THIS Thursday night the ABC will broadcast a live debate on LGBTI issues after a special screening of a documentary that celebrates 21 years of seminal Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

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The Q&A special, which has been dubbed “Q&Gay”, will be moderated and hosted by comedian Tom Ballard. Panelists include gay rights activist and author Dennis Altman, entertainer Paul Capsis, broadcaster and journalist Julie McCrossin, NSW upper house Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile, trans woman Julia Doulman, and activist Katherine Hudson.

Nile’s addition the panel cause uproar on social media last week, with many on Twitter questioning why Q&A invited him to take part due to his ongoing public comments against the LGBTI community. There has even been an online petition urging the show’s producers to remove him from the panel.

The documentary before the debate weaves the history of Stephan Elliott’s film into the modern history of the gay rights movement in Australia, looking at the change in social attitudes and laws around homosexuality, masculinity and gender over the last 40 years.

Viewers are encouraged to join the debate by submitting questions for the panel via abc.net.au/qanda and can tweet live using the #qanda hashtag.

Star Observer will also live tweet the debate as it happens. To join the conversation follow Star Observer on Twitter @star_observer

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