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CARA DAVIS REPORTS ON A GIRLS’ NIGHT INCIDENT.
2GB shock jock Ray Hadley has accused the Civic Hotel of
caving in to the demands of lesbians, after his function was asked
to move away from all-girl party Fingers First.
The incident took place on Friday, May 19 when Ray Hadley’s
early evening function overlapped with the late night Fingers
But director of Lipstick Theatre and organiser of the Fingers First
parties, Alex Theydon, said the men at Ray Hadley’s table had
been verbally harassing and touching some of the girls.
“One of them said to my partner, ‘Hey hot lesbian,
come here.’ Another girl told us that one of them
grabbed her hand,” she said.
“My partner Georgina and I personally asked some of the men to
leave at 10pm. We were immediately verbally assaulted by the
men we spoke to… ‘Fuck off you rude bitches who do you think
you are’, ‘We’ll leave when we fucking well want to’, ‘Get out of
my fucking face’, ‘Piss off’. Not at any time did we swear or raise
our voices at these men.”
On radio station 2GB on Monday morning, Mr Hadley said his
group noticed the lesbians at The Civic Hotel but denied causing
“From my estimation there was comment passed about it [the
lesbians] but apart from that there was certainly no derogatory
comments aimed at the young women who were quite friendly
from my estimation,” Mr Hadley said on air.
Mr Hadley rang the events coordinator at The Civic Hotel,
Jennifer Anderson, later that morning and accused hotel
management of “reverse discrimination”.
He asked Ms Anderson if she was “scared of the homosexual
lobby” and claimed she had asked his table to leave because
“the lesbian girls weren’t too happy there were too many men
at our function”.
Mr Hadley said when he arrived at The Civic Hotel on Friday
evening he saw Lipstick Theatre’s Fingers First poster advertising
“The Ultimate Decadent Dance Party” on Sunday June 11.
“It was rather a coarse poster which we have got downstairs but
we won’t use here, but I will leave it to people’s imagination.
It referred to fingers and something you do with them first or
something like that,” he said.
Andrew Moore, a caller to 2GB that morning and the organiser
of Mr Hadley’s function said the poster indicated the girls from
Fingers First “weren’t that sensitive to life”.
COLD? A NEW
com, a new
for lesbians, indicates that social isolation
is a major problem for Australian lesbians.
lemonkind publisher Yvette Nielsen
(pictured), a Canberra-based journalist and
web consultant, said many complained
about the “incestuous nature” of the
lesbian community, lack of respect for
relationship boundaries and recycling
of partners as par for the course in
contemporary lesbian life. Also on the
list of complaints was a perceived lack
of variety of lesbian-specific venues.
“Invisibility, difficulty meeting and
connecting with others and a lack of
communication were among the social
problems identified,” Nielsen told LOTL.
These problems are exacerbated by the
vast distances between urban centres
in Australia, with women in rural,
regional and suburban areas often feeling
isolated from their inner-city sisters.
There also seems to be a ‘generation
gap’. “Younger women complain that
there aren’t enough activities for them
while older lesbians say there’s too
much focus on youth,” Nielsen said.
“The survey paints a pretty bleak picture
of lesbian life in Australia,” Nielsen
said. “It shows that we’ve come a long
way but there’s still a long way to go.”
Nielsen plans to help redress the situation
through the lemonkind.com website and e-
newsletter which will help link Australian
lesbians to each other, highlight positive
role models and share relevant ideas,
experiences and resources to help women
lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives.
“Hopefully lemonkind will
complement lotl.com, pinksofa.com.
au and other established communication
channels to help connect and inform
lesbians, wherever they are.”
Visit lemonkind.com. For
contributions and information
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