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❂ LIVE PROUD THE PLEBISCITE IS DEAD! If you were just as sick as I was of hearing the words ‘same-sex marriage plebiscite’ then you’re probably just as happy that it’s finally dead in the water. It’s been utterly crazy that the Federal Government has been hanging this monumentally stupid idea over our heads, when marriage equality seems to me (and about 70% of other Australians) to be such a basic right. Even before any decision had been made about the proposed plebiscite, hate speech and anti-gay propaganda had already increased against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s promise that the plebiscite would be conducted in a civil and respectful way, had already been pretty much undone.

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Like many others, my greatest concern was the negative effects a plebiscite would have had on LGBTIQ people and families. The dangers of homophobia were recently highlighted in a new study which showed that sixteen percent of young LGBT people have attempted suicide and a third have harmed themselves — largely due to homophobic harassment — making them six times more likely to consider taking their own life than their heterosexual peers. Although things are better, the study found there is still widespread homophobic harassment, bullying and violence in schools, in the workplace and at sporting events.

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It’s studies like these that make us realise just how dangerous a plebiscite would have been for vulnerable people in our communities — the Government not only sanctioning but paying for negative, closed-minded hate speech and homophobia. Much of this literature is about spreading fear, ignorance and unfounded lies about same-sex families being unhealthy, and attacking initiatives like the Safe Schools Program designed to stop bullying in schools and to support LGBTIQ youth. It is totally reckless to tell LGBTIQ Australians, and especially young people, that there is something wrong with them or their families just because of their sexual orientation or gender diversity. Thankfully commonsense has finally prevailed before so many people were put at risk from Government condoned homophobia. Love is love after all. Knowing this, it’s incredibly important that all LGBTIQ people feel OK with who they are and have unconditional support. So on a more positive note, summer in Australia brings a time where pride festivals start to happen all over the country. It’s a wonderful opportunity for LGBTIQ community members and allies to celebrate diversity and love while connecting with others. During November our nation’s capital will celebrate with the SpringOUT Pride Festival — and in this issue of FUSE you’ll find the line up of just some of the key events that are being held p06-10. We urge everyone to participate and show their true and most beautiful colours. For the festival’s full program of events visit fusemagazine.com.au and springout.com.au Enjoy and stay safe, Alex

DO YOU HAVE A COPY OF THE 2016 LGBTIQ BUSINESS & COMMUNITY DIRECTORY The LGBTIQ Business and Community Directory is a easy way to find businesses and organisations who choose to support our community. The directory also includes an extensive range of essential community services and LGBTIQ social and sporting groups. directory.fusemagazine.com.au

WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO MAKE THE ‘IT GETS BETTER’ PLEDGE. Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbours. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other bullied teens by letting them know that it gets better. Visit itgetsbetter.org 2

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DID YOU KNOW? With a worldwide box-office gross of over $2.7 billion, Avatar (2009) is currently the highest grossing film, closely followed by Titanic (1997) with $2.1 billion.

HACKSAW RIDGE OPENS 3 NOVEMBER Regardless of his off-screen reputation and disgraces, there’s no denying that Mel Gibson is a terrific director. In just his third film behind the camera since winning the Oscar for Braveheart in 1995, Gibson has chosen to tell the story of army medic Desmond T. Doss (played by Andrew Garfield); the first conscientious objector to be awarded America’s Medal of Honour. Shot in Australia, the film graphically depicts the brutality of war but never fails to lose sight of the humanity of its hero; Garfield (The Social Network) giving a standout performance, and backed by an impressive Australian cast.

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM OPENS 17 NOVEMBER The Harry Potter film franchise may have ended five years ago but fans still can’t seem to get enough. With The Cursed Child currently selling out on both the stage and in book form, comes this new Potter film; set in New York and decades before the Boy Wizard was even born. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) plays Newt Scamander, whose adventures we follow, later detailed in the titular book which Potter nerds will know is taught to students of Hogwarts. David Yates, who directed the final four Potter films, is once again in charge of the movie magic.

ROGUE ONE : A STAR WARS STORY OPENS 15 DECEMBER A Star Wars story but not a sequel to last year’s The Force Awakens (we’ll see that film next Christmas), Gareth Edwards’ film is a prequel to the very first Star Wars film, A New Hope. Set in the lead-up to that film’s events, we follow Jyn Erso (Oscar nominee Felicity Jones), who joins the rebellion against the Empire and is tasked with the mission of retrieving plans for a weapon of mass destruction, the Death Star. Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker also star, but we’ll be most interested in seeing recent Emmy winner, Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), as the film’s villain.

PASSENGERS OPENS 1 JANUARY If you’re going to repopulate the universe, then why not send two of Earth’s most photogenic and charming specimens? Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) play members of a crew travelling 120 years to a distant space colony but, due to a computer malfunction, wake from their hibernation 90 years too early. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, Aurora (Lawrence) and Jim (Pratt) begin to fall for each other, only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up. Passengers is directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game).

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LGBTIQ Business & Community Directory Head over to the FUSE LGBTIQ directory where you’ll find friendly LGBTIQ owned businesses, community groups, sporting, social and support services. directory.fusemagazine.com.au

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SATURDAY 29 OCT 11.00AM - 4.00PM GORMAN ARTS CENTRE 55 AINSLIE AVENUE, BRADDON Fair Day has been held annually since the very first SpringOUT Pride Festival in 1999. Hosted by the AIDS Action Council, you’ll find Fair Day 2016 in the beautiful grounds of the historic Gorman House. Come along for a fun filled day of markets, fabulous food and entertainment as everyone celebrates diversity and pride in our community.

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Join Dr David Sequeira (Director, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Victoria College of the Arts) as he leads you on a private tour exploring the visual arts of Xu Zhen, James Gleeson, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Tony Albert, Diane Jones, Andy Warhol and Robert Motherwell. This event is always very popular so get in early. Booking at: springout.com.au

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FRIDAY 4 NOV 7.30PM - 10.30PM TAC 137 REED STREET, GREENWAY Whether you’re a Handbag House aficionado or have never heard of it, TAC’s (Tuggeranong Arts Centre) Handbag House Party promises to be a night of outrageous fun. Following the success of last year’s Queer Karaoke, the TAC Galley will again play host to Canberra’s LGBT community for a night of music, dance, and drag performance. We’ll also be awarding the inaugural Tuggers Handbag Award, so start preparing your entry. Drag is encouraged but by no means required. Those who want to perform a drag number can register at one of the Drag Camp workshops. Drinks will be available from the bar, so entry is strictly 18+ only. More details can be found at tuggeranongarts.com or springout.com.au

FRUIT TINGLES WOMEN’S DANCE

SATURDAY 5 NOV 7.00PM - ‘TIL LATE Held at the Majura Community Centre in Dickson, Fruit Tingles brings women together from all ages and all walks of life. It provides a safe space to celebrate our pride. participation. Tickets $20 Details at: springout.com.au

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Join us for a special OUTBIZ SpringOUT social drinks, nibbles and networking evening at 16 WEST. Canberra’s LGBTIQ business and public servants network is a place where you can connect and socialise. Everyone is welcome.

6 NOV BIG GAY BREAKFAST

SUNDAY 6 NOV 9.00AM - 12.00PM TILLEY’S DEVINE CAFE It’s on again, the FUSE Big Gay Champagne Breakfast. A LGBTIQ and everyone in between event! Eat, drink and be merry on a beautiful spring morning with all your fabulous friends. An all weather event, you’ll find us on the undercover terrace. Complimentary Champagne, buy your own breakfast. WHAT’SON @ SPRINGOUT2016

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The AIDS Action Council is proud to present Fair Day at Gorman Arts Centre Join us for a fun filled day of markets, fabulous food and entertainment Celebrating the diversity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ communities

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WHAT’S ON SPRINGOUT 2016

Celebrating pride in Canberra These are just some of the fantastic events at this year’s Canberra SpringOUT festival. Check out the full program at springout.com.au or grab the free SpringOUT 2016 season guide.

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SUNDAY 13 NOV 11.30AM - 5.30PM

It’s a fun night of dancing with people of all flavours. There is a bar, BBQ and a live band to lead you through those dances that you might remember from primary school. By the end of the night you’ll have danced with everyone, caught up with old friends, made some new ones and helped raise cash for the LGBTIQ community. See ad p10. Tickets at the door $30 / $20 conc.

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Come along for a fun winery tour to Murrumbateman. The day Includes wine tasting and a yummy lunch, returning to 16WEST at 5.30pm for Happy Hour. More details and tickets call Craig on 0402 555 466.

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SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 1.00PM - 4.00PM @ 16WEST 16 WEST ROW, CANBERRA CITY Raising money for charity never tasted so good! Grab those aprons and make a difference in the kitchen! With heaps cash and prizes to be won, Canberra’s LGBTIQ CHARITY BAKE OFF is one event you won’t want to miss. If you don’t bake, don’t worry, because we also need lot’s of people to come along to bid at the charity auction, eat wonderful food and be merry. Check out all the BAKE categories and registration details on the FUSE website: fusemagazine.com.au

CANBERRA SPRINGOUT PRIDE PARADE AND FAMILY FUN DAY SATURDAY 19 NOV 11.00AM - 3.00PM ACT LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

The LGBTIQ+ community, friends and allies are invited to join in the SpringOUT Pride Parade led by the fabulous Vanessa Wagner and Qwire. Commencing at 11.00am at the ACT Legislative Assembly and finishing up in Glebe Park for an afternoon of family fun. Children and adult activities will be held at the completion of the parade in Glebe Park together with a free sausage sizzle. So bring your picnic blankets, frisbees and BYOG to celebrate!

SUNDAY 13 NOV STARTS 1.00PM CORROBORREE PARK

Come along for an afternoon with Canberra’s furry and feathered friends. Pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome to enjoy the event and participate in competition categories such as Waggiest Tail, Pet and Owner Looka-like, and Best Trick! There will be a sausage sizzle and pet café as well as children’s entertainment. Money raised will go to supporting Encampment and the Northside PAWS Program.

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Dust off your hat, polish your boots and grab those rhinestones because it’s Canberra Bushdance! It’s a fun night of dancing with people of all flavours. There is a bar, BBQ and a live band to lead you through those dances that you might remember from primary school – like Strip the Willow, The Waves of Bondi, crazy polkas and some more genteel promenades. By the end of the night you’ll have danced with everyone, caught up with old friends, made some new ones and helped raise cash for the GLBTI community. Have fun with your Bushdance outfit. It’s a night of singlets, jeans, twirling dresses, chaps, check shirts, rhinestones, akubras, hats and boots.

Yarralumla Woolshed, Cotter Road Saturday 12 November 2016. 7:30pm – 1:00am Tix at the door $30 full / $20 concession with card. Cash payments only for ticket and bar. There will be a mobile ATM onsite.

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BEING QUEER IN INDONESIA Same-sex attraction in Indonesia is generally considered a taboo subject by Indonesian civil society. Public discussion of homosexuality has been inhibited by the fact that human sexuality in any form is rarely discussed or depicted.

INDONESIA TO BAN GRINDR AS IT CONSIDERS A BAN ON ALL SAME-SEX SEXUAL ACTIVITY Indonesian’s could soon see gay dating apps such as Grindr and up to 80 other social and LGBTIQ websites blocked as the nation’s government “cracks down on gays” and considers the criminalisation of homosexuality. Rita Hendrawaty Soebagio from the Family Love Alliance said, “We see the moral degradation that is happening — we must do something while we have a chance.” Indonesia’s defence minister has since declared that the LGBTIQ movement is “more dangerous than nuclear warfare.” Similarly the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission has banned all “gay propaganda” and also “effeminate males” from appearing on national television. As well as criminalising gay sex, the Family Love Alliance also wants the court to expand adultery laws to apply to couples who are not married, and to change the definition of rape to be gender-neutral. On top of all this the Presidential spokesperson of Indonesia, Johan Budi, also recently commented that “Rights of citizens like going to school and getting an ID card are protected, but there is no room in Indonesia for the proliferation of the LGBT movement.”

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THE KING OF NORWAY DELIVERED AN EPIC SPEECH SUPPORTING LGBTIQ COMMUNITY The King of Norway has received global praise after delivering a heartfelt speech in support of refugees, diversity and the LGBTIQ community. Calling on people to embrace “trust, solidarity and generosity”, he said the notion of home could not be confined within national borders. “It is not always easy to say where we are from, what nationality we are. Home is where our heart is.” “NORWEGIANS ARE GIRLS WHO LOVE GIRLS, BOYS WHO LOVE BOYS, AND BOYS AND GIRLS WHO LOVE EACH OTHER — IN OTHER WORDS: YOU ARE NORWAY. WE ARE NORWAY.”

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PLEBISCITE FINALLY KILLED BY LABOR Labor Leader Bill Shorten has finally announced his party will block the Coalition Government’s plebiscite on same-sex marriage, saying Labor’s decision reflected the opinions of experts, mental health professionals, and the Australian LGBTIQ community. Instead, Labor and the Greens want same-sex marriage to be passed by Parliament immediately. In response the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said if the plebiscite isn’t held, marriage equality could be off the agenda until 2019, which is when the next general election will be held.

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BAKE proceeds go to the Safe Schools ACT Program, an anti-bullying and support initiative for LGBTIQ youth. BAKE is a community charity event by FUSE Magazine.

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BEING QUEER IN TANZANIA Sadly, men who have sex with men can be sentenced to life imprisonment. The semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar also outlaws same-sex sexual acts between women with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment or a 500,000 shilling fine.

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In all it’s apparent wisdom the African nation of Tanzania has banned the import and sale of sexual lubricants as part of a sustained crackdown on the country’s gay community. And it gets even more crazy with Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu telling local media that banning lube will also curb the spread of HIV because gay men won’t be able to have sex without it.

HIV advocates are celebrating the news that scientists working on a cure for HIV infection in the UK have had a massive breakthrough.

The ACT Labor Government has pledged $100,000 to take over funding for the Safe Schools Program in the ACT, countering changes imposed by the Federal Government. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said, “The requirements the Commonwealth are putting on this funding are making it impossible to deliver an effective program.” He announced the ACT Government would instead take over funding of the program and allow Safe Schools to continue in its original form.

The ban of water-based lubricant directly contradicts UNAIDS recommendation that lube should always be distributed with condoms to prevent the spread of HIV in high prevalence areas.

A 44 year old British man could become the first person in the world to be cured of HIV after using a new therapy designed by a team of scientists from five UK universities. Scientists told The Sunday Times UK that presently the virus is completely undetectable in the man’s blood, although that could be a result of regular drugs. However, if the dormant cells are also cleared out it could represent the first complete cure.

USA : NEW TRANSGENDER RIGHTS LAW TAKES EFFECT IN MASSACHUSETTS A new law that prevents public places from discriminating on the basis of gender has taken effect in Massachusetts. The new bill allows trans people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the law in July after several years of disagreement. Advocates for the bill hope that trans people can no longer be discriminated against in public places. 12

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In response, and after being questioned by the Australian Christian Lobby, the ACT Liberal deputy leader Alistair Coe said he had “real reservations” about the Safe Schools Program and said if elected an ACT Liberal Government would be “vigilant” in ensuring it was age appropriate.

USA : BIZARRE RANT WONDER WOMAN IS BISEXUAL Wonder Woman’s writers have revealed that Wonder Woman is a bisexual and fans have found it hard to contain their excitement. When quizzed about Diana’s life with her fellow Amazons — who are all female and live on the fictional island of Themyscira — writer Greg Rucka said that the superhero had “obviously” been in same-sex relationships.

Evangelical Christian Stephen Baldwin recently made baffling comments regarding same-sex marriage while being interviewed by Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric. Baldwin said his stand on marriage equality is a “Jedi mind trick”, adding that it would be great for couples who are gay to marry, but only if they started their own churches. Back in 2012 he told Rosie O’Donnell, same-sex couples should be permitted to marry but only “in their world.” FUSEMAGAZINE.COM.AU


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Photo: Thousands of people queued to donate blood in the wake of the Orlando massacre in June 2016, but the target of the attacks, the gay community, was not able to contribute.

OP. ED THE ORLANDO MASSACRE HAS AGAIN RAISED THE QUESTION OF WHETHER IT IS ETHICAL OR SENSIBLE TO RESTRICT GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN FROM DONATING BLOOD. Some of the most moving images that came after the Orlando massacre in June 2016 where those of thousands of people queuing to donate blood. In both the United States and Australia, men are only able to donate blood if they have abstained from sexual contact with another man for twelve months. This effectively places a ban on most gay and bisexual men. In Australia, a lifetime ban on blood donation by any man who had ever had homosexual sex was introduced in 1983. At this time, Australian states and territories also put in place legislation that made it a criminal offence not to disclose to the blood bank a history of male homosexual contact or injecting drug use. This ban occurred at a time when HIV testing technology was very new and often unreliable due to an extended “window period” — the lag time between someone contracting HIV and antibodies showing up in a blood test. But banning gay men from donating blood was also a political move.

By Jennifer Power La Trobe University

RESTRICTING GAY MEN FROM DONATING BLOOD IS DISCRIMINATORY It allowed governments to demonstrate they were taking action in response to widespread public fears about HIV, much of which were directed toward gay men. Technology has significantly improved since the 1980s. Today the “window period” for blood testing is conservatively estimated to be around six to 12 weeks. Multiple testing methods are used to comprehensively screen for HIV and other blood-borne infections, meaning the risk of HIV being transmitted via donated blood is less than one in a million. By 2000, Australian blood donation regulations had been changed to allow for donations by men who had not engaged in homosexual sex for 12 months, generally referred to as a deferral period. The US and the UK have a similar twelve month deferral period, while other countries, including South Africa, have a six month deferral. Some countries, including Argentina, Italy and Spain, have no such bans and rely instead on individual risk assessments. In 2012, a study commissioned by the Australian Red Cross concluded that, as the vast majority of blood donors are compliant with safety regulations, there would be minimal risks associated with reducing the deferral period for homosexually active men to six months. OP.ED

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RESTRICTING GAY MEN FROM DONATING BLOOD IS DISCRIMINATORY

It is worth noting that in Australia, there are no financial or other incentives to donate blood. Altruistic donation is associated with a safer blood supply. However, in 2014 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) rejected a Red Cross submission to reduce the deferral period citing it would increase the risk of HIV being transmitted through the blood supply without a related increase in donors. On one hand, this can be seen as the TGA simply taking a cautious stance on the safety of the Australian blood supply. In 2014, 70% of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Australia had acquired the virus through male-to-male sexual contact. Men who have sex with men are at higher risk of acquiring HIV in Australia. But the counter argument is that placing restrictions on maleto-male sex reflects discriminatory and misguided attitudes toward gay and bisexual men — positioning them as inherently irresponsible and risky.

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It is this lack of trust that reveals the subtle (and not so subtle) ways in which homophobia and discrimination plays out. Gay and bisexual men are not trusted to make responsible decisions about their own, or others’, sexual safety. Nor are they trusted to honestly disclose their likely sexual risk. This mistrust stems from a long-term cultural association between gay men, hedonism, irresponsibility and deviance. The TGA’s unwillingness to reduce the deferral period may be due to concerns that reducing restrictions on blood donation by gay and bisexual men could undermine public confidence in the safety of the blood supply. Understanding discrimination in the context of blood donation can be complicated because it is not clearly about human rights. One may not necessarily have a “right” to donate blood. It is on these grounds that gay advocacy organisations have been criticised for calling out blood donation bans as discriminatory.

A gay man who has been having safe sex, including within a monogamous relationship, is not necessarily at higher risk of acquiring HIV than a woman who has had multiple sexual partners and possibly unsafe sex.

But it is discriminatory to the extent that restricting men who have sex with men from donating blood reflects and reinforces the perspective that gay and bisexual men are unreliable and require strict laws to regulate their actions — laws that are not applied to other groups.

Yet a heterosexual woman is not banned from blood donation because she has had sex. Instead, heterosexual women are trusted to make their own assessment and accurate disclosure of their likely HIV risk. Gay and bisexual men are not.

The tragic irony, in the wake of the Orlando massacre, is that many people directly affected by this homophobic hate crime are prevented from offering help due to regulations that are in place, in large part, due to homophobia.

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WHEN THEY’RE HOT THEY’RE SUPER HOT, BUT THE WHEN THEY’RE NOT THEY MOST DEFINITELY ARE NOT! People born under the fire signs of Leo, Sagittarius and Aries are often described as emotionally intense, passionate and patient. If you’re in a relationship with a fire sign you probably already know they can be larger than life itself. Fire signs are also considered to be intuitive — living from the heart, not the head. They often make decisions based largely on ‘gut-instinct’ and emotional guidance. They feel their way through life. This does not necessarily imply you can expect a peaceful partnership with your fire sign however. On the contrary, many fire signs are impulsive and prone to sudden emotional outbursts. Their high intensity can be both a blessing and a curse, and can sometimes lead to ‘burn-out’ — reflecting the element of fire itself. A strong moral compass makes for the most wonderful of fire people and is an extremely important attribute, as without it you might find a brilliant ego-driven dictator on your hands. Not surprising, if you like your sex burning hot — and if your fire sign lover is in the right emotional state of course — you’ll need a cold shower to put out the inferno after they’re done with you.

Leo lovers : The lion and the pussycat Your Leo lover has two sides to being — Leo the Lion and Leo the Pussycat. Most Leos come across as confident, fearless and sometimes egotistic. A healthy Leo will naturally take charge, but an emotionally compromised Leo you’ll probably find languishing under a tree somewhere, needing to be loved. No matter how tough a Leo appears, inside they are sensitive and can get easily hurt — at this point it’s important to remember the story of the lion with the thorn in his foot. Approach with bravery and a kind heart and all will be well. Leos have an utmost need to be loved, cared and treasured by their partners. In the bedroom and in life, they love to be at the centre of attention and enjoy honest flattery. Like all cats, your Leo likes to play and sex can really be incredibly fun, experimental and intense.

The right match and it’s for life with fire signs

Expect action-packed emotion

Sagittarian lovers : Sexual adventurers A love affair with a Sagittarian will have to be based not just on physical attraction, but also on common values and beliefs. Sagittarians like their independence and will never be truly happy with a partner who tries to tie them down. Poly or open relationships are often sought after by Sagittarians — so if you do want your Sagittarian all to yourself, you will need to keep life super exciting and filled with adventure. They are often risk takers and they like sex that is fun and playful. Jokes and laughter form an essential part of foreplay and they enjoy experimenting with toys and games. Fun, versatile and exciting partners, Sagittarians are among the most popular star signs to date. It’s only too easy to get speared by one of their Cupid’s arrows, but be careful. While they’re making love to you, their next big adventure may be beckoning and they’re likely to also have one eye on the door!

Aries lovers : Some like it hot! An Aries lover can be extremely passionate, super physical and very enthusiastic. They are likely to jump your bones at any given moment — a bit like a hurricane, you may not even see it coming until it’s hit you full force. Your Aries is a strong-willed and tempestuous partner. They can be prone to tantrums one moment and declarations of undying love the next. A good partner for an Aries will be able to match (or at very least keep up with) their insatiable appetite for intimacy. They require lots of physical contact from their mates. Their passionate nature is both appealing and terrifying at the same time, and can sometimes frighten potential partners away — but if you’re up for it you are in for one hell of a ride! STARGAZER

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WITH AUSSIE SUMMER HOLIDAYS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, SCOTT FROM MONEY MECHANICS LOOKS AT HOW YOU CAN GET THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK ON THAT FABULOUS TRIP YOU’VE BEEN HANGING OUT FOR ALL YEAR LONG! As I write this I am literally on a plane to Europe with partner Simon and it feels good! It’s been a long wait but the process to save and plan for our holiday over the past few months has definitely been worth it. Being a money guy I’m always looking for ways to make my money work harder for me and whilst planning our trip I’ve discovered all sorts of exciting and genius holiday hacks that can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars without hardly any effort at all, and I’m keen to share.

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CREDIT CARDS LINKED TO YOUR FREQUENT FLYER POINTS CAN GET YOU ON YOUR HOLIDAY SOONER I used to be sceptical about credit cards with frequent flyer points however this holiday, based on smart savings and using the right cards for points we have been able to cash in some of these for our flights. I always advise people to use credit with caution, however if you have a strategy and pay the card off every month, then it can be used to get you travelling sooner or even a cheeky upgrade to premium economy or business class. Check out creditcardfinder.com.au which is a great resource to compare cards in the market! Do your due diligence and ask any questions to make sure you know the terms and conditions on the cards and the use of the points!

IF YOU RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS YOU COULD LINK YOUR HOLIDAY TRAVEL TO A CONFERENCE OR BUSINESS TRIP If you run your own business you could link your holiday travel to a conference or business trip. Personally this is the first trip I have taken in a long time where we have travelled for pleasure only (much to my partners happiness). Once I am off the plane there will be very limited focus on business or work. However, if you don’t mind mixed trips, adding a business component to your next holiday or midweek getaway can most definitely save money. A good example comes from a client. She mentioned that she was heading off to an education conference in Hawaii next year, and was also desperate to find some time for an overseas holiday with her girlfriend and their two kids. This is where the magic happens, because by combining both her holiday and business trip she can travel for a whole lot less and also save on some tax. It is however important to note that the ATO will only allow you to deduct the portion which is related to the conference or business part of your trip. If you are undertaking business / personal travel, have a chat to your accountant to see what components of your trip can be paid for by the business — airfare, accommodation and food, for example — and how much. And remember it’s super important you keep your receipts and written evidence for expenses as well as a diary to track your business activity and personal. There are some other traps in this space so make sure you get the right advice and tread carefully.

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BOOK YOUR TRAVEL OFF-PEAK OR USE SOME OF THE GREAT ONLINE APPS TO GET DISCOUNTS I’m travelling to Europe in September, which is a great time to go as it’s right at the end of the peak season but still warm enough to be enjoyable. Travelling this time of the year keeps flights and hotel costs cheaper as during June to August things are really expensive and it’s super busy with other tourists. A little bit of planning and flexibility can get you a much better holiday without the full price tag and the crowds. There are also some awesome flight tracker apps such as ‘on the fly’ where you can set up travel alerts to get the cheaper fares if you are planning ahead. For those regular FUSE readers you know I am a huge fan of AirBnB and Stayz. They can provide a great alternative to expensive hotels and you get to meet some locals, while really throwing yourself into the destination.

GENIUS H OLIDAY

ALWAYS BE PREPARED! Not being properly prepared can cost you dearly if things go terribly wrong, especially when going overseas. Make sure you get travel insurance and get covered for any pre-existing health conditions. Have some surplus cash in case you need to adjust your plans (or if you get ripped off). Make sure you are not caught out and most importantly be willing to be flexible if things don’t go to plan. Remember to enjoy the journey, not just the destination!

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SCOTTY’S FLIGHT HACK LIST! 1. Morning flights are often cheaper, especially those at quite unsociable hours. 2. Fly Tuesday to Thursday. Avoid the Monday business rush and the Friday weekend escapers. 3.

When booking flights and hotels online enable private browsing. Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you’ve visited before. Yes Really!

4. If you’re tight on cash, or want to upgrade, travel off-season when it’s way cheaper. 5. Collecting miles. By using the same airline you can use your miles to upgrade or fly cheaper. 6. Connect credit cards to your Frequent Flyers 7. 6 to 8 weeks out of the fly date is usually the cheapest time to buy, except for flash sales. 8. Sign Up for Email Alerts. Flight prices change constantly. Sign up to newsletters and deals from airlines to find out about sales in advance. 9. Use an online resource like skyscanner.com.au which compares hundreds of airlines deals. 10. Consider flights with more stopovers, as they are usually cheaper.

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1. For the best exchange rate, change your money before you leave. 2. Sunday nights are usually the cheapest night of the week to stay in a hotel. 3. Use local markets and get restaurant recommendations from people who live there. 4. Look for standby tickets for shows or events. 5. If you’re studying, always ask for a student discount; they may not advertised. 6. Book a hotel with a decent breakfast. It will cost extra, but it will be cheaper than a cafe. 7. Rent a bicycle for the day and just go exploring by foot, it’s the cheapest tour you’ll get. 8. Ask your accountant if you can mix business with pleasure to save cash. 9. Travel on the actual holiday. While sitting in the airport on Christmas Day may not sound glamorous, it can help you score a cheaper ticket. 10. See your mobile phone provider before you travel. OS roaming fees are a killer.

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IT’S OFFICIALLY SPRING HERE IN OZ. Although it’s still a little cool, we thought we might as well give things a little gentle nudge in the right direction with some wishful thinking and sizzling fashion. In preparation for the inevitable coming of another fabulously hot Australian summer, we wanted to take a look at shorts and swimwear in this season’s collections. FASHIONFEATURE

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ARE YOU ADDICTED YET? You saw it first in FUSE. The all new 2016/17 ADDICTED Swimwear Campaign, called “Summer of Love” is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the hippie festival that took place in 1967 in ​​San Francisco. Its freshness, colourful and jovial character are the essence of a complete collection, with very fun prints, new fabrics and cuts. Made and designed in Barcelona, these may well be the hottest fashion items of the season. Photographer Tiago Prisco. Platinum Addicted Print Brief. Swim brief with platinum print. Addicted printed on rear side, 80% polyester 20% elastane, removable pack-up. $74.95

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NOT TOO LONG AGO THE LOOK WAS ALL ABOUT BIG AND BAGGY, BUT THIS WORLD MOVES QUICKLY AND NOW SHORTS ARE GETTING SHORTER, TRACK PANTS ARE GETTING TIGHTER AND MINI’S ARE GETTING… WELL, MORE MINI. If you’re fortunate to live in a country like Australia where you are surrounded by beautiful parks, rivers, countryside or amazing beaches if you are on the coast, there is no excuse to not get out and into a pair of shorts. With spring here and daylight savings already started, there is plenty of early light and time to get up and about before you set off to work for that daily grind.

GOING SHORT AND TIGHT WILL DOMINATE THIS SUMMER The ideal way to set up your day is to get into a pair of comfortable shorts and train early in the morning, before breakfast. It can be difficult at first, but if you choose the right shorts for your body type and get active early you’ll not only look great, those mood-boosting endorphins will soon kick in, putting your body into gear and energising your mind. It will get you off to the best possible start, giving you the momentum you need to get through the day.

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SHORT MOTIVATION As you can probably tell by now, I love shorts and I’m keen to get as many people in them as I can. That’s why Alex (pictured) and I developed Short Motivation to inspire people to get down to the park on a morning, perhaps go for quick dip in the pool after work, or play a game of volleyball on the beach at the weekend. Whatever you choose to do, we want you to look good doing it. We want you to feel good doing it, too. At Short Motivation, we advocate the quick-drying tailored short, recently brought to market by fashion designer Adam Brown of Orlebar Brown. Adam set out to design a short which would look good by the beach, yet be smart enough to eat lunch less than an hour later. No need to bring replacement shorts or feel the need to get changed. One short will do it all. If you’re wanting for a little extra inspiration check out shortmotivation.com where Alex will help you to look good in a pair of tailored shorts. This includes nutritional information you need to improve your diet, simple fitness tips so you can improve your physique, destination ideas where you can take your shorts and plenty of ideas to keep you motivated. Look great and stay totally comfortable working out in these Charlie Trainers charliebymz.com

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FASHION IRONY : STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD WITH CAMO WEAR! Traditionally reserved for uniforms, fetish wear, hunting, or hipster irony, camo is now hot and everywhere. “CAMO IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO NOTICE IT, IT’S TRULY A RUNAWAY TREND.” REDBOOK FASHION DIRECTOR AUDREY SLATER

CAMO rocks

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CAMOUFLAGE ADDICTED SWIM LONG SHORT Designed in Barcelona these camo shorts are 100% polyester with a ow and square cut. $109.95 Available at addictedaustralia.com, wearitout.com.au and Bang Clothing, Darlinghurst.

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DID YOU KNOW? The 1911 Australian silent film The Message of the Spear (Moora Neya) was the first ever Australian movie to emphasise aboriginal people. Sadly it is considered a lost film as it is no longer known to exist.

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There have been various incarnations of ‘the Lord of the Jungle’ throughout the decades but it’s arguable that none looked quite as good in a loincloth as Alexander Skarsgard does in this latest big screen iteration. The True Blood actor plays Tarzan, whom we meet having already ventured to London and ‘civilized’ society; Margot Robbie’s Jane providing a strong inducement for leaving the wild. But Tarzan is called home with news of a mining company’s suspicious activities threatening his jungle family. Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz are also along for the adventure, directed by David Yates (of the Harry Potter franchise).

With the Oscar winning success of the shoestring budget musical Once, and the delightful Begin Again (also Oscar nominated), Irishman John Carney has established himself as the writer-director of low-fi, heartfelt new millennium musicals. And Sing Street in no exception. Returning to Ireland, but this time in the 1980s, Carney’s film focuses on Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), who, in order to escape his family troubles, and impress an older girl, forms a band with some fellow high school outsiders. The music is, of course, terrific (more so if you lived through the ‘80s), and only the hardest of hearts could refuse the film’s charms.

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A sequel-of-sorts to Ivan Sen’s critically-acclaimed Australian 2013 thriller Mystery Road, Goldstone sees the return of Indigenous detective Jay Swan (the always terrific Aaron Pedersen). Arriving in the frontier mining town of Goldstone on a missing persons enquiry, what seems like a simple investigation for Swan soon opens into a web of crime and corruption implicating the local mayor, mining boss and Aboriginal Land Council. Jacki Weaver, David Wenham and Alex Russell also star in the beautifully shot thriller that has more on its mind than mere thrills.

In between making his usual blockbuster fare (2013’s White House Down and this year’s Independence Day: Resurgence), openly gay filmmaker Roland Emmerich turned his hand to a more human story: the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, and the birth of the modern gay rights movement. But because of the director’s decision to frame the story from the point of view of a fictionalised (white) character (played by War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine), the film suffered from a political and critical backlash. After skipping Australian cinemas, you can now watch and decide for yourself if Emmerich’s film does justice to those historical events or misses the point entirely.

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IN PART THREE OF CELEBRATING GAY LOVE LETTERS THROUGHOUT HISTORY BE TOTALLY ENTHRAWLED BY VITA SACKVILLE-WEST AND VIRGINIA WOOLF.

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VITA SACKVILLE-WEST AND VIRGINIA WOOLF MET AT A DINNER PARTY IN 1922. Prominent English novelist Vita Sackville-West’s marriage to Sir Harold Nicolson was the very definition of an open one, with both partners happily enjoying extramarital relationships for much of the 49 years they spent together. In the early 1920s, Vita began what was to be her most famous affair, with Virginia Woolf, the hugely influential author responsible for such classics as Mrs Dalloway and Orlando, the latter of which was based, in part, on Vita’s life. In January of 1926, Vita reluctantly departed England for four long months to join her husband, then a diplomat working in Persia. As she travelled by train, she wrote a longing letter to the lover Virginia which she had left behind in London.

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I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia. I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so elementary a phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it. And yet I believe you’ll be sensible of a little gap. But you’d clothe it in so exquisite a phrase that it would lose a little of its reality. Whereas with me it is quite stark: I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it. However I won’t bore you with any more. We have re-started, and the train is shaky again. I shall have to write at the stations — which are fortunately many across the Lombard plain. Venice. The stations were many, but I didn’t bargain for the Orient Express not stopping at them. And here we are at Venice for ten minutes only — a wretched time in which to try and write. No time to buy an Italian stamp even, so this will have to go from Trieste. The waterfalls in Switzerland were frozen into solid iridescent curtains of ice, hanging over the rock; so lovely. And Italy all blanketed in snow. We’re going to start again. I shall have to wait till Trieste tomorrow morning. Please forgive me for writing such a miserable letter. Vita

Photo far left : Vita in 1910 with Harold Nicolson, Rosamund Grosvenor, and her father Lord Sackville Photo middle and far right : Virginia and Vita at Monk’s House in 1933 (Photographed by Leonard Woolf) HOMOHISTORY

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YOUR HOROSCOPE NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2016 The next few months will be busy. It can be a wonderful time of the year but also stressful. It’s important to be kind to ourselves, keep our hearts open and be as gentle as we can with those around us, remembering what we put out into the universe always comes back to us — good and bad. November and December bring real opportunity for growth, freedom and adventure.

Aquarius

January 21 – February 18 Motivation will come by pursuing goals that are close to your heart — you need to be emotionally involved in what you are doing or else you may go off on tangents and lose concentration. Tip: The timing is perfect to excel in creative arts and putting together entertainment events.

Taurus

April 21 – May 21 A feeling of well-being and optimism will carry you through to the end of the year. November 2016 is a good time to invest, purchase property or make long-term decisions. Tip: Hard work at the start of the month will pay off, and you will see great reward.

Leo

July 23 – August 23 Family will be on your radar and their part in your life is important at this time. December will be a great month for health, love and relationships while careers and money will take a back seat for most Leos. Tip: It’s an excellent time for teamwork and being social.

Scorpio

October 24 – November 22 You may be feeling highly idealistic at the moment and find yourself driven to set yourself new goals for 2017 which reflect the very best of who you are and what you can be. Tip: Doing things for others will make this holiday season especially special for you.

Pisces

February 19 – March 20 You may be feeling imaginative and creative right now — you can flourish in any field where a flow of ideas or brainstorming is required. November is a superb time for creative endeavours. Tip: You may feel like taking risks. If so, make sure you do this in a positive way.

Gemini

May 22 – June 21 You will have to be pretty strict with yourself over the next two months if you want to achieve your goals, especially in regards to health, fitness and finance. Remember what you want and stick to your guns — you have all the power. Tip: When things get tough be gentle.

Virgo

August 24 – September 23 The next few months will focus heavily around love, family and relationships. Communicating and social connections will be important. You may reconnect with someone special. Tip: November is an ideal time for formulating future career goals leading into the new year.

Aries

March 21 – April 20 November is a great time for samesex relationships (friends or lovers) that have recently started. They have the power to develop into a far more fulfilling multi-spectrum relationship where friendship is at the heart. Tip: Keep life simple at the moment.

Cancer

June 22 – July 22 The time is perfect for you to be able to enhance your relationships and understand other people more deeply. Your intuition and empathy will be high during November — use it with love and tenderness. Tip: Surround yourself with those who love you.

Libra

September 24 – October 23 You’ll need to be careful and systematic about what you do over the next two months. Stability and thoughtfulness are what you are needing at the moment from those around you. Tip: Be careful not to become so bogged down in the detail that you miss the bigger picture.

Sagittarius

Capricorn

The next two months are the perfect time for a well earned rest — you really need a mental break, especially over December. Take time to unwind as it has been a very busy and fast-paced year for most. Tip: Opening up about feelings, emotions and fears will make life better.

For those in a relationship, you may need to stir things up a little, especially if you are restless. Encourage your partner to try new things. If you are single, something surprising may present itself to you when you least expect it. Tip: Talk from your heart not your head.

November 23 – December 22

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By Rose Pappalardo

Dear Rose, A friend of mine had the most beautiful long blond hair, but recently cut it all off when another friend told her she looked too ‘straight’ and would never get a GF. I think that’s absolute rubbish. I bet her you would agree with me. Kim

Dear Kim, You should have made the bet, because you would have won! Anyone who thinks this is just crazy, because lesbians (like all people) come in all shapes, sizes, colours, ages and styles — this is just a stereotype that does not stand up to reality. But alas your friend has gone out and cut her beautiful hair in the hopes that it may attract a potential girlfriend. Don’t be too hard on your friend, maybe she was looking for a change in style, a leap into something new and fresh, as we all do from time to time. On a positive note, hair does grow back and maybe by then she’ll see that stereotypes can be very damaging and often hold us back.

Dear Rose, I’ve recently started a new relationship. I really like my new guy but I’m concerned about his trust issues. He is constantly shadowing me and sending me messages. I’m already starting to feel smothered. Do you have some advice for me? Rick

Dear Rose, I’m a larger girl. I know I have an eating problem, but I have been trying to lose weight. Sometimes when I get eating, my GF will say — “you know that’s why you’re fat don’t you?”. I know it’s true but it really does hurt. When I tell her that, she says she’s only trying to keep it real and help me. What do you think? Ming-Na

Dear Ming-Na, Clearly your girlfriend’s comments clearly aren’t helping or you would’ve been a size 6 by now. As someone who has swung from size 16 to a size 8 I can tell you no amount of reminding will actually help you shift the weight. I suggest you have a very candid talk to your partner and let her know that her words are very hurtful and unhelpful. If you listen to the professionals you realise that it’s not an issue of body image, it’s really about what is healthy and what is not. So start thinking in terms of “healthy” rather than “skinny” — it takes away the pressure of unrealistic expectations we set for yourselves. I suggest getting some professional help as losing weight will bring you a range of important health benefits. The key to success is making realistic changes to your diet and level of physical activity that can become a part of your daily routine. Good luck and stay positive.

Dear Rick, Clearly you are an independent guy who is used to doing your own thing. Whilst there are expectations within relationships, there are also limits and you need to decide what is reasonable. There are two ways you can deal with it, either you can wait and see if it’s something that settles down or you can have an up-front conversation and discuss boundaries that are comfortable for you. It’s also important, especially if you want to continue the relationship, to ask him what his expectations are regarding this particular issue. Your new BF obviously has some trust issues, which may be something you can address with him. I suggest you look at both your own and his expectations, and find the compromise that sits somewhere in the middle.

Rose’s favourite same-sex marriage equality placards • Evil Gay Agenda: monogamy, family, love & kittens • Jesus had two dads and he turned out fine! • Gay rights should not be tied to a giant opinion poll • We deserve to be just as miserable as straight couples

Need help or someone to talk to? Support is available for anyone in distress by phoning (24 Hours) QLife 1800 184 527, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or AAC counselling services on 02 6257 2855. If you require relationship support or services call Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277

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