Home' LOTL : Dec 12 Contents Melbourne filmmaker Rohan
Spong’s documentar y, All
The Way Through Evening
has secured screenings in the US
over the World AIDS Day weekend,
alongside its national Australian release.
The film chronicles the New York
classical arts community in the early 1980s;
the era when a deadly, silent killer began
to sweep the city and ravage the gay world.
Set to open in selected cinemas in Australia
on November 29, All The Way Through
Evening will be screened in majorcities around
the US to coincide with World AIDS Day.
On his experience making the film, Spong
recalls, “It was like looking through a keyhole
to another time and another place, I could tell
there were some really important memories
there – this film has an unusual angle because
I’m definitely a young outsider looking in.”
All The Way Through Evening will be
released nation-wide over the World AIDS
Day weekend, commencing Thursday,
November 29. The film will run for a
strictly limited season at Melbourne
Cinema Nova, Sydney Dendy Newtown,
Brisbane Palace Centro, Adelaide
Mercury Cinema and Dendy Canberra.
All proceeds from screenings on Saturday
December 1 will go to individual HIV/
AIDS organisations in each state.
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ACON reCOrds $295,000 defiCit
same sex unions = Prison in
Findings from ACON’s 2011/12 Annual
Report has revealed a $295,000 deficit
for the community health organisation.
Speaking at the AGM in Sydney ACON
President Mark Orr described the deficit
as a result of a year marked by a process
of organisational change to ensure
ACON’s programs and services could
respond effectively to the contemporary
reality of the HIV epidemic.
“Through a combination of new
behavioural strategies and new testing
technologies, we have an unparalleled
opportunity to achieve a dramatic
reduction in HIV infections here in
Australia, and we call on all relevant
authorities to pursue these opportunities
with a sense of urgency,” Mr Orr said.
A new ACON board
Richard Lee, who was
recently appointed to a
casual vacancy on the
board, was formally
elected. Board members
Andrew Purchas, Jason Bradshaw and
Professor John de Wit were elected
for a further two years. Two serving
board members were also farewelled,
health researcher Devon Indig and
Wollongong-based healthcare worker
Other key organisational issues detailed
include advocating for the introduction
of rapid HIV testing; raising concerns
about the introduction of a NSW
Brothels Licencing Authority; building
ACON’s capacity to deliver mental health
and home-based care services; helping
aged care providers become more
responsive to the needs of LGBT people
and people with HIV; and increasing the
use of online and digital technologies to
deliver information and services.
Same sex unions will soon be punishable
by up to 14 years in prison or in some parts
of Nigeria by stoning, if the African nation’s
Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill
passes into law.
In a debate session on the proposed bill,
Nigerian House majority leader Mulikat
Adeola-Akande has called homosexuality
and same sex marriage “alien to our society
and culture and it must not be imported”.
She further suggested criminalising public
displays of affection between people of the
same sex and banning same-sex marriage,
“Religion abhors it and our culture has no
place for it,” she added.
House minority leader Femi Gbajabiamila
said the bill represents “convergence of
both law and morality.” Adding that same-
sex marriage “is both illegal and immoral.”
In November 2011 the Nigerian Senate
approved the Same Gender Marriage
Prohibition Bill that proposed same-sex
marriages be punishable by up to 14 years
imprisonment for the couple and 10 years
for anyone abetting their union. It also set
out a 10-year sentence for “any person
who directly or indirectly makes public
show of same-sex amorous relationships”.
Under the banner of the bill, gay
organisations could also be banned.
The bill passed a unanimous second
reading in the House and will be considered
next for a clause-by-clause review.
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