Home' LOTL : September 2004 Contents EDITOR'S LETTER
Last month delivered a dark day for lesbians and gays with
the passing of the Marriage Act Amendment bill, which
effectively bans same sex unions, and their recognition, in this
country. I urge everyone to fight on this issue, whether you
imagine yourself as a bride or groom or not. Because it's about
equal rights for all across the board and if we let our major
political parties get away with this we will always be brushed
to the margins during policy-making or used in the wedge
politics game. Happily, I discovered there are some politicians
out there passionately supporting us, but they need us to fight
much harder if we are to be heard over the conservative
majority. And happily, I welcome any lesbian couples out there
making a formal commitment to each other to contact LOTL.
Each month we would like to feature a ceremony. It's one way
of saying we are living our lives as we see fit, not as legislation
declares. Email me at email@example.com
MS JOHNS PHOTOGRAPHED BY FIORA SACCO 0418 263 125
Silke Bader has pioneered gay and lesbian
travel in Australia for several years. She is also
the publisher of LOTL. This month she visits
Norfolk Island to test its potential as a possible
gay and lesbian travel destination.
Dawn Cohen is an activist, psychologist and
writer, passionately committed to hearty
thinking and thoughtful feeling. This month
she meets Nora Savona, first ever lesbian
Lions Club president.
Sylvia Kinder was born in 1948 and has been
involved in the lesbian and women's
movements since the early 1970s in Adelaide
and Sydney, with seven years in Germany.
She spends her non-teaching time
bushwalking, cycling, and socialising with as
many older lesbians as she can, and is
interested in the issues they face.
Merryn Johns has edited LOTL for four years
and when it comes to celebrities loves putting
on her writing hat. This month she is star
struck. "I interviewed Sophie B. Hawkins, my
all time favourite pop star. Sophie was so
honest and passionate about her work she
bowled me over. She left me thinking, 'Damn,
I wish I was her lover!'"
Nic Van Dyke is a radio producer and music
industry insider with Nova 969. She has been
breaking music news in LOTL for three years
with access to the world's biggest and best
musicians. Along with music, Nic's other
pleasure in life is her Golden Retriever, Jordan.
Kris Fontaine is a professional astrologer/
tarotologist/clairvoyant and Reiki/spiritual
transformer, and has been a regular contributor
to LOTL since its birth. She is passionate about
anything New Age, psychological and esoteric
-- from Feng Shui to numerology through to
counselling and hands-on healing. You can hear
her on Sunday nights on WSFM, 7--9.30pm.
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