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Why Get Married When You Could Be Happy?
Code: 188  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , Politics & Current Affairs, Biography & Memoir, Feminism
Saturday, May 19 2012 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Ticketed: $20/$15
Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney Venue & Transport Info
Jeanette Winterson, Dennis Altman, Benjamin Law, Masha Gessen, Annette Shun Wah (facilitator)
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Let’s start with the proposition that marriage is a civil right. But is the struggle for the right to marry limiting the diversity of lifestyles available to gay people? Is the gay marriage debate a detour away from safeguarding the basic human rights of oppressed homosexuals everywhere? Join us for this lively discussion with Jeanette Winterson, novelist and author of the best-selling memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?, pioneering champion of gay liberation Dennis Altman, memoirist Benjamin Law, and Russian author Masha Gessen. Chaired by Annette Shun Wah.

Jeanette Winterson (International)

Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of 10 novels including Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, The Passion and Sexing The Cherry; a book of short stories, The World And Other Places; a collection of essays, Art Objects, as well as many other works including children’s books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread First Novel Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E.M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival.

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Dennis Altman (Australian)

Dennis Altman is the son of Jewish refugees, and a writer and academic who first came to attention with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation in 1972. Since then Dennis has written 11 books exploring sexuality, politics and their inter-relationship in Australia, the United States and now globally. Dennis is professor of politics and director of the Institute for Human Security at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Since 2004 he has been a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.

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Benjamin Law (Australian)

Benjamin Law is the author of The Family Law. He is a senior contributor to frankie magazine and his work has also appeared in The Monthly, The Big Issue, The Courier-Mail, Growing Up Asian in Australia and The Best Australian Essays. Ben lives in Brisbane and his book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East will be published in September 2012.

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Annette Shun Wah (Australian)

Annette Shun Wah is a freelance broadcaster, actor and writer. She has been published in various anthologies including Grandma Magic, edited by Janet Hutchinson, Growing Up Asian in Australia, edited by Alice Pung, Family Journeys, published by the National Archives of Australia and Come Away With Me, edited by Sarah MacDonald. Her book Banquet – Ten Courses to Harmony, co-written with Greg Aitkin, won a Bronze Award at the 1999 World Food Media Awards. Annette is also one of the founders of Bookmark Media, producing web trailers for books and writing. Annette serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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Masha Gessen (International)

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and author, and editor of the Russian-language Snob magazine, aimed at Russians living abroad. She has contributed to Granta, Slate and the New Statesman, among other publications. She is the author of several previous books including Perfect Rigour, Blood Matters and The Man Without a Face. She lives in Moscow.

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