Queer and present danger: Part 3

The final part of this series details the careers of young drag queens, Linh Uendo and Kitty Obsidian, amid the rising threat of far right activism.

Queer and present danger is a three-part series written in response to the cancellation of queer events across 2023. Many a battle has been won but, as this year has shown us, glory and progress are fragile and easily stripped away. 

In the past week this series has itself become a target of attacks, with a number of alt right groups having deliberately misquoted ArtsHub – taking from Part 2 to make posts in support of the “no” vote for the Voice to Parliament referendum. They used the same photos of Mama MadB and Crystal Love side by side, accompanied by “Aboriginal drag queens demand queer education for children” in bold font.

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Jessi Ryan (they/them) has been creating performance and exhibitions for the past 20 years, both locally, nationally and abroad- in this time collaborating with a huge number of artists from a broad cross section of cultural backgrounds. As a journalist they have written for and been published by some of Australia’s leading arts and news editorial across the last 10 years-and was recognised as a finalist for Globe Community Media Award in 2021. Ryan has also taken photos for a number of print and online publications.