A queer week at Wadham

25th November 2014

News, Student news, Alumni news

Queer week, Wadham’s unique celebration and exploration of LGBTQ culture and issues around the world, featuring high-profile speaker events, debates, exhibitions and discussions ended in the traditional annual Queerfest on Saturday, with students partying in the Wadham gardens until midnight.

  • Queerfest

    Queerfest in Wadham's Fellows Garden. Photo by Oliver Robinson

  • 'Out of the Blue' perform at Queerfest. Photo by Oliver Robinson

  • Photo by Oliver Robinson

  • Drag artist Ethel Knoll. Photo by Oliver Robinson.

  • Photo by Elaine Z

  • RockQ Queen tribute band. Photo by Elaine Z.

During Queer week Wadham hosted a variety of events and speakers including a screening of the documentary Paris is Burning, an exhibition of work by The Coven feminist art collective, and a direct action workshop with ACT UP London on activism in HIV and sexual health issues.

The Finsbury based Open Barbers set up a pop-up salon in Wadham’s Okinaga Room, offering haircuts, affordable prices and a friendly, non-judgmental attitude. The UK intersex Association, an education, advocacy, campaigning and support organisation working on behalf of Intersex people (individuals whose anatomy or physiology differ from contemporary cultural stereotypes of what constitute typical male and female) ran an information session while the Queer Austerity Panel discussed how austerity affects the Queer community. A ‘Queering Shakespeare’ session encouraged the staging of extracts from Shakespeare in queer and outrageous ways, while Rainbow Noir explained its work as a support and social group for LGBTQI people of colour in and around Manchester. Travis Alabanza, the People of Colour officer at King’s LGBTQ society in London performed extracts from his poetry, encouraging the audience to think about how Race effects members of the LGBTQIA community.

Acts at Queerfest included Garfunkel, Out of the Blue and Ethel Knoll.

Wadham Students’ Union commented on twitter: “Absolutely incredible queerfest last night! Congrats to our Entz and thank you to all guests and performers - see you next year.”

Queer week was planned, organised and run by Wadham student Rachel Nethercott (2013, PPE) while Queerfest was organised by Wadham Entz officers Iona Teague, Edward Addison, Rose Stephens and Stephen Green.