"My dying wish is to be buried beside my beloved James Nesbitt, the man with whom I was united by every tie which could bind human friendship, we were one in hopes, in heart and soul and this unity lasted until he died in my arms"
-Andrew George Scott, aka Captain Moonlight, 20 January, 1880
On the 6th of December 2017, as debate raged in the House of Representatives regarding Same Sex Marriage in Australia, independent member for Kennedy Bob Katter suggested that the gay community and its advocates have "oh maybe, sixty years on their side" while he claimed to have "three and a half million years of genetic programming" on his side. His argument went on to discuss aids, safe schools, gay hate crimes and his best selling book, but it failed to acknowledge the rich and often concealed contribution of LGBTIQA+ individuals in the grand Australian narrative. Convicts and Queens reimagines a selection of Queer Australian stories, both historical and contemporary, to explore how notions of masculinity in Australia may not be innate, enduring or eternal.
Continuing their collaboration, the opening will include a performance by Todd Fuller and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir.