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Summer is synonymous with events and festivals. Midsumma
Festival and Mardi Gras provide opportunities for LGBT performers,
artists and entertainers to showcase their wonderful array of talents.
And in turn provides those less talented with the opportunity to laugh,
cry, gasp and re ect. ere always seems to be so much to see and so little
time! Going along to a show, exhibition or play can provide us with the
opportunity to escape the everyday hum drum and be distracted, enthralled
and entertained - a chance to let our imaginations run wild!
Our volunteer telephone counsellors here at Switchboard o en receive
calls from people wanting to know about LGBT support or social groups.
eatre and arts groups are o en
not considered in the list. But for
many joining such a group can be
a very rewarding experience. One
such group is the Melbourne
based Women's Circus, a
community arts organisation
that presents innovative high
quality circus performances and
workshops to a diverse audience
and participant base. e Circus
was established in 1991, the same
year as Switchboard, as a project
of Footscray Community Arts Centre and in 2003 was incorporated as a
company. It provides an opportunity for women to build self esteem and
rea rm control over their bodies in a safe and non competitive environment.
For more information check out their website at womenscircus.org.au
It seems the theatre and the arts have always attracted gay men and
lesbians. It may be the appeal of disguising oneself and portraying other
identities or genders as well as providing an avenue for free expression in, at
times, a conser vative society. Whatever the reason, exploring your creative
side can be both a challenging and rewarding experience.
Given that theatre and the arts are o en designed to provoke, you may
nd that attending a play, lm or exhibition raises some issues for you. If you
nd that you are questioning sexual attraction, identity or have emotional
responses to an event feel free to call Switchboard to discuss your feelings
with one of our trained telephone counsellors.
Regardless of the reason for the call, Switchboard's counsellors can
provide a supportive and friendly service to answer direct queries where
the information is available or provide a safe space for open conversation
where issues may be explored.
Are you a thespian
or ever dreamt of
With Midsumma in full swing and Mardi Gras
festival about to commence, there's no better
time to join a social group. By Switchboard.
The theatre and
the arts have
gay men and
Gay and Lesbian Switchboard
Counselling: 03 9663 2939 (Melbourne) or
1800 184 527 (regional Vic and Tas)
Monday to Thursday 6pm-10pm, Wednesdays 2pm-10pm,
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 6pm-9pm
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