Home' LOTL : March 2011 Contents Aspecial event is set to give women in the LGBT
communities the chance to speak out about what really
matters, as part of 'Say Something', the key campaign of
this year's Mardi Gras Festival and Parade.
e event, Women Say Something, will feature two panels
of illustrious women from di erent parts of our communities,
who will debate a series of topics of importance to LGBT folk
-- think e View, queered up. e evening will be hosted by DJ
Kate Monroe and consist of two sessions of debates, followed
by music by DJ GI Jode from 10pm, when audiences can
mingle and continue discussions.
Featuring three generations of lesbian and queer women,
this panel has seen it all, lived through it all and has opinions to
voice on all of it. Panelists announced so far are femme burlesque
performer Lillian Starr; DJ and Natural State Living creator
Kelly Lynch; gender-irreverent performance artist and activist
Zoo (aka Cath Davies); Hell re Club creator Jackie McMillan;
two -time Olympic silver medallist and one of Australia's most
renowned female cyclists, Michelle Ferris; queer indigenous
presenter and blogger, Meggan Grose; community creative
powerhouse Gillian Minervini; Lemons with a Twist organiser
and business woman Mary Shalala ; '78er, Order of Australia
recipient and feminist bookshop owner Gail Hewison; and
medical practitioner and commentator on public health
and human rights Professor Kerryn Phelps.
Says New Mardi Gras Co -Chair Steph Sands; "I wanted
a panel which was as diverse as we could get. So that we
could start with the women who have led or continue to
lead (whether o cially or by pro le) the diverse groups
that make up our communities. For one week in the
year let's stand together strong, without judgement,
with all our initials blazing and keep striving towards
the goal which we all agree is our fundamental human
right, and from there continue throughout the year
accepting and celebrating our communities as diverse
and far reaching as they are."
e event is open to all, but members of the panel are
all female-identi ed members of the LGBT communities.
Comments Sands: "We are such a diverse community and
with that there are many issues facing women that are hotly
debated online, in bars, in clubs and in the community press.
As part of our 'Say Something' campaign, we are giving women
a platform to have a say, and to join in a live discussion with our
panelists, all prominent members of our communities.
"As a community proper, we all essentially want the same
thing, acceptance and equality. Let's start with acceptance of our
di erences and look at those issues facing us as a community".
Women Say Something - March 2, 6.30pm for a 7pm start, upstairs
the Columbian Hotel, 117-123 Oxford Street, Sydney Entry is $20.
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