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ASIA’S BIGGEST GAY CIRCUIT PARTY
INVITED THE GIRLS THIS YEAR
REPORTS DINAH GARDNER.
For the first time, Nation, held in October on the Thai
resort island of Phuket, featured dyke parties as a
side order to the three nights of sweaty gay clubbing.
The event, organised by Singapore-based Fridae,
gave girls all over Asia a taste of thriving dyke culture.
At W@Nation the girls were treated to sexy pool
parties, cheeky win-a-vibrator contests, a seafood
banquet – no fish jokes please – and, rumour has it, a
trip to a go-go bar. Nation’s finale was a four-hour set
with Sydney’s own lesbian DJ, Kate Monroe.
Heavily outnumbered – almost 2,000 men to fewer
than 100 women – the girls gave the boys a run
for their money, stripping down to their bikinis and
dancing until dawn with hordes of shirtless muscle
“The atmosphere was really positive,” one British
lesbian expat who now lives in Singapore said.
“There was a very friendly vibe to the weekend.
Perhaps because we were mostly women away from
our home environment, it’s often easier to bond,”
Lesbian DJ Lisa C, who played at the women-only
club night, says she was surprised by how much the
girls were up for it. “I was having as much fun as the
girls on the dance floor,” the 34-year-old Singaporean
beauty said. “I played an extra hour without even
The brains behind the girls’ party was Irene Ang,
one of Singapore’s most famous comediennes. The
attractive 38-year-old plays mahjong-loving Auntie
Rosie in long-running sitcom Phua Chu Kan. “Me and
Stuart Koe [founder of Nation] have the same vision
for gays and lesbians,” Ang says, reclining at the
poolside in a turquoise bikini. “We want to create a
space, a family for gays and lesbians to get together
and be themselves.”
Ang’s an old hand at organising girls’ events. She
started back in 1995 with a group called Children
of the Moon, which held lesbian nights in rundown
clubs, attracting maybe around 50 girls a time. Ten
years on and Ang now owns her own lesbian events
company called twoqueensparty. It runs fortnightly
gigs at major venues and the “butch hunt” and
“femmequest” beauty contests.
“In the early days there was no Internet so we would
go out on the streets and hand out cards to people
we thought were gay,” Ang says. “Now we are
attracting thousands of girls.”
Surprisingly, conservative Singapore, which banned
Fridae from holding a big gay bash last year, has one
of the most vibrant lesbian scenes in Asia. On top of
Ang’s twoqueensparty, there are other groups that
organise parties, book readings and offer support
services for lesbians, including a bunch of online
forums. The island nation also has a number of
dedicated dyke bars.
“The scene in Singapore is a lot better than
Australia’s,” says Anne Simpson, an Australian who
now lives in Singapore. “They have more girls’ nights
Asian lesbian partygoers,
Phuket sunset, and Irene Ang.
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