical captures the compelling journey of students in a Catholic boarding school as they confront sexuality, identity and the uncertain path ahead. The show pulsates with the resonating voices of youthful rebellion and suppressed desires and is led by a talented cast of young African performers. It’s a sung-through musical, meaning it’s jam-packed full of songs, so you’ll be rocking out a lot through this show.
Bare: The Musical is taking place at the Wyndham Cultural Centre until Saturday, June 3.
Learn, Try, Join. Roller Derby with Kingston City Rollers
Ever wanted to attempt Roller Derby? The Kingston City Rollers is opening up their league and is allowing everyone to come and have a go; no matter what gender you are or how experienced you are on the skate. Also, all equipment is there ready for use, you only need to BYO mouthguard.
Learn, Try, Join. Roller Derby with Kingston City Rollers is taking place at the Springers Leisure Centre on June 18.
Pride Without Prejudice: LGBTQIA+ Showcase
This showcase, which sold out at last year’s SKFF, will feature a selection of the best LGBTQIA+ short films of 2023. The shorts that will be shown include Good Times and That’s Okay, Fearless: Jazmin Theodora, Tuī Ná, Hen, Tarneit, Cusp and The List.
The Pride Without Prejudice: LGBTQIA+ Showcase will be taking place at the Victorian Pride Centre on Sunday June 11.
Queer Social: The Art of Shibari
There’s no shortage of exciting and interesting events making their way to the Victorian Pride Centre this June. If you’re familiar with Shibari, this bondage practice has been around for many years, having originated in Japan. This event dives into the art form and will teach attendees basic knots. This class is taught by queer people and is suited for queer people.
Queer Social: The Art of Shibari takes place at the Victorian Pride Centre on June 22.
Pride: A night of choral music celebrating the Queer Community
Embark on a remarkable musical journey with ROCS, as they present a captivating fusion of contemporary and timeless choral melodies. Sung by Queer artists and composers, they will unveil the hidden Queer narratives within classical choral pieces.
Pride: A Night of choral music celebrating the queer community is taking place at the RMIT University Storey Hall on Saturday, June 24.
T4T Transgender Comedy Showcase
With the excitement of the recent Comedy Festival still in the air, it’s the perfect moment to discover some exceptionally talented emerging comedians. Hosted by the iconic Anna Piper Scott, this showcase will feature a variety of different trans performers – across everything from drag to burlesque, comedy, music and much more.
T4T: A Transgender Showcase will be at the Victorian Pride Centre from June 8 until June 10.
Trans and Gender-Diverse Clothes Swap
Swap out old garments for ones that celebrate your identity and make some friends along the way at The Trans and Gender Diverse Clothes Swap. The event is free – bring along any items of clothing that you’re keen to trade.
Trans and Gender Diverse Clothes Swap is taking place at the Victorian Pride Centre on June 25.