Play and public forum to tackle issues for rainbow families
A public forum on GLBTQ parenting as well as a reading of a provocative play that explores the complex issues that surround gay surrogacy and adoption will take place at Newtown this weekend to coincide with the Mardi Gras season.
The rehearsed reading of Ken Duncum’s contentious play Cherish will be performed by New Theatre shortly before the forum.
“We have wanted to stage Cherish for some time now but feel the time is perfect given the landmark changes in legislation in the UK and the real concern that conservative state governments (and potentially federal government) are overturning the hard fought rights of GLBTQ parents,” New Theatre artistic director Louise Fischer said.
The play will be followed by a free public forum entitled ‘Rainbow Families’.
“The Rainbow Families forum sprang out of discussions we were having about the issues raised in Cherish,” Fischer said.
“We wanted to hear about the personal experiences of parents, surrogates even grandparents as well as get some commentary from a lawyer who specialises in the field of family law.”
The forum will feature a panel of guests, ranging from journalists and legal experts to people who have personally experienced rainbow family discrimination.
Panellists include past SX editor Gary Fishlock, Gayby Baby filmmaker Maya Newell, Elizabeth Ivory, Nicholas Stewart, Lucy Suze Taylor and Matt Young.
The event will be moderated by SX and Evolution Publishing news editor Serkan Ozturk.
Cherish reading and Rainbow Families forum 2-4pm, Saturday, February 16, at New Theatre, 543 King St, Newtown.