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Our most in uential lesbians
Seven lesbians have been given the honour of
appearing on the annual Same Same list of the 25
Most In uential Gays and Lesbian Australians.
Federal minister Penny Wong, Equal Love activist
Ali Hogg, musician Sia Furler, director Emma
Freeman, researcher Lynne Hiller, writer Fiona
McGregor and VJ Ruby Rose were voted as the out
lesbians who most shaped our public perception of
the LGBT community.
It was the rst time for Melbourne-based activist
Ali Hogg, who tirelessly campaigns for marriage
equality with activist group Equal love.
"I'm pretty proud," she told LOTL. "It's fantastic not
just for me but for everyone who has put in the
hard yards for the past year. Equal Love would be
nothing without the thousands of people prepared
to come to the rallies and march."
Hogg said the accolade has given her more
enthusiasm."It's encouraged me to keep going as
I think it's something we can actually achieve, and
hopefully encourage others to join us."
Midsumma's new Carnival venue was hailed a
success with record crowds of around 100,000 at the
new three-tiered riverside venue, Birrarung Marr.
Midsumma festival chair Lisa Watts said the new
venue had turned out "better than expected".
"We were unsure of how the ow of people
would work over three levels, but it never felt too
crushed in one spot." Watts said Carnival would
return to Birrarung Marr for the next few years,
albeit with some changes.
However the event was marred by a "lesbian
landslide" brawl involving several lesbians, which
has so far clocked up 13,000 views on YouTube.
"It is annoying, and ridiculous," said Watts. " e
Midsumma crowd is well regarded by police and is
not aggressive. But if you drink too much and act
stupidly you will get on the internet."
e festival closed with the annual Pride March,
which drew fewer crowds this year possibly due
to Melbourne's freak storm weather just a few
days earlier, and the no-BYO policy enforced for
the celebratory party in Catani Gardens, which
was fenced o for the rst time. Two bars served
patrons in separate fenced areas and bags were
searched in compliance with requests from City
of Port Phillip and Victoria Police. e march
was led once again by Dykes on Bikes, followed by
sporting, health and community groups. Several
schools turned out this year including Eltham
College, Melbourne High, and Mac.Robertson
Girls High. Watts said the board was still sorting
through the nances, but thanks to healthy ticket
sales for premier events and collections at Carnival,
it was likely to be a positive year for Midsumma.
Midsumma's landslide success
Gay does not equal polygamy
Claims by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) that
gay marriage laws would lead to polygamy have been
described as nothing more than condoning hatred.
An online petition launched by ACL in its campaign
to protect the current marriage act states: "The next
push will be for marriage to include polygamous
relationships, as is currently being tested in a court
Australian Marriage Equality spokesperson Alex
Greenwich said it was nothing but a scare tactic.
"In Australia the de nition of marriage is quite
clear - it is a loving committed union freely
entered into by two people, something which can
easily encompass same-sex partners but which
is fundamentally different from polygamy which
is usually one man marrying and lording it over
The petition coincides with plans by Liberal
Tasmanian Senator Guy Barnett to ask the Senate
to maintain the ban on same-sex marriage. Barnett
says this is a response to a successful motion by
newly-elected Greens MP Adam Bandt for MPs to
consult with the community on the issue.
"Marriage is de ned in the Marriage Act (1961) as
'the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion
of all others, voluntarily entered into for life',"
Senator Barnett said.
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