‘What are the unique experiences of living with multiple identities and between two diverse communities?’ ‘What does ‘coming out’ as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer mean within multicultural families and communities?’

These are some of the questions that will be asked at “Sharing Our Stories: A Forum Celebrating Sexuality, Sex and Gender Diversity in Multicultural Communities”, being held at the NSW Teachers Federation building in Sydney’s Surry Hills on Tuesday, December 14.

Community members are invited to attend to hear personal stories from a panel of speakers including young people, family members, artists and service providers from a GLBTI and multicultural background.

The free event will include a screening of Tony Ayres 1997 documentary China Dolls about Asian Australian gay men and coming to terms with being a double minority.

There will also be an art exhibition and workshops with topics including religion and sexuality, gender diversity, rights and politics, and GLBTI younger people’s issues.

Drinks and refreshments will be provided.

The event is being held in partnership between the City of Sydney and the Culturally & Linguistic Diverse GLBTIQ steering committee (CALDGLBTIQ) which includes ACON, the Asian Marching Boys, the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council, Dayenu, the Ethnic Communities Council of NSW, the NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, Trikone, Twenty10 and a range of other groups.

info: 5.30-9.30pm December 14 a the NSW Teachers Federation, 37 Reservoir St, Surry Hills. RSVP to Maria on 02 9246 7312 or mchan@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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