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New Mardi Gras has announced the key dates for next
year’s festivities, and put the call out for people to fill
In 2012, Fair Day will fall on February 12, Queer Thinking
and the Harbour Party on February 25 while the main
parade and party will take place March 3. NMG is on
the hunt for a women’s programs coordinator and youth
programs coordinator, two roles to plan diversity strategies
and work towards the most inclusive environment
possible for the festival. Key roles for the parade include a
manager – parade audience to “champion” the live street
audience experience; a manager – parade entrants who
would be responsible for planning and managing the
entrants’ site including the start area; and a manager –
parade operations. There are also several management
roles within the volunteer sector to recruit, coordinate and
manage those willing to donate their time and energy to
To apply for any of the roles or to volunteer for Mardi Gras,
6 Lesbians On The Loose Magazine • lotl.com
Slippery lesbians on TV
After years of flogging its wares with ads
featuring gay men, renowned sex lubricant brand
K-Y Jelly has made its first advert featuring a
lesbian couple. First shown in the US, the ad
shows a couple, Alex and Emma, discussing their
relationship. Alex reveals good communication
has kept them together, while Emma announces
K-Y Intense has also helped as it “makes that big
moment feel even bigger”.
“Gay male couples have been featured in print
advertising since 2008 and now the brand is
continuing its tradition of support and visibility
with advertising that is inclusive of lesbian
couples,” said a spokesman for the company.
Tee is for tolerant
A US schoolgirl has won the right to wear a pro-
gay T-shirt to class after initially being banned from
doing so by her school. Sara Couvillon, a 15-year-
old student at Hoover High School in Birmingham,
Alabama, was told not to wear her “Gay? Fine by me”
tee to class for her own safety. Couvillon, assisted by
the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), threatened
school officials with legal action, claiming she had
never experienced harassment or threats.
“I’m very relieved and I feel like this is a major victory
for the LGBT community in Alabama,” Couvillon
said. “This was not just about me – it was about
encouraging people to be brave in standing up for
themselves and standing up for their rights.”
Sam Wolfe, a staff attorney at the SPLC, said: “We
are incredibly happy that the officials at Hoover High
School acted so quickly to restore the rights of this
Legal action appears to be increasingly common at
school level. In 2010 Constance McMillen, 18, won
$35,000 in damages after her Mississippi school
barred her from taking a female date to prom and
two recent lawsuits have been filed in Anoka-
Hennepin School District, Minnesota by six students
who claim they were left defenceless against
homophobic bullying, threats and violence.
IN OTHER NEWS...
Lesbian songbird Jayne Lilford has proven
she’s meant to be more than a traffic controller
after reaching the top 12 of her group on reality
show, The X-Factor.
Lilford blew the judges away with her
rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’, with a
bevy of supporters watching behind the scenes,
including her girlfriend of four years, Elyse.
Lilford made it to boot camp following the
initial auditions, then the cuts from 50, then 12
contestants, but was not one of the final three to
compete in the live shows. She said her group’s
mentor, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and guest
judge Darren Hayes said she had the voice and
the looks to be a star, but not the confidence.
“It’s a weird thing that I’ve had to try and
overcome, thinking I don’t deser ve success,” she
“I’m a countr y girl as well so I am kind of humble.
The whole time I was like, ‘I’m so stoked to be here in
Sydne y’ rather than, ‘I’m g oing to win The X-Factor’. ”
Lilford is a reg ular on Melbourne’s lesbian music
scene, playing at The Glasshouse and Lick Goes
Live acoustic nights, but decided to audition for the
Channel Seven show to further her dream of being a
full time muso.
“I’ve played a lot of gay venues and it’s be en mainly
to the girls and I created a safety net inside that,” she
“ The reason I auditioned for The X-Factor was to
prove to myself that I can do these thing s. If it is a
matter of confidence, what a wonderful way to boost
that confidence is have people from the industr y tell
you that you’ve g ot ever ything , but you just don’t
believe that yourself.”
Lilford, who hails from Kyabram but now lives
in Melbourne and stops traffic for a living , got high
praise from the judges at her audition.
“It’s amazing you’re a traffic controller, because if
you ever wanna stop traffic, just op en your mouth,”
said judge Guy Sebastian.
She says her music is a blend of rock, country
and folk, and that female sing ers such as Adele have
inspire d her.
“Adele g ave me hope ag ain. You don’t have to be
the stereotypical whatever to break into the music
scene. If you’ve got a voice that’s powerful enough
reg ardless of what you look like and who you are you
can still touch people,” she said.
Lilford is currently working on her first EP, but
LOTL readers can che ck out her Facebook pag e,
Janye Lilford sing er/song writer.
X-Factor marks the
spot for Jayne
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