Adelaide Qwire fosters friendship between queer youth and elders

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If you’re in the city on a Tuesday night and hear a rousing rendition of an Elton John classic- it’s probably the Adelaide Qwire. 

The Qwire has been a welcoming space for Adelaide’s queer community since 1996, and this year may be the biggest yet. 

Musical director Jamie Moffatt has been part of the Qwire for a year, and recently signed on for the top job.

After a rocky few years with COVID-19, Moffat said Adelaide Qwire was hoping to welcome new members as they look towards more live performances.

Originally called the Gay and Lesbian Qwire, the group recently rebranded to become more inclusive.

“We have members who don’t identify as either gay or lesbian, we have transgender, asexual and non-binary members,” Moffat said.

“We also want to appeal to allies.

“People with a partner who is bisexual or trans, or family who want to be supportive of a queer child. 

“We’re for the entire community, not just the gay and lesbian parts of it.”

Fostering intergenerational friendships

Adelaide Qwire currently has around 25 regular members, ranging from teenagers to retirees.

“Our youngest member is still at school, and our oldest member is probably in their mid-seventies,” Moffat said.

“We have people in university, working professionals and people who are retired.”

Moffat said the Adelaide Qwire allowed queer people of all ages to socialise, something they said was profoundly important.

“For someone of my generation, we didn’t have queer elders because of the AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s.”

“It’s often difficult to have access to queer elders, to have that support and learn from them, with all the knowledge they bring.

“Being able to provide that space where queer youth and queer elders can interact is really special for our community.”

The Adelaide Qwire is currently inviting more members to join its group.

No auditions are required.

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