After the success of last year’s Queer issue of Honi Soit we are excited to once again take control of the longest running student newspaper in Australia. Since last edition our collective has flourished and we have seen an influx of active members, bringing new perspectives and ideas that we hope to express in this edition. This year there will be less girl cock but still the same radically unapologetic queer content people have come to expect from QuAC.
With this edition we hope to explore identity and language, and how our identities and experiences as queer people intersect with the language used to describe, attack, and affirm us. Throughout this edition you will find pieces that explore these ideas from all perspectives in society.
For us (Yaz and Ella), this year will be our second year being Queer Officers/Co-conveners of QuAC — it has been a long journey. Last year was a bit of a phoenix moment for QuAC as we worked hard to rebuild the collective after a rocky transition. We focused on the needs of the queer student community, trying to address issues that impacted us directly, from deadnaming to having a clean space to call our own. This steadfast dedication has paid off — our meetings are now full of people interested and engaged, ready to continue what we started and bring a strong queer political presence to campus.
We hope that when we step back as the Queer Officers at the end of the year, our successors continue our fight for queer liberation. And that they remember that something as simple as painting walls pink or getting the floor cleaned in the QueerSpace can improve the lives of queer students on campus. We would like to thank the contributors for sharing their voices with us. We would like to thank the Honi Editors for their work and support, and for lending their mouldy office. We would also like to thank all the members of QuAC who volunteered to be editors and worked with us to bring this issue to life.
Yaz and Ella