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HIGH WIRE ACT
I really liked your story on circuses and
women (LOTL, November). I remember
seeing Club Swing’s show “Appetite”
several years ago. It featured an amazing
bunch of sexy and daring women dressed
all in white and feeding each other fruit
and cream and cakes way up on the hire
wire. As well as thrilling me and taking my
breath away for over an hour, I remember
it changed my entire perception of what
women could do, both in the arts arena
and in the real world. It gave me such a
sense of pride and possibility as a young
lesbian. Also, I know you don’t have
space to mention everything, but there’s an
amazing group of women in the Illawarra:
Circus WOW, “ordinary women doing
extraordinary things”. See www.circuswow.
org.au. Here’s to women and to circuses!
D. Peters, Thirroul NSW.
Thanks for your story on male to female
lesbian Erica Zander (LOTL, November).
I was pleased that she was so open about
the journey she has been on to becoming
a lesbian. Good on Dykes on Bikes for
embracing her as one of their own while
she was in town. It’s so important that
Australian dykes show themselves to be
the open, tolerant and accepting bunch
that they are. Especially when our current
political conservatism is doing so much
damage to our image abroad.
Wendy, New Farm, QLD.
ABC radio journalist Julie McCrossin made
it a better world last month. The acclaimed
comedian addressed the NSW Jewish Board
of Deputies luncheon club last month on
the need for non-Jews to understand and
combat antisemitism – subtle and overt
prejudice against Jews. Julie, your talk
to the representative body of Jewish
community in NSW sets a good example
for all of us to follow in speaking up when
anybody is discriminated against. You
also made it easier for Jewish lesbians by
being yet another out of the closet lesbian
who is what Jews call ‘a mensch’...a very
decent and gutsy person. As those of us
who identify with progressive politics face
the powerlessness of Howardian times, may
your action inspire us to take power where
we can...by examining our own prejudices
carefully and speaking up every time we
hear a group or individual being put down
for being of a different race – Muslim, or
Arab, or Black or Jewish or American, no
matter how ‘innocently’ or ‘amusingly’ or
self-righteously the attack is expressed.
Dawn Cohen, via email.
I was recently diagnosed with depression
and I was always cynical about issues like
depression and mental illness thinking that
these things are all in the mind. Until it
happened to me. I have lived all my life with
depression, but presumed it was just my
nature. I just accepted that I had ‘the blues’,
the ‘mean reds’ or felt ‘down in the dumps’
a lot more than the average person. I was
growing more and more depressed without
even realizing it. Then I got caught up in
substance abuse and lost everything all at
once: my partner, my job, and my house. I
now have to rebuild my life piece by piece.
I just wanted to let LOTL readers know
about a conference next April on Women
and Depression. It includes a broad range
of topics that might be of interest to women
and lesbians, for example depression and
birth, PMS, sexuality, motherhood, and
child sexual abuse. To find out more, check
out the website www.womenanddepression.
As a gay person, I hate Christmas! Every
year I dread it. I can’t go home to my family
and my girlfriend is gone for two weeks
seeing hers. I can’t afford to take a holiday
on my own. So many places are closed – the
whole town seems to go to sleep and I can’t
wait until everything returns to normal.
Where can I go and what can I do to spend
time with some likeminded lesbians?
Julie, Dulwich Hill NSW.
Ed: Hi Julie, Hopefully, this edition of LOTL
will give you some ideas. There’s plenty on
and much of it is free or won’t break the
bank. If you do find yourself alone and need
to reach out to someone, call the Lesbian
Counselling Line on 1800 144 527.
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