Going Postal: More than 'yes' or 'no'


On the first anniversary of the historic vote on marriage equality come the stories of campaigners’ highs and lows.

Start Date

15th Nov 2018 6:00pm

End Date

15th Nov 2018 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay Campus

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What did the postal vote on marriage equality mean for the LGBTIAQ community, and for Australian democracy? Following a divisive, and at times vitriolic, campaign, every queer and gender diverse Australian has a story. Many are still coping with the emotional fallout of the 2017 vote. Was it worth it? Would they go through it again? Where to now for the community and their children? And should Australia go down the road of a postal vote again?

A new book edited by Quinn Eades and Son Vivienne, Going Postal, combines scholarship, humour and simple stories to collect these experiences of a turning point in Australian queer history.

Tasmanian LGBTIAQ community members come together for a special Hobart launch and public forum to discuss the campaign one year on.

About the speakers

Briohny Walker PhotoErin Hortle PhotoEden S French PhotoSusanne Ferwerda Photo

Briohny Walker is writing a PhD in Philosophy and Gender Studies at the University of Tasmania, focusing on queer theory, capitalism and the Anthropocene. She is also a co-founder and organiser of cross-disciplinary reading group, Queering Health Hobart.

Erin Hortle is a writer of fiction and essay. Her work has been featured in many publications throughout Australia, including The Lifted Brow, Island, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and Overland. In 2017 she won the Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship as part of the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes, and she recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Tasmania.

Eden S. French is a Tasmanian novelist, artist, and doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at UTAS. The author of Reintegration, The Diplomat, and several other works of lesbian fiction, she hopes to someday communicate with a sentient interdimensional scorpion.

Susanne Ferwerda is a second-year PhD candidate in English at the University of Tasmania. After completing a Research Masters in Gender Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she started a PhD reading water narratives from the South Pacific as emblematic of a colonial climate change era. She also runs the Unsettling the Humanities reading group at the School of Humanities in an attempt to disrupt the patriarchy and decolonize the curriculum.

Dr Louise Richardson-Self's research to-date focuses primarily on LGBTIAQ rights, from the nexus of political philosophy, ethics, and feminist philosophy. Her recent book, Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation, focuses on the trend of justifying same-sex marriage using rights rhetoric.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.