When Ange was five years old, she called a Spice Girl sexy. When she saw the looks on her parents’ faces, it gave her an early taste of the power that words can hold. Twenty years later, she has a different problem – sometimes words just don’t cut it. Especially when she starts talking about being queer.
This week, in celebration of Mardi Gras, a feature about the intersection of language and queerness.
Just a heads up this story contains discussion of slurs and some strong language.
Switchboard Victoria is a good contact for anyone who feels they need support about anything related to sexuality, gender, and related experiences.
Story by Angela Glindemann
Supervising producer by Bec Fary
Recording, editing, mixing and sound design by Lee Yee
Additional Sound Design Elements and Content Suggestions – Amy Hanley
Katherine Back, Editor at Concrete Queers
Tegan Elizabeth Webb, Writer and Editor
Lisa-Skye, Comedian, Performer, Hedonism Muse
Adolfo Aranjuez, Editor-in-Chief, Archer Magazine
Clare O’Hanlon, Volunteer, Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Xanthe Dobbie New Media Artist and Curator
Additional thanks to:
All The Best credits:
Executive Producer: Selena Shannon
Victorian State Coordinator: Bec Fary
Host: Samantha Groth
Episode Compiler: Tegan Nicholls
SYN production manager: Jordan Fennell
Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie
Image by Flickr creative commons user Eddie
Songs: ‘Queer’ by Garbage, ‘Rock the House’ by Gorillaz, ‘People’ by Gorillaz, ‘Highway (Under Construction)’ by Gorillaz, ‘Letter’ from the Carol Official Soundtrack, ‘Love Songs’ by Max Richter, ‘Umm?’ by Pleidei, ‘Silver Velvet’ by the Courtneys