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IT’S PARTY TIME
Being a lesbian of a certain age I find myself chained to the computer or the couch more often than I’d like.
Recently, while watching U.S. TV (American cable has two gay TV channels: Logo and here!) I tuned into
a show called “Can’t Get a Date” on which one of the young, single lesbians lamented, “Where are all the
lesbians? At home snuggling with their cats?” It’s an image of lesbians that is unfortunately somewhat true.
Especially of married lesbians of – ahem – a certain age. It’s a stereotype that Sandy Sachs, founder and
operator of Girl Bar says is all too common. She and partner Robin Gans have kept the party going for 17
years and notice a trend: single lesbians like to party regularly; couples soon fade from the scene, and only
after a breakup do they return to fish the choppy waters of lesbian dating.
But I know of many lesbians, attached and on the loose, who still glam up and head out. In an age when it
seems big dance parties are downsizing and more frequent and diverse evenings are flourishing, we have
some long-term players still going strong: Azure, Tropical Fruits, Mardi Gras, Sleaze, Inquisition, and relative
newcomers Toybox and Girlfest, to name but a few. These stayers suggest that size does matters and big
ticket prizes are justifiable. It seems that we all need to blow off the cobwebs at some point and celebrate
But Australia’s cities have also seen a flurry of smaller scale after-dark dyke action in the past few years as
girls have decided they need to get out on a regular basis. Instead of waiting for the annual euphoric LGBT
party of choice to roll around many are venturing out on a weekly and monthly basis to support a diverse
assortment of girl gigs: Brisbane has had a hit with MINT, Melbourne has seen the growing popularity and
success of Blonde on the Rocks and Emerald Clutch, with long-running local fave Girl Bar entering its lucky
13th year! The Sydney scene is pumping with Bitch, Moist, Fingers First, Twat (just kidding…), Candy Lips,
Club Arak, ZIP, Le Deluxe, Lesbian Icon and others too numerous to mention. An epic one-off party called
Tongue Twister is being planned by the crème de la crème of Australia’s lesbian events organisers suggesting
that girls want to have their cake and eat it too: a memorable, large-scale but exclusive local evening.
And Australian lesbians are willing to travel when it comes to parties. At the time of printing, the second
Girlfest on the Gold Coast, a weekend jam-packed with lesbian entertainment in an exclusively booked
resort, is going off! And its inspiration, the Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, has a growing contingent
of Australian lesbians who feel that it’s worth flying over the Pacific to experience international celebrities (and
perhaps imagine they’re in an episode of The L Word). This year, Lucy Lawless our cover girl will sing!
But the party to end all parties is still Mardi Gras on the first Saturday of March. While there have been
rumours of financial difficulties and a fluctuating scale of offerings over the past few years New Mardi Gras
always puts on a decent, world-class show. The combination of February festival lead-up, night parade, and
eight-hour long party is unbeatable, so try to get there even if it’s the one party ticket you buy this year.
And wherever you party, now or in the next few weeks – party safely!
Editor’s photo: Jasmine Hirst
Photos: A familiar scene for
uber-lesbians: Girl Bar’s Dinah
Shore Weekend Pure White
Party; and Sydney’s Toybox, a
growing favourite with lesbians
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