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Aussie songbird Ricki-Lee
Coulter has been named as a Red
Ribbon Ambassador for World
AIDS Day on December 1.
Coulter joins longtime Red
Ribbon envoy Marcia Hines as a
spokesperson for ACON's annual
Red Ribbon Appeal to raise money
to ght HIV/AIDS and to help people
"Despite lifesaving medical advances,
HIV is still here and it a ects thousands
of people in Australia and millions
throughout the world," Coulter said.
"I have close friends and colleagues
who are living with HIV and I'm
honoured and grateful to have this
opportunity to encourage others to help
ACON is calling for volunteers to
help sell red ribbons. To register, visit
Hobart has broken its queer marching drought
with 500 people crowding the city with amboyant
costumes, cheering onlookers and a contingent of
LGBTI Aboriginal Tasmanians.
Part of the two-week TasPride Festival, the
parade is the rst since 1997, when Tasmania
became the last Australian state to decriminalise
Since then the Apple isle has trail-blazed with
queer legislation, and last month the Tasmanian
parliament became the rst in the country to
pass a motion providing in-principle support for
marriage equality, say organisers.
Friends and family of gay people joined in
too. Peter and Els McIntosh marched with their
daughter Naida to show support for their son and
brother Nick, who could not make the event.
" is has been very colourful and positive, a very
good advert for gay issues," Peter McIntosh said.
Naida carried a sign asking why her brother
couldn't get married.
A new state government funded research
project into the discrimination experienced by
LGBTI Tasmanians called "BeProud" was also
launched during the festival.
Queer Isle of our eyes
The rst Australian documentary about
controversial "ex-gay" religious programs has
been directed and produced by two lesbians.
Helen Kelly, producer of The Cure: A Documentary,
said she and director Heather Corkhill wanted
to investigate so-called "reparative programs"
run by religious groups to "heal" people of their
homosexuality. She said they were intrigued about
the idea of reconciling faith with sexuality given
most religions reject it.
"So what would motivate someone to continue
to remain within a community of people who
fundamentally reject who they are?" she told LOTL.
They uncovered several active groups in Australia
offering "support" for same-sex-attracted people
and operating in a very secretive manner, all of
which were linked to a religious organisation.
They also discovered a burgeoning number of US-
based online "cure" programs recommended by
Groups such as Living Waters, led by self-confessed
"transformed" ex-gay man Ron Brookman, claim
to heal homosexuals through the power of prayer.
Brookman gave an in-depth interview for the lm.
Kelly said despite being confronted by Brookman's
beliefs, the team stuck to its ethics, and intention
to not "demonise. It was merely to conduct the
interviews, make the lm and let it speak for itself.
I think we've done that," she said.
The rst of cial trailer is on YouTube and the lm
has a Facebook fan page.
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The theme for next year's ChillOut festival and the
recipient of the annual fundraising activities have
been announced... In March 2012 ChillOut with
Country Pride and party or chill for a worthy cause,
A festival unlike any other, ChillOut transforms the
beautiful and relaxing Central Victoria spa region of
Daylesford and surrounding villages and towns into
a celebration of everything colourful and queer for
four fun-packed days from March 9-12, 2012.
Over Labour Day long weekend the ChillOut festival
celebrates diversity and culture with an extraordi-
nary line-up of entertainment. Join us at ChillOut,
the largest Gay and Lesbian regional festival in Aus-
tralia. Stay tuned for more announcements.
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