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LGBT VENUE FAILS
By Tessa Millesse in Perth
Skandalous, Perth’s newest gay and lesbian venue catering exclusively to the LGBT
community, has closed its doors forever after only six months of trading. Gay owned and
operated, it advertised itself as Perth’s only true gay and lesbian café, bar and night club. Employing gay
DJs and staff, it once boasted the cheapest drinks in Perth, regular themed nights, free internet, and
separate women’s and men’s nights on the upstairs level. After a promising launch in June, patronage
began to fall off and eventually both the women’s and men’s nights were cancelled. In November, the
club’s management put out a call to the community for their support, but turnout remained disappointing.
After much community consultation, and possibly a direction change, Skandalous shut its doors for
renovations, but never reopened. A message on their website stated “Unfortunately due to various
reasons we have decided to close the doors for good.”
SA DOMESTIC PARTNERS WIN
By Nic Rowan in Adelaide
After more than four years of intensive lobbying by the lesbian and gay community, the
South Australian Upper House finally passed the Domestic Partners Bill on December 7.
The landmark legislation enshrines a range of financial and legal rights of people living as
domestic partners, including same-sex couples. South Australia is the last state to pass such legislation,
having lagged due to numerous inquiries and stalling tactics. Instrumental to the passing of the Bill has
been a protracted and silent parliamentary sit-in by members of lobby group Let’s Get Equal. When the
Bill passed, LGE members in the gallery erupted into cheers.
Labor MP Ian Hunter, who is gay, gave an impassioned speech to the Legislative Council in which he
reminded members that “same sex couples still have many campaigns ahead before they are treated
as truly equal in the
law.” The Bill still
does not address
critical areas of
technology a nd
queer rights groups
are now planning
this next assault.
By Cath Pope in Melbourne
Victoria’s queer community
celebrated its night of a thousand
stars by holding the annual Rainbow Awards.
Several prominent Victorian dykes won peer-
voted awards across several categories. Heather
Morgan from the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
won Quiet Achiever of the Year, Jonny Gash
picked up Drag King of the Year, Geraldine
Kirby was awarded Woman of the Year for her
work with Midsumma, and Claire Jackson, from
Melbourne Queer Film Festival, got the Hall of
Fame Community gong. Among the evening’s
highlights was an exuberant Melbourne Lord
Mayor John So confirming the City Council’s
commitment to a Relationships Declaration
Register during his acceptance speech for
Community Supporter of the Year.
In what could be called a progressive step
towards the official acknowledgement that same-
sex couples do actually exist, staff from the
Melbourne Magistrates Court’s Family Violence
section took part in a workshop on violence
in same-sex relationships to better educate
themselves about the issue. “Given the limited
time we had with staff, it went very well,” said
Associate Professor Anne Mitchell from Gay and
Lesbian Health, Victoria.
In November election fallout, as predicted, the
Labor Party romped home with a stunning
victory. Despite fielding a record number of queer
candidates, the Victorian Greens failed to make
the electoral impact they had hoped for. While
none of the queer candidates were successful in
winning a seat in Parliament, many polled well.
VICTORIAN SAME SEX ATTRACTED SURVEY
Are you a woman who identifies as lesbian,
bisexual, or questioning, aged 18 to 29 and
living in the Cities of Yarra or Darebin? If yes,
a new survey by Women’s Health in the North
wants your input so they can find out how you
think same-sex attracted women in the northern
suburbs of Melbourne could be better supported.
Please complete the confidential online survey by
January 26 at whin.org.au. For questions about
the survey please contact Rosamaria (Health
Promotion Worker) on (03) 9484 1666 or at
DYKE VENUE UP FOR GRABS?
And finally, a well placed source tells LOTL that
a much-loved Melbourne inner-city dyke venue
is on the market. Word on the street says the
proprietor is after a quick sale with LOTL unable
to confirm whether or not the venue will continue
to cater to the ladies post-sale.
No longer the
wooden spoon state
The Rainbow Awards
Photo: Andrea Gilbey
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