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THE PINK CLOSET
A third of GLBT Australians have been in a
verbally or physically abusive relationship,
according to the largest study of community
members by the Australian Research
Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La
Trobe University. The Private Lives report,
carried out in 2005, found “a disturbingly
high percentage of respondents have been
victims of same sex domestic violence,”
said AIDS Council of New South Wales
President Adrian Lovney.
It’s an ugly figure that won’t seem to go
away, with ACON’s Lesbian and Gay Anti-
Violence Project (AVP) finding similar
results in smaller surveys in Sydney.
Comparatively, 30% of GLBT couples
in the United States experience domestic
violence. Lovney believes more funding
needs to be devoted to the issue.
“ACON is a member of the Same Sex
Domestic Violence Interagency and we
work to ensure mainstream services better
cater for gay men and lesbians who are
victims of domestic violence.”
The lack of emergency housing for victims
of same sex domestic violence has led
ACON to expand its Housing Service to
support community members who are
at risk of homelessness, in addition to
providing such services to people living
Inside Private Lives
• Lesbians were more likely to be
overweight than heterosexual women
• Three quarters of the sample had
experienced depression in the past
• Patterns of drug use was higher than the
average Australian population
• 21% of lesbians reported never having
had a Pap test. Of all the females in the
survey, 75% report never having had a
• 90% had at some time avoided
expressions of affection in public and
disclosure of their gender identity or
sexuality. Personal insults or verbal abuse
were more common in major cities than
in rural, regional or remote areas. The
reverse was true of threats of violence or
• Intimate abuse was reported more
frequently by women than men (41% vs
28%), and was highest for transgender
males. Of those participants who had
experienced physical abuse, only one
in ten had reported such abuse to the
For more information about ACON
Housing call (02) 9206 2093. For more
information about same sex domestic
violence visit ssdv.acon.org.au
LOTL soon celebrates its 200th issue!
We are inviting past contributors, readers, interviewees, or anyone with a
strong connection to LOTL’s 16 year history to contact us and contribute
stories and memories to help us celebrate!
Email email@example.com by June 1.
Arcilesbica (Italian women) are holding
their annual fundraiser, celebrating
Italian Australian cultural and sexual
heritage. May 20, Richmond Town Hall,
Victoria. Includes a special performance
by Drag King Rocco D’Amore, Joe
Dolce (Shaddaup Ya Face fame) and
Live Band Duo Combo. $15/$12. More
info firstname.lastname@example.org or
0412 868 438.
Bent Art returns to the Blue Mountains
on the June long weekend (June 9-12).
Lesbian and gay artists who live in or
have a strong connection to the Blue
Mountains are encouraged to contact
Pink Mountains for an entry form. Artists
can submit a maximum of three pieces
of artwork. This year will see a people’s
choice award and judged cash prize.
More information and/or an entry form
available at pinkmountains@bigpond.
com or (02) 4784 7589.
Lesbian Broadcasters are looking
for lesbians who come from rural towns
and have a few tales to tell about
growing up as a lesbian within a small
community. If you would be willing to
be interviewed for a radio series please
give Julie a call on 0415 471 921.
Sense and Sexuality, a conference
on sexual diversity in schools will
address issues for same-sex attracted
and transgendered students. The event
is open to primary and secondary
Victorian school principals, teachers
and health and community workers.
Wednesday July 19 Telstra Dome,
Docklands, Melbourne. Registration
and expressions of interest to conduct
workshops or to present are now
welcome. Email email@example.com.
Photos: Matjaz Slanic
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