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Soapbox Series: Frankie van Kan



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Writer, performance artist, sex worker and parent Frankie van Kan explores queering the parenting narrative as part of M/OTHER's free Soapbox Series. 


Queer parenting offers us new ways and new words to think about what a family looks like outside of the traditional expectations about gender, sexuality and ‘motherhood’.

Frankie van Kan, is a queer parent using love and compassion to explore pleasure, make art and raise a child. As a writer, performance artist and sex worker, van Kan’s practise explores the liberation of the body, queerness, sex and sexuality to rethink heteronormative narratives.

Between M/OTHER panels, meet us at The Moat as van Kan takes to the soapbox to explore queer parenting, discuss the highs and lows of co-parenting, and examine the benefits to children and parents who find ways to parent that consider the needs of all parties.

This is the second Soapbox event taking place over M/OTHER. You can also hear from podcaster and writer Madison Griffiths on Friday 3 March, and radio host and writer Jacinta Parsons on Sunday 5 March.



Conversations in M/OTHER may include references to topics such as mental health, reproductive rights, and childbirth. If you need assistance with any of these issues, you can learn more and seek advice via the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)Perintal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) and Beyond Blue.

Official Bookseller

The official bookseller for M/OTHER is Neighbourhood Books.


M/OTHER is a weekend of fearless conversation about the ways ‘motherhood’ is experienced, portrayed and labelled by those who mother, have been mothered, wish they were mothers, do not identify as mothers, cannot or do not want to mother, and by society at-large.




Frankie van Kan

Frankie van Kan, aka Frankie Valentine, is a queer mother using love and compassion to explore pleasure, make art and raise a babe. Writer, performance artist, sex worker and parent living in Naarm, she is devoted to spreading the gospel of pleasure through her work both onstage and off. Her practis... Read more


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176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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