Home' LOTL : July 11 Contents EVA COX, FEMINIST AND SOCIOLOGIST
I am delighted to endorse this event for many reasons, in particular the memory of
the thrill of the last one. Being part of such a celebration was important to me then
and will be now. We have made some progress since then but need to stay involved
and active to ensure we keep what we have and do even more. We need to be part of
future changes to society because without feminist leadership, we risk more macho
and conservative changes. Lesbians must be part of making this society ever more
civil for all.
ANNE SUMMERS, FEMINIST WRITER
Congratulations to all those involved in this historic concert: performers, organisers
and, of course, the audience. It is very fitting that Australia’s great performance
space, the Sydney Opera House, is the place for this celebration of lesbian culture
and performance. I am sure that everyone attending will swell with pride at the
accomplishments of women everywhere but on this night, at the special and unique
talents of the performers.
SALLY MCMANUS, SECRETARY AUSTRALIAN SERVICES UNION
I am pleased to offer our best wishes and support for the Lesbians in the House
Concert. The ASU is a strong supporter of equality for women and for lesbians. We are
running a historic campaign for equal pay for community sector workers. So many ASU
activists are also feminist activists, and many are also lesbian activists, who have been
working for social justice for all their working lives. We strongly support ending all
discrimination against lesbians in the workplace, and more broadly, and for this reason
support equal marriage rights. We are proud to be the first Union to publically take a
stand on this issue.
STEPH SANDS, CO-CHAIR NEW MARDI GRAS
Congratulations on producing this inspiring and long overdue event, Lesbians in the
House. For many decades we have been fighting for greater visibility, acceptance and
equality through our community. 20 years ago, when Living our Passion took place,
it shone as a beacon of great hope for same sex attracted women and since then we
have gone on to win many of our battles and rights. But we are not there yet. If we
are to gain full equality we must come together as a diverse and colourful community.
It is the performers, artists, writers, organisers and audiences who continue to
promote our struggles through their artistic interpretation of our messages and who
then orchestrate the celebration of our wins. As women we still have much to fight
for, but let’s not forget to celebrate the journey and progress we have made to date.
Congratulations on a truly inspiring event.
KELLIE MCDONALD, CO-CONVENOR NSW GAY & LESBIAN RIGHTS
The NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby is proud to support the Lesbians in the House
Concert which aims to promote cultural pride and equal rights for same-sex attracted
women. One of our most fundamental human rights is the right to be treated equally
under the law and to live our lives free from unfair discrimination. When we are denied
these rights, we are denied dignity and respect. We must all continue to fight for the
rights of those people we love – our partners, our family, our friends, ourselves –
because after all, all love is equal.
TANYA PLIBERSEK MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
Congratulations to the organisers at Creative Womyn Down Under for reconvening
this celebration of lesbian community and creativity 20 years after its first
incarnation at the Sydney Opera House. I am happy to see that some of the
original 1991 performers will share the stage with new talents and a young
singers showcase - a display of the vitality of the lesbian community and an
acknowledgment that this community is an integral part of Australia’s past, present
and future. I hope the night inspires you with the gains of the past twenty years and
energises you for the battles still to be won.
PENNY WONG, SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Congratulations to Creative Womyn Down Under. Tonight’s gala celebration is a
further testament to the passion, hard work and creativity undertaken to promote
equal rights and women’s empowerment throughout the Australian community.
Through supporting women’s creativity, you encourage a diversity of voices to speak
out on issues of importance to our society.
I offer my support to the organisers, performers, their family and friends, and all those
associated with this event. It looks to be a night of great music and great company.
LEE RHIANNON, GREENS NSW SENATOR
Congratulations to all involved with Creative Womyn Down Under and your inspiring project
Lesbians in the House. On behalf of the Greens I wish you every success. The Sydney Opera
House is the rightful venue for this concert – a prime site, for a prime event. It warmed my
heart to hear about the work of Creative Womyn Down Under. You are continuing the fine
traditions of women’s movements over the decades that have worked to create space,
support, networks and resources for lesbian creativity. I can’t wait for the big night – what a
line up of talent.
LINDA BURNEY MP, DEPUTY LEADER NSW OPPOSITION
I am delighted to offer my support to the Lesbians in the House Concert. Diversity - of
background, belief, thinking and sexual preference - not only enriches our society and
culture, but also strengthens our democracy. So it is appropriate our most famous building,
and arguably the world’s most famous cultural centre, tonight hosts a celebration reflecting
many aspects of the diversity that makes NSW a truly great place to live.
PENNY SHARPE MLC, SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT
Lesbians in the House is a fantastic event that brings together talented performers
from across Australia. This concert brings people together to share collective pride,
reflect on the gains made in the past 20 years and point to the work still left to do. This
is a joyful celebration of lesbian lives and creativity. An event not to be missed.
CLOVER MOORE MP, LORD MAYOR OF SYDNEY
Australia has a proud history of lesbian and gay activism. It is therefore fitting that
one of the Australian LGBT community’s most iconic events returns to Sydney’s most
iconic venue to hold its 20 year reunion. Lesbians in the House showcases the lesbian
community’s vitality and makes a major contribution to Australia’s cultural life. It is also
an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the past two decades.
However it is, above all, a wonderful celebration of lesbian diversity and pride. I wish
Lesbians in the House every success for its gala 20th celebration, and look forward to
celebrating many other milestones with the lesbian community in the years to come.
Lesbians in the House
SPONSORED BY LOTL • PRODUCED BY CREATIVE WOMYN DOWN UNDER
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