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ISSUE 166 • APRIL 2015 FREE MONTHLY

Youth Perspective

The Freedom Centre Takes Over

The Return of

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Wentworth IS BACK Pamela Rabe Gets Her Freak On

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In celebration of Youth Week, this month we’ve handed several pages of OUTinPerth over to the Freedom Centre. Check out their contributions staring on page nine. Graeme Watson editor@outinperth.com

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The CD related to the project has shot to number one and later this year a massive show will arrive in Perth. We chatted to Lisa McCune who has signed up for a role in the epic project.

To celebrate the centenary of the ANZACs country singer Lee Kernigan has put together an epic show ‘Spirit of the ANZAC’ that is set to travel around the country and pay tribute to the ANZAC soldiers and those who followed after them.

“The story begins, Jack Thompson narrates, and takes through World War I and the 20th Century and into the 21st century and it’s a journey through music and song…” McCune explains, “It’s a piece that is theatre, it is music and song and it’s combined with the spirit of the ANZAC.” “It’s a big show about culture, our country and our heritage.” McCune said. McCune shared that ANZAC Day wasn’t a big part of her life growing up, but has become something she shares with her own family. “It was really funny, I guess Mum and Dad didn’t want to talk too much about the war when I was growing up.

I don’t remember it being talked a lot in the house. Now that my kids are growing up, we go to the dawn service every couple of years and have breakfast at the RSL and it’s a really great awesome sense of community spirit.” McCune said. The actress notes that in recent years Australians appear to have embraced ANZAC Day and recognized its importance. “There seems to have been a huge following, especially in recent years, of keeping that part of history alive, showing respect for those who have gone and respect for those who are alive.” Lisa McCune will return home to Perth for ‘Spirit of the ANZACS’ on September 18th, head to www. spiritoftheanzacs.com for all the details.

Local radio program ‘All Things Queer’ is looking for new team members to get involved in making the weekly show. RTRFM 92.1 has a training course that teaches you how to preset, set up interviews, choose music and create prerecorded packages. If you’re interested in joining the collective who puts the show together contact Adam Christou at RTRFM on 9260 9200 or email achristou@rtrfm.com.au All Things Queer airs every Monday at 10pm on RTRFM 92.1 and can be re-streamed at www.rtrfm.com.au

Photographer John Bortolin has spent two years photographing male models around the Byron Bay area. The result of his work is an enormous coffee table book titled ‘Manscapes’. “Two years ago when I first began this journey, I could never have imagined how far it would take me, both creatively, and personally.” Bortolin said. Taking inspiration from the areas lush semi-tropical hills, hidden creeks and blue and white coast of the area Bortolin has created some engaging images of some very handsome men.

Altogether in the collection he captures 25 different men, many who had never been photographed before. “What they all had in common was a quiet knowledge of the splendor of their bodies, and a sense of pride in the hard work it takes to build and sculpt a masculine frame. There is magic in the shyness of a strong man. I didn’t want to photograph egos. I wanted to capture the beauty of their fragility.” Bortolin said. The book is available for purchase at http://manscapes.com.au/

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Actor Edward Grey is playing the munchkin Boq in ‘Wicked’, the popular musical that tells the story of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ from the perspective of the so-called Wicked Witch. The show’s residence in Perth will be a homecoming of sorts for Grey, who trained in Musical Theatre at WAAPA. “I haven’t been to Perth since WAAPA, so I’m really excited about coming back, and it’ll be a great way to finish the tour.” When we spoke over telephone, Grey was enjoying the Brisbane sun as part of the show’s national tour. “I’m sitting on my back veranda right now.” he said. “We’re going in the sun, catching the ferries on the river. It’s really beautiful up here.” As part of the cast of ‘Wicked’, Grey has gone to a number of interesting locations. One that was particularly memorable was Manila in the Philippines. “It was a real eye opener for me. The people were beautiful. Manila’s a crazy city, but I mean the audiences were fantastic there. They were the most amazing fans ever. Manila itself is one of those cities that you’ve got to see it to believe it. There’s so many people in such a small place.” While a lot of theatre workers find it tough to tour with the same people for months on end, Grey said he loves it. “It’s one of the best parts of the job, touring. There’s ups and downs in theatre. You get homesick sometimes or whatever but it’s pretty great.” “We had Reg Livermore in the show, in Melbourne and Sydney, I just used to love watching him from the side of the stage all the time. Just trying to be like ‘How did he do it?’ you know? You get such a privilege, as a young actor, to watch these great people over and over and it’s fresh every time.” When you’re performing eight shows a week, keeping your performance fresh is no mean feat. Luckily, Grey said the show is so fun he tends to forget he’s performed it dozens of times before. “It’s crazy with these musicals, you know. Sometimes getting to work, you’re like ‘Oh, that’s right, got to do two shows today.’ But then once it starts it kind of has an energy of its own and it just takes off and there’s no stopping it, which is really awesome.” Grey’s character, Boq, goes through a number of tribulations throughout the show. “He does have a rough trot as with many characters in the show. I mean, there’s a beautiful message at the end of the show, it’s not that, but I guess you have to make sure you’re doing the right thing in that moment without predicting what’s going to happen. Trying to listen to everyone else onstage and tell that story. It’s all about the storytelling.” Sophie Joske Image: Jeff Busby

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headspace is the national youth mental health foundation. With eleven centres in Western Australia they’re here to help when times are tough. OUTinPerth spoke to headspace Midland to find out more.

Who can go to headspace? headspace is a youth mental health service that provides support for all young people aged between 12 and 25. Everyone is welcome at headspace including people that are same sex attracted, gender diverse or questioning their sexuality or gender. You can come to headspace to talk with someone about anything and all our services are FREE or low cost. Just call or drop in to your local headspace centre, and we will help you make an appointment. It’s ok to bring a friend or a parent along with you and you don’t need a referral. What does headspace do? headspace offers lots of ways to get some support. When you contact us, someone at the front desk will get some details like your name and phone number. Then one of our workers will get in touch to have a chat about what’s going on for you and invite you to one of our centres.

When you come in to a centre, someone at the front desk will ask for your name and may get you to fill in some details on an iPad, and then you are welcome to chill out in the common spaces or wait at reception until someone can see you. A worker will then invite you to have a chat about how we can help and what you would like to do – we always listen to what you want and won’t make any decisions without checking with you first. When can you access headspace? You can come into a headspace centre during usual business hours or access eheadspace anytime. You can contact headspace no matter what is going on, even if you are just starting to feel worried about things and aren’t sure who to talk to. Where can you find headspace? headspace centres strive to provide safe space for all young people to seek support where they are safe to be who they are. headspace centres

operate all over Australia, with 11 across WA including Osborne Park, Midland, Fremantle, Rockingham, Joondalup, Bunbury, Albany and a new centre opening in Armadale. You may also see us out and about at events like the Pride Parade, Fairday, Hyperfest and Supanova. If you would rather get in touch online, eheadspace is a confidential, free and secure space where young people or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional. Why do people go to headspace? Most people come in to talk to about anything that is stressing them out or worrying them - including family, school or uni, drugs or alcohol, sexuality, gender, sexual health and relationships. We can also help if you are experiencing bullying or you are worried about mental health stuff like depression and anxiety.

How do you know if headspace can help? We’re here for you if you are feeling down, stressed or can’t stop worrying; aren’t feeling like yourself; want to talk about sexuality, identity or relationships; are having difficulties with friendships; are being bullied, hurt or harassed; or if you are worried about work or study having money trouble. There is no ‘wrong’ reason to come to headspace, we work with you to figure out what is going on for you, what the options are, and what you want to do from there. If you need a friendly and safe space to talk it out, headspace can help. Want to find out more? Head to www.headspace.org.au for more info on how we can help, participating in your local Youth Reference Group, upcoming events and local contact details.

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When I was young I would crush the edge of my boater against the school bus window and daydream about a table. Seated around it was a more elegant version of my older self, a man and two children. I lack details beyond the vague suggestion of shape and our relationship to one another, but we enjoyed ourselves. When viewing back this immemorial moment, I have the notion I revisited the scene enough for it to singularise because it was the future I most desired at the time. As time cannonballed me forward, my imaginary family faded as other developments rose to prominence. I hurtled through a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at age 11, and began wishing fervently for whatever constituted a “normal” mind, as I barely understood my own. Coming out as bisexual at 16, the idea that I may exist as a series of identity related tropes in the opinions of others permeated my tangled sense of self. An eccentric fence sitter, I became acutely wary of who I told about the way I functioned and identified. As an adult reflecting back, I can see I had the words to speak about these things. However, it felt easier to be quiet because I didn’t have the ability to self-advocate if I was misinterpreted. Instead, I grew an unsteady kind of patience with the misunderstandings of others when they mistook me for someone I wasn’t. Back a few years, those in the table dream were distant spectres of someone else’s life, and I made peace with lacking a desire to have children. At some juncture I saw a medical program where a girl my age proceeded through an urgently needed mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Running parallel was the story of a man with cardiac problems and a brightly coloured scarf. From this viewing an incendiary frame of mind sprung up. I could find aspects of myself in both people, but couldn’t imagine having my chest restored if there was cause to minimise it. Taciturn about my nascent sense of incongruence and always one for rigorous introspection, I began to conduct an extended inquiry into my gender identity. The sense of patience with discovery I had extrapolated from past considerations made the contemplative process seem familiar, but nonetheless disconcerting. I came out of this amorphous period as a transgender androgyne. Although assigned female at birth, I identify gender wise as aspects of female, male, and other bits. Coincidentally, I simultaneously redefined the separate area of my sexuality and settled on pansexual. The phrase “non-binary” is the umbrella term that fits my gender most, especially when I need to quickly denote my place on that conceptual straight line from female to male. I personally use the prefix “non” to indicate being not on just one side of the binary, but in and around the midst of it. While that line once fit as a representation, it was replaced with a spectrum concept as I pinned “other bits” to my definition. Presently I go with a scrunched rectangle of paper as an explanatory analogy for gender. There are straight lines from one place to another and an array of creases, dips and twists for those who inhabit other places. This still gives me a place to occupy my ambiguous middle ground, to stand proudly atop the fence that is a metaphor for much of my life, names included. I employ a masculine name, Remus, to complement my birth name, Laura. These are interchangeable, in that they denote the same person. I prefer their use to alternate, and the same works for my preferred pronouns of she, he and they. If someone declares their preference to call me one name only, I may find myself able to give this explanation. Other times I look back to the different kinds of patience I have accrued and bite my tongue, hoping to take up the mantle of self-advocacy another day. As with my

gender identity and sexuality, I prefer my names equally, with no leaning toward one option. After going through the needed psychological assessment to gain the necessary approval letter some time ago, I finally had a bilateral mastectomy last November. My medical records say I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), ending in a not quite sure question mark. I am no longer able to handle the physical issues and increased gender dysphoria, although I adore the masculinising effects of technically elevated levels of testosterone. Recently I have started moving to procure a hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, or the excision of some of my reproductive organs. I feel an immense privilege to have the opportunity to transition as a non-binary individual, having initially thought I would have to lie about myself to get to where I am now. Patience is a many faceted state for me, and I am prone to frustration when encouraged to hold this precious quality but feel incapable of doing so. Despite my impatience, despite all the frustrated tears and horrible moods I have inflicted upon others and myself, I have an array of reassuring beings around me. I have supportive family, animals, friends, co-workers and medical professionals who lend me their ears and assistance. I am fortunate to work at a place where I feel safe enough and not required to explain myself all the time. The same sentiment applies to my family, and in everyday life I don’t feel obligated to always come out about my gender identity. When I want to have that conversation, I try but don’t always succeed to find a personally and generally suitable time. Defining myself has improved my ability to self-advocate, whether or not I choose to do so. Recently 25, in my bowtie collection, in my words, eccentricities, successes and failures, I feel like the elegant

version of myself I once dreamt about. When unquestionable mental tiredness overwhelms me, I have the patience to express this and come out of it intact. It is a wonderful place to be. Laura/Remus The Freedom Centre

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I am unique. I am not broken.

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I hope one day people know that often, the things we are ashamed of, are pretty normal, you don’t need to feel ashamed.

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Firstly, hats off to all my fellow young people of today. It is an ever expanding and complex world out there, and we are doing a mighty job navigating it! I have been working within the youth sector for five years, and I am constantly blown away by the resilience and determination of young people. Adolescence is a time where everything seems to happen at once, puberty, independence, friendships/relationships, and identity. So many conflicting messages, from adults and peers, and being expected to fit into both the role of a child and a young adult simultaneously and fluidly depending on the situation. Add on a few body image pressures, and the expectation of schooling and you have yourself a mix that would challenge the most self-assured people with a wealth more experience. Thinking back to my high school experience, I cannot remember if or where I saw someone who fits with the person I identify with now. Honestly I have to really strain to even recall when a solid queer representation was offered to me in the broadest context, and that is a pretty scary thought. I know for myself personally, I felt that my identity at the time was formed a lot by what I saw in the media, and what was presented as ‘normal’ at school. Representation is extremely important in identity formation, and acceptance of one’s self. It makes me wonder, if I were to have the knowledge of sexuality that I do now, would I have reached a more comfortable identity sooner, and felt less pressure surrounding it? This applies specifically to representations of healthy and safe relationships, within a sexuality and/or gender diverse frame.

Sexuality and Relationships Education in school (commonly known as Sex Ed) can often lack in representation. All the queer relationships I had seen were reserved to television shows or movies, where stereotypical roles limited relatability if they don’t fit for you. The school education of what a healthy relationship looked like fit into the heteronormative scope. Man/woman. No variation. No examples of anything else. Many of my own peers recount similar experiences. In all fairness, many of the frameworks delivered can be applied broadly. Communication is important, respect each other etc. However, when every example is restricted to monogamous man/woman relationships, any other dynamic begins to seem ‘wrong’. Understandably there will never be an example of every single relationship combination that has ever, or will ever exist. But a little inclusion can go a long way. Different relationships require different things. For example friends-with-benefits will be different from a boyfriend/ boyfriend one. Each relationship is unique, and all parties involved contribute to the wants, needs and dynamics. As I’ve already said, one of the most important components of any relationship is communication. Talk it out, figure out what everyone wants from the relationship. Does the relationship include sexual activity or not. Maybe two people who’re in a girlfriend/ girlfriend partnership have been in a serious exclusive romantic relationship, and they decide that they would like to open the relationship sexually. New agreements would have to be formed, what limitations would be in place (if any), and how they feel about the new dynamic. Keep talking! It isn’t about a one off talk, and then all is sorted. People change, situations change. Respect is another important element. A healthy relationship has respect for the people involved - including yourself! If your

partner asks to be referred to in particular gender/identity or role word such as man, woman, femme, top, bottom etc. doing so is respectful to them. Correct pronouns and names are a sign of recognition and respect for your partner’s identity. This ties into communication; if there is respect for each other, then there is that safety and willingness to listen to what needs to be said. And within all of this, be honest with yourself and your partner/s. Mind reading is really difficult/impossible! Saying everything is fine, and meaning something else sends mixed messages. If a polyamorous relationship is agreed on, and one partner begins to feel jealous of another, they need to be honest with themselves and identify it, then communicate it with their partners. It can be hard, but with time and effort, all of these can contribute to a healthy relationship. www.scarleteen.com has some great information about healthy relationships. The Freedom Centre is holding its Epic Retreat this month, and within it I have the exciting opportunity to present a healthy relationships workshop, with a focus on all relationships. Inclusions of many different relationships will be presented (sexual, non-sexual, monogamous, non-monogamous, heterosexual, homosexual etc.) and discussions about what makes a healthy relationship with these examples will hopefully allow a representation outside of the heteronormative, and create material that is relatable to more people. Let’s hope that more schools will get on board in providing an inclusive approach to relationship education, and education in general. Danika Freedom Centre Volunteer Master of Sexology student

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WA Researchers Release First Australian Trans Mental Health Study Researchers at WA’s own Curtin University have completed the First Australian National Trans Mental Health Study, which examined the mental health of transgender people.

The study was funded by beyondblue and is the largest of its kind in Australia. Researcher Matt Tilley, who is a Clinical Professional Fellow in Curtin’s School of Public Health, spoke to OUTinPerth about the significance of the study. “There are certainly other Australian studies that have occurred, but they haven’t occurred the way we’ve conducted our study. So it really was working with the trans community and various people who formed our advisory group that really assisted us to reach many trans people. The sorts of things that we heard was that they were really delighted to actually be encouraged to participate in such a well-conceived study.” Tilley and his team had been long awaiting the opportunity to conduct this research, and applied for state funding in 2012 but were unsuccessful. “When we have an opportunity to investigate this area and apply for funding from beyondblue, the team of us jumped at this opportunity because we felt that it was certainly something that was extremely worthwhile to be trying to address and also extremely interesting to be looking at because it is such a misrepresented area” 946 people took part in the anonymous study, including 482 trans women, 232 trans men, 136 people who were assigned female at birth but now had a non-binary identity and 96 people who were assigned male at birth but now had a non-binary identity, all aged 18 or older. The study found that trans people experienced disproportionately high levels of mental health problems, in particular anxiety and depression. The report concluded that trans people appear to be 4 times more likely to have ever been diagnosed with depression than the general population, and approximately 1.5 times more likely to have ever been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Tilley said the findings of the study were confirmative of what the researchers had come to expect from preliminary research. “I think we again knew from anecdotal evidence, international evidence and from a previous smaller Australian study, that we were likely to get these sorts of numbers. I think one of the things that is a very important outcome in our study is to understand that there are a range of different experiences which contribute to trans people feeling further discriminated against and marginalised. Really I think one of the things you’ve got to be aware of is the way trans people have reported experiencing and accessing healthcare.” Tilley said he hopes that by providing evidence of the acutely high levels of mental health issues in the trans population, the study could provide a platform to create change. The report, which can be found online, includes a number of possible options to address

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the issue. “Our report outlines a series of recommendations, and I think that probably if we were going to look at it overall we really need to have an integrated, holistic approach to meeting and addressing this health disparity for trans people.” Tilley went on to explain what types of practical and conceptual options could be beneficial: “Simple things like involving trans people in the decision making processes around policy that affect their health. That’s vital. Because otherwise we end up with this top-down paternalistic model which is currently what’s occurring and isn’t helping people. We don’t have a multidisciplinary clinic in each state and territory, for example. So it means that there are some states and territories where trans people are probably getting better health services than others, but why is that? What’s wrong with our public health system that we can’t provide something like that? Other things like clear referral pathways and protocols so that trans people and their doctors know exactly what the steps are to achieve the medical transition they might be thinking.” However, this is an issue that the wider community should also be involved in to achieve major change. “I think that again we need to be educating our kids in school around difference and diversity more so than we do. I think we need to make sure that our curriculum training for our healthcare professionals coming through includes a respectful approach to difference.” When it comes to an ideological approach, Tilley says individuality is an important factor to consider. “What we need to do is we need to be seeing a person’s whole experience of life and in a trans person’s experience, that also means this sense of sex and gender diversity and how we can go about assisting them to have a better life, have a lower likelihood of experiencing ongoing clinical conditions like depression and anxiety, and how we can assist them to really find their own value within themselves and they can achieve their ultimate goals as human beings.” The First Australian National Trans Mental Health Study can be found at www.transoz.org/bw0274.pdf If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, please call QLife on 1800 184 527 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp Sophie Joske Image: James Rogers


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Giz Watson, former MLC for The Greens has been awarded an honourary doctorate for her contribution to civil and human rights in Western Australia. The award from Murdoch University was presented last month by Dr Janice Dudley who highlighted Watson’s extensive contribution.

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“It is clear that Giz’s activism in the causes of gay and lesbian rights, social justice, indigenous rights, and peace and environmentalism, together with her parliamentary service have made a major contribution to civil and human rights in Western Australia.” Dr Dudley said. In accepting the honour Watson said she was pleased to accept the award for her work as a parliamentarian and as an activist, alongside being a member of the LGBTIQ community. “I am also pleased to accept this honour as a representative of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex community - and as the first openly lesbian member of an Australian Parliament. I pay tribute to other GLBTI community members who have fought and continue to fight for our equality.” Watson said.

Guilty Verdict in Gay Bashing Murder

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Two men accused of bashing a gay man in a vigilante attack have been found guilty of murder. Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were on trial accused of murdering Warren Batchelor, 48, at Middle Swan Reserve in Caversham in November 2013. Mr Batchelor was formerly a well-known DJ in Sydney. A jury took just five hours decide on the pairs guilt last month following a two week long trial. The ABC reported that the court heard how the two men confronted Mr Bachelor in the park’s public toilets. Mr Batchelor was having a sexual encounter with another man in the disabled toilet cubicle when Taylor and Jones kicked in the door and attacked the two men. The man who was in the toilet with Mr Bachelor, whose name has been suppressed by the court, gave evidence describing how there was a knock at the door of the cubicle before it was kicked in and both men were attacked. The witness described how Mr Batchelor was ‘king hit’ before being bashed with a metal pole. He died in hospital two days later. The pair will return to count next month for a sentencing hearing.

Help Celebrate Our History

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As voted in the Sunday Times’ STM magazine “palate pleasers” top 100 Top of the list for breakfast BUT have you tried our lunch and dinners? Are you interested in WA LGBTI history? The Gay and Lesbian Archives of WA (GALAWA) was set up in the late 1990s. The collection is housed at Murdoch University Library and includes the publications pictured and much more; including letters, papers, records, badges, photos. The organisation has been inactive for several years and the collection not as widely used as it could be. It is time to work out what to do next. If you want to be part of making these archives more accessible and shaping the future of the collection; now is the time to put your hand up. The organisation aims to have a public meeting in early May 2015. Contact Jo Darbyshire on jodarbyshire@gmail.com, Guy Gomeze on guy.g@iinet.net.au or Reece Plunkett on r.plunkett@iinet.net.au or 0434 997 376 to register your interest.

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Easter & Beyond... Thursday April 2nd - EASTER POPTASTIC All your favourite camp POP classics. All night in both rooms. Sunday April 5th - SEXSHOOTERS Two of London’s hottest DJs. (That’s them below!) Friday April 10th - THE HAUS OF EDWARDS In the Dark presents Shangela, Alyssa Edwards & Laganja Estranga LIVE! Saturday April 11th, 18th & 25th - LOVESICK The new production show. Friday April 17th - LÉ CLUB The Monarchy present Berlin DJ brothers Sotofett and Fettburger. Sunday April 26th - MASON ANDREWS Fresh from slaying them at MARDI GRAS, Mason returns for the ANZAC day long weekend.

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Bingay

It’s bingo hosted by a drag queen. It features some bawdy and risqué commentary and unexpected craziness often happens. We recommend taking your own pens. For bookings email bingay@connectionsnightclub.com Every Thursday from 7:30pm, Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

Pop!

Nothing but bright, bubbly, sugar coated pop tunes at this popular mid-week get together hosted by our favourite girl BarbieQ. Featuring drag shows at 1am. Every Thursday, 10pm-late, Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

Must Be the Music

Each week Connections DJ’s play with you and tease you and they lead you through a journey through disco, house, progressive and even a touch of techno. Every Friday, 10pm-5am, Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

PUBS Melbourne band Miami Horror are about to release their second album ‘All Possible Futures’ We caught up with band founder Benjamin Plant to chat about the new record. What was it like recording your second album? It was obviously a very long and slow process. It was recorded over three or four years. There’s more pressure on a second album, you kind of freak out and think that you need a big follow up. But I figured if you just stay true and do what you love. I think on a third album you have a bit more room to move because you’ve made two, established a sound, and then you can go in any direction from there. When you take so long to make a record, do you find you get to the end and then discover you don’t like the part you did at the beginning, can it be an eternal circle? Yes, you do, and we were aware of that happening. On this record we really wanted to focus, not so much on classic

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Gorgeous London DJs David and Claudio are ready to make your Easter long weekend amazing with sweet tunes and sexy beats! Sunday April 5th from 8pm, Connections Nightclub 81 James St, Northbridge

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Garden Party

Promgoers are in for a Wonderland experience this year as the theme is The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Dress to impress and you may just be crowned a prom king or queen. Sunday April 5th from 6pm, The Court Hotel, 50 Beaufort St, Perth

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This enchanted evening will have tunes from James Zabiela, Doorly and Monkey Safari. $5 from every ticket goes to the Fred Hollows Foundation to treat and prevent blindness. Sunday April 26th from 2pm, The Court Hotel, 50 Beaufort St, Perth

Easter Saturday with Potbelleez

The Brass Monkey are hosting an epic getdown session with tunes from Potbelleez, Digital Damage, Destroy The Machines, and more! Saturday April 4th from 8pm, The Brass Monkey, James Street, Northbridge

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For over ten years Lesbian Mud Wrestling has been the biggest event on a Wednesday night, it’s people wrestling in mud! Although not always lesbians, sometimes there are dirty boys too. Every Wednesday, doors open at 8pm, Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

Men’s Sundowner

This casual evening is an awesome night for men who like men to meet other men and enjoy the sunset out on the terrace bar. Saturday April 11th, 6pm-9pm, Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

Sundays at Swallow

The food is first rate, the choice of wines is adventurous and on Sundays they have sublime live music too. Every Sunday, doors open from 4pm, Swallow Bar, 198 Whatley Cres, Maylands

Live Music at Chapels

Enjoy live music in a relaxed dining environment and have a drink while you’re there. Every Friday and Saturday Night, 7pm-9pm, Chapels on Whatley, 196 Whatley Cres, Maylands

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Throw on a frock, slip on a wig, pick out a tune and give drag a go, wannabe Drag Queens and Drag Kings can compete for a cash prize. Wednesdays from 9pm, The Court Hotel, 50 Beaufort St, Perth

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Drag Race girls Alyssa Edwards, Shangela and Laganja Estranga are coming for you with a night of music, dancing and eleganza! Friday April 10th, doors open 9pm, Connections Nightclub 81 James St, Northbridge

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Sunday April 19th, Perth Concert Hall

Weekly on Wednesdays 5pm-8pm & Fridays 4pm-8pm, Freedom Centre, 93 Brisbane St, Perth.

The Queer Business Network is back in 2015 organising regular events for GLBTIQ and Ally professionals to meet new people, catch up with old friends and build their professional network. Thursday April 16th, 6pm-8pm Pure Bar, 331 Hay Street, Subiaco

WA Wanderers Social

The WA Wanderers are a social walking group for gay guys and their friends. Their first social event of the calendar year is a meetup at AMF bowling. RSVP is essential, do so at www. wawanderers.com.au Sunday April 12th, 5:30pm-8:30pm, 176 Walter Road, Morley

The Importance of Being Miriam

Stage and screen legend Miriam Margolyes brings to life characters from classic literature woven together with her own witty stories and piano accompaniment from John Martin. April 7th-11th, State Theatre Centre, 174-176 William Street, Perth

UnitingCare West- True Colours

A Safe space for all people living in the South West Region of WA under 26 who are same sex attracted, intersex,trans* and/ or gender diverse. Meets weekly on a Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Please email Truecolours@unitingcarewest.org.au or call 1300 663 298 for more information.

YOUTH EVENTS

The White Rose of Athens herself, Nana Mouskouri will be sharing her wonderful voice live for all to enjoy.

Rai Thistlethwayte in Concert

The jazz pianist and former Thirty Merc frontman joins an ensemble of WAAPA jazz students for a night of musical versatility.

April 15th-17th, 7.30pm, The Geoff Gibbs Theatre, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St Mount Lawley.

A safe social drop-in session for all people under 26 who are same sex attracted, intersex, trans* and/or gender diverse

Outspace

A session for all people under 26 who are LGBTIQQ. These sessions are activity-based so come along to try something new, get active and have fun! 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Freedom Centre, 93 Brisbane St, Perth

KatySteele Australian sweetheart and frontwoman of Little Birdy, Katy Steele is on the cusp of releasing her solo debut album. She will be playing one last intimate show in her hometown before the release.

MUSIC Alexandre Da Costa and Friends

Canadian violinist Alexandre Da Costa is joined by the Indian Ocean Ensemble and other expert musicians.

Steele relocated to Brooklyn, to expand and cultivate her artistry as a solo artist and will be returning to Northbridge to showcase her skills. Now she is returning to Perth to celebrate this new musical venture.

Thursday April 2nd, 7.30pm, the Music Auditorium, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St Mount Lawley.

In the Pines

RTRfm’s local music festival returns, showcasing WA’s best best acts, including this year Abbe May, Aborted Tortoise, Methyl Ethel, The Jangle Brothers and many more!

Showcasing her new material in an intimate venue, this will be a rare opportunity to see a special one off performance before her debut release in 2015.

Sunday April 19th, 11am-10pm, Somerville Auditorium, UWA, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley.

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Barefoot music legend Michael Franti is joined in concert by his band Spearhead as well as special guests Blue King Brown, Donavon Frankenreiter and Tijuana Cartel.

Katy Steele is playing at at Jimmys Den, 69 James st, Northbridge Friday 24th April, tickets available from Ticketbooth.

Saturday April 18th, opening 6pm, at Red Hill Auditoriam, Lot 2 Toodyay Road, Red Hill

A Love Supreme

This tribute to John Coltrane has WAAPA composers exhibiting new works inspired by his piece ‘A Love Supreme’. Thursday April 26th, 8.00pm the Music Auditorium, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St Mount Lawley.

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CULTURE Old Love

This exciting new play tells the tale of a budding romance between a man and a woman who is twice his age. 14th of April-2nd of May, The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street, Northbridge

Armour

This confronting exploration of Australian masculinity takes place on a weekend retreat for the members of a men’s group. April 21st-May 9th, The Blue Room Theatre, 53 James Street, Northbridge

Home Open: An Evening of Vulnerability

Perth’s most inventive independent theatre company The Cutting Room Floor prove you can take the show out of the theatre, but you can’t take the theatre out of the show. A number of short original works to warm the cockles of your heart. April 24th-25th at 8pm, Heathcote Museum & Gallery 58-60 Duncraig Road, Duncraig

Oz Comic-Con

Get your geek on for two sweet days and meet the likes of Billie Piper, Billy Boyd, Kevin Sorbo and more! April 11th and 12th, 9am-6pm, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth.

COMEDY Craig Hill: Give Him an Inch

Everyone’s favourite kilt-sporting jokester is back with more outrageous quips and his signature charm! April 30th-May 3rd, Mount Lawley Bowling Club, corner of Storthes & Rookwood St, Mt Lawley

Rhys Nicholson: Forward

Rhys Nicholson has a sharp tongue and a wardrobe to match. In this concert, there’ll be everything from existential angst to jokes about penises. What more could you want from a night out? April 30th-May 3rd, Mt Lawley Bowling Club corner of Storthes & Rookwood St, Mt Lawley

Stephen K. Amos: Welcome to My World

Stephen K. Amos, the man, the myth, the legend, returns with his trademark does of comedy with heart, irreverence and quirk. April 30th-May 1st, His Majesty’s Theatre, 825 Hay Street, Perth

Joel Creasey: The Hurricane

Perth’s own prince of laughter is back with yet another sellout hit. This time he’s fresh back from the jungle of ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here’. He’s sure to leave a trail of sore bellies and broken hearts.

Cocktail bars are a staple of my life. They give me with laughter; smiles; shelter from the sun, wind and rain; a home away from home and some goddamn awesome drinks. Perth has a great array of choices and one that sits very close to my heart is a little rooftop bar in the heart of Northbridge; Mechanics. I have spent the last two Sunday’s atop the decking with wine in hand, surrounded by friends, perfectly happy. Sunday’s are a place where hangovers are fixed and good friends are made. Their Bloody Mary’s are legendary and come garnished with a mini burger. I mean really, what more could you want when you’re feeling a little ropey on a Sunday lunch time? To accompany their Sunday remedies are a vast array of different cocktails, written and delivered by some of Perth’s finest. I have enjoyed many afternoons and evenings sipping my way through the list of drinks located in the middle of the back bar, plus the stupidly large

array of classics that their team has perfected. On top of the library of cocktails that the team has stored between them, their selection of wines, spirits, beers and ciders are pretty top notch. Numerous ciders and beers, both bottled and tap and I have yet to drink a wine that doesn’t bring a smile to my face. Burgers and chips from Flipside (located below on James St) are a great compliment to the laid back vibe that fills the venue. A mix of great and (brilliantly) awful tunes are paired with the loud sound of conversation that greet you at any place in the venue. The boys that work so hard to make Mechanic’s work are all freaking gems. As with Dominion League (their sibling bar which also includes a wonderful sharing of staff) the people that run this joint as a family. They work hard, and together as a team, which is a beautiful thing and makes the venue the great place that it is. The Mechanics Institute is at the rear of 222 Williams St, Northbridge. Alice Mod

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Perth’s resident sweetheart and mistress of The Court herself Hannah Conda will be setting her sights in Sydney this May. The local drag sensation spoke to Sophie Joske about her big move and her time in Perth, including the good times, the not-so good times and where it all began. “I’m making a big break over there, I’m moving over pretty much just to further my drag career and challenge myself. It’s always been one of my goals to be a Sydney showgirl, and hopefully I can make that dream happen.” Hannah shared. But the Bingay hostess and Drag Factory matriarch hasn’t always been the polished performer she is today. Almost five years ago, Hannah was another hopeful babyqueen at Drag Factory on a Wednesday night, then referred to as Amateur Drag Night. The freshfaced entertainer was hoping to study musical theatre, and her good friend Ruby Jewelz encouraged her to use her onstage passion to take on a drag number. “I did not want to do it, I was like ‘Nup, not for me’. And then I gave it one shot, I said ‘I’ll do it one night only’, and that is it. Ruby did my makeup, I borrowed my sister’s little lycra Supré dress, and down I went to The Court for amateur drag and I did my first show. I think the song was ‘Where My kiss?’ by The Sugababes. I loved it. I had the best time.” The budding drag queen was beaten by default for performing only one number instead of two, but the following week, she was back with a vengeance and scored her first drag victory. “From that Wednesday night on I’ve been pretty much in drag every single week since then.” she said. For those who have seen Hannah perform, it’s no surprise she’s got a musical theatre background. She said the two artforms have a number of shared skills. “You’re singing and you’re dancing and you’re acting and it all just ties in and it just worked and because being a more feminine guy, in musical theatre there are a lot of feminine guys but they can always pull off this masculinity in some weird way and I just couldn’t do it, like it just wasn’t right. All I wanted to do was be the female lead.” Now Hannah has a repertoire featuring an enviable catalogue of roles. “Drag has become an avenue for me to literally live out my dreams and be all of the characters I wanted to be as a child growing up. I’ve been Disney princesses, I’ve done Snow White, I’ve done The Little Mermaid, I’ve been one of my favourite Disney

villains Maleficient. I’ve done her, I’ve done Catwoman, oh, I love doing Catwoman. I get to be all these characters. I adore characters, that’s when I feel like I’s alive, because I get to play something, and it is like theatre, you get to be that role and live that dream.” While she’s lived out a number of childhood dreams, she’s also had her fair share of nightmares. She shared one especially harrowing tale of a Christmas show that went horribly wrong. “I was doing Bette Midler, ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ it’s a Hawaiian Christmas song. I came out with a grass skirt on and I had a ukulele and I’m pretending to play the ukulele as I’m wandering around the stage and everyone is just loking at me like ‘What the hell is going on?’ So I decided, I thought ‘Wow, let’s make it dramatic, I’m going to smash the ukulele onstage.’ And so I tried to but it’s this plastic Disney princess ukulele and it wouldn’t smash so I’m just having this tantrum trying to break the ukulele. People are watching as I’m having this meltdown because the show was awful. It was one of those things, but looking back I laugh. Once I finished I was like ‘That was awful.’ But I couldn’t help but laugh. You just have to laugh at yourself and realise these things happen, it’s ok, let’s move forward.” It seems that living that dream is paying off. Hannah’s been attracting acclaim both locally and internationally. Her performance of ‘No Good Deed’ from the musical ‘Wicked’ was featured on ‘Morgan McMichael’s Living for the Lipsync’ and she was voted into the top ten of Dragaholic’s fan poll asking readers who they would like to see on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 8, featuring 200 queens from around the world. Hannah said she was overwhelmed by all the support she’d received in the poll. “It was really really nice to see all the support behind me and the fact that they got me up to that top ten was just incredible and it was so, so beautiful and I couldn’t thank everybody enough that they did that.” Hannah said that if she was capable of getting a VISA and getting accepted into ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, she’d do it in a heartbeat. “It is one of my dreams to do, and it’s a goal of mine. Like anything, whether or not it happens is another story, but it’s always good to have those goals and it pushes you to go harder. I hope that one day I can get on there and I can showcase to the world the talent that I have, and I can showcase to the world what little Perth can produce. I think Perth produces so many talents. Not only in drag but in all the arts. We have so many talented people in Perth and I’d like to showcase that to the world.” Look out for Hannh Conda’s big farewell at www.thcourt.com.au Sophie Joske Image: Angelo Di-Benedetto

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‘Wentworth’, Foxtel’s reimaging of the iconic Australian series ‘Prisoner’ has been a ratings smash around the world and the third season is about to start soon. We caught up with actor Pamela Rabe, who plays Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson, the governor of Wentworth who joined the show last season inhabiting the role made famous by Maggie Kirkpatrick.

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Despite our best interrogation, Pamela wouldn’t give much up about what will happen in Season 3. Of all the characters in Wentworth, Joan Ferguson has to be the most iconic of them all. Did you have any trepidation before taking on the role? No, just a lot of excitement. It’s a great role and when I got the phone call I squealed into the phone to my agent. Maggie Kirkpatrick is someone I’ve admired for a very long time, and I’ve worked with, we played mother and daughter in a play with a very long extended theatrical run. So I know her well and I’m so full of admiration and adoration for who she is, and what she brought to the creation of this character of Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson. When I found out I’d be playing this role, it’s like all your Christmases have come at once. It’s unusual in television, this is largely a show about women, was that part of the appeal of doing a TV project? Absolutely, I’ve been very lucky in most of the screen work I’ve done. What I love about being an actor is the ‘work family’ that you create because it’s such a peripatetic life. You go from job to job, whatever the contract, sometimes it’s a few days, often with a theatre piece it’s a couple of months and then you move on. So the quality of the collaborations and the connections you make in the work that you do that are really important.

I’ve been lucky enough in my adventures in screen both in film and television that have been real ensemble companies. I was involved in a few films in the ‘90s like ‘Paradise Road’ that was about female prisoners of war and ‘Cosi’ which was about a whole group of patients at a mental health facility in the ‘70s and also things like this series which is centered around a woman’s prison. It means you have a cavalcade of the cream of Australia’s female actor talent. It’s such a privilege to get to work with everyone, a huge privilege and, as you said, a real attraction. A prison is a rich setting for drama. Nobody is one hundred percent good or evil in Wentworth, it’s all shades of grey in-between. I’ve always thought that to be in an environment where everything is always on the brink of chaos, how do people maintain control? Whether you’re a prisoner trying to stay safe, or whether you’re an officer, or the governor, trying to keep the place functioning and keep everyone in line. The challenges never stop coming and that’s great fodder for drama.

also sympathetic producers who were able to work their timetable successfully. So I just opened a show two nights ago in Sydney, ‘Jumpy’ with Jane Turner and Marina Prior. It’s been great! Can you give us any clues about what’s inline for The Freak in the upcoming season? All I can say is expect the unexpected. The battle truly is on between Bea Smith and Joan Ferguson, and they’re both capable of giving a very good fight. Whenever we do a story on Wentworth it’s extremely popular, and the show is loved internationally, what do you attribute that appetite to? It’s an incredibly clicked in fandom. I think it’s the way that the show is constructed. You might sit down to just watch one episode but then you binge watch five in a row. So it certainly releases endorphins, the fans of the show are so engaged. They’re constantly trying to sniff out, like truffle dogs, any morsel of information about the show. Season 3 of ‘Wentworth’ starts on Foxtel’s SOHO channel on Tuesday 7th April. Graeme Watson

On the show Joan Fergusson has been described as ‘The Fixer’ – has Christopher Pine been watching? [laughs] I suspect he has, that’s hysterical! In your off-time from the show you’ve been busy performing Samuel Beckett in Adelaide and directing a play at the Sydney Opera House, how do you fit it all in? I love working! I was performing on stage in Melbourne in the evenings over the first few weeks of my filming ‘Wentworth’. As soon as filming finished I was off doing more acting and directing. I’ve been very lucky with scheduling and

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Mac said he still gets nervous despite having decades of experience. “I can’t help it. It’s because I always want to be perfect and I think a lot about what I’m going to play, and how to do it, and working on the mixes and rehearsing it, getting it altogether. It’s pretty raw, being up there onstage. It’s like you’re kind of saying to a lot of people, here’s my soul, what do you think of it? [Laughs] Those songs are so intimate and there are lyrics about your life, and there are thing you’ve really sweated over, and you’re saying to a large group of strangers ‘Hey, what do you think?’ … Mardi Gras has meant a lot to me over my life and to play one of the big rooms was like ‘Wow. I’ve made it.’”

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Paul Mac is one of Australia’s most prolific DJs, movers, shakers and music makers. He’s lent his hand to a number of different outfits including Itch-E and Scratch-E and The Dissociatives. After keeping himself busy remixing everyone from Placebo to Kylie Minogue and making music for the stage and screen, Mac is releasing a brand new solo album ‘Holiday From Me’. He chatted to Sophie Joske fresh after the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras weekend, where he debuted some of his new tracks in front of thousands at the Horton Pavilion.

‘Holiday From Me’ is Mac’s first solo album in almost a decade. He’s been working on the album for the past eight years alongside his many other musical projects. He said taking that time to develop the music allowed him to cultivate experiences he could draw from. “In the middle of that ten years there was a five year relationship, which gave me plenty to write about [Laughs] I mean, you just live and stuff comes out.”

duet came about. “Brendan Maclean, we’d been hanging out a lot, I’ve been helping him with his music and Nathan from Faker, we’re good mates and he was around and I had the music, and I had some of the melody and I thought ‘come on, let’s write a song together’ and then we just started joking about silly first lines and questions that you ask and what you think about when you’re on a first date in a gay bar, essentially… I’m really bummed that it’s a download-only, this album, because if had a physical CD I wanted to have a sticker saying ‘Featuring the world’s first gay duet!’ [Laughs]”


Music with a Message When I went to get tested for HIV myself, I realised that the emotion that I was feeling was not anger, it was fear.

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Michael Franti tells us why he wrote ‘Positive’ a song about his experience of getting tested for HIV. Franti first arrived on the music scene as front man of The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the early ‘90s the band got worldwide attention with their combination of hip hop and industrial music. On the band’s debut album he rapped about social justice and politics on tracks like ‘Television – The Drug of a Nation’ and ‘Everyday Life Has Become a Health Risk’ and the band delivered their take on the punk classic ‘California Uber Alles’. Twenty one years ago he changed direction when he launched Spearhead, a new music project that was musically focused more on soul, roots and blues sounds. Under the Spearhead moniker Franti delivered a gentler message. Today Franti acknowledges that he’s been on quite a journey as a musician. “Well when I first started out, two things: one is that I didn’t play any instruments, I just had my voice. I rapped and eventually with the Disposable Heroes I learned how to use drum machines and samplers, and the studio became my instrument.” Franti credits collaborator Charlie Hunter with showing him that he could make music that was more melodic, while staying true to his political beliefs. “During that time I started working with Charlie Hunter, who’s this incredible jazz guitarist, and I would sing with Charlie and

he would play on guitar, and I’d rap over it and I would hear how just adding a little bit of melody to the chords he was playing, it would change, he was playing the same note but changing the chord underneath it, it just made an entirely different melody and emotion. I learned how to express emotion through melody and that became a different way of addressing issues.” Fanti said. Throughout his career Franti has always been a vocal advocate in the fight against HIV/AIDS whether it’s been through contributing to fundraising initiatives like the ‘Red Hot and Jazz’ project or sharing his own experiences. “When I made the first Spearhead album, there was a song called ‘Positive’ on it. It was a song about getting tested for HIV and the first song that I wrote for it was more in the Disposable Heroes style, it was like ‘fuck the government, they’re not responding to this crisis that’s taking place in the world and I’m really pissed off about it. “Then when I went to get tested for HIV myself, I realised that the emotion that I was feeling was not anger, it was fear. It was sadness and it was anxiety about thinking about all the people I had had unprotected sex with, could I have this virus?” Franti shared. “So the song that I wrote took on a much different tone, and from that I realised that every issue that is in my heart I had different emotions attached to it and to

express those is what really making music is about and that just making every song being about pumping my fist and raging against these things that are happening outside, but more about looking at what’s happening inside in me. Franti notes that when he wrote about his experience of getting tested for HIV it was at a time when artists were just beginning to raise awareness through music. “When I was writing that song ‘Positive’ it was at a time in San Fran Cisco where I had four friends of mine die in a six month period, of AIDS. And there were no songs about it. And certainly no one writing songs about testing. “It was something that I felt a personal connection to and I think today, young people have grown up with an understanding of HIV and AIDS but maybe not a clear understanding of where it’s surfacing today. Maybe it is time for there to be more songs about it.” Franti said. Michael Franti and Spearhead are performing at Red Hill Auditorium on Saturday 18th April. Also on the bill; Blue King Brown, Donavon Frankenreiter and Tijuana Cartel. Head to www.redhillgigs.com.au for tickets. Head online to www.outinperth. com to read our extended interview with Michael Franti. Graeme Watson

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The Prodigy The Day is My Enemy

Shane Howard Deeper South Former Goanna front man Shane Howard, has returned with his latest solo project ‘Deeper South’. Since his departure from Goanna, Howard has used his 13 solo projects for more intimate, personal explorations of themata through music and lyrics. ‘Deeper South’ is an earnest investigation of heritage, which comes through loud and clear in the albums deft fusion of Irish, Celtic and indigenous sound. The all-acoustic album follows Howard closely though this discovery, from soulful ballads to energetic Irish jigs. – Leigh Hill

Following on from their recent energetic appearance at Future Music, The Prodigy’s sixth album is a return to form. ‘Kicking off with the title track The Prodigy preset a dense complex sound that assaults your senses. Lead single ‘Nasty’ showcases Keith Flint’s legendary snarly vocals while ‘Ibiza’ featuring Sleaford Mods features a great cockney rap lyrics. Over 15 tracks The Prodigy present an unrelenting concoction of sounds that reminds of us of their ‘Fat of the Land’ heyday of two decades past.. - Graeme Watson

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All We Are Self-titled All We Are, a three piece from Liverpool, have a particularly unique sound. Bordering on ambience, the album elevates their sound to another level, far beyond that of lounge listening. The album plays fluidly between tracks, though each track slowly introduces nuances that creep up on you; ‘I Wear You’ will have you tapping along to the beat before you’ve even noticed the hum of the track prior has slowly faded away. Slow, yet somehow upbeat – a wonderfully unique album. – Leigh Hill

Filled with endless catchy tunes, clever turns of phrases, stream of conscious honesty and killer attitude, this is the album you’ll put in your car stereo and leave it there for months. Melbourne singer songwriter Barnett will have you hooked from the opening track ‘Elevator Operator’ to the album’s closer. On ‘Nobody Really Cares if You Go to the Party’ Barnett captures a dilemma we’ve all been though as she sings “I wanna go out but I wanna stay home”. At the end of the year when everyone lists their favourite records of the year this one’s guaranteed a spot. Graeme Watson

The Avener The Wanderings of The Avener French DJ, songwriter and producer Avener stands tall amongst his fellow French lords of electronic music. Having penned tunes for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and having international #1’s with his single ‘Fade Out Lines’, ‘The Wanderings Of Avener’ is a culmination of his efforts. ‘Wanderings’ is an eclectic collection, featuring house, soul and blues tracks that all stand out as strong in their own genre, and as an LP. ‘Wanderings’ notably features Norwegian enchantress Ane Brun on his luminous track ‘To Let Myself Go’, and an exceptional remix of Mazzy Star’s cult hit, ‘Fade Into You’.– Leigh Hill

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Shamir – Call It Off tight beats and cowbells with rap Olafur Arnalds and Alice Sara Ott – Versus a fresh take on classic Chopin Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money Rihanna returns with a tough new single – possibly her hardest track yet. MNEK – More Than a Miracle catchier than a serious cold with some killer beats Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever a stunning new jazz version of her classic dance hit, quite astounding Jimmy Somerville – Strong Enough total disco from the former Bronski Beat front man Will Young – Love Revolution the original pop idol is back with a slice of ‘60s inspired soul that references Tomcraft’s ‘Loneliness’ Anna Lunoe featuring Jesse Boykins III – Heartbreak in Motion (LCAW Remix) this track has such a funky bass line – get Hazell Dean - 24 Hours (Matt Pop Mix) a hi-NRG camp version of a Gene Pitney song – essential surely Lonelady – Groove It Out Surprising change of style as former minimalist rock musician goes all cowbells and disco Blur – Go Out Britpop Gods return with downbeat tune, nice to see them all being friendly again Cornershop – Born Disco; Died Heavy Metal filled with trumpets, sounds like the opening credits to a late night talk show Jenny Lewis – Wanna Have It All RnB pop from Sweden Jody Whatley – Dancer it’s been too long Miss Whatley but this is superb and extra funky Roisin Murphy – Gone Fishing laid back track, the first from forthcoming new album Solomon Grey – The View (simply beautiful) Fink – Pilgrim (Paula Temple remix – Ambient Time) chill out, breathe deeply Texas – I Don’t Want a Lover (Truth and Soul Version) to celebrate their 25th anniversary Texas have re-recorded all their hits – an intriguingly odd new take on a classic track

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Claudio and Daivd: It really is 100% about the crowd. When we are fortunate enough to be in a country where the people really know how to enjoy a party and give themselves up to the music and have a good time, then it gives us so much energy to return back to them with the best of ourselves and our sounds. It is essential for us to be partying along with the crowd so knowing everyone is having a good time is everything to us. Of course a nice venue, good lighting, strong alcohol (Triple JD and Cokes please!) and a pair of hot DJ’s helps! When you get ready for a night out do you coordinate your outfits? Claudio: Ah here’s a sore point when it comes to the DJ’ing – picking outfits to wear!

The London based duo Sex Shooters have taken the world by storm, turning up at parties, clubs and dance events across the globe. The duo are bringing their high energy DJ performance to Connections Nightclub over the Easter long weekend. OUTinPerth traded emails with the highly attractive pair and discovered one of them is no stranger to Perth. How did Sex Shooters come about, how long have you been DJing together? Claudio: David was doing his photography thing at Gigolo in London and I happened to drop in for a drink after finishing a show. (I used to be an actor) and the rest is history! We started working together as Sex Shooters almost instantly, both having a complete

career change and combined our passion for music to see where we could take it. Two years on we’ve had an amazing time playing all over the world! Will this be your first trip to Australia? What have you heard about our country? David: Well… my first true love was Charlene from Neighbours and I lived and breathed for the wedding with Kylie and Jason. That ‘Suddenly’ song was everything to me. Rewind and repeat! Other than that this will be my first trip to Australia so I’m really excited to meet the people, see the beaches and get some much needed sun and speedo action! Claudio: I’m a Perth boy! So Australia is home for me. However I’ve been living all over the world for the last 10 years and every time i come back to Perth it feels like a totally different city. Last time I visited I would have never have thought that I would be returning three years later as a DJ to play in my hometown!

David: When we’re not DJ’ing our we kick around in shorts and vests spending time between the gym and the studio. Claudio: We try not to check-in luggage between all of our flights so we’ve got a pretty minimal wardrobe available to us when we play. David: It’s quite funny really, I think we have 3 DJ ‘uniforms’ that are in circulation on this tour at the moment. Claudio: There’s the black vest… David: Our lumber jack cut off shirts (definite matching outfit) Claudio: And… Our denim cut-off things, but thinking to hit to the shops in Perth for our Connections and Perth debut! Suggestions anyone!? Catch Sex Shooters David and Claudio at Connections Nightclub on Sunday April 5th. Graeme Watson


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Big Eyes (PG)

A Little Chaos

I think we’ve forgotten how restrictive it was for women in the middle of last century. When Margaret (Amy Adams) left her abusive first husband in the 1950s, she had to fight to keep her daughter. Marrying the charismatic Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) allowed her to keep her daughter but created another problem. Walter helped her sell her paintings of wideeyed waifs when his Paris streetscapes didn’t sell. Margaret found out that he was also taking credit for her popular creations, but by the time he was mass-producing the big-eyed orphans and she had become a co-conspirator. While this film isn’t quite as dark and twisted as Tim Burton’s previous works, the dark overtones still underlie this creepy true story. As Walter becomes more famous, Margaret is isolated and trapped and she feels her sanity draining away. This gripping drama has with enough psychosis to give a Burtonesque view of Margaret’s world.

In 1682, Andre Le Nôtre was in charge of constructing the Versailles gardens, although he was not as sizzlingly sexy as Belgian Matthias Schoenaerts who plays him in Alan Rickman’s second feature film. The times of King Louis XIV of France (69 year old Alan Rickman taking both sides of the camera) demanded that nature was supressed and tamed … much like females. A fictional widow, Madame Sabine De Bara (Kate Winslet), is hired by Le Nôtre to construct the Rockwork Garden (Versailles’s La Salle De Bal in real life). In turning the muddy grotto into something of beauty, the fiercely independent Bara has her own ideas about not taming everything that grows, even though there actually aren’t that many plants in her outdoor ballroom. This is a sumptuous costume drama, with Le Nôtre and Bara the most naturalistic characters among the camp procession of the Sun King’s court.

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Having a father who is bipolar must have been difficult. Having that father as the primary caregiver would certainly be something to make a film about, as Maya Forbes does in her autobiographical directing debut. Mark Ruffalo excels as Cameron Stuart, whose mental breakdown changes his life and threatens his marriage. He agrees to look after daughters Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky, the filmmaker’s daughter) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide) while his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) returns to study and employment. While Maggie visits from the other side of the country on weekends, the chain-smoking Cam throws himself into the task. Forbes, whose own father referred to his illness as ‘infinitely polar bear’, concentrates on the manic highs and the humorous situations that arise. But she also includes some of the anguish and unfortunate alcohol-fuelled rages as the two girls pitch in to hold the family unit together.

Documentary maker Josh (Ben Stiller) and producer Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are in their early forties. The New York couple have comfortable and moderately successful lives but they begin to look at life differently when all their friends start having children. When they meet a couple in their twenties they begin to feel re-energised, even though their bodies sometimes have trouble keeping up with their new activities. Like Josh, Jamie (Adam Driver) is interested in making documentaries and they undertake a project together. Darby (Amanda Seyfried) introduces Cornelia to hip-hop dancing and the four of them undergo vomit cleansings with a rather dubious shaman. Boaumbach’s film is an hilarious look at trying to hang onto youth but it also allows for a huge amount of empathy for middle aged crises. There are also some interesting ideas about the changing face of documentaries in at a time when people record everything.

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community group listings ALCOHOL AND DRUG INFORMATION SERVICE (ADIS) — ADIS is a 24 hour confidential telephone counselling, information and referral service. If you’re concerned about your own or somebody else’s drug or alcohol use call ADIS on 08 9442 5000 or Country Callers 1800 198 024 — www.dao.health.wa.gov.au; email: ADIS@health. wa.gov.au BEARS PERTH — BEARS PERTH - A Friendly men only social club for men with body and / or facial hair and their admirers. The dress code is masculine, and men of all shapes, sizes and amount of hairiness are welcome. Licensed Den Nights are on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Friday of each month 9pm till Late @ Loton Park Bulwer St (near Lord St) East Perth. There are also different events on the 2nd Sunday of each month, often at a members residence or alternative events as advised. Visitors welcome. Contact us via phone 0487 595 672, email: info@bearsperth.org, http://bearsperth.org or http://bit.ly/bpi-www CATHOLIC GLBT AND PARENT SUPPORT — This service provides pastoral support to all members of the Catholic GLBT community, including parents of GLBT children; giving an understanding & an opportunity for processing & healing feelings of confusion, hurt, anger exclusion or being marginalised. Individual consultation is provided as well as communal gatherings of the Catholic GLBT community for mutual & spiritual support. For more information, please call 6336-8602 (leave a message if unattended) or email cathgaysupport@gmail.com Colourful Dave — book shop with a wide range of reading material, CDs, books and calendars for the GLBT community, most books available for ~$2. DVD & books also available on safe sexuality without judgement. SHOP HOURS: Most Sat’s 10am-12pm Phone: 0476 270 173. U1 / 332 Harbourne Street, Glendalough. COUNTRY NETWORK — Country Network is a national social organisation offering friendship and support via networking, and social events to gay men across rural, regional and city Australia. We strive to provide a sense of community to all, which is especially important to our members who may feel the social isolation from being gay and living in rural and regional Australia. CN’s ultimate aim is to provide our members with greater opportunity for gay social activity by providing various functions in each State and Territory. For any further information please call Viv on 0427 193 243 – or postal inquiries to Secretary, Country Network, PO BOX 105, PACKENHAM VIC 3810. E-mail inquiries: secretary@countrynetwork.com.au Visit our website at www.countrynetwork.com.au. DYKES ON BIKES — A diverse, loosely-knit social group, occasional organised rides & gatherings plus annual appearance as the traditional lead float in the Pride Parade. If you are a female who rides a motorbike and loves women, then come along and check out dykes on bikes. General enquiries see our public group on facebook... Dykes on bikes WA or email dykesonbikeswa@hotmail.com Freedom2b Perth Chapter — Freedom2b is a non judgemental, safe place that networks LGBTI people from Christian faith backgrounds, whether you have left the church or are still part of it. Meets the first Friday of each month at 7 pm in the Community Room in the Northbridge Piazza. Straight friends, family and supporters also welcome. For more information go to www.freedom2b.org/ or email perth@freedom2b. org or phone Graham on 0405 285 233 or Bev on 0407 778 201 FREEDOM CENTRE — Freedom Centre provides a safe space, peer support, information, and referrals for LGBTTIQ and Questioning young people (under 26).FC provides a range of services including an online Forum, trainings, workshops and our drop-in centre sessions which are open for: Freespace – every Wednesday 5-8pm & Friday 4-8pm, Outspace – 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month 12pm-5pm, GenderQ – 1st Thurs of the month 5-8pm, 1st People’s Qspace – 3rd Thursday of the month 5-8pm, Junior aGender - last Monday of even months 5-8pm, QMovie – last Tuesday of odd months 5-8pm. 93 Brisbane St, Perth WA 6000 Ph: 9228 0354 Email: info@freedom.org.au Web: www.freedom.org.au www.fcyeah.tumblr.com Gay and Lesbian Singers of WA (GALS WA) — No auditions, singers of all abilities welcome. Rehearsals Thursdays 7 to 9 pm at North Perth Town

Hall- Lesser Hall, Cnr View and Leake St. Contact Deb 0418 945 154 for more information or just turn up! Website: www.galswa.org.au GAY & LESBIAN ARCHIVES OF WA — Located in the Murdoch University Library on the South Street Campus. For opening hours and access details, please contact the Library on 9360 2563. GRAI (GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc.) — Works towards improving accommodation options for older GLBTI people.We raise issues through advocacy, research, information provision, and supporting partnerships with relevant organisations. Recognised nationally, GRAI also tracks international GLBTI ageing issues. New members always welcome. Interested? Contact June on 08 93837753, PO Box 514 North Perth WA 6929, e: info@ grai.org.au or visit www.grai.org.au Golf Bags — Golf club play every Sat morning at a variety of courses north and south of the river. We are a group of friendly gals who love our golf and good company. New players are always welcome. For details contact us at golfbagswa@gmail.com HEADSPACE MIDLAND — headspace can help – headspace provides FREE information, confidential support and services for all young people 12-25 years and their families. Our experienced team includes LGBTIQ friendly Social Workers, GPs, Psychologists, Drug and alcohol workers and more. No referral is required and you can bring a friend for support. Drop in at 64 Morrison Rd, Midland (upstairs from the market) or call 08 9274 8860. www.headspace.org. au/midland HEPATITIS WA — providing information and support to people affected by hepatitis. If you would like to know more on hepatitis A, B or C, contact us on 9328 8538 (Metro) or 1800 800 070 (Country). 134 Aberdeen St Northbridge WA 6003 — www.hepatitiswa.com.au Living Proud LGBTI Community Services of WA — (formerly Gay & Lesbian Community Services of WA). Information, support, referrals and professional training. City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth WA 6005. Qlife counselling and referral Line: 1800 184 527 Admin/Fax: (08) 9486 9855 Email: admin@glcs.org.au Web: www.glcs.org.au LOTON PARK TENNIS CLUB — Diversity is our advantage. Come on down and try something new at Perth’s Other Gay & Lesbian venue. It’s not just about tennis. Open to all levels of players – social and competitive – with an emphasis on enjoyment for everyone. With the city skyline as our backdrop, sit back on the embankment or balcony and enjoy a drink in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. A full social calendar ahead ensures a summer of fun for everyone. Enquiries@lotonpark.com.au Ph: (08) 9328 5065 — www.lotonpark.com.au M Clinic – FREE STI/HIV SCREENING CLINIC — For Men who have sex with men. Free, confidential, nonjudgemental STI testing & Treatment. Please call (08) 9227 0734 for appointments. Central location. After hours options available. For more information email info@mclinic.org.au or visit mclinic.org.au Open Arms Fellowship — Open Arms Fellowship Australia is an Independent Charismatic church located in Western Australia. We welcome everyone and anyone who has a love for Christ without fear of judgement. Open Arms welcomes GLBTIQ People, their friends and supporters. for further information email: info@openarmsaustralia.org or ph: 0405 281 351 OUTdance — Same Sex Partner Ballroom & Latin American Dance Classes - Group Classes & Social Nights for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Dancers. Private Lessons by appointment. Group Class - 6.30pm Tuesday Mt Hawthorne Community Centre. Class Enquiries: Judy 0417 911 214 or Warwick 0450 041 023. OUTdance Studio Principals: Darryl Davenport & Tania McGuinness. P: 0414 666 034 F: 08 9403 2220 E: outdanceperth@gmail.com PFLAG PERTH (PARENTS, FAMILIES & FRIENDS OF LESBIANS & GAYS — Is a community group offering support and understanding for families and friends with loved ones who are GLBTI. Meetings are held on bi-monthly (all welcome). 664 Murray Street West Perth WA Web: www.pflagwa.org.au. Email: info@ pflagwa.org.au. Information Line: 0404 594 699. Facebook:www.facebook.com/pflagperth (for current news, events and meeting dates).

FEES include GST Setup (All groups) $25 Annual (Unfunded) $75 Annual (Funded) $145

PERTH OUTDOORS GROUP — If you enjoy socialising with other lesbian and gay people here is your chance. We organise a monthly get together with a mixture of outdoor and indoor activities. It’s a great way to get to know other G & L people and the Committee arrange a very interesting variety of functions. Come and join in the fun. PO Box 47, Northbridge 6865 Ph: 0429 902 689 PERTH RAINBOW WARRIORS SWIM GROUPfriendly, casual group that meets every Sunday morning and swims year round. In winter we swim predominantly at a local Perth pool and on some Sundays we go to the Fremantle City Pool. In summer we meet at North Cottesloe beach, do a swim, sunbath and take in the local sights. The swims, winter and summer, are followed by a get together at a local café where we catch up on our week’s activities. Join the swim now. Call Charlie on +61424312890 or email charleswarren68@ hotmail.com for more information. Perth Southern Gate Rainbows (PSGR) — A Perth south of the river gay and lesbian social group that meets up once a month on the 2nd weekend of the month usually a Sunday. A regular venue is the R Bar on Rockingham’s foreshore, a local Wine bar run by lesbians a friendly relaxing environment. Venue location will change from time for variety. The socials are catch up for drinks, lunches, dinners, birthdays, picnics, 10 pin bowling any other suggestions people may have. Current venues area’s Rockingham, Baldivis, Warnbro & Kwinana.You can find us and join on Facebook - Perth Southern Gate Rainbows or email perthsoutherngaterainbows@gmail.com PLAYGROUPS WITH PRIDE — Playgroups with Pride has moved location. We are now located at 42 Rudloc Rd, Morely in the Derrich Ernst Neighbourhood Centre. This fully facilitated playgroup offers a supportive and friendly atmosphere for the Gay and Lesbian Community who have children or are thinking of starting a family. Have some fun with your children, relax and enjoy the company of others. Mondays 9:30am -11:30am & Fridays 12:30pm – 2:30pm. Cost: $4 per family and $2 no child families. Please bring a piece of fruit and hat for your child. Ph: 0406 302 264 or Email: playgroupswithpridewa@gmail.com Pride WA Inc. — To lead by example in creating a world where inclusion and diversity are embraced and celebrated. Pride WA encourages the cultural expression, celebration and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and all people of diverse sexuality and gender living in Western Australia. We recognise that our collective strength lies in our diversity and willingness to embrace and respect the differences that exist both within our Pride community and the broader communities in which we live, work, love and celebrate. PRIDE WA stages events through the year, including their annual Arts and Culture festival PrideFEST, Pride PARADE and FAIRDY. Information can be found on www.pridewa.com.au or contact us; E: pride@pridewa.com.au, P: 9427 0836 PRIMETIMERS WA — If you are a mature gay or bisexual man, we are keen to welcome you to Prime Timers. The group meets at 2pm on the second Sunday of each month, at Lotteries House: 2 Delhi St, West Perth. PO Box 829, Mt. Lawley 6929. For more info go to www.primetimerswa.com or email: primetimers@primtimerswa.com. QLife – Counselling & referral — QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities. QLife provides nationwide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people of all ages. Freecall: 1800 184 527 Time: 5.30pm to 10.30pm Web: www.qlife.org.au RAINBOW LABOR — New members welcome to join this GLBTIQ focussed branch of the ALP. Branch meetings occur every month and we have a direct link to State Executive, and our own delegates to State Conference. Being involved in Rainbow Labor gives members the opportunity to have direct influence on the policies of the Australian Labor Party at a State and National Level. For further information please contact Nicole McKimmie, Secretary, Rainbow Labor

on 0404391821. Go to e: rainbowlabor.branch@ walabor.org.au - www.groups.yahoo.com/group/ rainbow_labor_wa/ SAINT ANDREW’S ANGLICAN CHURCH — Open door worship 6pm Sundays. Welcome and affirmation for all GLBTI people. 259 Barker Road, Subiaco. 9381 1130. standrewsubi@bigpond.com www.siriol.net/StAndrew secca (Sexuality Education Counselling Consultancy Agency) — Counselling for people with a disability, their partners, carers & family about relationships & sexuality. Professional education & consultancy services available covering sexuality & disability. Fees may apply. Mon-Fri 9-5. City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St West Perth WA 6005. Ph 9420 7226 / Fx 9420 7229. e: admin@secca. org.au — www.secca.org.au SEX WORKERS — Magenta offers support, education, info & referral services for F, M & T/G sex workers (private, escort, parlours, street). Peer-based, worker-friendly staff for confidential & anonymous phone, inhouse & outreach help/advice. Free clinic for STI screenings. Stock at reduced price to workers. Mon–Thu 9am–4pm. 9328 1387. e: sexworker@fpwa.org.au The Chameleon Society — Is a support and social group for Crossdressers, Transsexuals, their partners and other people or businesses involved with the transgender community. The group is based in Perth, Western Australia, and runs meetings at a central location, close to the City, venue on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Contact details on www.chameleonswa.org Transmen of Western Australia — A peer support network for FTM female assigned gender diverse people and their loved ones in Western Australia. P: Nick 0450 448 871 E:TransmenofWA@gmail.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/TransmenofWA W: www.transmenofwa.org UnitingCare West- True Colours — A Safe space for all people living in the South West Region of WA under 26 who are same sex attracted, intersex,trans* and/or gender diverse. Meets weekly on a Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Please email Truecolours@unitingcarewest.org.au or call 1300 663 298 for more information. WA AIDS COUNCIL — Strengthening our community’s health and quality of life. Provides a range of services for people living with HIV/AIDS, Counselling ( issues include HIV/AIDS, relationships, sexuality & gender) Needle and Syringe Exchange, Peer Education, workshops & STI screening for men who have sex with men. Other community education, prevention and training services offered. 664 Murray Street, West Perth, Admin: 08 9482 0000 AIDSline 9482 0044, Mensline 9322 8401 (Toll Free 1800 671 130) www.waaids.com email: waac@waaids.com WASUA (WA SUBSTANCE USER’S ASSOCIATION) — WASUA is WA’s state-wide, peer based Drug User Organisation that provides harm reduction, advocacy and peer education services to substance users. Services provided include a 7 day per week fixed site Needle Syringe Exchange Program, Health Clinic for STI/BBV testing, pre and post test counselling, Hep A/B vaccinations, Hep C/HIV education, alcohol & other drug support and treatment referral, Drug user & Pharmacotherapy advocacy. Contact us Ph 93212877, 519 Murray Street Perth 6000, email: info@ wasua.com.au WA GAY LEAGUE — Tenpin Bowling. Everyone is welcome. Sun from 11:00am at Warwick Superbowl. 12 Dugdale St, Warwick Grove. e: rayjc@iinet.net.au — www.wagl.org.au WA WANDERERS Mens Bushwalking — are a social walking group for gay guys and gay friendly guys who are keen to get outside and enjoy Western Australia’s countryside with an easy going and friendly group. 0415 249 265 www.wawanderers.com.au

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