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Star Gayzers Management Committee 2015 - 2016

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President:   Michael T.

I have never been an astronomer. When a friend first suggested I come along to a meeting, I was quite resistant to the idea. My interests had always lain squarely in realms of life and earth sciences. I ended up coming along purely for the chance to mingle with nerdy queers like myself.

Since joining I've learnt so much and met so many awesome people. I've ended up making a niche for myself in planetary geology.I even give presentations on the topic for other astronomy clubs around Brisbane.

Astronomy is such a broad field of study, there is something to interest every body. Even non-astronomers like myself.

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Vice President:   Earl H.

My name is Earl (No pun intended). I have had an interest in astronomy since I was a kid. A couple of years ago I had this wonderful idea... Wouldn't it be fun to start an astronomy club specifically for LGBTIQ people. God, what was I thinking! Now I'm surrounded by crazy nut-case astronomers who belong on the set of Big Bang Theory, or maybe a maximum security mental hospital. I should have given it some more thought.

No! Seriously folks, being part of Star Gayzers is one of the best things I have ever done. I have made so many wonderful friends and making new ones at every meeting. It is the first place I have found where I feel like I truly belong. If you are looking for a place to be among LGBTIQ people away from the pub,club, party scene; then this is a great option for you.

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Committee Member   Antonia R.

I have always loved gazing at the stars while sitting round a camp-fire, I'd rather a million stars than 5 stars any day. I am fascinated by observing the moon in particular.

I am one of the few women at Stargayzers but don't let that put you off, we're a really lovely bunch of people and not so nerdy we can't be welcoming of anyone just interested in coming along .

I learn something new at every Stargayzers meeting, everyone has their own unique spin on the cosmos, it's great, the combined knowledge of the group is astronomical and we get to have fun and socialise too!

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Treasurer:   Mark G.

I love the study of cosmology - how did our universe get to where it is today? What are the processes involved? What do we know, and what don't we know?

As an engineer and scientist, I'm interested in how we know all this. What are the telescopes, observatories and spacecraft that we have built, where are they, and what are they measuring?

And I love teaching others about all this. Seeing the excitement of the cosmos in others is what it's all about!

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Committee Member   Andrew A.

My work requires me to be out in the bush fairly often and one of my favourite parts of being out there is looking up at night and seeing the stars in all their glory, away from the city lights. It’s really awful that so many of us are completely divorced from the fantastic spectacle of the sky at night.

I’ve always been interested in learning more about it, the constellations, the different types of stars and when to look for the planets, comets and meteor storms. When I saw a gay astronomy group was being formed, I thought it was a great opportunity to pursue this curiosity in a friendly, relaxed setting.

My other interests are all other aspects of the natural world, I’m a zoologist by profession, but I also bushwalk and birdwatch for fun. When I’m not doing that, I love art, theatre, literature (I usually only read dead authors, but I make an exception for Peter Carey) fine music, especially opera and 80s goth.

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Committee Member   Shaun V.

"A long time ago in galaxies far, far away"

Growing up I had a strong affinity with sci-fi shows and thus most things outer space and fun facts about the solar system.

My fateful journey with Star Gayzers began when by chance I saw an ad at the 2011 Brisbane Pride Fair for an amateur social astronomy group, and decided to attend. And so it came to pass that, sadly, until early 2013, I hadn't missed any Star Gayzer event - a feat only surpassed by our Co-founder and President Earl.

I am an out and proud geek and gaymer, with a special obsession for all things Star Wars and Doctor Who. Oh and I am renowned for my punny jokes.

May The Force be with you all!

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Committee Member   Jason L.

Since I was a kid, I have always enjoyed gazing at the stars, and find it so relaxing just sitting back and looking at our night sky. I remember the news about NASA as a kid, and was always fascinated about what was beyond our own home planet and knew that I wanted to know more. It always made me wonder, ‘What don’t we know, and how much we will find out? Is there life out there?’

I have only been part of this group for a little while. And have always found this group friendly and so ready to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for astronomy and have fun along the way. It doesn’t matter how much you do or don’t know. I have made some really good friends either going to the regular monthly meetings and just going along on those night sky viewing events.

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