Home' LOTL : June 2004 Contents EDITOR'S LETTER
As you can see, this month I've totally given in to my
hopeless addiction to that lesbian television equivalent of
the Tim Tam -- The L Word. If this show has barely registered a
blip on your gaydar, please forgive me for my editorial
excesses! In much more worthy news, this June we celebrate
Pride Week, which commemorates the Stonewall riots, a turning
point in gay history and the beginning of the politicisation of
gays, lesbians and transsexuals. As you may know, police
raided the Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run gay bar in Greenwich
Village, New York on June 28, 1969. As officers lined up 200
patrons to check ID, then detained some drag queens and male-
to-female transsexuals, the patrons rioted. Few facts are known
as to the exact catalyst of the rebellion. The most popular is that
the rage was fanned by the grief felt at Judy Garland's death.
The other claims that a prominent butch lesbian and scores of
sequined drag queens co-ordinated the rebellion. Either version
demonstrates that there is a strong connection between the
frivolous and serious sides of our lives. So while you party at
Pride this month (or revel in The L Word), remember those who
paved the way before you.
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Evelyn Hartogh has wanted to be Wonder
Woman all her life, and focuses her research
and writing on examples of strong women in
fiction and fact. She has a Master of Arts in
Women's Studies, an MA in Creative Writing
and freelances for LOTL and The Australian
Women's Book Review Online. She supports a fluffy
tortoiseshell cat called Princess Leia.
Anna Rothwell has been a regular
contributor for LOTL, writing on a range of
topics, for several years. This month she
writes on the Ankali Project, one of our oldest
community endeavours. "Meeting the people
involved at Ankali was really heartening.
They were people who thought a great deal about the lives
of those around them, and people who cared deeply."
Jackie Braw has spent nearly 20 years
working in a variety of social policy settings,
including government and community
organisations, often specialising in lesbian and
gay issues. We welcome Jackie to LOTL as a
writer who will be exploring the sociological
and philosophical sides of lesbian life -- this month, our
fascination with lesbians who label, and The L Word.
Belinda Hazelton has been writing about films
since 1994, but her love of cinema started
when she was a student in the late 70s.
Belinda's other interests include theatre, travel,
wine, food and organising social activities.
She has been attending the Sydney Film
Festival for over 25 years and this month, surveys what's on for
Janine Tennille is the founder of Candy Lips,
the extremely popular girls' night, and
recently organised the official girls' Recovery
Parties for Sleaze Ball and Mardi Gras. She
has a regular segment on BeatFM (87.6)
called Tease, which looks at the lighter side
of the trials and tribulations of lesbianism. LOTL is her first
official pen to paper. "I often get referred to as Carrie
Bradshaw (Sex and the City) because of my constant
questions of life and love".
Michelle Hespe has been just about everywhere
on the planet and has written travel articles for
LOTL on Cambodia, Berlin, and Prague -- to
name a few of her favourite places. This month
she delves beneath the glitter of Las Vegas,
showgirl capital of the world.
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