A fight for justice and meet Sydney’s queer wrestlers

two people wrestle on gym mat

In this podcast episode, come along to training with the queer wrestling club formed in 1993 as Harbour City Wresters. In the early 2000s, the club became the Sydney Silverbacks to minimise confusion with the Harbour City Bears.

There’s much more to this story including wrestling’s growing appeal to women. Hear from Ariadne Burkhart who’s a Commonwealth Games qualified wrestler.

Here’s the link to Ari’s women’s wrestling on ramp program running to February 2022.

The Silverbacks are among many community groups set to March in Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and perhaps they’ll be nominated for a choreography award again. Who says wrestlers can’t dance? https://www.sydneysilverbacks.com/

Also in the show, LGBT advocates are responding to the NSW Government’s commitment to a judicial inquiry into gay and transgender hate crimes over more than thirty years in Sydney. This is a major development for the podcast Bondi Badlands which has now dropped all five episodes.

Greg Callaghan is the author of the book and the podcast of the same name. He tells Out in Sydney about the ongoing fight for justice for the many men likely murdered in the Eastern Suburbs by roaming gangs.

Here’s the link to Bondi Badlands via Apple podcasts:


Bondi Badlands is sponsored by ACON and is available in all good podcast players.

Have you managed to get your hands on the novel Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters? Out in Sydney has a book club over summer so climb into this interesting novel about a trans woman’s longing for motherhood; unconventional families; and the ex partner who you just imagine not in your life.

I’ll share an interview with the author, Torrey Peters, in an upcoming episode.

See you soon Out in Sydney.

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