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As people of different political, ethnic and
religious backgrounds who have made
our contributions over the years to lesbian
and gay freedom in Australia, we call on
individuals and organizations not to support
WorldPride in Jerusalem in August. We act
in solidarity with the boycott call made by
Aswat, the Palestinian lesbian organisation.
WorldPride portrays Jerusalem as capital,
but no one recognizes that other than Israel;
East Jerusalem is illegally annexed to
Israel, and its quarter million Palestinian
residents are besieged and oppressed, cut
off from their neighbours in Ramallah and
Bethlehem by the Apartheid Wall. Queer
Palestinians from the other side of the Wall
won’t be able to come to Jerusalem for the
parade, nor will Arabs from neighbouring
countries, nor citizens of other countries,
such as USA, who have Palestinian family
backgrounds. It’s as if we were holding
Mardi Gras in Oxford St, but people from
Ryde and Bankstown couldn’t cross the
borders to come. Nor could half the visitors
arriving at Mascot.
WorldPride will benefit the Israeli state
and its tourism industry. It will make
things harder for lesbian and gay groups
in Palestine and other Arab countries.
It is the moral equivalent of going to
an international gay festival run by the
Gay Association of South Africa in 1986
during the worst days of Apartheid. Israel
is making war on Lebanon and on the
Palestinian communities in the Occupied
Territories, starving them out, restricting
their movements, crushing their economy,
taking each day more water and land; at
the same time Israel denies rights to its
own Palestinian minority, and rejects the
rights of return of millions of refugees.
We understand that some want to support
WP to confront Jewish fundamentalists,
to bring the queer equality message to the
Middle East, and to celebrate the relative
comfort and rights of Jewish queers in
Israel. But as we see it, in the words of
the Israeli queer group Dirty Laundry,
there’s “No Pride in Occupation”. We look
forward to the day when we genuinely
can enjoy Pride in a free Jerusalem.
Alissar Gazal, Dr Barbara Bloch, Ken
Davis, Rathana Chea, Michael Schembri,
Mannie de Saxe and Kendall Lovett,
Liz Ross, Dr Graham Willett, Dr Jo
Harrison and Margie Collins, via email
We met in the UK. Jo was working as a bar manager in West London. It became my
local very quickly! When we first came to Australia on April 16 1998, we decided
we would lead our lives within the lesbian community. Having said that we arrived
in Perth and there was no scene as such. We discovered a whole new ballgame in
Sydney! We discovered Spicy Friday [at the Lansdowne Hotel] on City Road. Of
course being lesbians we were playing pool and losing terribly. As we turned around
we discovered LOTL. We were so amazed to see a lesbian mag, we dropped our cues
down and both read a copy each! In 2001 I rang up the mag and said that we were
two girls from London that had been together for five years, and that’s how we were
featured in LOTL. I actually wanted to surprise Jo, which I ended up doing. I felt that
fellow readers would appreciate a different way of being romantic, supportive, exciting
with their partners. Our basis for a firm, strong relationship is trust, fun and honesty.
We laugh today like we did the first... Both of our lives have tremendously changed
over the last two years. We have been on a spiritual journey which is enabling us to
understand our purpose in life and how we can learn to live in this physical world as
spiritual beings. The most fascinating thing is that it has brought Jo and I so much
closer than ever before. Keep reading LOTL; it’s a brilliantly versed magazine that
keeps the community connected.
Alex & Jo, via email
John Howard’s ‘straight
makes same-sex couples
second class citizens.
Do you agree? 28%
No, we have all the
rights that matter 58% 13%
Yes, I’m moving to
Spain/Holland/Canada Dunno, I was too busy
watching the World Cup
PEARL OF A DJ
Who was that fabulous DJ at Pearl
Bar? She inspired us and united us
in celebration of disco not being
dead, even for us 40 somethings.
Bravo Pearl Bar, what a great nite
we sisters had! The Newtown RSL
was the perfect venue; stylish,
comfortable and accessible – who
could ask for anything more. More
Pearl Bar please, that’s what!
Kate via email.
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off? Email lotl@lotl.
com your letter. Next
deadline is August 14.
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