We spoke to club kids around the country about why partying is so important in many queer lives, and how we can work together to make it better.
Why is the club such an important haven for gender diverse and queer kids?
Having grown up in a tiny country town, being in a space that I feel comfortable to express my freakiest self is a reality 16-year-old Michael wouldn't have thought existed. Every single person deserves to be able to feel that and I feel blessed a place exists that enables that for me. In saying that, I fully acknowledge that I hold a lot of privilege as a white, currently non-disabled person that many others don't.
How does the club foster style, culture and community?
The fact that spaces exists that allow (to an extent) people from totally different experiences to come together and celebrate our diversity, individuality and strengths is so special. Whether it's connecting with people you can relate to, or being exposed to a perspective or experience you've never encountered, it allows people to grow as individuals.
Should we be thinking about accessible ways queers can connect outside the club as well?
Absolutely. The idea that the club is the be all and end all of queer community can be isolating and exclusionary of many people that don't find this environment accessible. It's so important that this network and community is present and available in our day to day lives which is when many of us need it most.
How do lock out laws, clubbing restrictions, and police presence tarnish the connection and acceptance found in after-dark communities?
The amount of times someone I know, or me personally, has experienced transphobia (particularly transmisogyny), disablism or racism from security staff hired by venues is disgusting. It's so important that the people who are supposedly creating 'safety' within these spaces are informed, or at the very least accepting, of the experiences and identities of every individual stepping foot into the club.
Photography Jonno Revanche