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Queering the Margins


Queer cultures and identities can provide a rich sense of belonging for many. But what happens when you identify with more than one culture – if you’re queer and Indigenous, or queer and Muslim, or queer and Chinese? How do those cultures and identities come together? How do aspects of each culture shape your identity? What about when those cultures clash? Alyena Mohummadally, Noel Tovey, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli and Juliana Qian will share their personal stories.

Hosted by Anton Enus. #QueerMargins


Juliana Qian

Lia Incognita is a Shanghai-born cultural commentator living in Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri country. Her work has been published in Peril, Overland and Mascara. As one third of the Ladies of Colour Agency, Lia has been lambasted on Today Tonight and thrown her hair across the Famous Spiegeltent, and ... Read more

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli is senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Her primary areas of interest are cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity. Maria is also founding member of the Australian GLBTIQ... Read more

Noel Tovey

Noel Tovey AM has had a career spanning 60 years in Europe and Australia as an actor, dancer, singer, director, choreographer, designer, writer and teacher. He is Australia’s first male ballet dancer of Indigenous heritage. He studied ballet with Madame Borovansky in Melbourne and Drew Hardy in Lo... Read more

Anton Enus

Anton Enus, an award winning broadcast journalist with more than 25 years’ of experience, has been presenting SBS World News bulletins since 1999. His career spans television, radio and print coverage of international news and current affairs in both South Africa and Australia.  In his spare ... Read more

Alyena Mohummadally

Alyena Mohummadally is a Pakistani-Australian queer Muslim woman who spent many years as a community legal centre lawyer before recently retraining as a primary school teacher.  She is currently writing a cookbook on modern Australian cuisine with a Pakistani twist, and her two young sons are h... Read more


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