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I don’t know what we did to deserve it, but
this month we received a record amount of
letters from men. It seems that, in one way or
another, they feel at home in our community.
Welcome to LOTL!
Thanks for a great article on gay dads, which,
I have to confess, I never thought I’d see in
LOTL. Lesbian parenting seemed to me to be a
new form of separatism until I read this article.
It did much to dispel the image of lesbians as
being only interested in men for their sperm,
and then having gotten pregnant, disappearing
with partner and child. It made me realise, as a
would-be dad that lesbians might actually want
to be parents: part of a family unit involving
(several) people of both (or more) sexes
dedicated to the one activity that brings us all
together – raising a child. Thanks LOTL.
Sasha, Newtown NSW.
I thought I would write you and tell you what
a great magazine you have. This might surprise
you but I am a bloke who reads your magazine
every month. …I used to have a bisexual
wife and that was how I started to read your
magazine when she bought it home every
month. I found it great, so I still read it.
I am a strong believer that men have stuffed
up the world, as they make war on each other
(and don’t get me started on religion which
was invented as the ultimate control measure
especially against women). I can’t wait for the
day when women take over the management
of society like they used to thousands of years
ago, while the men were out hunting.
Part of the reason I decided to write you is
mainstream men’s rather strange attitude
to bisexuality. Our marriage ended up in
difficulty. I was very surprised when we went
to counselling, and the issue of her bisexuality
was raised, that my not only tolerance of it,
but actual encouragement was a rarity. The
counsellor told me that a very large proportion
of marriages in trouble is because the wife
is wanting to explore her sexuality and the
husband forbids it. … I thought it was strange
and quite surprising considering men’s leading
fantasy (80%) is supposedly a threesome. So to
test the theory I asked 11 male friends of mine
who are married or in relationships. To my
surprise every one of them said no, they would
not agree to their lady having a female lover
even if they were a participant.
I guess I am realistic to know that a man
cannot meet all a women’s needs, and don’t
feel threatened by it. Women need other
women both on a friendship basis as well as
sexually. I had some great times with my ex-
wife when she used to bring her girlfriends
home… If they wanted to go away for the
occasional weekend together, including the
Girlfest on the Gold Coast last March, I went
motor bike riding with my mates. If only they
knew that when I said my wife was “away
with a girlfriend for the weekend” I meant...
Congratulations again on a great magazine.
Thomas B, via email.
I want to share my feelings of disgust
regarding a well known person that I never
heard of before. This person is Germaine Greer
who made comment/s about our Aussie icon
Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter that we are
offended [by]. Can you readers tell me more
about this Germaine Greer but correct me
please if I am right or wrong – is she either
for or against anything that is lesbian related?
I would like to read your comments about her
in next edition LOTL Magazine. My personal
sympathy to Steve Irwin’s family and staff
of the Australia Zoo in the Sunshine Coast
QLD. (By the way if any readers find my letter
offensive I am very sorry if I did upset you.)
Gary, Croydon NSW.
I have always
find it more
the other gay
I’m male. I’ve
just finished your
survey, first time ... thought you could
have more questions and a response to it,
otherwise all is great. Thanks.
George, via email.
[Ed: Thanks George, I’d love it if more
readers went to lotl.com and took our census,
no matter how they identify.]
The real issue today is not to keep the bastards
honest but to replace the two-party domination
of Parliament with a greater diversity of
political parties. To that end the introduction
of proportional representation is a prerequisite.
At present the major parties are not interested
in PR for obvious reasons. They would lose
seats. Thus the voters need to support parties
that favour PR, meaning that they should give
their primary vote to such parties, rather than
the majors, in both houses of Parliaments.
Still, should a major party decide to adopt PR
as a policy it could well be that it actually wins
the next federal election as a result of it. This
would be a very constructive reform and result
in major shift away from the dysfunctional
adversarial political culture in Australia. A new
Regional Party could emerge, an Indigenous
Peoples Party, a Gay and Lesbian Party, etc.
Some twenty five industrialised countries
have PR as their electoral system, including
Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Malta
and virtually all European countries, often
enshrined in their constitutions.
Klaas Woldring, Pearl Beach NSW.
The Sydney Gay and
Lesbian Mardi Gras
Sleaze Ball turns 25
this year. Are you going
to party at Sleaze? 31%
Yes, it’s the party
of the year 54%
No, I don’t live in
Maybe, if I can find
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Photos: Anne-Marie Calilhanna
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