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SALUTE TO LOCAL BURLESQUE
It’s great to see that you are supporting the
burlesque movement, and I read with interest
your article about Lady Ace, an American
burlesque star [LOTL, December]. … I do
think it’s important to point out though,
that in Sydney at least, I’ve been ‘bumping
and grinding ‘til I’ve lost my mind’ with
Gurlesque for five whole years! …This
recent boom in burlesque in Australia has
only been possible because of pioneers, like
Sex Intents and Glita Supernova, who laid
the groundwork, and credit must be paid
to them for the success of this art form,
particularly in the women’s community.
It makes me feel old, but I remember being
there at the very first one, and watching as
the Gurlesque crew TAUGHT the women
that it was possible to reclaim burlesque as a
woman-centric erotic art form – something
performed by women, for the enjoyment of
It’s great to hear that in other pockets of the
world, that similar movements have taken
place, but in my opinion, it is remiss to say
that burlesque is experiencing a come-back
without saying why and how.
As perhaps the second largest regular
employer of burlesque stars in Sydney, I
personally would like to thank the Australian
women who have been doing burlesque on
the Hellfire stage for years. Sex Intents,
Glita Supernova, Christa Hughes, Elizabeth
Burton, Imogen Kelly, Annabel Lines, Kira
Carden, Lola the Vamp, Sprinkle Magic,
Mistress Josephine, The Butchered Babes
and all the others who know who they are,
I salute you. For your professionalism, for
your courage, and for your role in creating
an Australian style of burlesque (something
I’d say is neo-burlesque) that has been
going strong for even MORE than five
years. I look forward to watching all of you
strut your stuff again some time soon.
The Sydney Hellfire Club.
BOTH SIDES NOW
In response to ‘Leaving the Fold’ (Advice,
December LOTL), I understand how
you feel. For years I struggled with my
sexuality, lesbian or straight, but in reality
I’m bisexual. If you find an understanding
partner you can enjoy both sides of who
you are. I have a special woman and man
in my life. Both know about each other
and get on very well. Explore that avenue
before trying to deny who you really are.
Kat H., address supplied.
Just picked up a copy of LOTL [and] found
over the last few issues that gay marriage,
bisexuality, pregnancy, motherhood of
lesbian couples, have been highlighted [as]
the issues that most control the lesbian
community, but one issue that remains silent
is Domestic Violence of same sex couples in
Australia especially in lesbian relationships.
After being in a violent relationship with
my ex-girlfriend many months ago and
also moving interstate and now considering
even moving overseas to live, I’m just
amazed that the lesbian community hides
the fact it is increasingly becoming more
common in the lesbian community. But
it is hidden and not dealt with via LOTL,
whereas in the U.S. magazines like Curve
and Girlfriend it has been openly discussed,
also [in] Canadian lesbian magazines it
is a highlighted issue.
…I still don’t see
LOTL making the community aware of
the violence that does happen behind close
doors. I’m a supporter of your magazine for
the last 10 years.
Leisha, Melbourne VIC.
[Ed. We do have forthcoming editorial
planned on lesbian domestic violence, and
we are currently seeking women who would
like to contribute their experiences of DV.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Send your letter of 150 words or
less to email@example.com by January 9.
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