Queer politics and social networking will collide at Queer Collaborations in Canberra in July.

The annual conference, popular among university students from across the country, is planning more social activities than previous years in a move away from its overtly political origins.

Workshops range from pick-up techniques to gender theory, safe BDSM play to same-sex marriage activism.

Some still plan to use the conference to prepare for the National Day of Action on 1 August.

The conference last year was so political -” it was great, National Union of Students queer officer Heidi Claus said. ANU [bid] explicitly on the basis of less political and more fun. But if enough people want to do something more, we can help.

Early registrations, starting at $45, close this week, but anyone can pay a higher rate on the door.

info: Queer Collaborations 2009 runs from 13-18 July at Australian National University. Register at qc09.anu.edu.au.

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