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Two women passionate about our community have formed a new initiative
assisting GLBTQ community groups and individuals. Lou-Anne Lind (former
President of Sydney Pride Centre) pictured with Steph Sands (former Co-
Chair of New Mardi Gras) present Community Angels. Their first project is a
Sleaze ticket giving scheme. Individuals and businesses can dig deep and
purchase Sleaze tickets for redistribution to disadvantaged youth, people
living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities and other GLBTQ people
living on fixed or low income. “Our goal is to re-distribute 75 tickets, and
we are asking for the support of businesses and individuals within the
community in obtaining these tickets,” says Lou-Anne Lind. All donors will be
acknowledged on the Community Angels website, unless they wish to remain
anonymous. Individuals wanting to apply for a ticket can obtain information
from the website below or from ACON.
Details are at www.
net. Donations can be
sent to Community
Angels c/- Sydney
Hall, 104 Erskineville
Rd Erskineville 2043.
Please make cheques
payable to Sydney
Pride Centre Ltd.
Concord Animal Hospital
(for excellence in veterinary care)
Invites you to our
One result that surprised ACON and the
researchers was that lesbian and queer women
did not know that having a cold sore on the
mouth means their partner risks being infected
with genital herpes during oral sex. Herpes is an
incurable, although treatable, viral infection.
Dental dams are not promoted to the extent they
were a few years ago. The report states that most
women had not used a dam during oral sex,
which probably won’t surprise anyone. The risk
of HIV transmission during oral sex between
women is low, however particularly if a woman
has a partner who is HIV-positive, or has another
sexually transmissible infection, they may decide
to use a physical barrier like a dental dam. Other
safe sex equipment used by women includes
gloves, condoms and lubricant, often available at
lesbian events in Sydney.
“You can still get dental dams from ACON if you
go and ask for them, but they’re no longer giving
hundreds of them away at functions because they
were all ending up on the floor,” according to
ACON produce many community events and
Ronnie Turner says they always appreciate
volunteers for their activities. At Fair Day
women are rostered on for a couple of hours.
“Any volunteers who want to get involved in
SWASH on Fair Day would be very welcome.”
It doesn’t matter if you have completed a
SWASH survey in the past. When you see ACON
volunteers asking for a few minutes of your time
next Fair Day, risk a little more sun exposure to
add to the growing knowledge about the health
of lesbian and queer women.
To volunteer for ACON’s lesbian health projects
contact Mahamati on (02) 9206 2000.
Photo: Ann-Marie Calilhanna
45 Victoria Ave, Concord West 2138
PH (02) 9743 1715
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