VAC Hypothetical (Midsumma Festival 2017

VAC Hypothetical

Queers and our allies, tackling the big issues – with jokes.

It’s back! Brought to you by the Victorian AIDS Council, the VAC Hypothetical brings together entertainers and experts to talk about the big issues facing the LGBTI community. From comedians and doctors, politicians and sex workers, activists and authors, this year’s panel will tackle the big topics with keen insight, irreverent humour, and razor-sharp wit. Panellists include comedian Judith Lucy, writer Benjamin Law, activist and Sex Party candidate Joel Murray, and many others.

This year’s hypothetical will see our panellists plunged into a murder mystery, with host Adam Richard guiding them through a cloak-and-dagger scenario of sex and drugs, religion and politics, queer identity and LGBTI health.

The panel will be moderated again this year by the stunningly handsome Adam Richard. The complete panel consists of:

  • Judith Lucy, comedian extraordinaire and compulsive oversharer
  • Joel Murray, perennial Sex Party candidate and sexual health policy wizard
  • Michelle Sheppard, JOY 94.9 radio host and award-winning LGBTI Jobs guru
  • Dennis Altman, pretty much Australia’s most venerable queer
  • Edwina Wright, HIV researcher and clinician and Victoria’s doyenne of PrEP
  • Benjamin Law, noted writer who puts those of us in our early 30s to shame
  • Karen Price, deputy CEO of ACON and everybody’s favourite enabler
  • David Marr, author, journalist, commentator, and unapologetic overachiever
  • Tennille Moisel, CEO of JOY 94.9 and Melbourne’s premier LGBTI renaissance woman

Though we’ll be asked questions about some very serious topics, the tone of the night is meant to be funny and informative.

Tue, 17/01/2017 – 19:0021:00

Deakin Edge, Fed Square, Melbourne

This is a free event, but bookings are essential.

Can’t make it to the event?

The 2017 Hypothetical “Who Killed Sharon Swallows?” will be broadcast live on Melbourne’s Channel 31 and live streamed on VAC’s Facebook page.




Published by mishsheppard

Michelle's powerful combination of self and community shines through the platform of radio which has helped raised the public profile and national dialogue of transgender, gender diverse and intersex issues on a national scale. Surprisingly nothing is off limits with Michelle who connects with her audience brilliantly; obviously through her humor and unapologetic blunt honesty. She is often labelled as an inspiring advocate and role model for youth and adults alike and hers is a powerful story to tell. We know that when a woman has the support of her community, especially her sisters, she is unstoppable. Michelle’s wider support from the women around her, LGBTI+ or ally alike, has helped develop her own unstoppable resilience and body positive confidence that she inspires others with. Now a sought-after public speaker Michelle is admired for her bold public representation of the Transgender community as works to break through the barriers of unconscious bias, cultural and structural issues to ensure equality of opportunity for all Australian work spaces. Winner of the ANZ Excellence in Business Award, ‘LGBTI Jobs’ a relatively new project, they pair LGBTI graduates and jobseekers to companies that embrace inclusion initiatives. “We’ve started a business that helps anybody who’s in the LGBTI Community. We go to companies and see what they are you doing. This isn’t just for me, this is for the entire community and we are going to make a massive change.” Michelle was recently celebrated alongside some truly amazing individuals from our community as part of the ‘The LOTL Power List 2016’ as someone who does everything in their power to make life that little bit better for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities: sometimes with blood, sweat and tears; and sometimes just by being themselves. Michelle is also a finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017. Awards Globe Awards 2016 - ANZ Excellence in Business Award The LOTL Power List 2016 (28/40) Finalist for ‘MTV – LGBTI Broadcaster and Presenter’ in the Australian LGBTI Awards 2017

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