The Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council presents a panel about the thrills and chills, highs and lows, and the inbetweens of sexual transgression from a range of ethnic queer perspectives. Panellists are Shinen Wong (chair), Budi Sudarto, Michael El-Bacha, Eleanor Jackson, Theodore Tsipiras and Misbah. Fetish, attraction, ethics, perversion, drugs, sex (and drugs and sex) are all on the agenda. Come along and hear some different perspectives on the things that define our culture, and offer your own experiences in our Q&A at the conclusion of the discussion.

Sunday, January 22nd 2017
6pm – 9pm
@ Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC
$15 / $10 conc

Two detergent cups may not get the stains out.


SHINEN WONG is a MalaysianChineseAustralian cisgender gay man based in Melbourne, via Sydney, San Francisco, New Hampshire, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Shinen has a B.A. in Gender Studies (LGBT + Comparative Religion focus) from Dartmouth College, a Graduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies from the University of Sydney, and is a current Masters of Education student at Monash University. Shinen has a professional background in public health policy and health promotion in the areas of blood-borne viruses, sexual health, particularly with gay men and Asian communities, and spiritual health in hospital settings. Shinen has a love of people, country, Buddhist philosophy, languages, adult development, eucalyptus and hot chocolate.

BUDI SUDARTO has been actively involved in the multicultural LGBTIQ community for more than 15 years. He is a strong advocate for cultural diversity in the LGBTIQ community, as well as sexual and gender diversity in the multicultural communities, including the international education sector. Despite his active involvement, Budi still manage to find time to enjoy the silly things in life accompanied by a glass of gin and tonic.

Internationally known author MICHAEL EL-BACHA is one of the first Australian authors of a Lebanese Christian background to come out who aims to help people by breaking the boundaries of cultural restraints and expectations and tolerance for individuality. I aim to raise awareness that there is help out there. I want to be able to educate those families, with an educational understanding of ‘homosexuality’. I just want to be able to help those that are going through what I have been through myself. I really want to stop the depression and the suicide.

ELEANOR JACKSON is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler and friend. One day, she is going to be an ideas curator. Which basically means she will tell you exactly what she thinks. Until then, you’ll have to read between the lines. Eleanor is a Hare Hole regular who has not only embraced this space, but has made it her own as a poet, host and social commentator.

THEODORE TSIPIRAS identifies as a gay culturally and linguistically diverse gay man. From a humble Greek-Spanish upbringing, he is recognised for his work on HIV stigma and discrimination, homophobia, and alcohol and drug issues. Theodore is frequently called upon to discuss his expertise in these areas, having appeared on SBS Insight, Triple J’s Hack, SBS News and various queer media outlets. He recently facilitated the Senior Voices Project at Living Positive Victoria, a program that works with older people living with HIV to reduce stigma and increase awareness of HIV and ageing among aged-care providers. He works extensively with community organisations including the Victorian AIDS Council, ACON, and QuAC to help improve the services and programs they provide to people living with HIV, sexually adventurous men and people who use drugs.

MISBAH KHOKAR is a Pakistani born poet, singer, artist, dreamer, queer drag queen vegan wild witch. She has written and published her work with many publications including Peril, Australian Poetry Journal, and Mascara. Her work has appeared on ABC radio national, Sydney Writers Festival and QPF. She is interested in alternative existences, altered states of being, sensualities, and art as a means of creating new worlds. She is currently collaborating with another Melbourne artist on her firstborn suite of poems.