THE actress who portrays Charlotte in Sex and the City, Kristin Davis, is en route to Australia as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival.

Davis, a high profile supporter of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will be in town to launch the festival’s Queer Thinking event, which delves into the LGBTI community issues of 2016, with over 18 panels, discussions and workshops in the line up.

[showads ad=MREC] Following her 2015 mission to Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, On February 12 Davis will join UNHCR Australia director Naomi Steer to talk about the agency’s work in preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).

In light of the high levels of SGBV in conflict settings worldwide and the growing number of asylum seeker claims based on gender or sexual orientation persecution, the event is presented as a conversation on prevention and response by UNHCR Australia and Carriageworks in Erskineville, Sydney.

The Queer Thinking series is a keystone Mardi Gras event in provoking discussion about issues important to LGBTQI people and communities, both at home in Australia and abroad,” Queer Thinking curator Dino Dimitriadis said.

“The 2016 program delves into what ‘momentum’ can mean to the LGBTQI community and celebrates our diversity without shying away from some of the more difficult conversations.”

Queer Thinking, which runs on various dates throughout the three-week Mardi Gras festival, will include panel discussions on LGBTI refugees, the meaning of family, domestic and family violence, how to make the most of online dating, and more.

There will also be a free screening of the documentary Gayby Baby, which attracted unwanted headlines in 2015 after it was banned from screening during school hours by the NSW government. 

For details and tickets, visit www.mardigras.org.au/queer-thinking.

For more information on all other Mardi Gras events, visit www.mardigras.org.au

The Star Observer is a proud media partner of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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