The New Normal

What  a great night (if we do say so ourselves!). The event audio  was recorded by JOY and will soon be published as a podcast. Follow us on Facebook  for the photos and follow the event on Twitter @shespeaksnorth with #shespeaksnorthside


Celebrate Midsumma northside with our She Speaks’ panel:

The New Normal. LGBTI Women in the media – are we there yet?

She Speaks Northside is pleased to present our Midsumma  event on Thursday 22 January from 6pm at Francesca’s Bar, Northcote.

Spend an evening with Lisa Daniel, Director, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Georgie Harman, CEO of beyondblue and Amy Middleton, Editor at Archer magazine as they share their accounts of:

  • engaging with the media in their professional and personal capacity
  • their experiences with coming out in the spotlight – or making the decision not to.

We’ll discuss

  • current illustrations of LGBTI women in the media
  • the impacts on health and well being
  • their contributions to changing the perceptions of our community in the media.

Your Midsumma She Speaks panel

Lisa Daniel MQFF

Lisa Daniel, Director, Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Lisa has been working in the film industry as a writer, teacher and administrator for the past 25 years. She taught film at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts for five years and has been published in a variety of national and international publications and has a Master of Arts in film from Monash University and a Post Graduate degree in Media Studies from Victoria College (Rusden). She has worked with the Melbourne Queer Film Festival since September 1998.

Lisa has a significant reputation nationally and internationally for her creative and innovative programming and is extremely well respected in her field. She is often invited to curate programs for local and overseas films festivals and has served on several juries at international film festivals. In 2004 Lisa won the Woman of the Year Rainbow Award in Victoria.


Beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman

Georgie Harman, CEO beyondblue

Georgie Harman was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014. Previously, she was the Deputy CEO of Australia’s National Mental Health Commission and acted as CEO for several months.

Ms Harman has also worked in the community sector and in private enterprise. She came to Australia in 1999 to be the inaugural Executive Director for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation in Sydney – Australia’s first and largest independent HIV/AIDS charity.



Amy Middleton,  Founding Editor at Archer magazine, the Australian journal of sexual diversity

From publishing a weekly for her soft toys at eight years of age, to launching Archer magazine in 2013 – the Journal of Sexual Diversity – Amy Middleton’s writing and publishing career has been diverse. She has written for The Bulletin, Australian Geographic, Wheels, The Big Issue and Rolling Stone.

The first issue of Archer magazine was published in 2013 and captures current Australian perspectives on sexuality, gender and identity. A collaboration with established and emerging writers and photographers, the bi-annual editions will explore relationships, sexuality and individuality.

Amy has recently been featured as one of 25 LBGT people to watch in 2015 by Gay News Network.

Archer magazine



Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas

Jo chairs our SheSpeaks panels, asking the questions you wish you’d thought of and several you wish she hadn’t. Despite a shocking timekeeping capability, Jo keeps our panel (almost) on track and makes sure you get the most from our carefully selected and insightful panelists.



6pm for a 6.30pm start



Francesca’s Bar

222 High Street Northcote

Getting here


Secure your seats

Cost: $20,  $15 Concession  and  $10 Globe members

Your ticket includes nibblies,  a welcome drink and entry into door prize.

If you’re a Globe Melbourne member, please show your membership ID to our event team at the door on the night.


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Please note, whilst every care is taken, the above dates may be subject to change without notice due to availability of speakers and venues.