Home' LOTL : Dec 11 Contents Since it was rst established in 1988, Tropical
Fruits, the Northern Rivers premier Gay
and Lesbian Social Group has been holding
regular events for its diverse members and guests.
Since holding its rst event -- a dance at Broken
Head Hall called Breakout, this self-funded,
independent voluntary organisation has proved
it knows how to put on a party -- and visitors
from around the country have descended on the
Northern Rivers to join in the festivities.
A rst impression of Tropical Fruits would be an
organisation that is fun, safe and inclusive. Tropical
Fruits promotes an atmosphere of harmony and
family. According to chairwoman Ali Cor eld
"We embrace a uniquely diverse demographic,
from faeries to femmes, from youth through to
aged, from hippy to hipster!" It seems there is a
place for everyone at Tropical Fruits.
With the Northern Rivers supporting a big
LGBT community, it's little wonder that an
organisation such as Tropical Fruits has sprung up.
Ali believes Tropical Fruits is an integral part of the
life in the Rainbow region- providing "connections
and a meeting place for the areas LGBT folk.
"Tropical Fruits provides a home for our
membership to gather and connect, initiates
programs to address issues facing regional LGBT
family and run events which raise the pro le of
the regions, reaching out to the cultural centres
from the regions."
Asked to describe the typical Tropical Fruits
member and the answer is anything but atypical.
"We can identify a typical TF member as Lovingly
Lesbian, Gorgeously Gay, Brilliantly Bi and
Terri cally Transgender -- since TF is inclusive,
don't take this list as exhaustive!
"Becoming a member gives you discounts on all
Fruits events, access to the Fruit Bowl, discounts
at a range of LGBT-friendly businesses in the
Northern Rivers, and the right to contribute to
the work of the subcommittees and be a member
of the Management Committee.
"Perhaps most importantly TF members make
a real, visible commitment to the goals of Fruits,
which are to support and help build a healthy
LGBT local community."
A great example of this work would be
initiatives such as Fresh Fruits Youth Group
"Fresh Fruits are a growing youth group they
meet fortnightly and number around 50 youth
who identify as gay friendly. ey meet at the
Fruit Bowl (the Fruits clubhouse) and have a
dedicated group of mentors who support and
guide the group's progress."
Of course the best way to get to know the
Tropical Fruits crew is to attend one of their
events. is New Year's Eve they will be putting
on their regular party. e theme for the night is
TRIBE, Ali has put out the call to the rainbow
tribe to gather and celebrate its culture and
diversity. " e team has a few surprises in store
and this year we are creating a future garden at the
"Apart from the three dance halls (the Forest,
the Temple and the Shrine), we have an art
exhibition, cabaret/cafe space, chill space and
gender speci c lounges; women's, men's and ....
We have an amazing array of talented performers
More info: tropicalfruits.org.au
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