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GIRLS GRAB GOLD
DJ Sveta has taken out Most Popular DJ at the 2005 Drag Industry
Variety Awards, helping to raise the profile of women within the drag
community. ”I have been nominated for this award three times in the
past but felt that it was impossible for a woman to win for various
reasons. I celebrate 10 years playing for the entire community
early next year and it was very special for me to get this award as
recognition from the community. It’s a joy to be able to express
one’s self musically and
receiving the award
hopefully opens up the
door for other female
DJs to be considered
on an equal plane to
our male counterparts,”
she told LOTL. For the
third consecutive year,
Sexy Galexy took out
the award for Sydney’s
Favourite Drag King.
Dykes on Bikes held
their AGM last month
with most positions
two members vied for the
President’s role. Janet
Parkins was re-elected
while Nic Fletcher has
taken up position as a
ride leader. The 2005-
2006 DOB committee
is Janet (Schmxnet)
President, Corby Vice
(Neddy) Secretary, Cheryl
(Webby) Treasurer, and
Lisa (Gizmo) Media
Officer. The girls, who
put so much time and
effort into last year, were
given a rousing round of
applause by all the members present. Expect to see another year of
great rides and fun social events. The committee is looking forward
to increasing their efforts raising funds for charities like breast cancer
research and the Lesbian Counselling Service. Newly launched www.
dykesonbikessydney.org.au welcomes all, with past and present
members invited to contact the Web mistress with contributions.
QUEER STUDENT WIN
Wollongong University queer collective Allsorts have won a four year
battle for a queer space on campus. After a 48 hour occupation,
intervention from riot police, arrests and court proceedings, Equal
Employment Opportunity Officer of the University, Robyn Weakes,
finally announced that a queer space had been won.
Queer Students Network co-convenor and campaign organiser,
Annaliese Constable, said, “After years of inaction from the University
we were forced to take direct action by occupying the Belmore
Room. Now we have the space and it’s a clear message that direct
action gets the goods.”
Bliss for Women sensuality boutique is
holding an erotic short story contest. Stories
must be 2000 words or less and deal with
women’s sexuality in a positive way. 1st prize
is a $250 gift voucher from Bliss. Winning
entries and highly commended entries will be
published on the Bliss website. Enter at www.
bliss4women.com or send SSAE to Short Story
Competition, Bliss for Women, PO Box 12015
A’Beckett St, Melbourne 8006. Entries
close October 31.
Leichhardt Women’s Health Centre
is holding ‘Lesbian Super Saturday’
Pregnancy and Parenting Workshop
for lesbians. Afternoon tea provided.
October 22, 1-5pm, 55 Thornley
St, Leichhardt. $20pp (concession
available). Bookings (02) 9560 3011.
Lesbians Incorporated (LINC)
announces the funding of nine
nationwide community projects totalling
$11,500 on International Lesbian Day,
October 8. LINC, the major source of
funding for lesbian specific community
grants in Australia, was initiated in 2000,
giving over $55,000 to lesbian projects
since. Celebration 2-4pm, AGM 4-6pm.
Above Women’s Library, 8-10 Brown St
Queer Screen invites entries to the
My Queer Career competition, the
major showcase for queer short films in
Australia. It also seeks artists and queer
storytellers working with digital media
technology for queer_pixels, which will
open sessions throughout Mardi Gras
Film Festival 2006. Entry forms and
more info at www.queerscreen.com.au.
Deadline November 4.
The Pride Centre is holding 6 week
kickboxing classes starting October 20,
6-7pm for $55. As a bonus you get 6 free kung
fu lessons concurrently. To book call
0411 808 451.
Tranny Pride Ball tickets are now on sale at
The Gender Centre (02) 9569 2366 and ACON
(02) 9206 2000 for $10. Includes finger food,
entertainment, raffle draw. Guest appearances
by DJ Sveta, Sexy Galexy, Elytta M. November
3, Moulin Rouge Down Under, 39 Darlinghurst
Rd, Kings Cross.
Women Health West has a new factsheet
designed to meet the needs of women
experiencing family violence who may access
a computer that an abuser also uses.
Using the Internet Safely can be viewed at
DJ Sveta. Photo: Ann-Marie Calilhanna
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