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Pride WA 25th anniversary
“It’s your community, and your Pride.” That’s the message to Perth’s LGBTI community from Pride WA as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Established to commemorate the successful
1989 protest that pushed a then-reluctant government to decriminalise homosexuality, Pride WA has worked for 25 years to celebrate the queer community, and to advocate for its
members. Pride is undertaking a strategic review, the findings of which will coincide with the anniversary in October this year. Asking its members to contribute their opinions to the review
reflects Pride’s intention to remain connected, and to have as much of an impact as those first protestors did in 1989. “Pride is embarking on rediscovering the role it will continue to play in
an ever-changing world, searching for the best way to be relevant and offer high-quality services to its members and to the wider community,” says 2014 festival patron Shane Colquhoun
in a Pride information video. The review, conducted by Kalico Consulting, will aim to deliver that. Its results are expected later this year. pridewa.com.au.
OPEN MIC NIGHT
Whether you are a singer,
a poet, a band, or have
some other amazing talent,
The Court Hotel would
love to see you at its Open
Mic night on Tuesdays.
All performers receive
a pint and a pizza for their
efforts, and the winner gets
a $50 bar card. The Court
POP! is Connections' new
Thursday night event held
in the lounge and on the
roof terrace. Created
by BarbieQ and her
drag crew, expect sugary
sweet pop music and
camper than camp
Finish your weekend in
quintessential Luxe Bar
style with crafted cocktails,
groovy gals and boys, and
guest DJs like Glammy
This little dash of Sunday
magic brings out the lovers,
the players and all those
in between. Luxe
Birds of a feather can now flock together at OUTspoken, Perth’s first
queer performance poetry group. The brainchild of Lara Wolinski,
owner of East Vic Park late-night cafe The Sparrow’s Nest,
OUTspoken provides a welcoming place for like-minded
poetry lovers to share their work. “I wanted to create a safe
space in which everyone was welcome,” says Lara of the
cafe. “I think Perth was crying out for a cafe that the queer
community could claim as its own.” OUTspoken supports
original, queer-themed work – so long as it isn’t derogatory
or abusive – and welcomes all members of the LGBTQIA
community, including their friends and families. Lara hopes
OUTspoken will bring the queer community together, and
provide opportunities to learn from one another. “We have
had all sorts of people come to share a part of themselves
with us at OUTspoken,” she says. Meet some of them, and hear
their original work, every second Thursday. “We plan to continue
for as long as people want to come and speak,” says Lara. The
Sparrow’s Nest, alternate Thursdays.
GAY SOCIAL CLUBS
What do you think of when you’re invited out clubbing? If your mind immediately jumps
to books, we’ve got good news – here’s a list of Perth’s best LGBTI social clubs. From
bushwalking to bowling, we’ve got you covered.
WA Wanderers Mens Bushwalking inc A social bushwalking group for
gay men and their friends, who explore the WA countryside. wawanderers.com.au.
Golf Bags Newcomers are welcome at Golf Bags, a group of golf-loving ladies who
play at courses north and south of the river. email@example.com.
Prime Timers A monthly social group for mature gay and bisexual men
WA Gay and Lesbian Bowling League Join this weekly tenpin bowling
in Warwick if you’re a gay man or woman with a straight shot. wagl.org.au.
Rainbow Labor A queer-focused branch of the ALP that meets monthly, with
a direct link to the state executive. RainbowLabor.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gay and Lesbian Singers of WA Show up at any weekly rehearsal
of this singing group. There are no auditions, and singers of all abilities are
“ It was a global initiative,” s ays STYLEAID creative
director Aly May of the local fashion fundraiser’s first
outing in 1997. “It started in New York, and Sydney
and Melbourne, but it’s only in Perth that it’s gone
from strength to strength.” Showing no signs of
slowing down, 2014 will be STYLEAID’s 17th year.
In that time, it has raised over $1 million for the WA
AIDS Council, the state’s peak body for HIV/AIDS
education, support, and treatment. That growth
hasn’t been by accident – Aly and her committee
work to deliver a fresh, dynamic event each year.
“We bring in new initiatives; we refresh the event;
we’re adaptable,” says Aly. “And we should be able
to adapt – we’re a charity event, not a fashion event.
We’re not here to create media for the designers.”
The designers – all locals – understand that, throwing
their support behind STYLEAID and its cause. With
that energy behind it, STYLEAID 2014 promises to be
as big, and as exciting as ever. Crown Perth, Aug 1.
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