Feminist Happenings in Melbourne this May

Is it May already? This year is flying by, and here we are with another month full of amazing feminist events in Melbourne! From an incredible indigenous arts festival, to zine-making workshops and more, there are plenty of events to keep you entertained and engaged all month long. May also marks International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, an important day for LGBTQI+ folks around the world, so make sure you get involved! We can’t wait to see you there.

Image via YIRRAMBOI Festival website

Image via YIRRAMBOI Festival website

Thursday 2nd - Sunday 12th - YIRRAMBOI Festival

YIRRAMBOI Festival is Australia’s premier First Nations arts and cultural event, taking over the city of Melbourne this May. Featuring over 200 First Nations creatives from across Victoria, Australia and the world, the program is bursting with music, dance, theatre, film, exhibitions, markets, fashion parades, family-friendly events, talks and workshops all over the city. With such a jam-packed program, you’ll be spoiled for choice! A few of our favourite events include Charlotte Allingham’s exhibition It’s Called, Survival, campOUT, a one night extravaganza amplifying blak queer perspectives and dis rupt, an immersive installation and performance from young First Nations creatives. Make sure you have a look at the full program and experience all this amazing festival has to offer!

Friday 10th - Studio Session: Her Vote Melbourne

With the election fast approaching, it’s time to start holding politicians accountable for representation within their parties. Presented by Future Women, this town hall-style event will bring together candidates from the Liberal Party, The Labor Party and the Greens to discuss the representation of women in Parliament, where we’re going, and where we want to be. Make sure you book your tickets in advance!

Image via IDAHOBIT Aus Facebook page

Image via IDAHOBIT Aus Facebook page

Friday 17th - International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia

May 17th 1990 marks the day that the World Health Organisation removed the classification of homosexuality as a mental illness.  International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) launched in 2004 to celebrate LGBTIQ+ people all over the world. There are always so many amazing events happening all over the city to recognise this day - here are a couple to check out!

Reclaiming Pride hosted by Feminist Insurgency

This event is using IDAHOBIT as an opportunity to talk about the current state of pride. Mainstream Pride events seem to be moving towards a culture of respectability politics and away from their radical roots. With LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers still in detention, HIV still illegal in multiple states, Safe Schools constantly under attack, there is still so much to protest about. This event will bring together diverse members of the community to unpick the politics of Pride and work towards a more radical and inclusive future. Find more info on their event page.

GlitterBomB presented by IWW Gender Equity Committee, SWAK, QTAF! & Justice Oh

This night to celebrate existence, resistance and solidarity in the LGBTQIA+ community across the world. The event will also celebrate the life of Zackie Oh, a talented drag queen, LGBTQIA+, HIV+, anti-fascist, anti-racist, sex worker rights activist in Athens who was killed in September last year in an act of violence. For a full lineup of acts and accessibility info, check out the event page.

Image via F*EMS event page

Image via F*EMS event page

Tuesday 28th - Zine-making workshop with F*EMS

The babes at F*EMS are hosting a fab zine-making workshop at Pink Ember Studio, where participants will be taught how to make their very own zine from a single piece of A4 paper. You will learn some drawing exercises and warm-ups, plus you will create a beautiful zine or two (or three) to take home! Whether you’re an accomplished artist or just looking to express yourself in a new way, this is the perfect night for anyone who wants to get a lil’ creative. You can book your tickets here.

Planning your own feminist event? Tell us about it at hello@herwords.com.au

Domini Marshall