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In spite of its late night timeslot, Channel Seven's The L Word
has irked a right wing Christian group known as the
Saltshakers enough for them to lobby the major companies
who advertise during the show. According to The Age and The
Sun-Herald Just Jeans, Daimler-Chrysler, Allianz Australia,
Centrum and Roche have capitulated to lobbying from
the Victorian-based religious group, agreeing to withdraw
advertising from the lesbian drama in spite of the program's
strong ratings with its targeted under-40s demographic.
The Saltshakers are particularly incensed by the show's
portrayal of self-inseminating lesbians "bringing children
into the world who haven't got fathers," according to
Australia's newly formed LGBT human rights coalition,
the Equal Rights Network, has responded by writing to the
companies, asking them to reverse their decisions. The letter
to Just Jeans asked the company their reason for "not
proceeding with the advertising booked on your behalf by
your client broadcaster".
ERN spokesperson Sally Goldner said she is deeply
concerned by reports that the anti self-insemination and anti-
gay group was behind the ad pull. "Salt Shakers will be
empowered by its win to more vigorously pursue its gay-hate
agenda", she said.
"If companies think their profits will be enhanced by
appeasing a few far right lobbyists at the expense of LGBT
customers they are gravely mistaken", Ms Goldner said.
FUNDING FOR LESBIANS
In perhaps the best lesbian news for a long time, the LINC
(Lesbians Incorporated) Community Grants Program has a
record amount of $15,000 to disburse in grants during
2004. The amount was authorised by LINC members at the
2003 LINC Annual General Meeting.
Lesbians are invited to apply for grants of up to $2000,
which are available for a wide range of projects of benefit to the
lesbian community. Projects must meet a specific need, target
discrimination, improve access or increase the skills of lesbians.
Lesbians with disabilities or from ATSI, NESB or non-
metropolitan communities are particularly encouraged to apply.
The grants are funded from the quarter of a million dollars
raised for the Lesbian Space Project in 1993, which has grown
through a mix of investment strategies. LINC has given away
$25,000 over four years, awarding grants to lesbians and lesbian
groups around Australia.
In 2002 LINC supported lesbians at the Gay Games with a
$5000 grant and in 2001 allocated a total of $11,500 to 10
grants across Australia. Combined with the $13,000 donated to
projects in 2000, LINC has established itself as the major source
of funding for lesbian specific community grants in Australia.
"It's really rewarding, processing these applications, to see
that there are still women out there who can find time and
energy for community ser vice. It's heart-warming stuff," said
LINC co-convenor Deb Jones
Past grants have gone to a diverse range of projects: art and
poetry, a website for older dykes, a doctoral study of lesbian
menopause, workshops, newsletters, CDs, and even a bus
For guidelines and application form write to LINC,
PO Box 503 Glebe 2037. Grants will be awarded on
International Lesbian Day in October.
TOP THE L WORD, PHOTO COURTESY OF CHANNEL 7; BELOW A LINC MEETING PHOTO TRACEY BECKLER
THE A--Z OF GAY LIFE Gay A-Z, an expo on the many facets of
gay and lesbian life will be held in Melbourne at the Royal
Exhibition Building, May 21-23. It features food and wine,
travel, fashion, fitness, careers and investment. For more info
LESBIANS AND THE LAW Women's Legal Services NSW
provides free legal advice and referrals to women across the
state, presenting "Lesbians and the Law" featuring a female
solicitor and one on one advice. If your organisation would like
to hold a talk, contact Margaret Small on (02) 9749 7700. The
Indigenous Women's contact number is 1800 639 784.
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