Home' LOTL : November 2004 Contents EDITOR'S LETTER
I've given over to the warmer weather and fantasised that it's
holiday time already! This month we look at Olivia Cruises,
a lesbian operated North American travel outfit that can have
you sailing away in luxury with top-notch onboard
entertainment -- for example, intimate unplugged sessions with
Melissa Etheridge on their April 2005 cruise to the Bahamas.
Although sadly we recently learned that the divine Missy has
been diagnosed with breast cancer and is bravely recovering
from two surgeries with Tammy and kids by her side. Visit her
website to send her your good wishes. Speaking of lesbian
wishes -- or wish fulfillment -- we've put the lovely Gina Gershon
on the cover this month. You remember her from the movie
Bound, right? Well, she's back, and bolder than ever. Gina's
acting credo has always been "F*ck the rules. "I think I said that
around the time I did Showgirls and I was going right into
Bound, which I really believed in," she revealed recently. "And
everybody told me, 'You can't do this movie. It's a lesbian
movie! It will ruin your career. And I was like, 'F*ck the rules.'"
Go Gina! Unfortunately she's not a member of the club, but I
reckon she deserves honorary membership for playing yet
another tough dyke, this time in the soon to be released movie
Prey For Rock And Roll. Happy reading!
MS JOHNS PHOTOGRAPHED BY FIORA SACCO 0418 263 125
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.
Mona Attamimi has a Yemeni/Indonesian/
Muslim heritage and is a committed feminist.
This month she chatted with Marcia Hines
about her long and legendary career in
Australian music, and why she lends her
high profile to the cause of World AIDS Day.
Jackie Braw opens up a debate that our
community has been reluctant to have: at what
point does weight become a health concern for
lesbians? How do lesbians accept or reject
health messages about body size and weight?
Jackie's article hopes to direct interest to
ACON's Western Sydney Lesbian Health
project which is looking at how lesbians of all
sizes construct their body image perceptions in
the face of often conflicting social messages
about body image and female beauty.
Nic Van Dyke is a radio producer and music
industry insider with Nova 96.9. 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.
Evelyn Hartogh currently writes for LOTL and
The Australian Women's Book Review. She has
Masters degrees in Women's Studies and in
Creative Writing and for the first four years of
the twenty-first century she wrote the popular
'Sheroes' (feminist icons) column for
Queensland Pride newspaper. She cherishes
her fluffy tortoiseshell cat Princess Leia, collects
sheroic dolls and comics, and covets absolutely
anything to do with her idol Wonder Woman.
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