OUTinPerth 170 August 2015

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LIDO 7 Rapper, TV personality and radio host Charlamagne Tha God, was being interviewed by web channel VLAD TV recently and he was asked what he thought about gay people. In a light heated and jocular discussion Charlamagne said, “We have to stop treating gay people like their UFOs and Sasquatches, and gay people have to stop acting like their UFOs and Sasquatches.” It was a pleasant surprise to hear a positive voice in a media space that often has misogynistic rap stars arguing against the rights of the LGBTI community. Charlamagne told his interviewer that we’re living in a trans world now and just being gay is bland. While the interview was not a super-serious discussion, and you could even possibly take offense at some of the rapper later comments, the line about UFOs and Sasquatches stuck in my head. Are we there yet? Does anyone care if you’re gay or straight? We’re probably still a few stops away from the destination. Coming out for many people is not a traumatic experience, although it certainly is for some. An actor announcing that they are gay in 2015 is unlikely to make the cover of Time magazine, but they still might find it hard to score leading man roles.

When it comes to trans role models in 2015 there are more vocal people now than ever before, but still not enough. While there are famous role models, there is also inspiring local people making their mark. Speaking to many people who are transgender too often we hear “I never knew anyone who was trans, I never knew this was an option.” We desperately need good role models, lots of them.


We shouldn’t treat anyone as UFO’s or Sasquatches but we should support people so they can fly high and stand out, and they certainly shouldn’t be rarely sighted. In this month’s magazine we have a feature story sharing some of the thoughts and experiences of people who are transgender and their allies. Isla Rose, Nick Lawrence and Bailey Lionizer feature on our cover, they’re not the first transgender people to be on the front of OUTinPerth but we acknowledge that we need to feature transgender people more prominently and more frequently.


And we’ll keep doing that until it just doesn’t matter. Graeme Watson editor@outinperth.com

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as artists as well. That will make the show grow and stay fresh and exciting.” Cirque du Soleil shows are known for hiring talent from around the world, drawing on many cultures and disciplines for inspiration in performance. Vadivel performed for many years as Oceanne in ‘Dralion’, exploring her East-Indian heritage through dance, while Totem performer Eric Hernandez was recruited for his expertise with hoop dancing, a traditional Native American practice. In 1984, Cirque du Soleil was a small troupe of 20 people performing on the streets of Canada. Now known across the globe for high quality conceptual circus shows, Cirque have entertained over 100 million individuals across 300 cities. Pitching their big top, the Grand Chapiteau at Belmont Racecourse right upon the Swan River. Artistic Director Neelanthi Vadivel and performer Eric Hernandez chatted to us about ‘Totem’, the 11th of the company’s shows to hit our shores. “Totem’s theme is evolution,” Vadivel explains, “Human evolution, but not taken literally. It’s not chronological, it’s more about presenting different acrobatic acts in a setting that represents one specific period of human evolution or a

Scott-Patrick Mitchell has signed himself up for a challenge. The performance poet is heading to Crack Theatre Festival in Newcastle in October where he’s agreed to perform a 24 hour improvisational work. While this will be Mitchell’s longest ever live performance he’s not sure what his current record is. “I remember back when I first began performing there was a performance space called 6A NICA, the non-institute of contemporary art. “Alan Boyd - the anti-poet and I put on Perth’s first ever emerging writers festival there. We had that stage for about two or three days and it became this constant morph of people performing and getting on stage and doing

combination of cultural elements that represent a different period of human evolution. It’s all piece-meal but it ties together in a broad evolutionary theme.” Vadivel danced for Canadian dance companies Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal before being recruited by Cirque. Drawing on her passion and experience, she performed as a dancer for many years with Cirque before moving to direct the shows. “As a performer you’re very much fixated on one role within that context and your main goal is really maintaining your body to portray that role accurately and keep your skill level high. As a director I’m looking at the overall picture. I’m looking at what each artists is bringing to the show and inspiring them to keep growing

“We look at many different cultures and we all represent different areas of where we’ve been and what we’ve done.” Vadivel said, “What we really wanted to dive into were the first cultures of the world and tie in some of those elements, whether through dance like Eric or through a certain costume or musical influence. The first cultures are very close to nature.” The costumes in ‘Totem’, as with all Cirque shows, are incredibly ornate and dazzling, much to the envy of drag queens, I’m sure. Eric Hernandez explained that it was adjustment from his usual comfortable training gear. “I wear a headpiece and I’d never danced with anything that big on my head before, but you get used to it after a while,” said Hernandez, “A lot of us don’t train in our

whatever they wanted. I can’t say how long I was on stage that time.” Mitchell wonders, “I know in private I have done seven and half hours of improvised spoken word performance.”

barstardised Lady Gaga with a German accent singing nursery rhymes. At that point I thought, ‘Yeah, I’m doing my own head in now.”

Mitchell reassures me that his seven and half hour performance wasn’t just him hanging out at home for day talking to the cat.

Mitchell said he was confident that he wouldn’t run out of things to talk about during his marathon performance.

“No, I was a writer is residence at the Fellowship of Australian Writers. I got to spend a month living in Mattie Furphy house, this beautiful heritage listed cottage. The space had such fantastic energy, all of a sudden I just started performing.” Mitchell explained.

“I have a wealth of characters inside of me…I’ve got twenty four characters that I can all upon if I need to and I’ve divided the time into thee eight hour long acts and it’ll be a shamanic ritual of me descending into my own personal hell.” Mitchell said.

costumes, we’ll do a dress rehearsal before we start in a new city or sometimes we’ll do a technical rehearsal which helps us get back into the feel of our costumes. It’s a little restricting for me because I actually have to go through my hoops, so the bigger I am – the harder it gets.” Cirque have a number of methods of recruitment, from audition tapes to talent scouts, though Eric admits he was found through YouTube after posting videos of his routines. “My video was my audition. They saw that and it was enough for them. With a few referrals from other people, they trusted I was good enough. Every artists before they go on tour are sent to Montreal to get fitted for their costume, learn the makeup and train for the act,” Eric explained of the training process, “What I do on stage at ‘Totem’ is very different from what I was doing before. I use a lot more of the stage and I was used to dancing in one place at a time, kind of just spinning in a circle. You kind of turn into a Cirque du Soleil artist in Montreal and then you’re part of the show!” Cirque du Soleil’s Totem will be in Perth from July 24th until September 27th in the Grand Chapiteau at Belmont Racecourse. Tickets and information available from cirquedusoleil.com.

“I had lots of characters I played throughout the piece,” Mitchells said. “By the end of it I’d reached this point where I was a

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The July rally for marriage equality hosted by GetUp and Australian Marriage Equality is the biggest Perth has ever seen. Over 5,000 people attended the event, showing the massive momentum the movement has gathered. GetUp and Australian Marriage Equality, who co-organised the event, announced that Perth has trumped the east coast with the biggest turn out of participants yet. Speaking at the event were Joey Cookman-McAuley (Playgroup with Pride WA), Rev Father Peter Emmanuel (Anglican Church), Samantha Davies (Trans advocate), Alannah MacTiernan (Labor MP), Sen Rachel Siewert (Greens), Stephanie Hastings (Grandmother/Ally), Ivan Hinton-Teoh (Australian Marriage Equality), Brian Grieg, Ingrid Cumming and Sally Rugg (GetUp)

One of the organisers of the event, Sally Rugg, spoke earnestly of people that legislative changes may help to find happiness. Ms Rugg acknowledged that she was once indifferent to the issue, however with time and thought, she realised the debate was about more than marriage and more than individuals. “What it actually means when the government of our country allows two people of any sex to marry each other… it sends a message. It sends a message to the elderly couple who’ve kept their love hidden for forty years, out of shame. It sends a message to the same-sex parents who worry about how other people’s homophobia is going to affect their children.

It sends a message to the 20-something woman who smiles through her best friend’s wedding and has to hear that awful part of the marriage act that specifically excludes her. It sends a message to the 15 year old boy out in regional Australia who can’t imagine a future where he’s accepted for who he is. It sends a message to these people that, in the eyes of the law, you are the same and you are accepted and you are equal.” The ‘No More Delays: Equal Marriage Now!’ rally for marriage equality will be on Sunday August 9th at 1pm in the Murray Street Mall.

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Le Club

Third Wednesdays

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Uncharted Collective


Neighborhood Pizza Vinyl Lounge

This long running radio show on RTRFM was given a new lease of life when it was pulled out of its late night slot and moved to the much more respectable time of 7pm on Sunday nights.

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Perth has a huge jazz music scene and this new monthly night at Defectors Bar above the Flying Scotsman is superb.

It may look strange but this burger is delicious. Head down to Chimek at the Fremantle Markets for a bite.

With a huge range of interesting books and vinyl this is the best place for retail therapy.

Eleventeen Eston

On high rotation since it dropped, this local hip hop funk jazz noise artist is one to watch.

Always a great night out, the perfect mix of disco and house and a great mixed crowd. This quarterly club night is one of the best things happening at Connections.

The former Myer store in Fremantle is now filled with popup shops stocked full with interesting clothes, note books, homewares and a cool coffee shop.

The Victoria Park café has moved into new larger premises and is the best place to hang out and get a coffee in this city.

We love this informal gathering that happens on the Third Wednesday of each month. Catch up with other gay people at The Brisbane Hotel.

This artists’ collective Inglewood is filled with unique fashion, homeware and art. We’re doing all our Christmas shopping here.

One of our favorite hangouts, the largely signage free pizza shop is found just off the carpark behind IGA in Mount Hawthorn.

This vinyl sale takes over The Velvet Lounge at The Flying Scotsman, this is where we stock up on rare disco records and psyche jams, lose a Sunday afternoon flipping through the crates.

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POP Princess


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Return of the Rave


The local musician who specializes in spooky funk sounds, download his tunes.

Fungle Club

The semi-regular club night moves about but most recently it was at new dance space Orbit. Hip hop, questionable beer and an old Chinese restaurant, a great lo-fi night out.

Geisha Bar Hula Hoops

It’s an institution, great music and a pumping dance floor.

Ever since Jess Love from La Soiree stripped naked and swung her Hula Hoops on Connections Terrace we’ve been obsessed with Hula, you can even take classes now.

I Love Mr Mittens

At STYLEAID this local knitwear label paired up lingerie and woolen wonders.

Joe’s Juice Joint

Head down the alley for a night out at this designer dive bar, it’s loud, it encourages mayhem and it’s one of the most interesting bars to open in the last year. This joints just jumpin’.



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Want to have clothes and style that’s unique? The budget way to do it is Op Shops – the searching is half the fun.

This new drag competition is filled with fun and laughs. BarbieQ puts junior drag queens through their paces to see if they’ve got all the skills you need to be a professional.

There’s nobody cooler in town that the people who man the phone lines at Living Proud’s suicide prevention project. Legends.

Remember when a great night out was held in a secret location, where you collected the address just moments before the party. Upcoming Good Company celebration ‘Hugo Says’ is one event reviving the last minute location reveal.

A desert place for people who can’t choose between icecream or donuts.

X Perth

It’s always sold out, this annual showcase of the smartest and most interesting people with something to say is always inspiring.

With their oversized shirts and monochromatic style, who knew fashion could be stylish and humorous at the same time. Bigger is better.

Prints not dead – for the truly weird and unexpected pick up a zine – or start making your own.


Norwegian producer and artist Lido is heading to Perth in September to perform at Listen Out Festival. Now living in Los Angeles, the multi-talented performer chatted with Graeme Watson about the evolution of music and making beats in transit. Your new EP with Canblaster is a really interesting work, it’s almost a journey from start to finish. “It was a weird project. We wanted to make a concept EP which was a journey, so I’m super glad that’s how you actually feel. We wanted to make an EP about time and the entire project is a story about a guy who wakes up in the morning and he overslept through his girlfriend’s birthday and he gets in his car and there’s a car crash and a lot of stuff. There’s a lot of different interpretations of what actually happens, we just wanted to make a weird little story with sound and it’s one of the most fun projects I’ve ever been a part of.” After finding my Walkman the other day I realised that we increasingly consume music as single tracks, unlike we did 10 or 20 years ago… “Absolutely. I think that’s something that’s going to change again because of streaming. Streaming is becoming the main way of listening to music right now. More and more, you just put on a song and whatever happens after that song – you just keep listening. I think a new way of consuming music with playlists and finding songs through services could actually change that and bring it back.

I think people are sick of singles, you know? The stuff that really hits people now is interesting format-wise. I’ve been frustrated with music for a long time and I think things are starting to brighten up again. We’re definitely getting back to that Walkman time, for sure!” I was listening to the remix you did for Chance the Rapper on a plane. Where did all those sounds come from?! “Literally that plane ride. I was flying from LA to Paris via Chicago and when I had a layover he called me and was like ‘Yo, I really want you to do this remix, can I send you some sounds?’ and I was like ‘Yeah, but I got 30 minutes ‘til I gotta get on this plane’ and he literally sends me a song that is called Planes. It’s just perfect. So, I sampled pretty much everything that happened on that plane ride. There was a crying baby behind me so I chopped up some of his screams. I sampled the bell that tells you to put on your seatbelt – I actually created the synth from that sound. A lot of the stuff that doesn’t sound like airplane sounds are in fact airplane sounds. There’s cups with ice and all sorts of things slamming.” Are you doing all of this from your seat or are you wandering around the cabin getting samples? “Oh no, this was all in my seat. I’m way too low-key and socially nervous as a person that I wouldn’t walk around with a microphone. This was definitely all stuff I could do in very incognito style. This is literally what it sounded like for me to fly from Chicago to Paris.” Don’t miss Lido at Listen Out Festival on September 27th. Tickets available from moshtix.com.au Graeme Watson

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A tribute to the Prince of Soul, ‘Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On’ is heading to Perth for an exclusive run at Subiaco’s Regal Theatre. Australia’s Got Talent 2012 winner Andrew De Silva will be telling us what’s going on as he assumes the role of Marvin Gaye, performing Gaye’s hit songs as he spins the tale of Marvin’s stormy life. The internationally acclaimed production is penned by UK author John Livings, who has had great success with ‘At Last – The Etta James Story’, which he has toured across the globe with Australia’s beloved Vika Bull in the starring role. Bull returns in ‘Let’s Get It On’, supporting Andrew De Silva’s Gaye with her powerful vocal talent. Vika spoke to us about her time on the road as Ms Etta James and what we can expect from ‘Let’s Get It On’. “I think that Marvin has a very important story to tell. I think people probably know his songs a lot better than they know Etta’s – What’s Goin’ On, Let’s Get It On, Sexual Healing – he wrote about the times, what was happening around him and I think that’s why he’s so important.” Though Da Silva is a new addition to the Australian tour, Bull has already performed ‘Let’s Get It On’ in South Africa to raucous crowds and rave reviews. “It was incredible!” Vika exclaimed, obviously recalling a particularly fond memory. “We went to Johannesburg for two weeks and did it over there. Completely different audiences over there, they just go absolutely bananas.”

Her co-star in Johannesburg, Lloyd Cele was the runner up in season 6 of ‘Idols South Africa’. “Lloyd had such an incredible voice.” Vika recalled, “They’re huge Marvin fans over there, it was pretty special.” Vika portrays an ensemble of female characters that influenced Marvin’s life, including Tammi Terrell, Kim Weston and Diana Ross. After playing such legends of soul music, I asked which artist’s story she would choose to share with the world. “Sister Rosetta Tharpe.” Vika replied, without a moment’s consideration. “I think she’s got a great story to tell, my only problem is that I can’t play guitar. Sister Rosetta was an amazing guitar player, I think she influenced a lot of bloody rock guitarists today but a lot of people don’t know about her and I think they should for that reason.” “She was a huge rockstar in her day, when she got married about 10,000 people attended her wedding. She had one of those really powerful gospel voices, she could just sit and sing without a microphone.” Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On will run from Tuesday September 1st til Sunday September 6th at the Regal Theatre. Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au (or call 13 28 49). Leigh Hill


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Genderqueen Shane Jenek - better known by the pseudonym Courtney Act – is incredibly busy. Speaking to me from Provincetown, a gay haven on the east coast of Boston, as she wraps up her first day off in over a month by speaking to media from her hotel room. Elated that she was able to spend some time riding her bike around P-town, Act is excited to discuss her latest musical project, ‘Kaleidoscope’. “Kaleidoscope was actually the theme at Mardi Gras a couple of years ago and I remember at the time thinking ‘That’s such a good theme!’” she remembers, “It felt really all-inclusive to me. The gay rainbow I love, but it feels like it’s limited to the L-G-B-T-Q. There’s something cool about a kaleidoscope because there’s all these different factors and colours and there’s no real uniformity but all of it comes together to create this one beautiful image.” An ever-growing force on the music scene, Act collaborated with Sam Sparro and Jake Shears on her latest venture. “Jake, Sam and I worked together on ‘Body Parts’ which is one of my favourite tracks. I remember talking to [Jake] one night, working on an idea for the album and I was trying to work out a subtle way to bring up in conversation ‘Hey, do you want to write a song with me?’”, she laughs while attempting Shears’ accent, “He was like, ‘I’ve got this song I wrote for Kylie but it’s too Kylie for Kylie and I think you’d do really great…’ we didn’t end up putting that one on the album actually, but we all sat down and wrote something together.” Though Act is now recognisable internationally as a runner-up on season 6 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, Courtney made her mark on Australian culture during the first season of ‘Australian Idol’. One of our most iconic drag performers, Courtney now identifies as genderqueer as a better way of understanding herself, which she explores in her single ‘Body Parts’ “I remember having this conversation with Chaz Bono about gender, I hadn’t really confronted the idea about gender diversity,” she says, “I had this ah-ha moment. Someone on Reddit had written; ‘Maybe Courtney’s genderqueer but doesn’t know how to articulate it’… I didn’t believe gender existed and I thought I was above it but Chaz pointed out that it was just a fact of our society but perhaps gender existed on a spectrum and I sort of realised I was probably closer to the middle than most.” The EP is stacked with kaleidoscopic bangers that were custommade for gay venues. ‘Ecstasy’ is full of sticky electronic vibes that drag you onto the dance floor, with a killer video to boot. Kaleidoscope is surely Mx Act’s most exciting release to date. Kaleidoscope EP is available now on iTunes. Leigh Hill


August 2015


If you watched season 7 of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, you’d know that Miss Fame is a goddamn brand. The drag persona of Kurtis Dam-Mikkelsen has perfected her aesthetic, drawing thousands to her YouTube make-up tutorials long before Drag Race hurled her into the spotlight. Fame regaled me with tales of her glamourous travels, including her recent trip to Paris. “I got back from Paris yesterday, I did a photoshoot with a very iconic photographer named Ali Mahdavi and she is somebody I met about three weeks back. Me, Violet Chachki, Pearl and Sharon Needles went to be amongst the fashion people in Paris Couture Week and we were invited by Prada to attend the Miu Miu runway show,” she recalls. “Mahdavi was obsessed with the way I looked and he was just obsessed with glamour and fashion, he said he wants to shoot me for a certain publication that will come out in October.” Devotees of Drag Race will know Miss Fame’s predilection for chatting and I was gleefully absorbing her verbose recollections of her Parisian exploits. It is clear that Fame is passionate about beauty and works exceptionally hard to represent the queer community as a high fashion queen. Fame is still a country boy at heart, growing up on a chicken farm in California before making the move to New York City and says she is often humbled by letters from isolated LGBTIQ youths who live in isolated, unsupportive areas. “These are young kids, they’re afraid to tell their parents that they’re gay, that they’re trans, or

that they like to dress in drag. They’re doing it in hiding and they’re asking me for my advice,” she said as she shared some of that advice with me, “Surround yourself with people you feel safe with and feel loved by, those are your friendships, until you are old enough to make those decisions for yourself.”

“I’m obses sed with beauty ”

Fame’s fan-base is one of loyalty, due to the queen’s message of positivity and self-love. Fame’s musical debut ‘Beauty Marked’ explores these concepts as an album, as she tackles social media (Insta-Fame), self-image (Rubber Doll) and even pokes a little fun at herself with fellow Drag Race alum Alaska Thunderfuck on the track ‘Miss Fame’. “I realised if I limit my artistic development then I’m short-changing my capabilities”, Fame said on deciding to launch an album. Fame wrote the lyrics to every song on the album, proving she has the versatility that RuPaul and Michelle Visage so adore in their children. Miss Fame is bringing ‘Beauty Marked’ to Australia later this month for the very first time. Listing the cities she will be visiting, Fame asked me if she pronounced Sydney and Melbourne correctly (she did) and called out across the

room to ask her husband if she will be bringing her dancers on the Australian tour (she will). “I like to recreate the visuals from my videos,” she said of her live shows, “People who have seen ‘Rubber Doll’ or ‘Insta-Fame’ get to see and experience the visuals of the video and hear me sing live. I love to have accessories on stage, I’m obsessed with beauty so having gorgeous men near me is an added bonus to being a glambassador.”

“I might even consider bringing boys from Australia onto stage with me,” she adds, “It’s always going to be a visual experience.” Catch Miss Fame at Connections Nightclub on August 28th. Tickets available from itdevents.com. Miss Fame’s debut album ‘Beauty Marked’ is available now on iTunes. Leigh Hill


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Music by Michael Gore Lyrics by Dean Pitchford Book by Lawrence D. Cohen Based on the novel by Stephen King

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30 years ago when the Western Australian AIDS Council was incorporated, few would have imagined that three decades on there would still be no cure and no vaccine, or that new HIV diagnoses would be occurring at rates similar to those in the beginning.

How best to acknowledge this milestone in the WA AIDS Council’s journey presents something of a question for us. ‘Celebrating’ the continuing existence of our organisation, when so many have succumbed to AIDS along the way and many more continue to suffer personal and social impacts of HIV today could seem somewhat self-centred. At the same time, there is an importance in recognising the significant achievements that have been made, and to further recognise that we emerged from a time when people died of AIDS to a time when people are now able to live successfully with HIV. Indeed, we now live in times where ending HIV is a realistic goal; achievable within a single generation. The arrival of effective antiretroviral treatments in the mid 1990’s was undoubtedly a significant turning point and so for two thirds of our history we have worked in a time of increasing hope. In the context of Australia and the world, AIDS Councils around the country have represented a unique response to a public health emergency. Born in crisis, AIDS Councils were a collective response by affected communities and their

supporters to mobilise resources and generate political will for action. In Australia, perhaps more than in any other part of the world, the early response was made effective by political courage in ensuring that the legislative environment was not a barrier to access to harm minimising resources and practices. Thus, we saw the rollout of national needle and syringe programs for example, implemented in WA by the WA AIDS Council. If there is one single factor that has led to the relatively successful Australian response to HIV, it has been that partnership has been the bedrock upon which all of our work is based. We have worked from the beginning hand in hand with Government, clinicians, researchers and community. As with any partnership, there wasn’t always furious agreement. To acknowledge our latest milestone, we think this is a crucial time to acknowledge the support of community in our work. The diverse communities living with HIV are always central in the development of our programs and resources. As the epidemic developed in WA, our council has adapted to the needs of new communities affected by HIV and our commitment to substantive equality and reconciliation action has never been more vital. Looking back over 30 years and thinking about the years ahead means a time of recognising that we serve our communities and exist because we are supported by those same communities. In reflection of this, we are planning a community event in October to thank all our communities, because it is with thanks to them that we have never walked alone. Andrew Burry, CEO WA AIDS Council

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APC calls Courier Mail cover ‘gratuituous’ The Australian Press Council has ruled that Brisbane’s Courier Mail coverage of the death of trans-woman Mayang Prasetyo was gratuitous. The newspaper came under fire in October last year when it reported on the murder of Prasetyo by her partner Marcus Volke. The newspaper ran the story under the headline ‘Monster Chef and the SheMale’. The newspaper described Prasetyo as a “ladyboy”. The newspaper was criticised by readers and the wider public for it’s choice of language and it’s decision to publish a picture of the murder victim in a bikini.

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show their support for WA’s LGBTQ community and help us celebrate 25 fabulous years of Pride.” The PARADE event will open the final evening of celebrations, followed up by a luxurious party in the Urban Orchard in the Perth Cultural Centre. Pride WA are offering prizes for the best floats in the parade, with categories set to be announced soon. PrideFEST 2015 will be celebrating from Friday 6th – Sunday 22nd November. Applications are now open at pridewa.com.au until Friday November 6th.

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The Courier Mail defended it’s choice of language arguing that the terms were widely used in Asia and highlighted that Prasetyo had used the terms herself when advertising her services as a sex worker. In making its ruling the Australian Press Council said the Courier Mail had given unnecessary focus to the murder victims work as a sex worker. “The Council considers that the prominent treatment given to the victim’s gender, and the repetitive detail of her sex work, was gratuitous and contributed to the substantial offence caused by the terminology used to describe the murder victim,” the APC said in a statement. The Press Council said that the focus on Prasetyo’s employment as sex worker was unwarranted. “This was not sufficiently warranted in the public interest. For the same reasons, Ms Prasetyo’s death was presented in a manner that was not reasonably fair and balanced.” The APC found that the Courier Mail had breached standards relating to “reasonable fairness and balance” and that “writers’ expressions of opinion are not based on significantly inaccurate factual material or omission of key facts.” The APC also ruled that the paper had breached a standard that ensures editorial does not cause or contribute to “offence, distress or prejudice”. The council acknowledged that the newspaper had apologised for it’s coverage and allowed critics of its coverage to be heard. Graeme Watson

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majority”, a term popularised by Senator Concetta FierravantiWells, referring to a perceived imbalance in media coverage of marriage equality issues. “The silent majority needs to do something radical to show our Prime Minister and parliamentarians what we really think,” reads the statement from Catch The Fire.

Catch The Fire Ministries have launched a campaign entitled ‘Flowers for the Prime Minister’, hoping to “turn the side of same sex marriage on August 10 by an act of love.” The organisation, which also includes political party Rise Up Australia, are urging marriage equality opponents to inundate the Prime Minister’s office with flowers, with attached notes thanking Mr Abbott for standing against amending the current Marriage Act. A statement released by Catch The Fire appeals to the “silent

The document continues to explain how the group visualised their proposed solution through prayer. “Several of us saw a picture coming together as we prayed about this. Parliament house was being inundated with flowers – everywhere – in the lobby, in the rooms, the hall and outside. Thousands of bouquets of flowers were arriving. They had notes, saying “thank you for standing against same sex marriage” or something similar. It impacted the whole nation as the media began to film it and photograph it. Such a thing had never been done before.”

Catch The Fire compare their vision to the gravity of the late Princess Diana’s funeral. “Do you remember how the masses of flowers changed the atmosphere in the UK after the death of Lady Di?” the statement reads, “It changed the hearts of the Royal Family and brought the nation together.” Maurice Blackburn Lawyers are also readying a campaign targeting the Prime Minister, with a very different message. The ‘Invite Tony’ campaign encourages same-sex couples to save a prospective date for their wedding and invite Mr Abbott to the party. Liberty Sanger, a principal of Maurice Blackburn, says legal recognition of same-sex marriage is well overdue. “Maurice Blackburn Lawyers are strong supporters of marriage equality and want to see all people treated equally before the law, regardless of their gender of sexual orientation,” Ms Sanger said. Once registered, the Invite Tony campaign will send Mr Abbott a ‘save the date’ card and posted on Facebook for your friends and family to share and comment. Maurice Blackburn encourage all couples to register in solidarity with same-sex couples, opening their campaign to willing heterosexual couplings. With a cross-party bill due to meet parliament on August 11, both campaigns are vying for the attention of the PM and the Liberal Party. The Liberal party are bound by their leader and may only break party line if Abbott allows his party a free conscience vote. Leigh Hill

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The European Court of Human Rights have ruled that members of the EU must legally recognize same-sex relationships as a human right. The ruling in the case of ‘Oliary and Others v Italy’ affirmed the right of LGBT couples to be recognised, though each member nation has a sovereign right to decide how this will be interpreted as law.


Senegalese journalist Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye has been sentences to six months in prison for committing ‘acts of homosexuality’. The columnist was accused of attempted rape by another man, prompting his arrest. Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Senegal, fetching sentences of up to 5 years. US President Obama recently brought attention to LGBT issues in African nations, calling for equality and acceptance.


New petition may stop marriage equality law A petition has come before Finnish parliament urging the government to reconsider its decision to legalise marriage equality. The ‘Association for Real Marriage’ produced 50,000 signatures, the exact amount parliament requires to enact debate on the issue. In 2014, Finland’s government saw a 167,000 strong petition in favour of marriage equality. The expected 2017 ‘Gender Neutral Marriage’ law is in jeopardy, pending the results of the upcoming debate.


Presidential hopeful speaks against hate Ugandan presidential candidate Patrick Amama Mbabazi has announced that he is “opposed to homophobia” in an interview with Ugandan TV station NBS. LGBT activist Frank Mugisha has praised Mr Mbabazi, declaring his nondiscriminatory stance “history in the making.” Uganda attempted to introduce a law in 2013 which would punish homosexuality with death, which was later scrapped by the Constitutional Court of Uganda.


Horrific knife attack at Jerusalem Pride Jerusalem was shaken last week as ultra-Orthodox Yishai Schlissel attacked the city’s Pride event, wounding six people in a horrific knife attack. Schlissel had just been released from prison after committing a similar crime in 2005. 16-year-old Shira Banki who was wounded in the attack later died from her injuries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publically denounced Schlissel’s actions, vowing justice for the victims and their families.

New laws could revolutionise LGBT rights The US Democratic party are preparing to put forward to new LGBT rights bill that would outline protections under seven different categories including education, public accommodations and housing. Dubbed the “Equality Act”, the bill would see the LGBT community afforded the same protection as the Civil Rights Act provided to other groups in 1964.

GetUp: Rally for Marriage Equality Some of Australia’s most passionate marriage equality advocates ventured out to speak at GetUp’s massive rally in early July. We picked some of our highlights from the momentous day.

“We are living through history and the bile and the bigotry and the homophobia we’re hearing is the death throes of the homophobic minority before we achieve marriage equality. The Bernardis, the Abbotts, the Abetzs are wrong. Their love is no more important than yours and mine and ours. Love is love.” Greens Senator Rachel Siewert

“Christianity is about love and it’s only about love and those who want to make it a series of rules or who want to beat people up because they don’t follow those rules – they’re not Christians and I want you to know that most Christians don’t support anti-gay sentiment. We are in favour of gay marriage.” Reverend Father Peter Emmanuel of the Anglican Church

“Australia used to lead the world, we were one of the first nations to give all men and women the vote, regardless of property, regardless of gender. We were world leaders, ladies and gentlemen, now we aren’t. Now we are pulling the chain. I think this is really sad that a country like Australia whose very story is based on equality that we should be bringing up the rear on this important issue.” Member for Perth Alannah MacTiernan

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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 This night for girls who like girls has tasty drinks and hip hop and trap tunes all night long. 9pm-2am on August 21st, Flyrite 110 Aberdeen Street Northbridge


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


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

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Six queens enter, one queen leaves. Join BarbieQ as she walks some of Perth’s most exciting queens through their paces in a drag battle royale. Every Thursday, 11pm (during Pop!), Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge 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


Come down and see the contortionists, strongmen and other feats of athleticism. Strange creatures and exotic beats, bearded ladies and other freaks of nature. Witness the death defying show from the cast of Kinetica, starring ring-mistress Miss BarbieQ. Every Saturday, from 8pm, Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

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In the lead up to Connections 40th birthday, the iconic club are counting down the days with classic tunes of decades past. Electric Dreams will celebrate 1985-95, featuring Cher, Madonna and Kate Bush in the third of four massive nights out. Friday August 7th from 8pm, Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

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Featuring DJs Harvey Sutherland and Bubba Stiltz, Le Club continues to provide queer Perth with an alternative night of international DJs and obscure House and Disco beats. Friday August 21st, 8pm – 5am, Connections Nightclub, 81 James St, Northbridge

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Drag Factory

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

Queer Business Network

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 August 20th, 6pm-8pm, Pure Bar, 331 Hay Street, Subiaco

Traffic Light Party

Single? Curious? Taken? No matter, The Court has the party for you. Wear your best green, red or amber outfits and let the court broadcast your texts and tweets on their jumbo Digital Flirt Screen at one of The Court’s famed Traffic Light Parties.

Equal Love Rally

Friday August 7th from 8pm, The Court Hotel, 50 Beaufort St, Perth

Sunday August 9th from 1pm, Murray St Mall, Perth


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Join Equal Love and hit the streets of Perth to demand full marriage rights for LGBTI people in Australia. With the impending cross-party bill due to hit parliament as it resumes, there is no better time to make your voice heard.

This friendly walking group is always open to new members and meets every third Sunday of the month. If you’re a lady who likes ladies and also long strolls, this could be the group for you. For the details of this month’s walk, email Janice at jmlfrater@ yahoo.com.au

WA Wanderers

The social men’s walking group for gay guys and their friends meets every third Sunday of the month. This month there’s also a social at Gingin Observatory.

BARS 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

Tuesday August 18th, from 6:30pm, Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth


A safe social drop-in session for all people under 26 who are same sex attracted, intersex, trans* and/or gender diverse Weekly on Wednesdays 5pm-8pm & Fridays 4pm-8pm, Freedom Centre, 93 Brisbane St, Perth


A free session for anyone who is intersex, transgender, and/or gender diverse and questioning their gender and/or sex assigned at birth. 1st Thursday of every month, 5-8pm, Freedom Centre, 93 Brisbane St, Perth


3rd Thursday of the month, 5-8pm, Freedom Centre, 93 Brisbane St, Perth

Bar 138 are celebrating Wondersday, a new events promoting community engagement with all proceeds going to Australian Marriage Equality’s #FreeVote campaign. Eat, drink, network and socialise all while giving back to the community. Wednesday August 12th, from 5pm, Bar 138, 138 Barrack St, Perth

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Socialist Alliance WA are hosting a public forum on the topic of marriage equality. Speakers include Lynn MacLaren, Jayne McFadyen, Dmitri, Farida Iqbal and Helen Child. All are welcome to attend and discuss how to win the campaign for marriage equality.




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A session for all people under 26 who are LGBTIQ. 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


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MUSIC RTRFM Radiothon Party 2015

Support your favourite community radio station and celebrate the best in local music with RTR’s legendary Radiothon Party. 23 local acts and 5 awesome venues will make for 1 unforgettable party. This year’s ‘Garden’ themed event feature music from Catlips, The Kill Devil Hills, The Spunloves, Surf Rabbits and a special Radiothon edition of Magnolia’s Late Night Live with Tristan Fidler and Matt Aitken. Grab your tickets now at rtrfm.com.au Saturday August 15th from 8pm, The Bird/Jimmy’s Den/State Theatre Centre of WA /Connections Nightclub, Northbridge

Berlin Club Reunion

From the people who brought you Pure Old Skool events, it’s time to kick-start your trip back to the golden days of the Perth rave scene. Head down and see why Berlin Club holds such a special place in the hearts of Perth ravers and dance to the best of early 90s underground dance music. Saturday August 22nd from 7pm, Hellenic Club of WA, 75 Stirling St, Perth

Thursday nights at Connections Nightclub are the home of POP Princess 2 during August. The challenging competition is designed to give aspiring drag performers a better understanding of the diversity of skills needed to be a professional drag queen working in LGBTIQ venues. Host and top judge BarbieQ explained the motivation behind the competition.

BarbieQ defends the art of throwing a little shade noting its part of drag culture.

“POP Princess is a new competition to give challenges to the up and coming queens to they can learn about the entertainment industry.

“It’s a massive part of the drag community, and usually what I find, the people who have been online and have complained about it are usually the most bitchiest people who do it as a way of life anyway. We’re whinging about people publicly on a microphone to be funny, as where they’re sitting on Facebook taking a part in it – it’s exactly the same thing.”

“A lot of the younger drag queens think that you rock up, you wear what you want, you do whatever song you want and all of a sudden you’re employed – and we all know in the entertainment industry that is not the case.” BarbieQ said. The contestants signing up for the show know what challenges lies before them as the challenges are clearly laid out when they sign up for the competition but BarbieQ tells us sometimes they add a little unexpected twist. BarbieQ said that a few people have been surprised by the skills a drag queen needs to demonstrate. One section of the first outing of POP Princess that got people talking was a ‘reading’ challenge. In the tradition of ‘Paris is Burning’ – and more recently ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ – the queens were asked to throw a few well worded barbs at each other. “A lot of people asked me why there was a reading challenge, arguing that it encouraged people to be horrible to other people, but it doesn’t – it promotes wit. There’s a difference, they get judged on whether they’re funny, not if they’re bitches.” BarbieQ said.’

Unlike other competitions which knock contestants out week by week, those who partake in the POP! Princess are included for the whole five weeks. BabieQ said that by taking part in a five week long competition means the contestants get to know each other pretty well. BarbieQ said that what many people don’t realise when they see drag queens perform and make fun of each other is that is done with the permission of each other. “The thing that people don’t understand is that we don’t just get up on stage and slag each other off and hope for the best. There’s a lot of discussion before things come out of people’s mouths.” BarbieQ said. BarbieQ said that the first outing of POP Princess has revealed a few surprises about the contestants. “It was really interesting, there were people in my mind who I predicted would be really good and some things – who actually weren’t, but then they would be really strong in another category that I didn’t think they’d be great at. “In the reading challenge I thought Delvira Midnight would be really strong, but she froze, but then Olive, who I thought would be awful, just blew everyone away!” BarbieQ said. “The same thing happened in the dancing challenges.” BarbieQ thinks the local drag scene is quite interesting at the moment with a lot of new performers appearing. “There’s lots of new faces, and while there may be some ‘room to move’ with quality, there’s a lot of performers showing a lot of promise…. there’s a lot of drag around, but maybe not so much that ‘have it’, but that doesn’t mean they won’t ‘have it’ soon.” BarbieQ said. Lining up to face the challenges in POP Princess 2 is Kodi Pendent, Anna Falaksis, Perri Oxide, Flo Real, Rachael Discrimination and Donna Kebab. ‘POP Princess 2′ is on at POP at Connections Nightclub on Thursday nights, the competition gets underway at 11pm. Graeme Watson, image: Claire Alexander


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CULTURE Holding The Man - Screening / Q&A

The WA AIDS Council in conjunction with Luna Leederville and OUTinPerth are showing a special screening of Neil Armfield’s screen adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s iconic memoir, ‘Holding The Man’. Featuring special guest Ryan Corr, one of the leading actors, for an intimate Q&A. Tickets available from Luna Palace Leederville or www.lunapalace.com.au Wednesday August 26th, Luna Palace Cinemas, 155 Oxford St, Leederville

Dirty Dancing

The classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Based on the hit film of the same name. Tickets available from Ticketek. Saturday August 1st – Sunday September 6th, Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Hwy, Burswood


The sell-out Vegas show is continuing its epic run in Perth. The adult-themed cocktail of circus, burlesque and comedy situated just outside the Perth Arena in a beautiful Spiegeltent, with all of its secrets inside. Saturday July 11th- Sunday August 30th, The Backcourt, Perth Arena, 700 Wellington St, Perth

Home Is Where The Heart Is

An exhibition of photographic works by young people who have experienced homelessness promoting awareness of issues of displacement. Hosted by the Youth Council of WA.

August 1st - August 14th, South 32 Tower, 108 St Georges Tce, Perth

Cirque du Soleil: Totem

The extraordinary Canadian circus is back with their Perth debut of Totem – an exploration of human evolution through performance. Death-defying feats of acrobatics, extravagant costumes and sublime music make for a truly unique experience. Tickets available from cirquedusoleil.com Friday July 24th – Sunday September 27th, Belmont Racecourse, Goodwood Pde, Burswood


Founded by Kate-Anna St Valentine, Ruck Rover General Store are hosting their second annual charity animal themed art exhibition in support of Western Australian animal charity SAFE. Featuring 15 local artists, the event is supported by Gage Roads Brewing and Sipsmith Independent Spirits. Friday August 14th, 6:30pm, Ruck Rover General Store, 242 William St, Northbridge

COMEDY Become A Functional Adult in 45 Minutes

A special fundraising edition of her sold out Fringe Festival show from the delicious mind of Sophie Joske. Support your local talent and help send the team to Sydney and Melbourne Fringe. Saturday August 8th, 6pm, Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, Cnr Brisbane & Beaufort St, Highgate

Infinite Jest Comedy

The Flying Scotsman’s weekly experimental comedy show challenges local comics to new and exciting tasks each week. 12 comedians perform varied improvisational challenges, including ‘Roast Battle’ where two comedians duke it out to deliver the funniest insults. Reading is fundamental. Every Monday, 7pm, The Flying Scotsman, 639 Beaufort St, Perth



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DEFECTORS Defectors is Mount Lawley’s Hidden Gem. Different to my thinking, it’s not one of the strip’s most well know venues and while many people are aware of it, it seems it is a hidden institution. When you find Defectors (it’s above the Scotto, entrance from Beaufort St) you are greeted by an expansive lounge area which is kind of reminiscent of an English Manor. Dark wooden furnishings and deep leather chairs sit perfectly under the high ceilings. The bar itself greets you with a great back bar. The size, shape and business is almost intimidating at first, especially when combined with the decor, but the bar staff make you feel almost instantly at home. Walking through, you are met with another lounge area and a balcony the spans the length of the venue. The balcony is prime real estate. Split into smoking and non-smoking, you can sit at high tables, slouch back on lounges and overlook bustling Beaufort St, surrounded by people, chatter and good times. Personally, what I love about Defectors is the atmosphere it always has. It feels fun and warm and homely, but also makes you want to drink and dance and laugh. I have spent countless evenings being spun around the dance floor, screaming (in key of course) along to whatever indie banger the DJ was playing.

Now for the booze. Be, the head honcho of Defectors knows his stuff. He’s been kicking around the Perth hospo scene for over half a decade and he’s great at making sure you get exactly what you want out of your Defectors night. Their beer selection is great, both on tap and in bottles and their wine list is a small but filled with easy to drink drops, ripe for the picking. Personally, I have enjoyed many an evening sipping on their reds before moving onto one of Ben’s expertly made Old Fashioned’s. As you would expect in Perth, their negroni’s are also spot and their range of whiskey’s give a good overview of taste, intensity and texture. One of the things that makes Defectors so good is that it can be anything you want it to be. Quiet drink? Grab a sofa. Large party? Grab your crew and rock up or book a space (free of charge, I might add) Looking for dancing and music and laughter, it’s the place for you. I don’t many venues that can be everything for everyone. It’s so well rounded. They’ve even got a tapas menu to satisfy your cravings throughout the night. It’s a great juxtaposition from the Scotto, and I love that they’ve been able to make both venues so good at what they do, and so different at the same time. Defectors deserves to be well known, it deserves to be on everyone’s hit list. Go and see Ben and make sure it’s on yours. Alice Mod

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The Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment, or START study, is a clinical randomised controlled trial aimed at clarifying the optimal time to begin antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV. The study sought asymptomatic, healthy individuals living with HIV with CD4+ T cells (an immune system health measure) above 500 cells per cubic millimetre (mm3). The primary objective was to determine if taking antiretroviral therapy immediately was superior to waiting until the CD4 cell count decline to 350 cells/mm3.

The START study, which was led by the International Network for Strategic Initiative in Global HIV Trials (INSIGHT), was conducted at 215 clinical research sites in 35 countries. Led by Principal Investigator James D. Neaton, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota, the study enrolled 4,685 men and women living with HIV, aged between 18 to 81 years, with the mean age of participants being 36 years. Of these participants, 27% were female and approximately one-half of male participants identified as gay. All participants enrolled had a CD4 cell count above 500 cells/mm3, had no symptoms of the HIV infection, and had never taken antiretroviral therapy. Participants of this international study were randomly assigned to either immediately commence antiretroviral treatment or delay treatment until their CD4 cell count dropped to 350 cells/ mm3 or were diagnosed with an AIDS-defining illness. The antiretroviral drug regimen followed the pre-approved list of drugs based on the treatment guidelines of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Any subsequent changes to participant’s drug regimens were done in accordance with the antiretroviral treatment guidelines for that country. Medical visit for the study participants were scheduled at one month, four months and for every four months following. Study participants were monitored for the development of AIDS, serious non-AIDS-related illness (such as cardiovascular disease events, end-stage kidney disease, liver disease and non-AIDS-defining cancers) and death from any cause. Participants were assessed to determine the risks and benefits of starting antiretroviral treatment early by outcomes such as adverse events, quality of life, hospitalisations, high-risk behaviours for transmitting HIV, and risk factors for serious nonAIDS conditions. The first participant enrolled into the START study was in April 2009, with the study scheduled to finish in December 2016. However, on the 15 of May 2015, after a scheduled interim review of the study data by an independent data and safety monitoring board (DSMB), the START study was terminated ahead of schedule. The DSMB found strong evidence that there is significant benefit for starting antiretroviral treatment

immediately before the CD4+ T-cell count drop from above 500 cells/mm3 to 350 cells/mm3. The following findings from the interim analysis ultimately influenced the DSMB recommendation to stop the START study: •

R eduction of risk of serious AIDS events, and deaths due to non-AIDS events, including cardiovascular events, renal and liver disease and cancer, by more than 50% amongst the early treatment arm when compared to the deferred arm

R eduction on both serious AIDS and serious non-AIDS events, with greater effect on AIDS than non-AIDS events

T he two groups experienced similar safety outcomes (E.G. serious adverse event)

C onsistent findings were found across a number of prespecified subgroups, including geographical regions

Furthermore, the DSMB recommended that all participants in the deferred treatment arm of the study, that had not begun therapy, would be offered immediate treatment. The study is still expected to conclude in late 2016 as all participants will be followed in the next stage of the study. Professor Sean Emery, the co-ordinating investigator of the START study from the Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia hailed these results, saying “These findings have global implications for the treatment of people living with HIV”. These results have confirmed the belief that treatment at all stages of the virus extends the management of this chronic illness, preventing serious disease complications for those living with HIV. When combining the findings achieved from previous studies on the risk of HIV transmission among people on antiretroviral therapy, Professor Emery believes that the “these new findings support treatment for everyone with HIV”. These findings are heartily welcomed by the WA AIDS Council because this study and its findings assists people diagnosed with HIV in navigating what can be an overwhelming decision when it comes to treatment. WA AIDS Council CEO Andrew

Burry strongly believes that providing HIV positive individuals with clear evidence that informs and supports their choices empowers them to confidently make decisions that are best suited to their lives. With the availability of this new information, Burry feels that the anxiety and stress relating to the decision to commence treatment can be reduced. Liz Walker, the Positive Peer Educator at the Council agrees; “Australia has had unrestricted access to antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive Medicare eligible individuals since April 2014, but the motivation to start treatment > 500 cells/mm3 was based on weaker observational data”. Walker believes that the findings from the START study will provide the world with gold standard evidence of the benefits of treating HIV infection early. While the decision to treat HIV early is encouraged, the WA AIDS Council continues to support the belief that this decision is an individual one. In their work with people living with HIV, Walker encourages clients to make the best choices for their life and believes that HIV-positive individuals should discuss the START study with their HIV clinician. “For those who choose to defer antiretroviral treatment, it is important to remain part of the care system and continued monitoring and close follow-up with your clinician” says Walker. This conclusive evidence also strongly supports the importance of regular testing for those people vulnerable to HIV infection. As Burry asserts, “The benefits of early treatment depend on diagnosis. Regular and frequent testing means that treatment can begin much closer to the point of infection”. The WA AIDS Council advocates getting tested and testing more often at a clinical service experienced with HIV, such as the M Clinic or one of the sexual health clinics across WA. Natalie Hadland Western Australian AIDS Council The M Clinic is a community sexual health clinic run by and for gay and other homosexually active men. To discuss your sexual health, you can call for an appointment (Phone: 9227 0734) and have a frank and open discussion with staff without any fear of judgement.

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While Australia drags its heels on marriage equality one of the biggest frustrations is that it drains energy and attention away from other areas of society that desperately need attention. Transgender rights is one the areas that is often highlighted as the next cab in the rank (or closest Uber on the map) for LGBTI rights is in the area of transgender rights.

Senator Janet Rice, The Greens spokesperson for LGBTI issues, understands the sentiment but also sees a strong connection between the two. “It is a bit frustrating that when it comes to LGBTI issues marriage equality is seen as the thing but the fact that it is institutionalized discrimination that is the reasons it’s such a big thing. Some of the big issues in transgender rights, like forced divorce, would be solved if we had equal marriage.” Senator Rice told OUTinPerth during a recent visit to Western Australia. “The time will come, I think the main thing is going to be that once the rainbow wave breaks is to actually keep riding the wave, to keep focus on all the other issues that need to be resolved.” Senator Rice said. Senator Rice agrees with the proposition that there is a government reasonability to help people who are transgender to access the medical services they need to physically transition from one gender to another. “Basically it’s got to be normalized and accepted that this is something that should be supported, it’s not a big think, it certainly shouldn’t be seen as cosmetic surgery, its required and it should be covered by government. I have no doubt about that what so ever.” Senator Rice has a very personal connection to the transgender community, more than ten years ago her partner Penny transitioned. “It’s incredible where the debate and awareness of transgender issues is now compared to where it was twelve or thirteen years ago. There is so much more awareness, acceptance and understanding.” Senator Rice said.



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The senator highlighted that in his recent report on discrimination faced by the LGBTI communities Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson noted that marriage equality and easier access to hormone treatment for younger people were the two big areas for government to address. Senator Rice, who is part of a cross party working group on LGBTI issues, said that across the parliament there is work being done to address both these challenges. Currently young Australians have to get a court order to access treatment, even though they have their families and medical professionals support. Senator Rice said that she, and her co-chairs from the Labor and Liberal parties hope to tackle this bureaucracy soon. “Amongst the three of us we’ve said, surely this is something we should be able to achieve pretty easily, even within this next few months. I can’t see that anybody is going to be seeing it as controversial. “If you look at it, if their medical specialist is saying ‘yes, this is medically appropriate for this person’, then why should people have to paying tens of thousands of dollars in court fees and having a delay of six to nine months sometimes.” Senator Rice said.

Senator Rice said it was important than we have more transgender people with a public profile as it allows the whole community to see that transgender people are recognised as being the same as everyone else. “So much of discrimination is fear, fear of the unknown. If all they know about transgender people is that they’re strange people who are more likely to be prostitutes and they’re just on the edge of society then they will have a lot of prejudices about them.” Senator Rice said, advocating that transgender people need to be visible in the community. One example Senator Rice noted was seeing Cate McGregor commentating the cricket on the ABC. “That’s the sort of thing that changes people’s level of awareness.” Graeme Watson


Having genital dysphoria gives you a pretty distorted worldview. It's hard to stay objective about your body, your sex-life, your identity, when you feel like you have this aberration between your legs. That's why I opted to have it surgically removed and turned into a vagina - a procedure I had carried out earlier this year. From getting in the shower or putting on underwear, to the awkward conversations with new partners, that dysphoria made it hard to really conceptualise what surgery would actually be like. So to my 26-year-old self, here’s what you need to know. It’s actually not all that special. The fact that sexual reassignment surgery (SRS) is even an option for trans people is nothing short of a goddamn miracle. It’s easy to get swept up in the idea of surgery being this glorious re-birth - this summation of your transition and the end of the struggle – but as much as it is life-changing and mind-blowing and dysphoria-killing, you are having SRS to feel normal. Most surgeons who perform SRS do between 3 and 5 a week, 48 weeks a year. This creates a conveyer belt effect; where a new person is shuffled along from hotel to hospital to clinic and back again daily. It all starts with the hospital, and…. There is nothing sexy about hospitals. For some reason you’re convinced the hospitals in Thailand are going to be 5-star resorts with coconut mojitos and cabana boys with palm fronds gently fanning you as you recovered pool-side. In reality the SRS ward is all harsh, stripped down concrete halls on the 9th floor of a building that would make even the most ardent brutalism fan quiver. Not that it really matters, because 95% of your time there will be spent lying in a tiny carriage bed. Five days straight you lie on that bed, a tonne of bandages wrapped around your groin, a catheter and a blood drain poking out, doped up on as much morphine as you can get before the nurses take it away from you and unable to poop no matter how many mocha frappes your mum smuggles up from the cafe downstairs. Feeling special yet? No? Good, because… This is going to hurt. A lot. And it’s not going to stop hurting for a long, long time. Even once you’re allowed out of that bed you will be very keen to get horizontal as often as possible. Popping pain killers only gets

you so far, and chronic pain saps your energy and your patience and leaves you buried in a constant malaise. You tell yourself it’s going to get better, but it really doesn’t - the pain just morphs and expands into new areas. A sore back from lying down all day, weak muscles from never exercising, raw and cracked heels from them always rubbing on the bed, and as the actual surgery site heals you go from a general ache to the more specific burn of tissue damage, the chunky irritation of swollen areas, and the sharp pangs as nerves reconnect. Which is why… You are going to crash. You invested a lot in SRS - feelings, money, time, anxiety, fear, hope – and once you’re finally on the other side of it all of that is going to come flooding back on you like a tsunami. Add in the pain of recovery and it’s not a matter of “if” you’ll break down under that load, it’s a matter of when. Being post-op is mostly pain and isolation and endless worry over depth, and the only people who can really empathise are the other patients going through their recovery with you. Having that support group around you is damn important, and it is often the only way to see yourself through these depressive episodes. Everyone heals in their own way, but the support of your new friends will help normalise the process and make a world of difference to your mental health. Especially when you consider that…

It is so totally worth it. Seriously. You have a vagina! It’s still sore and swollen but it’s brilliant and sexy and amazing. You can wear whatever you want and not have to worry about tucking anymore. And oh my god just wait until you get to feel how good oral sex is now. It hasn’t solved all your problems; you still have body issues and you still struggle with accepting yourself. But it has freed you from the incessant need to prove yourself as female, to constantly reinforce your femininity or feel ashamed for enjoying masculinity. You finally get to define yourself, and that’s worth suffering for. Bailey Lions

Complications are super common. Like,there-is-a-100%-chance-you-will-have-complications common. Granulation (where skin grows over a small cut before it can properly heal) and necrotic tissue (dead or dying skin that sloughs off as new healthy skin grows underneath it) are two of the most common issues, but everything from popped stitches, blocked urethras, excessive bleeding, bruising, micro tears and even swelling so bad your labia literally detaches from the base of your vulva can and do happen. Remember - it’s a conveyor belt. The clinic staff have seen literally everything that could go wrong with surgery and all you’re going to hear is “it’s ok, don’t stop dilating”. Because of this, it is super important to advocate for yourself and not just accept that whatever is going wrong will sort itself out. This applies to anything from issues with your neo-vagina, to any medications you are taking (some pain killers can really mess with you if you’re on SSRI’s, or conversely going off SSRI’s to take pain killers can actually be worse for you), or how hormones are affecting you. Putting yourself through all this is incredibly challenging - and it continues to be a challenge well after you leave Thailand. That’s ok, because the most important thing to know is…

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This month we met two University students who have transitioned from one gender to another and they tell us about the decision they’ve had to make, and challenges they’ve faced since announcing to their friends and families that they identify as a different gender.

also appeared recently appeared on breakfast radio chatting to 92.9’s Heidi, Will and Woody about being transgender. In the process Isla is educating her friends and followers about transgender rights and challenges. Taking a moment out from the cover shoot of this month’s OUTinPerth magazine Isla reflected on her journey so far. “I’ve been very open, but I live my life like an open book and in some ways I do think I can help educate people” Isla said. “By telling other people they can learn, part of living so openly means it harder for people to dig anything up, you don’t have to protect yourself and worry about people finding out.” Isla said. The video blogger is upfront about what she gets out of making her confessional videos ‘I like the attention!” she laughs. “Everybody likes a bit of attention, and I’ve always liked getting people’s attention but I’ve started trying to steer myself getting attention for something more beneficial.” Isla said the biggest thing she’d learned since began transitioning is that the process doesn’t solve every challenge in life. “When I first started the expectation was my life is going to be so different, but it’s really not, it’s still my life. While I look back and see someone else, it’s still me. The only difference is things I’ve chosen to do.” Isla said. “Life will always have obstacles, and sometimes when something bad happens we want to say it’s but because we’ve transitioned… but whether I’m transgender, of gay, or black, or just a woman – there is always going to be someone who doesn’t like you for some reason.”

Twenty one year old Perth woman Isla Rose (pictured) has been sharing her transitioning journey with the world.

“Sometimes people think I’m a man dressing up as a woman, but for me, before I was always dressing up as someone else. Not necessarily dressing up a boy – but I was always trying to be something that other people wanted. Now I don’t care anymore, it’s very liberating.” Isla said.

The university student regularly posts videos to YouTube detailing her thoughts, challenges and experiences, she’s

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were worried that people would laugh at me for being different – but I’ve always been different. I’m very lucky to have my family.” Sports Science student Max considers himself a bit of a late starter when it comes to transitioning.

community “I’d always known that something was astray growing up, but never really knew what.” Max shared. “I was always different as a kid, I was never a girly girl – I was a tomboy and rough and tough. My best friends growing up were all guys. I was always set apart as a kid.” Max said he had vivid memories of being bullied in primary school and often felt left out in High School.

Growing up gender diverse can be a lonely business and I always tell people I started Transmen of WA because I wanted to make some friends.

“I’ve always felt a bit like an outcast socially.” Max said.

However, before this could happen, I had a great deal to learn. There is one particular experience I would like to share that, in retrospect, pushed me to do what I do now: help people to make friends.

It was only when Max met another trans guy back in 2012 that he was able to label how he felt. Max describes himself as a lucky because he’s had great support from family and friends. “There were a few stumbles”. Max said, “But eventually everyone came around. The important people in my life have come onboard but some others have drifted away.” Max said that trans people’s greatest challenge is getting society to just accept them for who they are. “We need to get people to realise that trans people are just normal people, they’re dealing with problems just like everyone else, their problems might be a little different but at the end of the day they just wat to be accepted just like everyone else.” Max said, ‘[trans people] just need access to the health services, and other services that they need, they don’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.” Max said he was very lucky that his family were very supportive, but it was also the support of his friends, sister, parents and other transmen that made a big difference. The Facebook group Transmen WA run by Nick Lawrence is something that Max has found to be a constant help. The group has also allowed Max to give back, the sports enthusiast recently met up with a young trans guy to teach him some Tae Kwon Do.

Transmen of WA started via an online email group I found after putting the shout out to Perth locals. Two responded and we became friends on Facebook. Somehow though, we could never seem to arrange a catch-up, and I desperately needed someone to talk to. This played on my mind for some time, until one night I decided to take the plunge. I spent the best part of an hour drafting what I hoped sounded like an easy-going question. In a group message, I asked the two Facebook friends if they would be attending Fairday that year. Without realising it, I had made two mistakes. Firstly, I had assumed they identified as part of the community. Secondly, I was completely ignorant of the fact that this question might cause them to be defensive. As a consequence, the responses I hung waiting for hours to receive came back as: (1) “Fuck that. I wouldn’t go there if you paid me!” and (2) “My girlfriend isn’t a lesbian. We have always seen ourselves as a straight couple. So no, I won’t.” All my strength and determination washed away with those words. I felt humiliated and distraught. Why couldn’t they see I wanted to meet them? Then anger set in. What a pair of arseholes! I sat down and drafted indignant responses, followed by in-depth explanations, then, as I cooled down, heart-felt apologies. Finally I replied with something like: “LOL. Ok. No worries. I love Fairday. It’s the only event I go to ” The hurt and shame I felt was intense; something I’ve never told them, even though one of them is now a good friend. The lesson I learnt very quickly was that sometimes we need to be reminded to read between the lines. I needed to realise that my question didn’t portray the gravity of my situation, while those – albeit unknowing - arseholes needed to realise that Fairday was just an excuse to meet them. We all carry our own insecurities as invisible baggage and often react to things in ways that are unpredictable and unprecedented to somebody else. We aren’t to know why someone was upset by our comment or why they lashed out like that.

Max said that it’s important that people get the support they need.

It turns out my mate, Mr “Fuck that”, was just young and isolated from family and anyone who knew he was trans. The thought of someone finding out filled him with terror. Had he expressed that he was ‘stealth’ and couldn’t go, I would have learnt something about different journeys. Then again, had I been straightforward and said I needed a friend he would have made an effort meet me.

“People who are identifying that they are trans need to know that they are not alone, there is a lot of support. It’s important for people to follow their hearts and do what’s right for them.

So I learnt a great deal from that one experience but it opened my eyes to the fact that this sort of angry reaction to comments made in ignorance or in error are commonplace. People are nasty to one another within the community all the time.

“I think sometimes it’s really hard to get your head around that when there’s lots of people telling you what you need to do. At the end of the day you just have to make choices that are true to yourself, it takes a lot of strength not to give society.”

A simple comment, when extrapolated in this way, can become a public sledging. Not everyone is a bigot just because they use the wrong term or don’t agree with a particular concept. Perspective is everything. It isn’t always deliberate.

Max’s message for everyone is “Keep your head high and be true to yourself.” Graeme Watson

carefully, ask the difficult questions, and admit to my failures and shortcomings. More often than not, I find I agree once I understand. There are also people who go out of their way to instigate war. This involves attacking another part, or person, of the LGBTI community, because their ideals are perceived as contradictory to the fight they are waging on the world. When someone is screaming their case vehemently, we need to really listen to how they rationalise it from their perspective. The fact is, no matter how just or noble our cause may be, there is always going to be someone who knows we are wrong. Because to them, we are. So I have learnt that sometimes we have to step back and look at what a person is saying and empathise with them. You can’t change a person’s mind by yelling. It’s better to listen with empathy and to try to see the reasons why a person has that idea. Frightened and damaged people can say nasty things and personal growth rarely comes from someone screaming in your face that you are wrong. The LGBTI community is a worldwide stage, with the broadest possible variety of people who share just one common goal. Only we can’t seem to figure out what that is. Perhaps if we can stop vilifying one another and just accept other people’s faults and fears with love, rather than hate, we can set an example for the planet. We are in a position to bring hope. There is at least one of us in every corner of the world. We have the numbers and we have the infiltration in place. Nick Lawrence

The 55-year-old new to everything MTF who is immediately ostracised because they used terms like ‘sex change’ or ‘transvestite’ in the wrong context. The macho posturing FTM who gets labelled a misogynist, while he is still learning about his inner man. As a new advocate who is almost middle-aged, I get the ‘agenda’ wrong all the time but I have learnt to listen


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For many people who are transgender one of the big challenges is finding a way to pay for the surgery that will make a major difference to your life. Lex Randolph decided to utilise a crowd source funding model to help him pay for his surgery. “I’d been thinking of surgery for quite a while and thinking ‘Wow! That’s quite a chunk of money” and it was something that just out of the question. How was I ever going to save five grand?” asked Lex. The arts worker had seen many artistic projects come to fruition through crowd source funding and had seen other trans people making it work too. “I thought, I’ll give it a go” Lex said, “I looked around at all the different sites and compared them before choosing which one to use.” Lex settled on the ‘Go Fund Me’ service because it was well known, reliable and people would feel comfortable donating to it. Some sites require the project to offer rewards for people to donate, and while ‘Go Fund Me’ does not have this stipulation, Lex felt he wanted to give something back to his supporters. So he promised to make a special ‘zine for everyone who donated. Lex recommends people considering using a crowd source site should read the fine print and check what fees the site deducts from your donations. While some sites require you to reach your fundraising target, others allow you to withdraw whatever money has been offered. The size of your social network also plays a part in the success of a campaign of this nature. “You do have to consider that.” Lex suggests, “It is largely your friends and family, unless you go out there and do some sort of marketing campaign.” Lex says that while he didn’t raise the whole cost of undergoing chest surgery, the results were “fantastic” and his supporters made a big difference. Lex said he felt amazing after having the surgery; “I shopped around a bit for a surgeon and found a really good one, which made a huge difference. Having the surgery, it was definitely the right thing to do.” Lex said. He’s now looking forward to summer and heading to beach. “I can’t wait to get to the beach and just be wearing my boardies!” Graeme Watson



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Author, actor and activist Timothy Conigrave’s magnum opus ‘Holding the Man’ is a hallmark of Australian literature. Originally released in 1995, the memoir recounts Conigrave’s journey – the great joy of love and infinite pain of loss, following his turbulent relationship with high-school sweetheart, footy team captain John Caleo. Together they face life’s challenges as gay men, and later as people living with HIV, between the 70s and the 90s. Conigrave’s novel painfully recalls losing his partner John to AIDS-related illness, all the while dealing with the decline of his own health to HIV. The novel is unabashed in its expression of just how devastating an effect HIV/AIDS had on the gay community in the 1980s. Conigrave himself lost his own life to AIDS related complications, soon after completing the book. Since its release, ‘Holding the Man’ has seen great success both as a novel and in its adapted stage format, bringing Conigrave and Caleo’s story to the world. Now, two decades after its original release, ‘Holding the Man’ will see a cinematic release with out and proud Australian Neil Armfield in the director’s chair. Armfield’s interpretation is as honest and beautiful as the novel, drawing incredible performances from Australian talent both new and wisened. Guy Pearce, Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Camilla Ah Kin, Kerry Fox and beloved up-and-comer Sarah Snook bring a fluid synergy to the ensemble, supporting Ryan Corr and Craig Stott’s captivating representations of the iconic relationship Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo. Craig Stott, a sickeningly talented Melbournian actor, cemented his role as John Caleo when Neil Armfield noted “he’s got the right eyelashes”. Stott’s performance as Caleo is so deeply nuanced, I felt as though I was reliving one of my own high school crushes. Stott spoke to us about why ‘Holding the Man’ is such a relatable story,

from an Australian perspective and as a story of love that transcends the bounds of sexual orientation. “I didn’t fall in love in high school, I didn’t have a high school sweetheart,” Stott explained as I asked how closely he related to John and Tim’s experience. “I went to a Catholic school just as John went to a Jesuit all-boys school… I didn’t really pay attention, where as I imagine John paid meticulous attention to all of his studies.” Caleo was a notorious supporter of Essendon Football Club, the inspiration for Conigrave choosing ‘Holding the Man’ as the book’s title – a reference to an AFL penalty. Getting into football would be the first challenge for Stott as he prepared for his role. Stott explains it was the little things that made Caleo so special, challenging the actor to explore all of the aspects of his life to truly capture his character. “He wasn’t a very complex person with striking, over-arching ambitions. He wasn’t a boisterous or flamboyant character in the way that Tim was, to try and create a character that was really understated, that is who John was,” Stott elaborated, “I was always pulling it back. John really comes through in the subtleties, he’s bubbling under the surface constantly.” Stott certainly encapsulated Caleo’s subtleties, though his passion certainly came through in his love for Ryan Corr’s Tim.

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“There was a point in rehearsals where we weren’t really being physically intimate with each other and I really wanted to dive in but I didn’t know if he was trepidatious, so I said to him ‘Do you wanna just go for it?’ and he was like ‘Fuck yeah!’”, Stott said of his on screen relationship with Corr. “He took me to dinner with his family as his boyfriend and they didn’t know it was for a film. We just jumped into each other’s stride. On set he was my go-to, the one I was looking for, very much like John would have been looking for Tim.” Fervidly political, Stott is excited to represent the LGBTIQ community on screen. Identifying as queer himself, Craig expressed his dissatisfaction with Australia dragging its feet on marriage equality. “Hopefully this will rally the masses to the struggle that we have coming up in August,” said Stott, “I think in terms of the timing

of the film being released, it’s incredibly fortuitous. Ultimately what needs to happen is a psychological revolution before there’s any sort of political revolution and that happens through people watching films like this and being able to relate on a very human, simple level – two people who are in love who just happen to be boys.” Leigh Hill The WA AIDS Council, Luna Palace Cinema Leederville and OUTinPerth will be hosting a premiere screening of ‘Holding the Man’ on August 26th featuring a Q&A with Ryan Corr (Timothy Conigrave). Tickets available from www. lunapalace.com.au.


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The Internet Ego Death “Now she wants to fuck me” sings Syd Tha Kid right at the start of the opening track ‘Get Away’. The songs abruptly starts with the queer singer diving straight into the action. Two minutes and thirty second later the song ends just as suddenly as it started. On their third album Odd Futures offshoot The Internet deliver a sold collection of neo-soul. Filled with first rate guests including Tyler - The Creator, James Fauntleroy, Janelle Monae and Vic Mensa. The lead single ‘Girl’ featuring Kaytranada is a sultry Sapphic song.

The Chemical Brothers Born in the Echoes

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Twenty years after they asked us to ‘Exit Planet Dust’ The Chemical Brother show us that they’ve not mellowed slightly on their eighth album, and first new music in five years. Album opener ‘Sometimes I feel so deserted’ features vocals from Daniel Pearce who first came to prominence in boyband One True Voice. The track is filled with urgent sounding beats and cascading drums – echoing the sound of the band’s greatest tunes. Elsewhere on the album there’s the thumping instrumental ‘Reflexion’ and St Vincent collaborates on the brilliant ‘Under Neon Lights’. A great record.

For over a year Simon Gleeson has been stunning Australian audiences playing Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miserables’ and he was recently rewarded with a Helpman Award. Now on his debut album he delivers a mix of songs from musical theatre and contemporary music. The highlight is his heartbreaking rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’ from ‘Les Miserables’ – it’s stunning. On the record Gleeson also tackles works by The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John and Wendy Mathews as well as numbers from ‘Into the Woods’, ‘Chess’ and ‘Company’. This album is simple, crisp and all about Gleeson’s voice.

Four Tet Morning / Evening The new project from Four Tet aka Kieran Hebden features just two tracks, both clocking in around 20 minutes in length. Hebdren inherited a stack of Indian music from his grandfather when he was around ten years old – he never listened to them. When his grandmother passed away he turned to the records and began creating new works based around samples of Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar. The mix of orchestral strings, beats and Mangeshkar’s voice on ‘Morning’ is enchanting but it’s on the second track ‘Evening’ that things get really chilled and psychedelic.

Hugo Gerani – Freeze Action (Desire) filled with samples of movie dialogue this ‘80s inspired tune is on the b-side of the first release for locally based Good Company records – can’t wait to hear the flipside Diger Rokwell – You local artist doesn’t disappoint with his new EP, luscious. Janet Jackson – No Sleep love it love it love it Groove Armada – Superstylin’ (Joris Voorn Rework) Groove Armada’s funky tune is revived for a new decade Tame Impala – Reality in Motion Their new album sounds like Michael Jackson grooving with an Atari Divine Knights – Smalltown Boy Sydney based electro band takes on the Bronski Beat classic Scotty Dynamo – Show Me Your it’s just so damn catchy – strictly for exhibitionists King So So – Disco in the Sky This mirror ball side project from German techno producer Superpitcher revives the Terry Callier song Jacky Mingo and Kapote – Caliente crisp beats, funky bass and chanting in Spanish, very cool Carey Mulligan – Let No Man Steal Your Thyme English actress teams up with the brilliant Craig Armstrong to sing a traditional song about herb thieves.

Head to www.outinperth.com to read our interview with Peter Cox and Richard Drummie from Go West where we find out about what their lives were like at the height of their fame and how their teaming up with Nik Kershaw for their set on this tour.

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Manchester’s all girl indie rockers PINS are back with their second album. Featuring the incredibly catchy ‘Young Girls’ that asks “what will we do when our dreams come true” this collection of tunes displays a much fuller and cozier shoegaze sound than their punk tinged 2013 debut. Highlights include ‘Baby Bhangs’, ‘Curse These Dreams’ and ‘If Only’. The closing track ‘Everyone Says’ is almost country. The band recorded this album in America and it shows, it’s got some great moments but they seem to have lost what we loved about their debut – the angry grrrrrl power has faded. ’ Graeme Watson

Nostalgia for the ‘80s is a powerful force, and it’ll be in full effect when Paul Young, Go West, Nik Kershaw and Cutting Crew play the Astor Theatre on their 80’s Mania tour on September 9th.

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Directed by Albert Maysles Iris was an only child who didn’t have any children of her own. Now 93, this New York native seems to have the energy of a 20 yearold as she hunts for eclectic clothes, costume jewellery and bargains. She says that she was never pretty so she had to develop style. When her pretty friends faded, she remained a fashion icon, so much so that the Metropolitan Museum of Art had an exhibition of her outfits. Originally working as an interior designer with her husband Carl, she helped decorate the White House for nine president’s wives. Now she is downsizing, passing on her knowledge and enthusiasm to yet another generation and still shopping. Maysles’ last documentary (her died in March aged 88) is an affectionate look someone who reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is so much better when you experiment.



Directed by Bill Condon

In 1947 a frail 93 year old Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) has retired to a remote seaside farmhouse in Dover. Long past his sleuthing days, he is amused by the literary and filmic mythology that portrays him. Now he has his bees, his feisty housekeeper and her son, and his memories to keep him company. But his memories are fading and he goes to warravaged Japan in search of a rare plant to help his mind stay alert. As he tries to recall the case that forced him into retirement, he is only too aware that time is running out. He has to rely on young Roger (Milo Parker) whose father was killed in the war and has obvious affection for the old man. There have been many screen portrayals of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, but McKellen’s superb performance makes this is the most poignant portrayal.

LAST CAB TO DARWIN (M) Directed by Jeremy Sims

Rex (Michael Caton giving the performance of his life) is a cab driver who has never left Broken Hill. When he finds that his time is limited, he decides he doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone, particularly his closest friend Polly (Ningali Lawford-Wolf). He notifies Dr Farmer (Jacki Weaver) in Darwin where euthanasia has just been made legal. Told to keep his fluids up, be buys a six-pack of beer and sets off alone to drive 3,000 kms to Darwin.The film is based on terminally ill cab driver Max Bell who did drive 3,000 kms from Broken Hill to Darwin to take advantage of the voluntary euthanasia laws … only to find that things are complicated. Full of irreverent Australian humour, the epic road journey gives Rex a chance to meet some people, reevaluate what is left of his life and realise that the euthanasia issue is a complex one.

What were your highlights at Connections between 1985 – 1995? My favourite moments from those days would be: Sneaking up to hear Rachel Harvey’s first set when I was 16 or 17. Tim and Peter giving me my first job as a podium dancer when I was 19 – I worked Sunday nights when Darren Briais was playing – his sets were phenomenal. If you didn’t get there within ten or fifteen minutes of the club opening you’d end up standing in a queue that stretched back to William Street. Connections Nightclub continue to celebrate their 40 year history this week with the second installment of their DECADANCE parties. This Friday the festivities will focus on the club’s second decade 1985 – 1995.

The best show was ‘Supermodels’- I think there were three, maybe four in the series. If memory serves me right the first one was the debut of Ariel’s ‘girl’ drag persona Siren, which was big news at the time.

To authentically recreate the decade that brought us acid house and techno, the party will see the main room feature DJ’s Scout and Kinky (pictured). OUTinPerth caught up with DJ Kinky aka Seb Sharp to find out more about what music was playing at Connections when many of us were still in High School… or Primary School… or not born

I love how I can recall all that, but have no idea where I parked my car fifteen minutes ago. What tunes from this time are at the forefront of your mind?

QUEER SPOTS ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL Grab a program for this year’s Israeli Film Festival. Screening Thursday 20 to Wednesday 26 August at Cinema Paradiso, it features a Queer Spot amongst its offering of cutting edge films that haven’t been seen in Australia before. Monday (24/8) night is devoted to a collection of short films with queer themes and Tuesday (25/8) night screens the feature film Marzipan Flowers. Directed by Adam Kalderon, it tells the story of 48 year old widow, Hadas (Nouli Omer), who moves from living in a kibbutz to the large city of Tel Aviv. She finds unexpected friendship with her flatmate, the transgendered Petel (Tal Kallai) who hasn’t had an easy life. Openly gay actor Kallai has had a drag persona since 2001 and says he admires transgendered women because he can appreciate their femininity. Unusually filmed against a colourless background, Petel’s flamboyant outside is in contrast to her dark thoughts.

Angie Brown, Adeva, Coldcut, Lisa Stansfield, Crystal Waters – I mean, 100% Pure Love is just pure perfection. It was such an exciting time for music. Techno and Acid House were born, sampling came to the forefront with tracks like MARRS’ Pump Up The Volume and Black Box ‘Ride On Time’, The KLF invented stadium house and made a record with Tammy Wynette… it was such an exciting time for music. Have you come across any lost classics while preparing for your upcoming set? So many. ‘Promised Land’ by Joe Smooth – it actually made me tear up when I listened to it yesterday. ‘C’mon and Get My Love’ by D-Mob featuring Cathy Dennis is still a criminally underrated record. I had a flashback when I pulled out ‘Do You Want Me (Let’s Go)’ by Lee Marrow – in my past career as a podium dancer, the others and I had a routine worked out to this record, complete with running man and obligatory flailing rave arms. I remember every step. Hence the knee brace I’m now sporting. What song from this era do you never ever want to hear again? In 1990 a Spanish band called The Midnight Shift released a dance cover of The Mamas and Papas ‘California Dreaming’. It wasn’t that it was bad record, it just got played to death – you’d hear it three, sometimes four times a night. I used to have a copy, I think we used it as a Frisbee at a picnic… Connections’ ‘Decadance – Electric Dreams‘ is on Friday August 7, doors open from 8pm. Graeme Watson

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There are so many things to do and see in Rome a few days can quickly be filled with sightseeing, great good and endless sampling of gelato.

also allows you to walk around the Roman Forum, the sprawling ancient ruins of ancient Rome including the Palatino which are incredibly interesting.

The centre of Rome is filled with cobbled streets that open up on grand boulevards. It’s easy to get one from famous location to the next with a map in your back pocket. You’ll constantly be taking it out though as you get sidetracked and pulled down every side street and alley way, and then having to consult the map again to work out where you are.

Other popular places to visit include The Pantheon, The Trevi fountain and the very fabulous Spanish Steps.

It’s easy to walk around the city, which was good because when we were there a bus and subway workers strike made it the only way to travel. Top of the lists of things to see is the Colosseum. You’ll have to queue forever to buy a ticket to get in but tis worth the wait. Take your time wandering around the gladiatorial arena. Your ticket

No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the city within a city, The Vatican is just a few subway stops from the centre of Rome and St Peter’s Square is quite a sight - whatever your religious beliefs are. Walking back from The Vatican you can visit the Castel Sant Angelo, then walk across the bridge where people leave flowers to loved ones. Wonder through the street and discover amazing little shops filled with antiques and make your way to the Piazza Navna which is filled with artists and street performers.

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Food is a huge part of a trip to Italy. Restaurants are open late, indulge in delicious pasta dishes and simple thin pizzas. Coffee is drunk continually throughout the day and since they don’t have Perth coffee prices you’ll find yourself drinking three or four cups a day. You can also find great coffee shops that are still open at 2am, so you can stop for a coffee and slice of torte on your way home from a nightclub. The choice of cakes, biscuits, tarts and other delicious treats makes choosing just one quite a complex task. Gelato is also everywhere, freshly made with natural ingredients. Grab a small cup for just a few Euros and sample a few flavours at a time. When we visited we found ourselves enjoying three or four cups of ice-cream a day – there so many flavours. Have you ever had pine nut ice-cream, how about pear, white wine, mandarin, Bacci chocolate flavour or salted caramel – every little shop present a new taste sensation.

There are gay bars in Rome, plenty of them, but you’ll have to seek them out. Often they are found in side streets with non-descript entrances. We spent some time at Hangar, which was a friendly bar playing camp music videos. The city has lots of small independent hotels that are hidden behind large wooden doors where buildings surround tiny court yards. One hotel might be on the third floor, another is on the fifth floor. They’re very quaint and nice change from the world of slick chain hotels. Rome, see some sights, eat some pasta, more sites, time for pizza, coffee, gelato, some cakes, and then on to see some more sites. Follow and repeat. Graeme Watson

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community group listings ALCOHOL and DRUG INFORMATION SERVICE to ALCOHOL and DRUG SUPPORT LINE— 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 (toll free) — 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 — A long standing member of the GLBT community, has written a book about his struggles with mental illness & accepting his faith in god with his sexuality. It’s titled ‘From Desperation to Finding Destiny’. Perfect for other Christians and those with faith who may be in a similar situation. Only $25, for orders please contact and address it to: Mr Colourful Dave, PO BOX X2222, Perth, WA, 6847 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 Christianfaithbackgrounds,whetheryouhaveleftthechurch 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 Cherie Crimp 0422 503 648 for more information or just turn up! Email: info@ galswa.org.au , 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 to improve the quality of life for older LGBTI people, both in care and in the community. Providing visibility and a voice for LGBTI elders is key to this. Through research and advocacy we have achieved law reform to end discrimination for older LGBTI people. We work with the aged care sector, delivering training to achieve safe and inclusive aged care services. We hold community events to build better community supports and friendships. New members welcome. Interested? Contact June on 08 9383 7753. PO Box 514 North Perth WA 6906 or 54 Bickley Cres, Manning 6152. 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 285 233 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@

FEES include GST Annual (Unfunded) $110 Annual (Funded) $200

pflagwa.org.au. Information Line: 0404 594 699. Facebook:www.facebook.com/pflagperth (for current news, events and meeting dates). 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 GROUP-friendly, 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 nation-wide, 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 — Young people have a lot going on already, but those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex are more likely to experience discrimination and mental health issues, particularly in rural areas. True Colours directly supports young LGBTIQ people and their families and friends in the South West, as well as schools and the broader community to raise awareness and break down the barriers to safe and inclusive communities. Please email Truecolours@unitingcarewest.org.au or call 1300 663 298 to see how we can support you! 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

To list a community group or service in the paper and online ph: 08 9371 9877 email: community@outinperth.com web: www.outinperth.com

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Are we so busy looking at our mobile phone screens and glued to the latest developments on social media that we’ve lost all perspective on what’s right in front of us? Q&A on one laptop, while following the show’s Twitter hashtag feed on my other laptop, my iphone primed if I want to add my own comment (you got to be fast to get it on the Q&A screen ticker. Often in the background I have SKY news playing on the TV. The newest craze on social media is Periscope, the live steaming app that allows you to broadcast from wherever you are. Periscope is very interactive, you can comment on the feeds you’re watching and show your support by repetitively tapping the screen (visually this will send a flood of love hearts to the person filming). Watching an amateur drag performance recently I noticed that the show was being broadcast on Periscope, but was more alarming was that some of the audience we watching the live stream on their phones - instead of the show that was directly in front of them. The next day there was a heated online discussion about people making snide comments on Periscope about the performers. When did we all become so critical? Is it Tony Jones fault, maybe

RuPaul is to blame, or Simon Cowell – everyone is so judgmental. Maybe in the future only two people will need to go out. One to perform,

one to hold the phone – everyone else can stay home, pretend to be Judge Judy and just write comments. Graeme Watson looks forward to your trolling.

Have you ever wanted a more masculine or more feminine voice? Now one of the world’s top speech therapists, who specializes in working with the trans community, is available to everyone. Kathe Perez, who has 25 years of experience in this area has created a phone app that helps people transform their voices.

and tablets. The app includes a series of courses and lessons to follow and tools to practice what you learn in the courses. The app is available as both a MTF and a FTM perspective. It doesn’t come cheaply though, each lesson is an in-app purchase of $6.49 and there’s currently seven lessons to choose from. It’s still probably cheaper than a speech therapist though. The EVA MTF and FTM apps are available on iTunes.

The Exceptional Voice App (EVA) was launched in 2013 and works on phones What is the first CD you ever bought? Nikki Webster – Strawberry Kisses.

Danny Rogers @ The Court

Sitting at Kylie Minogue’s recent Perth concert the woman next to me is carefully recording the whole show on her mobile phone. She mumbles when the guy sitting in front us begins waving his hands in the hair, his flailing arms have ruined her shot. Do people really go home and rewatch the show on their iPhone? I mean you can buy the DVD in the foyer on the way out. Plus we weren’t in the front row, we were more than halfway up the first seated block, we certainly could not see the whites of Kylie’s eyes. Last year at Anthony Callea’s ‘George Michael’ show I was stunned when at one of the most poignant moments of the show an audience member took out their iPad to film the show. iPad, not iPhone – I think it was a4 sized. Callea had sat on a stool at the front of the stage and was about to launch into a tender ballad, when the audience member appeared at his feet to film the moment. Sitting in one of Perth’s funkiest new restaurants a table full of hipsters occupy the next table, all six of them are looking at their phones, I wonder if they are texting each other? Are they locked in a multi-player Scrabble game? I’m not immune to screen addiction, there’s nothing I love more than to sit at home on a Monday night watching

Who would you like to punch? Perez Hilton

Who is the best queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race? I love Milk. She is the ultimate to me. She’s a pioneer and brought a whole new level to the competition.

What is next to your bed? What is your favourite place in the Heels. Thigh high boots. world? Camden Town in London. What is your favourite icecream Where would you like to travel What makes you flip your lid? flavour? Old English Toffee. Yum! that you haven’t been to? When people ask me if my name is What song always gets you on the Thailand. Daniel! It’s Danny by birth. dancefloor? Who is going to win Pop Princess 2? If you were turned into an animal, 212 – Azealia Banks Me! Donna Kebab! what would it be? Should Delta Goodrem stop A beautiful flamingo. making music? Who would you like to kiss? Definitely. Please stop now. Zac Efron


August 2015


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