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have a relaxing New Year's Eve warm-up drink before the dance
party side of things kicks off at 10pm. After which this top level
space will be converted to the exclusive Pride Members Lounge
for the performers, volunteers, members and their guests. At the
same time the lower level will step up a notch in preparation for
the later arriving dance crowd.
All performances will also be housed in Stage 11. Expect to
see drag shows from some of Sydney's popular drag kings and
queens. Kingki Kingdom fans will be pleased to know that Sexy
Galexy will be there to join in on New Year's Eve festivities as
well as singing diva Shauna Jensen of Popstars fame.
With a DJ lineup of more than double last year's Kooky
Karousel, and the addition of the Dome, punters should have no
problem finding a space that suits their musical appetite. Pride
first timer and famed UK DJ Alan Thompson will be headlining
in the Dome with local girl beatstars Kate Monroe and Kelly
Lynch. This year the Candy Lips crew make an appearance with
their suitably titled Candy Bar, an outdoor girls space sponsored
by the Pink Sofa, where Jude recommends, "if you love a Candy
Lips party then you are going to love Candy Bar". And with an
all girl DJ lineup comprising of newcomers and seasoned
veterans including Beatrix, Sista P, Renae Stanton and Lexie
Bradfield, I quote my mentor and hero Cartman when I say that
this space is going to be "sweeet". Funky house, funky house
and more funky house! Bring it on girls!
But all fun aside, it can be easy to overlook why we have
these dance parties in the first place. Not only are they an
affirmation and celebration of who we are as individuals and
proud gays and lesbians; they are also fundraisers to help keep
organisations like Pride alive. And with the recent passing of the
federal election and Howard's reinstatement, now more than
ever should we support Pride and their annual fundraising bash.
After all, if GLBT activist Rodney Croome's statement
about "the LGBT community being in the worst position it has
occupied since the birth of the modern gay movement in
Australia" is anything to go by, then I'm getting pretty
concerned. Pride co-president Lou-Anne Lind concurs: "The
LGBT community is certainly in a difficult position at the
moment and recently we have been the focus of a number of
co-ordinated attacks from the conser vative right. We need to
ensure that the rights we currently do have are protected ... I
would not be surprised if there are attempts to erode what we
How big a part as a community can we actually play to incite
change? "All activists always want their communities to be more
vocal and politically active and I'm certainly no different," says
Lou-Anne. "I think it goes both ways. If the community wants
to see an end to the erosion of our rights, then individuals also
need to take some responsibility for this as well. However, as
community leaders, it is our job to keep the community
informed and more importantly, inspired to continue fighting
Being the ever so curious tomcat that I am, I asked Lou-
Anne what keeps her motivated after all these years considering
the current political climate. "If we lose heart the conser vatives
win. What keeps me going is the community itself, the people
I meet and the stories they share with me".
For those of you who want to know more about Pride
or just want to buy tickets for New Years Eve visit
www.pridecentre.com.au There are four ticket prices: early bird
$89 bf, full price $99 bf, members $85, and concession $79.
Tickets can be purchased online, at the Sydney Pride Centre
(Sat only), Hum Records (Darlinghurst, Newtown) and the
Toolshed (Darlinghurst, Newtown).
Sunday nights are special again for the lesbian and gay
community with Snatch & Grab, a night fuelled with
underground beats for rude girls and boys and their equally
cheeky friends. Snatch & Grab hopes to keep the underground
music scene alive and kicking and provide a space where like-
minded passionate music heads can meet and drink in a social
environment on a weekly basis whilst listening to the maddest
tunes on offer. Manning the decks alongside DJ Beaker
(pictured) will be crowd favourite DJ Sveta with her signature
brand of quirky beat mayhem. Tasty Thai is on the menu along
with a special $8 Snatch & Grab cocktail menu so you can
suck on a slippery nipple or bring some friends in for a flaming
orgy. Snatch & Grab at the Flinders Bar, 63--65 Flinders
Street, launches on Sunday December 5 from 6pm 'til late.
Entry is free.
Ménage à Trois -- Pride NYE, Fox Studios Moore Park,
8pm--8am December 31.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: DJ BEATRIX, DJ RENAE, AND KELLY LYNCH. PHOTO JAMIEDUNBAR.COM
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