Every action is born of experience. The QUO curate stories that will help broaden our understanding of what is happening around us, and inspire action. Based on the lived experiences of our contributors, the stories here cover issues that are at the heart of our development as a community.
How can able-bodied Australians call out ableism when some of us do not really understand what it means? Monique explains the many guises of this insidious and often invisible form of discrimination, and asks us all to actively challenge our able-centric conditioning.
"How can we say our personal lives are not political when politics routinely seizes them and get us to codify or categorise them?" As a "professional gay" surrounded by heteronormativity, Sen believes inviting others to "come in" and share in intimate experiences is just as much of a political act as attending rallies or lobbying ministers.
Human suffering, an environment of negativity and the problematisation of mental illness have led many to believe that creating meaningful change is beyond them. Natalie explores her lived experience of an eating disorder and her life-long journey towards redemption.
In an interview with the Executive Director of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS), Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, Divya exposes the Australian Government's First Track application scheme and its dire impact on the lives of some of Australia's newest arrivals.
"The Northern Territory incarcerates young people at a rate of three times that of the other States and territories, and 74 per cent of those incarcerated are Indigenous." Divya questions the viability of a youth justice system that criminalises children from a disturbingly young age, and seems to have lost sight of its purpose.
"Fiction is, by its very nature, not reality. It's untrue." At a time when George Orwell's 1984 is more popular than ever, writer Mat Blackwell explores how writing fiction can become an effective form of activism in itself.