Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the enduring sovereignty of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and South Sea Islander lands seas, knowledge,
kinship systems, and community wisdom, in these lands we now call Australia.
We bear witness to their wisdom, knowledge, diversity and resilience.
We honour the Elders past, present, and emerging. This is, was, and always will be Aboriginal land.
We particularly acknowledge the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.
Amplify Queer Faith features LGBTIQA+ and ally people who come from many faiths, spirituality and cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, etc. The exhibition is a pilot campaign project celebrating the resilience and flourishing of LGBTIQA+ people and communities of faith and spirituality who despite prejudice, persecution, violence and discrimination are shining their light for a better world.
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The portrait exhibition will feature former High Court Judge Michael Kirby; Yorta Yorta elder, Composer and Soprano Deborah Cheetham with her spouse trailblazing Conductor Nicolette Fraillon; Catholic Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan - Sister Patty Fawkner; Sydney Queer Muslims, long time leader of the Jewish LGBTIQA+ community Kim Gotlieb; Broadcaster, 78er and Cancer Survivor Julie McCrossin.
Corresponding to an actual physical exhibition is this online exhibition which provides a more in-depth exploration of the portrait subjects. Other LGBTIQA+ people of faith and allies are also invited to share their own portraits and stories of faith and spirituality as part of this community exhibition. This pilot project is auspiced by GIIN (GLBTIQ+ Interfaith & Intercultural Network) and Equal Voices.
The Amplify Queer Faith physical portrait exhibition will be soft-launched and open at Pitt Street Uniting Church at 264 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW and open for visitors during the Sydney Mardi Gras and World Pride festival season (17 February - 5 March 2023, 10am-2pm daily), the exhibition will officially conclude on the 31 March 2023 before going on tour. Pitt Street Uniting Church will be hosting a series of events during the 45th Sydney Mardi Gras and World Pride festival, and if you wish to meet some of the people in the exhibition, do come by and say hello. Pitt Street Uniting Church will be the Faith@WorldPride Hub supported by by the Queer Christian Roundtable which brings together 14 LGBTIQA+ affirming churches, organizations and networks. The historical Christian church has been an interfaith hub, a sacred space, and a gathering place for social justice and human rights public advocacy is centrally located in the heart of City of Sydney (5 minutes walk from Sydney Town Hall).
We invite LGBTIQA+ and ally religious and spiritual folks who affirm this project to contact us to share your own portraits and stories of faith and spirituality, which will be featured on this page as well! Share your encouragements, inspirations and affirmations with this project by contacting us too!
LGBTIQA+ people of faith have always existed in our communities. Many of the pioneers of LGBTIQA+ civil rights and human rights are people of faith. Come journey with us through this Gallery as we learn what's their stories and how their faith and LGBTIQA+ realities enrich our world!
If you interested in sharing your story and portrait, please contact us here.
We're also happy to hear from you if you'd like to give us some encouragement and feedback or tell us about your experience of this exhibition: