About Star Gayzers:
Star Gayzers is an amateur astronomy club specifically for the LGBTIQ community. It is designed to be a place where you can be among like minded people and delight in the night sky in a social, relaxed and safe atmosphere.
The group is open to anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ or is sympathetic and understanding of LGBTIQ issues.
Whilst we welcome anyone to attend, some of the content and discussions may not be suitable for anyone under the age of 18.To be part of Star Gayzers all you need is a desire to make friends with new people in a setting outside of the regular club, pub and party scene, while enjoying the delights of the heavens.
Star Gayzers has been operating since June 2011 and we recently celebrated our 10th Year Anniversary on the 4th June 2021.
We have 3 types of get-togethers:
- Star Gayzers Monthly Meetings:
1st monday of each month at New Farm Library from 7:30pm
At these meetings we take the opportunity to catch up with other members of the group, discuss matters of astronomical interest and learn some of the theory needed to aide our sky watching.
Monthly meetings are also available online via ZOOM.
- Dark Sky Field Trips:
Regular (usually monthly) dark sky field trips to Kalbar Observatory
This is where we take our telescopes, binoculars or just a blanket and get away from the lights of Brisbane for the evening. This is a great chance to see the sky the way it is meant to be viewed. You may like to bring a friend and spend the evening on your blanket under the heavens.
- Special Events:
Star Gayzers also puts on bigger events. This is an opportunity for us to open our ranks to the broader LGBTIQ community and raise our profile.
So far we have had a number of very successful events, such as our Mount Coot-tha planetarium and observation night for the 2011 pride festival and our Star Gayzers Race to the Moon Car Rally and BBQ and International Observe the Moon Nights.
We also colloborate with a number of the other SEQ Astronomical Societies for events such as the Combined Societies Meeting, held every couple of years.
We try to ensure that each of our activities are fun, friendly and easy enough for beginners to understand. We have members from broad experiences and backgrounds, many of whom knew nothing about astronomy before they joined our group.