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TUESDAY | Be a rockstar at
Open Mic Night. The reward
for putting your dignity on the
line? A free pint and pizza.
WEDNESDAY | The hump
day hurdle seems a whole lot
easier with $6 cocktails and
beers at Wicked Wednesdays.
Go on, be a devil. The Court.
THURSDAY | Bingay is
definitely not bingo as
you know it. There are no
pensioners in sight at this
racy game hosted by a drag
queen. Had an epic Bingay
win? Party on with sugar-
sweet pop tunes and babes
in drag at Pop! Both at
FRIDAY | DJs take to the
stage for a supercharged
dance party at Inside Out.
SUNDAY | Sundays
don’t have to be lazy. With
drag queen Feminem the
Future on the door, not to
mention Luxe’s incredible
cocktails, we give you full
permission to go a bit
wild in the final weekend
hours. We won’t tell your
boss... Luxe Bar.
PSST... Word on the street is that Perth is getting its first gay and lesbian small bar – called, ironically,
X-Large. Tim Brown of Connections Nightclub is behind the concept, now in its final approval stages. If all goes to
plan, the bar will sit behind Connections in Nick’s Lane, and will have an industrial vibe with recycled light fittings,
timber floors and sandblasted walls.
911 PARTY FEATURING PAULINI | Get dressed up all
official and celebrate emergency-style, raising money
for Telethon. Paulini performs her hit Fireman, natch.
The Court, Oct 18.
HALLOWEEN SILENT DISCO | Freak yourself out
watching people dressed in cat and devil costumes
dancing to music you can’t hear. The Court, Oct 25.
TECHNOBERFEST | Founding father of Detroit techno
Juan Atkins spins technobeats in the beer garden.
Lederhosen, anyone? The Court, Oct 27.
QUEEN OF THE COURT | The baby drags will be
clawing their way to the top, but who will be crowned
Queen? The Court, Oct 30-Nov 20.
CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST THEN AFTER
CELEBRATION PARTY | There’s no better way
to celebrate than champagne before noon,
thanksverymuch. But pace yourself: the party continues
with superstar DJ Alex Taylor taking the stage from
10pm. The Court, Nov 2.
PRIDE RAINBOW TRAFFIC LIGHT PARTY | Let the
colour of your outfit do the talking to show people
whether you’re single, looking for friendship, or just out
for a night of fun. The Court, Nov 8.
GALSWA 20TH ANNIVERSARY | The Gay and Lesbian
Singers of WA celebrate their 20th anniversary with hits
from ABBA, Queen and Cyndi Lauper. Fly By Night
Club, Nov 9.
THE GAYEST NIGHT EVER | Screw political
correctness and celebrate everything gay, including
fairies, rainbows, and gay anthems. Stereotypes have
never been more fun. The Court, Nov 15.
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW – PRIDE
CLOSING PARTY | After three weeks of Pridefest
partying, it’s time to farewell the festival.
The Court, Nov 23.
LE1F | The rapper took a swing at Macklemore for
singing about gay issues from a privileged, white,
straight perspective. Le1f’s the real deal, and his beats
are getting serious kudos. The Bakery, Dec 7.
Why don’t you...
Host a foam party for your next birthday?
Because everything’s better a little sudsy.
This year’s rainbow-themed Pridefest parade is held during the day for the first time ever, “because that’s when rainbows
shine,” laughs Michelle Rigg, co-president of PrideWA. But seriously, “some people have families with young kids and don’t
like being out in Northbridge at night,” she explains. “Bringing it into the daytime allows all of the community to celebrate.”
And it looks like this year the community will be more diverse than ever. “LGBTI people are integrating more into the
mainstream community than before,” says Michelle. “Where we live has changed as well, it’s spread to the outer suburbs.”
There’s also a big emphasis on younger people getting involved, with an under-18 stage at the CELEBRATE event at Russell
Square following the parade. And celebrate they will. Didier Cohen – DJ, Australia’s Next Top Model judge and the closest
thing we’ve ever seen to a living Ken doll – takes the stage along with infectious popsters Sneaky Sound System. And the
fun doesn’t stop there, with three weeks of activities and events across Perth to follow. It’s going to be one colourful month.
Various locations, Nov 2-23.
The Court 50 Beaufort Street, Perth
Connections Nightclub 81 James Street, Northbridge
Bears Perth 0487 595 672, bearsperth.org
Equal Love WA 0458 641 735, equallove.info
Freedom Centre (08) 9228 0354, freedom.org.au
Gay and Lesbian Community Services
(08) 9486 9855, glcs.org.au
Gay and Lesbian Singers of WA 0418 945 154,
Pride WA (08) 6210 1317, pridewa.com.au
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