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Coming Out Stories


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‘Out and Proud’ or ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’? Sexual identity and public acceptance are not always easy bedfellows. Our guests share their personal accounts of the agonies and ecstasies of telling all to loved ones, friends and the wider world.


Virginia Lovett
Virginia Lovett

Virginia Lovett is general manager of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Virginia has also worked as an advisor to the Carr Labor government in New South Wales. Virginia is currently Deputy Chair of Force Majeure and a board member for Arena Theatre. She has sat on the boards of Sydney’s... Read more

Richard Watts

Richard Watts is the National Performing Arts Editor of industry website ArtsHub; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre’s volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a... Read more

Tom Cho

Tom Cho’s stories have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies in Australia and internationally. He has also performed at festivals around the country, including in the award-winning show Hello Kitty. He has won grants and awards for his fiction and is currently completing a PhD in Profess... Read more

Ana Kokkinos

Acclaimed writer/director Ana Kokkinos’ career spans film and TV. Ana’s latest feature film Blessed (2009) premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and was selected for Main Competition at San Sebastian (where it won the Jury prize for Best Screenplay). Blessed was in Official Sele... Read more

Tina Del Twist

Truly unique, Tina Del Twist is Australia’s much-loved nightingale, known for her ‘beautiful voice and wicked sense of comic timing’ (the Age). With a voice as smooth as honey and a comedic wit that could shred brie, you’ll have a ball enjoying the talents of Tina Del Twist. Tina Del Twist h... Read more


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