An inspiring line-up of GLBT community leaders and quiet achievers has been assembled for the 2008 Quorum lecture and discussion series to be held once each month at the Taxi Club.

Based on the Spirituality in the Pub model developed in the Catholic Church about 12 years ago, Quorum 2008 has been organised by former priest and now Sydney Metropolitan Community Church board member Glenn Boyd.

This year’s theme is “What People and Events Have Inspired Me?” Key speakers will include Justice Michael Kirby, playwright Alana Valentine, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir musical director Sarah Penicka, gay country singer JBear and Andrew Purchas from the Sydney Convicts.

“One of the aims of this year’s series is to highlight people who are role models in the GLBT world so that we can learn from them and be encouraged to be role models ourselves,” Boyd said.

“The speakers are from a variety of backgrounds and situations, including people who are well-known as well as those who aren’t, but all who, in their own way, are making a contribution to our community.

“All speakers except one are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender – the one speaker who isn’t is a lady who works with lesbian mothers who have lost a child, especially through SIDS.”

Boyd said the Quorum was designed to be a place where people could meet in an informal and non-threatening environment to discuss important issues, especially those relating to the GLBT community.

Quorum will be held on the fourth Monday of each month (excluding January and December) at the Taxi Club, 40-42 Flinders St, Darlinghurst. An AUSLAN translator can be arranged for the deaf but at least three weeks’ notice is required. The next Quorum is on 25 February at 7.30 pm. Guest speakers are ACON CEO Stevie Clayton and Dr Dick Chan from Holdsworth House Medical Practice. Details: 9569 5122 or email [email protected] with the word “Quorum” in the subject line.

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