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Spicing up Christ

Their show-stopping performance at the London Olympics confirmed that, 17 years after they burst onto the scene with debut single Wannabe, there’s still an insatiable public interest in the Spice Girls as a fivesome. Away from the group, though, their fortunes have been mixed. Tellingly, ‘Sporty Spice’ Melanie C is the only Spice Girl who’s

released any new solo music in the past seven years. The past 18 months have been the most prolific of her career: first came a stellar pop-rock album of original material, The Sea, then a surprise dance EP recorded in collaboration with London drag DJ Jodie Harsh, and finally a covers album, Stages. She’s also broadened her horizons of late to include a childhood dream, performing in musical theatre. A 2009 stint in Blood Brothers was met with critical acclaim, and she’s now back on stage playing one of

the most famous women in theatre – Jesus Christ Superstar’s Mary Magdalene. Aussie fans eager to see the arena spectacular when it tours in May might be surprised to learn that her entry into the production was via unusual means. Before she was offered the part, she sat on the judging panel for Superstar, a televised search to find the next Jesus (Ben Forster was the winner - he’ll play the role in the Australian tour). “I was really trying to influence the

public to vote for him,” a jetlagged but evergracious Melanie C told the Star Observer. “Fundamentally it’s about the vocal and the acting ability, because Jesus is such a hard role to play. But then, because I’m going to be spending a lot of time with this guy - I’m going to be washing his feet! - I had to like the person and think I could spend a lot of time with them,” she said. The singer’s leap from pop to musical theatre has been remarkably seamless - she wasn’t dubbed ‘Talented Spice’ for nothing.

Was she nervous about making the change? “I didn’t give it too much thought because I didn’t go into it for accolades or acclaim, it was more a personal challenge. I thought to myself, ‘If I work hard, I reckon I can do a decent job of it’. Then it all went crazy - we got five-star reviews and award nominations. It just felt really nice, because it would’ve been easy for the knives to be out for a Spice Girl in the West End.” INFO: Read more of our interview with Melanie C on page 15.


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Labor’s lost political will: Greens National Benn Dorrington The Greens claim the federal government has lost its political will for human rights following AttorneyGeneral Mark Dreyfus’ decision to send the consolidation bill of five anti-discrimination acts back to his department for more work. Despite the move, Dreyfus last week announced he’d introduce sexuality and gender diversity protections under the Sex Discrimination Act saying the it was “long overdue” and a “long standing Labor commitment”. But Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said shelving the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 was nonsensical. “The anti-discrimination reforms had every chance of succeeding in Parliament so why has Labor turned tail and given up on equality again?” Milne said. “The timing issue is just an excuse from the Attorney-General. “Labor has lost the political will to protect human rights.” Greens’ LGBTI spokeswoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the Sex Discrimination Act amendments were welcomed by her party but added it was unacceptable that religious exemptions would

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remain in place. “Gay and lesbian Australians deserve to be protected from discrimination across the board but today the Labor Party have shown they don’t have the conviction to deliver that,” Hanson-Young said. “If an organisation is getting public money they shouldn’t be given exemptions to discriminate against someone just because they’re gay.” Gay rights advocates have largely welcomed last week’s announcement, and transgender and intersex advocates have also applauded the government’s decision to adopt the “Tasmanian model” of definitions for gender and sex diverse Australians. “We thank legislator’s for this significant move away from gender identity law when considering intersex rights,” OII Australia president Gina Wilson said. Members of OII Australia hope the new laws also raise further awareness of intersex Australians and the discrimination they face. “This is a welcome move that will, in part, resolve the patchwork of state discrimination protections that currently exist in Australia,” A Gender Agenda executive director Peter Hyndal said.

Lobbies welcome protections National Benn Dorrington Both the NSW and Victorian gay and lesbian rights lobbies welcomed the proposed sexuality and gender diversity protections. NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convenor Justin Koonin said the reforms were long overdue and had been the subject of intense lobbying over many years.

Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby co-convenor Anna Brown said a commissioner was still needed to deal with LGBTI concerns just like other appointed commissioners for areas such as race and sex. “While this is a significant advance for LGBTI people, we need to ensure that a commissioner is given responsibility for dealing with our concerns and that broad exemptions for religious bodies do not undermine the effectiveness of

these new legal protections, including the risk of watering down the rights of people in states where religious organisations are not permitted to discriminate to the same extent,” she said. All of the advocates expressed concern over the religious exemptions which were not attached to the new bill introduced into Parliament last Thursday. Instead, it will remain a part of the

Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012, which has been given no official deadline. The consolidation bill would have also recognised multiple protections against discrimination which advocates say would have strengthened current federal discrimination laws. They urged the government to do all it could to introduce the legislation before the parliament rose for the September 14 election.

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Sex and gender reforms coming National starobserver.com.au Personal records will have the option of male, female or X if proposed guidelines from the federal government go through. The Australian government revealed its draft guidelines on the recognition of sex and gender last week while the ACT government announced its own reforms. The Federal Attorney-General’s Department is now calling for feedback on the new guidelines which are consistent with Australian passports that were changed in 2011. Submissions close on April 19 and the guidelines will take effect from July 1 this year. Under the guidelines, sex reassignment surgery and/or hormone therapy will no longer be pre-requisites for a change of gender on Australian government records. The new guidelines were based off findings from the 2009 Sex Files report that found people who were sex and/or gender diverse faced difficulties in having their identity recognised. The report recommended national guidelines concerning the collection of sex and gender information. Sex and gender reforms are also underway in the ACT after the territory’s AttorneyGeneral Simon Corbell announced new measures to make sex or gender identity recognition easier. Last week, Corbell announced the government’s response to an ACT Law Reform Advisory Council report which include removing sexual reassignment surgery as a requirement for changing someone’s registered sex. Over the coming year, the government will amend legislation and data collection practices by public authorities to be more accessible to transgender and intersex people. It will also extend the time allowed for registration of the birth of a child, including their sex. “This will address pressures faced by parents of intersex babies, where decisions about registration of the child’s sex can be complex,” Corbell said.

Straight talk about gay life Music starobserver.com.au We’ve previously featured his unabashedly queer singles Football Song and The First Time, and now gay London singer-songwriter Matt Fishel is back with a new single, Radio-Friendly Pop Song, and his debut album, Not Thinking Straight, which hits iTunes on April 8. Fishel’s driving pop-rock tunes - with heart-on-sleeve lyrics about growing up gay - have won plaudits from the likes of Tom Hiddleston and Stephen Fry. INFO: www.mattfishel.com

Community anger shows at police forum National Alex McKinnon Community anger over sniffer dogs, public strip searches and aggressive police behaviour at gay events threatened to boil over at a public forum last week addressing police conduct during Mardi Gras. Almost 300 people attended the forum at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre in Surry Hills on March 19, where representatives from Mardi Gras, Sydney police and state Parliament took questions from an angry and often hostile crowd, and heard concerns about worsening relations between police and the gay community. The meeting was organised by Sydney

state MP Alex Greenwich in response to allegations of police brutality that have dogged this year’s Mardi Gras parade, including the recorded arrest of 18-yearold Jamie Jackson. Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) co-convenor Karl Hand demanded to know why police were still pressing charges against Jackson and former CAAH co-convenor Bryn Hutchison, whose arrest after the parade on March 2 triggered a public outcry. Hand claimed Hutchison was still unable to move his fingers, had severe bruising and was suffering “psychological torment” from his treatment by police. Numerous audience members claimed to have experienced homophobic behaviour from police officers in the past,

ranging from “invasive and humiliating” public strip searches to outright assault. Surry Hills Local Area Commander Superintendent Tony Crandell said that police could not comment on any matters before the courts, but urged anyone who had experienced similar treatment to come forward and make an official complaint. Police conduct on Oxford St at the end of the parade met with an especially hostile reception, with numerous speakers claiming police met any attempt by parade-goers to cross the road with verbal abuse and physical intimidation. After the march ended, a human chain of police officers blocked off Oxford St in order to allow council workers to clean the road. Crandell admitted police “didn’t get it

right” on the night, admitting he needs to “exert more influence” on the officers under his command. Audience members spoke of a “culture of aggression” among police over the past 10 years, with claims the “vastly increased” number of officers policing the parade compared to the 1990s has led to relations between the gay community and police deteriorating. Speakers criticised police targeting revellers for relatively minor infractions like offensive language and jaywalking, expressing confidence in Surry Hills police but raising concerns that “coppers outside the area” lacked the cultural awareness to police Mardi Gras effectively. INFO: Continued on page 6.


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Police told: We don’t trust you New South Wales Alex McKinnon [Continued from page 5] Approximately 1000 police officers from outside Surry Hills LAC were brought in for the Mardi Gras parade, with many coming from outer Sydney commands, including Parramatta and Fairfield. Crandell, who assumed command of the non-local officers on the night, defended the increased police presence, claiming it was for the safety of the community. “My thinking is whenever and wherever I can get extra cops, I’ll get them,” Crandell said. No police representatives from outer Sydney commands were present at the forum. The use of police sniffer dogs at major gay events also came under attack, with speakers claiming the dogs are highly inaccurate and that police were treating community members as “guilty until proven innocent,” using the dogs as a “pretext for routine abuse”

including public strip searches. Audience members cited figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics indicating that 80 per cent of the 14,000 searches initiated by police on the basis of sniffer dog behaviour in 2011 turned up no illegal drugs. Dog Unit Acting Superintendent Mark Watters’ claim that dogs were present at major events to “minimise harm” to the community was met with laughter from the audience, many of whom became visibly angry at the mention of sniffer dogs. ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said drug detection dogs have been “an issue in the community for a long while” and that the gay community needed to “advocate for change at a policy level,” calling on the forum to contact their local MPs and the police and health ministers on the subject. “Drug dogs at our events increase harm and scare people. At its heart we need to question this flawed policy approach,” Parkhill said.

Demands for an external inquiry into police conduct during Mardi Gras were reiterated, with audience members responding to police assurances of total accountability with shouts of “we don’t trust you”. An internal inquiry was announced shortly after the video of Jackson’s arrest went viral. Greenwich claimed he was pushing for an independent body to conduct external inquiries and would “continue to work towards it” in state Parliament. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik said Mardi Gras had received “about 50” complaints and urged people to complain through official channels. “There’s an official complaints process that people need to adopt – we can’t do anything based on word-of-mouth evidence,” Rolik said. For information on how to complain to police, community organisations or your local MP, head to mardigras.org.au/ mardi-gras-policing-lodging-acomplaint/

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NSW Police have launched an online appeal for photos and videos of the Jamie Jackson and Bryn Hutchison incidents. The ‘Mardi Gras Incidents 2013’ reporting form asks witnesses to detail their evidence and upload any footage or photos they may have shot of either arrest. However, reports made using the form cannot be anonymous – the online process asks

people to provide their full name and a contact telephone number, which may deter some people from contacting police. Both incidents are the subject of an internal investigation by NSW Police’s Professional Standards Command with oversight from the NSW Ombudsman. Professional Standards Commander Acting Assistant Commissioner Greg Rolph said he hoped people would use the online reporting system to share what they know.

“This is not a time for people to stay silent – sharing your Mardi Gras video and photos will help us piece together what happened before, during and after both of these incidents,” he said. Rolph added that the online reporting tool would be a helpful option to anyone who “may find going into a police station daunting”. INFO: www.police.nsw.gov.au or call Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000

Mother of all meetings New South Wales starobserver.com.au Betty DeGeneres, mother of US talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres, spoke and met with attendees of last weekend’s gathering of the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) support group in Western Sydney. At the same time as the meeting, Ellen DeGeneres was conducting a live taping of her show on Sydney Harbour. You can see more images from the PFLAG event in our scene section on page 31. INFO: To learn more about PFLAG, visit www.pflagaustralia.org.au


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Pride colours like “sport teams” New South Wales Alex McKinnon The Taylor Square rainbow crossing is at risk of removal after the state roads minister made comments suggesting the state government will not seek to override the crossing’s scheduled removal at the end of the month. In a response to a question on the crossing’s status from Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann, Nationals MP Duncan Gay raised the issue of road safety and compared the LGBTI community’s use of the rainbow as an emblem with the colours of a football team. “When you approve something in a colour, you approve a political statement and if you allow colours for one thing, you leave yourself open for many others. Well-known sporting teams may want a crossing as well – we could have red and green for the Rabbitohs, maybe,” Gay joked. “I’m not saying that it’s wrong to have a political statement for Mardi Gras, but our key prerequisite is to maintain road safety,” he added. Gay criticised City of Sydney Council for pushing ahead with the project. Council approved a $35,000 budget hike on the project on the night

GLORIA nominations open New South Wales Alex McKinnon

of February 25 to pay for the crossing’s removal at the end of March. “We approved a rainbow crossing at Oxford Square (sic) as a trial – I am a generous man. We indicated to the council at the time that we were willing to pay for a rainbow crossing on the footpath, but they didn’t want to do that and now they’ve decided to blame everyone else but themselves,” Gay said. Council originally approved the establishment of two permanent rainbow crossings at Taylor Square, but Roads and Maritime Services stipulated that the crossing be temporary. Faehrmann said Gay’s comments

showed he “doesn’t understand the significance” of the crossing to the LGBTI community. “I don’t think the minister was being intentionally offensive, but his belittling of the LGBTI community by comparing it to a sporting team disregards the battles hard-fought for equality on Oxford St. The rainbow crossing is about more than pretty colours on the road – it’s about celebrating and supporting this diverse and resilient community,” Faehrmann said. Gay has referred any decisions on the crossing to the NSW Centre for Road Safety.

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The most outdated, offensive and homophobic comments of 2012 have gone under the spotlight as nominations open for the fourth annual GLORIA awards. Organised by state Labor MP Penny Sharpe, the Gay and Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous and Ignorant Comment Awards (GLORIAs) aim to highlight and ridicule the most prominent homophobic comments made by public figures. The awards night will be hosted at State Parliament House on May 8 by journalist and social commentator David Marr. Finalists will be announced in the media, sport, politics, religion, and international categories, with the winner decided by the audience via a ‘boo-off ’. Sharpe said the fact that this year’s GLORIAs wouldn’t be suffering from “any lack of material” prove their importance. “Instead of yelling at the television or the radio when you hear something offensive, the GLORIAs are a great way

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No love for St. Petersburg’s gay ban Victoria Benn Dorrington More than 10,000 people have called on Melbourne City Council to suspend its sister city ties with St. Petersburg over its anti-gay laws. LGBTI rights advocate Carl Katter handed his petition to Melbourne City lord mayor Robert Doyle last Friday, which is expected to be tabled into council this week. Katter first started the online petition in late February, gathering more than 1,400 signatures on its first day. Last March, St. Petersburg authorities banned the promotion of LGBT issues with fines ranging from AU$150 for an individual and up to AU$15,000 for a business. The lord mayor has already indicated that revoking its sister city relationship with Russia’s second largest city was not likely after he met with Russian ambassador Vladimir Morozov on the issue. But Katter said Melbourne city councillors were impressed with the

petition. “It is disappointing that they haven’t seen the benefit of suspending the relationship but they do see the benefit in exposing the dissatisfaction of such laws,” he said. “The lord mayor whole-heartedly agrees that those anti-gay laws are very damaging. “But there was no real motivation to suspend the relationship due to his contact with DFAT [Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade] and his belief that once we close the doors on that relationship that there’s no further chance for influence.” Katter said he was going to continue pushing for a suspension with the support from some councillors, including Cr Richard Foster. Doyle had proposed that the council fly a Russian LGBT rights advocate to Melbourne for one of its queer festivals in future. While Katter did not discuss this issue with the Lord Mayor at length, he said there were concerns that such a move could endanger someone upon their return to Russia.

New health MAC gets to work Victoria Benn Dorrington

“Even though their safety is guaranteed, we don’t think that that can be guaranteed,” he said. The petition says that Melbourne is not the kind of city that stands for anti-gay laws like St. Petersburg’s. “It’s one of the most homophobic cities in the world, with laws that ban any kind of public support for LGBT equality - yet Melbourne is still an official ‘sister city’ with St. Petersburg despite their harsh new anti-gay laws,” it reads. Since St. Petersburg’s laws were passed last year, Russia’s federal parliament has been debating similar laws on a national scale that received overwhelming support on its first reading.

Victoria’s new LGBTI health committee will meet for the first time next week but the clock is ticking for its 23 members who have about 18 months to make a difference on government policy. The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing was announced last week which will provide advice to health minister David Davis and mental health minister Mary Wooldridge on LGBTI-related health issues and keep the Coalition government to its word on election pledges. Its 23 members are made up of representatives from different sections of the community, as well as academics and advocates for certain issues including homophobia in sports, mental health, ageing and HIV. Former Victorian AIDS Council executive director Mike Kennedy will chair the MAC

which will run until October 2014. Kennedy was approached by the health minister for the chair role since he has been involved in the HIV sector since the late 1980’s, initially as a volunteer and then running the Victorian AIDS Council as executive director between 1999 and 2011. He said the MAC presented benefits to both the government and the LGBTI community. “From the government’s point of view, the advantage for them is that they have a group of people who... have links into a whole range of areas, in this case LGBTI health and wellbeing,” he told the Star Observer. “It allows them to get advice, get input, identify issues, so from the government’s point of view, that consultation is really important in helping to frame both good policy and improved service delivery. “From the community’s point of view, they get access

to higher levels of government and to the health and mental health departments and to senior bureaucrats.” To critics who would label the MAC as a talkfest, Kennedy said the MAC was just another tool for community-based lobbying. “You can use this tool for some things and not other things, it doesn’t mean that there doesn’t still need to be community organising and community engagement, political lobbying,” he said. “It’s not a substitute for that, it’s just another tool in the toolbox that the community has to identify the issues in the health and wellbeing area.” One of the first priorities for the MAC will be setting up working groups to focus on particular issues, including ageing, mental health and transgender issues. The former Brumby Labor government had two similar MACs for health and justice.

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Brisbane Sexual Health Clinic to close Queensland David Alexander Brisbane Sexual Health Clinic on Roma St, which offers services that explicitly deal with people living with HIV (PLHIV), will be effectively closed, the Metro North Hospital Board has announced. In a move that has already drawn criticism from the LGBTI community, the clinic and its specific HIV department Clinic 2 (formerly known as the AIDS Medical Unity), will be “targeted” to only dealing with more complex cases, according to the Metro Health chairman Dr Paul Alexander. Alexander and Metro North Health authorities said that most of the clinics’ services are redundant, as clients can obtain the same services from GPs. “The provision of primary care sexual health services are appropriately managed by the primary health sector, such as GPs, who are funded to provide this type of care,” Alexander said in a statement. The clinics have, for years,

offered a free, confidential walkin service to people concerned about exposure to HIV, other STIs and emergency contraception. They have been a vital source of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for members of the LGBTI community who fear recent exposure to HIV, outside of overwhelmed hospital emergency rooms. Clinic 2 is a dedicated department providing immediate care and testing for patients exposed to the virus, along with on-going treatment for PLHIV. Their team includes health care professionals who are experts in HIV and they provide education, medical and nursing support. The clinic has a specialist HIV pharmacy that serves as a major dispensary of HIV medications for Brisbane. The clinic also conducts HIV research in efforts to provide better treatment as part of clinical trials and improve overall care to PLHIV. Most the clinic’s clientele consist of people who either do not have access to or can afford a

regular GP. It’s estimated that 33 of 45 jobs could go as the sexual health clinic is closed and Clinic 2’s services are cut back. Alexander confirmed that some sexual health services would be “realigned to other providers” but services to HIV (from such providers as Clinic 2) would be scaled back but not cut completely, as specialist services would still be provided to more complex cases involving PLHIV. Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) executive director Paul Martin has expressed concern about Metro North’s decision. “The decision to close the Brisbane Sexual Health Clinic has happened without consultation with partner organisations, service users or the wider community,” Martin told the Star Observer. “If the closure does indeed go ahead, there will need to be careful and quick planning with partner organisations (including QAHC) to try and respond to the gap in services.”

Spin-off for Silver Stiletto Film David Alexander The Queensland-based creator of an award-winning short film about a vigilante drag queen is hoping to build upon its success with the launch a new spin-off series for TV. Silver Stiletto received the Selector’s Choice Award at this year’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival and an Audience Award at the Mardi Gras Film Festival. Writer/producer Craig Rossiter is currently in the process of raising funds for the spin-off series, called The Jiniri, which will tell the story of a drag queen and bartender who are the willing subjects in a new drug trial which gives them special powers. INFO: Rossiter has set up a crowdfunding site for the project through www.indiegogo.com

Canberra gets new hub ACT starobserver.com.au Canberra’s LGBTI organisation Diversity ACT has a new home with the opening of the Diversity ACT Hub last Saturday. The network provides free counselling services, education classes and specialist support for

LGBTI individuals in need. The Kambah-based centre will also act as a safe place for queer youth and a recreational hub for all community members to socialise at. Federal Canberra MP Gai Broadtman and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher opened the hub on March 23.

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Marriage bill moves forward France starobserver.com.au France could have equal marriage laws within weeks after a Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples the right to marry. The legislation now goes to the Senate for a vote on April 4. If approved without amendments, it would then only need to be signed into law by French President François Hollande, who supports marriage reform. French Lower House MPs approved the bill, which also allows gay couples to adopt, in February this year with 329229 votes in favour. Hollande’s Socialist Party majority in the Senate is expected to work in the bill’s favour. Polls show most French people support legalising gay marriage, but there have been rallies involving hundreds of thousands of people for and against the issue in France this year. Several days ago, Paris police banned gay marriage opponents from holding yet another protest, this time along the Champs Elysées.

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a civil union bill into law last week. The US state’s House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, a gay Denver Democrat who backed the bill, said Colorado’s laws will now extend equally to all. “Thousands of Colorado families will now be able to receive the recognition they deserve,” he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, the Colorado sun now warms all our people.” Executive director of rights group One Colorado, Brad Clark, released a statement saying same-sex couples had been waiting for 10, 20, and sometimes even 40 years to have access to critical legal protections in Colorado. “This historic victory belongs to the thousands of loving, committed couples across the state who have worked tirelessly for years to make it possible for their families, and all families, to have these important legal safeguards,” he said. “For them, this moment was long overdue. But today, we also know

Pope Francis privately stood up for civil unions in Argentina in 2010 in a bid to stop the country from legalising gay marriage, The New York times reports. The Pope’s official biographer said the then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio suggested that the church support civil unions in an attempt to compromise.

that our work is not yet finished; our journey to full equality is not complete. Like so many others here in Colorado and across the country, I grew up with the hope of one day falling in love and making a lifelong promise to the one I love. We know that this promise is called marriage — not civil unions. “While our state has an amendment from 2006 that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying, in the time that has passed, Colorado voters have shown they are ready for a conversation about the freedom to marry.”

Clark said polls show that a majority of Colorado citizens support marriage for same-sex couples. An ABC News/Washington Post poll released this month found 58 per cent of Americans now think it should be legal for same-sex couples to get married. Last week, the most influential pediatricians’ group in the US endorsed same-sex marriage, saying a stable relationship between parents, regardless of sexual orientation, contributes to a child’s health and wellbeing.

Gay marriage already legal? United States starobserver.com.au New Mexico may be the next US state to allow gay marriage after Santa Fe Mayor David Coss called on county clerks to begin issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples. Coss released a legal memo asserting that gay marriage was already legal in New Mexico because gender isn’t included in the state’s definition of marriage.

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The Liberal equality hypocrisy Ride the Slug with Benjamin Riley @bencriley I think it’s a good thing federal Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer has come out in support of marriage equality. I’m also down with Liberal candidate Sean O’Connor saying something to the same effect, even if it doesn’t mean much of anything to anyone. That said, someone needs to call bullshit. O’Dwyer should not be applauded for this. She belongs to a party that has stood against queer equality for a very long time. She belongs to the same party as senator Cory Bernardi. My disdain for conservative politicians like O’Dwyer is not just rooted in some grudge against the Libs for years of homophobic policy platforms (I’ll believe there’s change when I see it), my disdain is for a party that does a lot of other shit stuff. While it’s true that the Libs’ actual policy platforms are virtually indistinguishable from federal Labor’s — and don’t get me wrong, I think that lot are pretty shit as well — a big difference between the two is who’s in them. Namely, the Coalition is full of bigoted nutbags. Cory Bernardi compared homosexuality to beastiality, Sophie Mirabella led a group of Coalition MPs who turned their back on the apology to the Stolen Generations. Eric

Abetz has repeatedly compared refugees to paedophiles, Tony Abbott called abortion “a mother’s convenience”. I could go on. Whether internally-driven reform is an effective means of achieving organisational and social change is an ageold question. It is often said we need good people in homophobic organisations like the Australian Liberal Party to slowly affect change from within. Perhaps Kelly O’Dwyer is one such good person — I would never want to say people can’t change their minds. But as I have written here before, there are good reasons it’s so difficult to be gay and politically on the right. Conservatism is, by definition, about privileged people in society maintaining the status quo to protect their own interests, and the status quo is anti-queer. To be in the Liberal Party and to have its values is to stand in support of a system that perpetuates social inequalities, of which homophobia is just one. As a member of her political party, Kelly O’Dwyer is preventing social change, not facilitating it. If more politicians in the federal Coalition want to publicly support marriage equality, great. But considering their track record, it will be a long time before they should expect a pat on the back from me.

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Policing and Mardi Gras: The way forward Speaking out with Justin Koonin NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s community forum on policing and Mardi Gras. You were vocal, passionate, knowledgeable and constructive; exactly the qualities which have helped our community overcome so many barriers since the first Mardi Gras 35-years-ago. We have come so far, and clearly we have further work to do. The issues you raised were diverse and far reaching, and included the use of drug detection dogs; police conduct, training and education; unease with the police complaints mechanism; the role of community organisations in the response to these events; use of security contractors to patrol events; the scale of police operations, and the negative perception to visitors to Sydney. You made it clear that our community is responding not just to the two events which were reported from parade night, but to wider discontent with the way police have interacted with our community over an extended period. As Surry Hills Local Area Commander Superintendent Tony Crandell said, “This level of disquiet has resonated greatly with me, and I have some work to do”. As a community organisation whose mission is to advocate for equal rights and treatment for our community, we have some work to do too. We hope you will partner

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The lack of substance in Julia v. Kevin Cop This with Simon Copland @SimonCopland There are some days where I really wish I was an ALP member so I can call up their headquarters and resign in disgust. Last Thursday had to bring one of those strongest feelings. The ALP leadership turmoil has been one of the most frustrating politic sagas I have ever seen. Not because it’s happening, nor because I think Kevin Rudd should go quietly into the shadows, but because of the complete lack of substance around the turmoil in the first place. At the end of last week there were Julia Gillard supporters across the web cheering on how she had managed to ‘hold off’ another challenge. We were told that Gillard has won three challenges now with great margins. Compare that to Tony Abbott, who only won his by one vote, and you can see a woman of

great strength and character. This analysis misses the real point about leadership challenges, and the point of governing. When people criticise Tony Abbott for his leadership spill, questioning why he doesn’t get as criticised as much as Julia Gillard for hers, I think they are missing an essential element - that the Abbott challenge was all about policy, and had nothing to do with politics. Abbott wasn’t happy with the policy direction of the Coalition, and took up the challenge to see an ideological shift in the party. Gillard’s prime ministership has never had anything like this to hang off. Her challenge was based on personality and polling, and nothing to do with policy. And whilst she determined to ‘fix’ issues like asylum seekers, the mining tax and climate change, she never provided any ideological reasons for these ‘fixes’ - they were all political. That is what I see to be one of the major problems of Gillard’s

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The Bogan Queen: Thomas Jaspers Comedy Benn Dorrington Bogan queen. It’s the title budding Melbourne comedian Thomas Jaspers has crowned himself. “It’s just because everyone else is calling me a bogan,” he told Star Observer in the lead up to his first solo gig at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, No Place Like Homo. “It’s funny, I try and be prim and proper, wear fancy clothes and nice aftershave but I’m far more at home at DT’s with the old queens and Bruce than I am at the GH in a low-cut singlet and a pair of shorts.” The self-described “DT’s girl” says the lure of the comfortable harks back to his primary school days where he felt more at ease with teachers and his grandmother than other students. “My grandma is fabulous; she’s the campest woman alive,” he said. “When I came out, she said ‘well darling, here’s my theory: short and thick does the trick, long and thin goes too far in. “I think I always got along with older people than I do with people my own age.” It goes to the heart of this relatively new comic’s debut solo show – reflecting on a childhood spent idolising the fabulous Perfect Match host Nicky Buckley while most other little boys were idolising Saint’s footy legend Nicky Winmar. He went to an all-boys boarding school and grew up in the south Melbourne suburb of Aspendale, where the Saints rule the roost and the colours red, white and black are sacred.

So for at least some of his show, Jaspers reveals how he struck a balance between being raised in Melbourne’s macho culture and doing what he wanted to do. Such as the time a young Priscillaobsessed Jaspers signed up to Auskick. “When I was a kid, I... was obsessed with Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. I had no idea why.” “I decided I wanted to do dancing lessons, I didn’t know what a drag queen was.” In grade three, his mum sent him to ballet lessons to learn how to dance but at the same time they decided they had better encourage him to try other activities. “So they sent me to Auskick and I hated it.” With both parents busy running their own business, they drop him off at the local football grounds where young Jaspers would circle the oval alone until they picked him up again. For weeks, he would come home and describe how no one would play or even hang out with the ballet dancer. So his dad took a day off work to watch a training session one afternoon. “So he dropped me off and sat in the car and watched. I walked around the oval over and over and over again,” Jaspers explained. “And it turned out he never actually enrolled me... so no one knew I was there, so I just thought the other kids didn’t want to play with me. “They just dropped me off and thought I would be alright.” Jaspers has been working at standup now for about 18 months, supporting his comedian pals such as Nath Valvo

and Joel Creasey, or hitting up open-mic nights with his material. Just this year, Creasey, Valvo and Jaspers presented the debut of their combined show, Twunks, at the Midsumma Festival which was a success for the trio with plans to tour the show around the country. His pathway to stand-up has been a slight cliché, he said. “I went through a really rough breakup and my mum said I should start seeing a therapist... and my therapist actually got depression and I had to stop seeing him. “So I thought this is good way to do all that stuff and not have to pay for a therapist.” While Jaspers mocks himself throughout the show, he also touches on some heavy themes experienced by many other LGBTI folks. “It was a rough time at school, my family were great but they just had no idea.” While he never thought his dad was purposefully homophobic, he could see that his father, who was raised in a big Catholic family, had views on homosexuality that were at odds with how he felt for his son. “I have huge admiration for him to work really hard to become ok with it... a couple of months ago he came to trivia at DT’s so he’s doing really well.” Jaspers said he was pumped for the festival this year, drawing on support from industry friends despite some initial nerves. Expect good things from the bogan queen from Aspendale. No Place Like Homo runs March 27– April 7 at the Horse Bazaar.

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from Spice Girls to Superstar In Depth Nick Bond Melanie C will be based in Australia for a month for the Superstar tour, and plans to bring four-year-old daughter Scarlet along for the ride. She’s a single mum now, having split from Scarlet’s father - and her partner of a decade - Thomas Starr last year. Unlike some of the other Spice Girls - the tabloid juggernaut that is Posh n’ Becks, or Melanie B’s very public babydaddy dramas - Melanie C’s managed to keep her private life out of the tabloids. “You make those decisions quite early on, and unfortunately, if you make the decision to use your private life as currency, you can’t turn back. If the media still find you interesting, you’re going to be splashed across the front pages whether you like it or not,” she mused. “I’m not saying they would’ve been interested anyway - there’s much more interesting Spice Girls than me!” The Star Observer wondered if

Melanie could fit in a solo show during her Superstar commitments down under, an idea she instantly warmed to (“I think I need to chat up some of the Superstar band and see if they’d be up for doing a little something. Keep it simple, nice and acoustic...”). While that’ll be music to the ears of many fans, there were other more grandiose tour rumours we needed to enquire about: radio host Jackie O recently took time out from her busy schedule of sighing ineffectually at Kyle Sandilands to reveal an ‘inside source’ had told her the Spice Girls would soon tour Australia. “Well, we do get together and hang out and talk about the possibilities of doing something. And the last time we toured, we didn’t get here. We talk about it a lot, but it’s not as if it’s happening... yet,” Melanie said, measuring her words carefully. “We still feel bad we never made it here last time, so if we tour again, we will be here - and that is a promise.”

That she was even able to give that promise shows just how far she’s come since the Spice Girls sputtered to a stop as a Geri-less four-piece back in 2000. PostSpice, her relationship to the group’s legacy seemed to mirror the public mood: from disinterest and occasionally outright contempt in those initial lean years when being a Spice Girls fan was a dirty word, to an affectionate if slightly ironic embrace in recent years. “It was a very personal thing for me, because towards the end of my time with Spice Girls I was very unhappy. I was only young and I wanted to break free and have people see me, not a Spice Girl,” she said. “I had to have that moment of rebellion, and then I had to get over myself so I could realise being a Spice Girl is the best thing in the world.” INFO: Jesus Christ Superstar tours Australia from May 31-June 15. www. jesuschristsuperstar.com

MELANIE C POP QUIZ Favorite solo song “I’m really proud of Reason, and Here It Comes Again (both from 2002’s Reason). Not a great album - I think it’s one of my weakest but what great songs!” Favourite Spice Girls song “Used to be Too Much - I love Goodbye as well - but since the Olympics it’s Spice Up Your Life.” MELANIE C: Onetime Sporty Spice transitioning from pop star to musical theatre leading lady. Photo: Ann-Marie Calilhanna.

Favourite song by another Spice Girl “Emma’s What Took You So Long.” Favourite girl group other than the Spice Girls “Girls Aloud. And All Saints!” Dream musical role “Eva Peron in Evita.”

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DeAnne ready to do it down under Comedy Nick Bond Canadian-American comic DeAnne Smith returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2013 with the rather proactively-titled new show, Let’s Do This! Given the title, we had to ask: has the critically-acclaimed comedian taken up a new career in motivational speaking? “My best friend told me I have two unintentional catch phrases in life: ‘Let’s Do This’ and ‘It’s All Happening.’ The title is a glimpse of me and my show: cheerful and energetic,” Smith told the Star Observer. “From night to night, I like to get into unique experiences with my audience. In runs of the show in Montreal we’ve done things like had group chants, slow danced to Phil Collins, marched together across the street to a bar.” The 33-year-old New York native made the move north to Montreal years ago, and has in fact spent her entire adult life living outside the US - before Canada, she had a six-year stint living in

Mexico. “I’m trying really, really hard to keep from making a crack like ‘What can I say, I like beavers and tacos.’ Don’t make me. We’re both better than that.” Our lips are sealed. As you may have guessed, Smith is gay - and has no qualms about poking fun at her sexuality in the name of a good laugh. In fact, she’s the woman behind the hilarious ‘An Honest Lesbian Relationship’ video that, since being uploaded to YouTube in 2010, has clocked up more than 300,000 views. A deceptively simple cartoon animation, the video sees two cute characters entering a relationship at stereotypically lesbian warpspeed. In the space of five minutes they’re planning trips to IKEA, setting up a Facebook page for their cat named Juno and foreshadowing an extended, painful break-up. Top YouTube comment at time of writing: “This is 100% my life right now.” “It was just something I was fooling around with one afternoon, after I discovered the XtraNormal [animation] program.

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I never expected it to get so many hits,” Smith said. “For a video without any cats in it, that’s kind of big deal.” Smith is a frequent visitor to our shores, having appeared in either the Melbourne or Sydney comedy festivals each year since 2008. We even gave her one of her first accolades, with a Time Out Award for Best Newcomer back in ’08. “Australia is definitely one of the first places that really ‘got’ me, but I think that’s only because I came here so early in my career. I feel like I tricked you all into taking me seriously as a ‘proper’ comedian. Shh... don’t tell the folks in charge of awards and nominations,” she joked. “I think Canucks and Aussies are both generally friendly, goodhumoured folks who live in great countries in which they’re taxed to the eyeballs.”

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What makes a man Dance Nick Bond Bangarra debuts its latest dance work, Blak, at Melbourne’s Arts Centre this May before heading out on an east coast tour with the production, which examines the unique struggles faced by young Indigenous males living in Australian cities. Preparations for Blak, a collaboration between Bangarra’s artistic director Stephen Page and upand-coming choreographer Daniel Riley McKinley, have included a cultural residency in Arnhem Land, NT, earlier this year. “Going up to special places like Arnhem Land brings our dance back to a spiritual level. It gives us a taste of what culture’s like up there,” dancer Leonard Mickelo told the Star Observer. “We did lots of bonding with the community - they took us on excursions to waterholes and other sacred places. Every night we’d learn new traditional dances, one of which will be in [Blak].” For Mickelo, the visit also awakened something of an interest in more ancient forms of dance. “I always thought getting into hip hop dancing was something I wanted to do, but now I’m finding I enjoy traditional dances a lot more,” he said. “Going up to Arnhem land grounds me as a person, and doing traditional dances is very therapeutic.” Page and Riley McKinley didn’t have to look too far when exploring the themes present in Blak, of young Indigenous men making lives for

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themselves in urban Australia. Their inspiration was right in front of them, with the dancers of the company eager to share their own individual stories. “[Blak] is about how we connect with our culture. What goes on to make us men. It’s difficult for us, because we live in an urban, western society, without having our own language and our own protocols and traditions around us. “For young indigenous men living in the city, we kind of have to forge our own path to try and find out who we are as men.” Last year was extremely busy for Bangarra, with 123 performances in 19 cities across Australia and around the world. Now, 2013 is shaping up to be equally hectic - members of the company have only just returned from a cultural exchange in the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. Mickelo is a descendant of the Bidjara Nation, Kulalli Tribe, Guugatilu Tribe and the Juduwa Tribe from central Queensland, but his other bloodlines are Chinese Malaysian, Mongolian and Irish. He said the visit reaffirmed the kinship he feels with Asian cultures. “I feel - especially with Asian countries - they have a strong respect HERE’S O for cultural customs and traditions. LACE IKE While we were there, we taught young dance students some of our contemporary and traditional dances, and they really loved it - there was an energy there that HERE’S O was very similar to ours. “They understood that ours LACE IKEis an ancient culture that’s still living and breathing.”

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Easter long weeken New South Wales THURSDAY, MARCH 28

JOHN

Yurong Lane, Darlinghurst The first coming of Melbourne’s JOHN Homosocial Party finally graces the dancefloors of Sydney on Easter Thursday. After five impressively long years raising the bar and the brows and giving Melbourne gays a good dose of butch beats and mellifluous manthems, JOHN spreads its love seeds to Sydney shores for some sweaty man-o-man action. To welcome in the celebration of this glorious opening are JOHN’s regular Sydney saints John Seymour Butz and Paul Mac as Stereogamous, plus Melbourne guest DJs, It runs 9pm-dawn.

Good Friday Eve

Alex Taylor and Kitty Glitter will be on hand. The Drag For Dollars show will start from 11pm hosted by Summer Salt, followed by TGIT (Katy Perry show) at 12.30am/1.30am. It’s $10 at the door (no pre-sale).

Glamour Pour Le Hammer The Colombian

Thursday sees the return of Glamour Pour Le Hammer in the Lounge Bar. There’ll be spunky performers like the Amazing Ari and Dallas Dellaforce will be sizzling onstage, with music by Jack Shit and LaDonna Rama. If Apocalypstik can find something to wear, she will be floating around too. Its $10 happy hour premium cocktails all night. Downstairs will also feature Kitty Glitter and Sandi Hotrod doing their disco infected dirty grooves until the morning.

goth, punk, deathrock, wave, industrial and dark-electro from 10pm-late. It’s $15 entry.

Late Night Training Stonewall

Join host Polly Petrie for Late Night Trading from 6.30-8.30pm with a chance to win some delicious Easter Eggs. The hottest Bunny Boys (so hot the chocolate will melt) will bounce onto stage at 10pm with DJs Dom DeSousa, Tom Pritchard and David Smith.

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I Remember House The Ivy Bar

From noon-10pm be entertained by DJ Dan Murphy and guests. Early release tickets have already sold out, it’s now general release only at $40.

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Asylum Dance Party

Party the night away with both levels open music and shows throughout the night. DJs Tom Pritchard, Luke Leal,

The Imperial

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The Imperial will open up two floors for its massive Thursday party. Expect

The Newtown Hotel

Easter Saturday Newtown Hotel will be playing host to an indie party on Easter Saturday featuring DJ sets from some of your favourite triple J endorsed bands. It’ll feature Sydney indie pop kings Bluejuice tearing up a grooving DJ set with support from thrash-punk Aria award winners, Dz Deathrays who will be joining Groovin The Moo in May. The Newtown is also jumping right on the Easter bandwagon with an egg hunt throughout the venue and drink giveaways.

Armer Forces Military Party The Imperial

The Imperial is inviting members of the Defence Force as well as friends

and guests to dance the night away on Easter Saturday. Defence Force members who show their ID get free entry, with others only $5 at the door. Military or sexy uniforms is the theme, but civies are OK of course. It’s $5 entry and doors open at 10pm.

Easter Show Gurlz Stonewall

Verushka Darling, Tora Hymen and Minnie Cooper will perform their shows Wash Yo Nutz and DreamGurlz. DJs Murray Hood, Tom Kelly and David Smith will beat out the tracks to keep you moving.

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Hot Cross Buns ARQ

Party the night away with both levels open once again and DJs Greg Boladian, Dan Murphy, Jimmy Dee, Rob Davis and Sandi Hotrod. It’s $20 at the door (no pre-sale).

White Party Marquee

Featuring Katherine Ellis, with DJs Jonny M (UK), Dan Murphy, Kitty Glitter and Alex Taylor, get your bright whites

ready for this party from 10pm-late. Tickets on sale now, $35 +BF

Harbourfest

Cargo Bar/The Loft/Bungalow 8 The Sydney Easter music festival on the harbour will include a superstar line-up including Van She DJs, Yolanda Be Cool, DCUP, Nina Las Vegas, Helena (UK) and many more. It kicks off from 2pm.

Loose Ends Phoenix Bar

Head to Phoenix Bar this Easter Sunday to party like you don’t have to work in the morning (which hopefully, you don’t). Resident DJ Matt Vaughan will be joined by guest DJ The Sweats, familiar to those who frequent the Melbourne Trough/JOHN parties, and a performance by The Amazing Ari. 10pm-late, $10 on the door.

Polly’s Easter Pageant Stonewall

Polly Petrie and her cast of thousands will delight patrons with some Easter fun from 8pm with all three levels open and DJs Dom DeSousa, Tom Pritchard and Tom Kelly spinning tracks till the morning.


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Number 29 When the others are closed, Brisbane’s men’s underground party is open. From 9.30pm check out DJs Matt Effect DJ, Gavan Bright, Chris Banks and Skooba. There will be a cloak room at the door, so if you are a bit of a kinkster and would like to get down and party (both on the dancefloor and upstairs) you can do so in some of your favourite gear. This BYO 18+ event is men only and $30 on the door,

Join DJ Les Smith and London’s Neroli Cannon at the Wickham Hotel this Easter Sunday from 7pm-5am.

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Mr Sportsman Hotel 2013 The Sportsman Hotel

Are you “the one?” Hosted by Wanda D’Parke with special guests performances, The Sportsman Hotel is looking Mr Sportsman 2013. Entry forms are available from bar staff. Competition kicks off from 10.30pm.

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Manhunt Easter Egg Hunt SATURDAY, MARCH 30

Mu Mu Land 5.5 Party The Wickham Hotel

Mu Mu Land is back and this time there won’t be any tropical cyclones to stop this party from going off. After being forced to cancel due to severe weather last month, organisers of one of Brisbane’s best parties have returned with a rebooted Mu Mu 5.5.

The Wickham Hotel

From 4pm-late the Wickham will host an easter egg hunt with a difference. Manhunt is going to take attendees on a journey around the Wickham looking for clues and treasures to maybe parts you’ve never seen before. As you get warmer and warmer you may find some naughty prizes that you dare not give your mother for Christmas.

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Underwear Party The Laird Hotel

Boylesque and Friday Night Project The GH Hotel

The regular weekly event offerings from the GH will be accompanied by a special Very Good Friday party with six DJs and shows in both the Main Room and Front Bar. It’s free entry before 9.30pm, open until 3am.

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Sundaylicious Easter Party The Wharf Hotel

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Manthem

The Laird Hotel An Easter Saturday party celebrating anthems over the last 30 years, this event will feature DJs Mike Evans, David Virgona and Nick Shepherd. It’s free entry and will run 9pm-3am.

DJ Kitty Glitter The GH Hotel

This Easter Saturday party, includes a show by The Classics on stage and will be hosted by Millie Minogue. Don’t miss superstar DJ Kitty Glitter on the decks. Doors open 9pm.

From 3pm-late with free entry all day, join DJs Jason Conti, Du Jour and Mike Evans for the fabulous Sundaylicious party - a staple of the Melbourne queer scene.

JOHN

Liberty Social Sydney isn’t the only city to get a dose of JOHN this Easter long weekend. Liberty Social will play host to the Melbourne edition of the party from 9pm-late with a special international guest performance.

Woof Club

The GH Hotel Celebrating its eighth birthday, WoofClub is hitting up the GH with

The Laird’s Underwear Party is well known for being as social as it is sexy, with guys taking the chance to strip down to the bear minimum and enjoy the cruisey atmosphere. Throw on your favourite, boxers, briefs, jockstrap or Y-fronts as we throw they best underwear party in town. And if you’re a little bit shy, there’s a free shot of schnapps on arrival. Male underwear only. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. The bar is open 5pm-late. $10 entry includes cloak facilities.


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Potential new treatment for HIV Health starobserver.com.au Australian biomedical research company Biotron Limited has announced preliminary results from a human trial of its lead antiviral drug BIT225 to treat HIV infection ‘hidden’ in reservoir precursor cells. The trial has demonstrated that BIT225 targets HIV replication in some types of cells in treated patients. The monocyte cells become infected with HIV and are the seeds of hidden HIV pools in patients, setting up long-lived reservoir cell populations in various sites in the body. The trial showed that BIT225 is capable of significantly reducing virus levels in these cells. Biotron managing director Dr Michelle Miller said the data was “very encouraging” and could pave the way for a new generation of HIV treatment. “We are thrilled with these results, which validate Biotron’s novel approach to tackling HIV,” Miller said. “For the first time we have a potential treatment which may halt the ongoing cycle of infection and reinfection with virus from these long-lived cells. “This is a significant development

for our company and has the potential to impact HIV research globally, particularly in terms of treatment in an important HIV reservoir. “The results suggest that BIT225 is a candidate agent that could be useful in future eradication strategies.” Targeting virus reservoirs is regarded as the ‘holy grail’ of current HIV research. Monocytes are blood cells that become infected with HIV, then move out of blood vessels into different organs such as the liver, lungs, gut and brain, where they mature into macrophages. HIV replicates at low levels in these infected macrophages, acting as ongoing sources of virus in patients. Existing drugs are ineffective in treating HIV in these cells. Current approved anti-HIV drugs target HIV in T cells, and their use is aimed at keeping virus levels in the blood in check and ensuring T cell counts stay in a healthy range. However, these approved treatments do not target underlying viral reservoirs that exist in other cells in the body and which act as ongoing sources of HIV infection. The BIT225 trial was conducted on 21 patients at an international clinical trial unit in Bangkok, Thailand. Patients

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enrolled in the study were HIV-positive, with high levels of virus and good CD4+ T cell counts. None had previously received treatment with anti-retroviral drugs. “This result validates our earlier preclinical, cell culture-based data and the company’s ongoing HIV program,” Miller added Further analyses are ongoing, and

completed safety data from the trial has yet to be reviewed. Full results from the trial are expected to be presented at a scientific conference later in 2013. BIT225 is also in development for treatment of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and has show great promise in that arena also.

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Thirty professional athletes have signed on to a brief in support of plaintiffs challenging California’s gay marriage ban, Proposition 8. Two NFL players — Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo (pictured) and Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe — filed a brief with the US Supreme Court urging the justices to overturn California’s 2008 voter-approved ballot measure which restricted marriage to one man and one woman. Both athletes have been strong advocates of gay rights, particularly gay marriage. “Sports figures receive a celebrity status that influences a large majority of the American population,” the brief states. “For far too long, professional sports have been a bastion of bigotry, intolerance, and small-minded prejudice toward sexual orientation, just as they had been to racial differences decades earlier. That is finally changing, and changing drastically. “This Court should correct Proposition 8’s action to remove marriage rights from same-sex couples because, as the district court and the Ninth Circuit majority so carefully explained, the advocates of Proposition 8 provided no evidence-

Registration for sports events at the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames in Darwin will open on May 10. Organisers are currently planning a celebration of the milestone event in conjunction with an acknowledgment of the ‘one year to go mark’. There will be 17 sports for the Outgames, including athletics (track and field), basketball, dancesport, dragon boat, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, roller derby, swimming, and touch football. Darwin won its bid to host the Outgames in May 2012 and more than 1000 participants, plus their supporters, are expected for the event. Sports are open to everyone, regardless of sexuality or gender. It will run from May 10-16, 2013 and will also include a human rights conference from May 14-16 and a cultural program throughout the week. Further registration details will be available on the Darwin Outgames website and Facebook page. INFO: www.darwinoutgames.com.au or

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based rationale – as opposed to one based on fear and prejudice – for treating LBGTQ citizens differently with respect to marriage.” Openly gay former professional athletes Robbie Rogers, Esera Tuaolo, Wade Davis, Jr. and David Kopay also added their name to the brief, along with WNBA basketball player Seimone Augustus, who came out as gay in 2011. NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth also joined the growing chorus of sports professionals in advocating for gay marriage, writing about his support for the cause in an editorial earlier this week. “Athletes have long been among the most prominent agents for social change... That is why, as president of the NFL Players Association, I’m standing with the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry,” Foxworth wrote in a USAToday column this week. “This simple endorsement of equality might surprise some people. After all, recent headlines around the NFL have focused on a preoccupation with draft eligible players’ sexual orientation. And, of course, we have yet to count an openly gay player among our teammates. “Nonetheless, many NFL players see what everyone else in this country sees —

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Judith Wright Centre of Contempory Arts Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley QLD www.judithwrightcentre.com

Sportsman Hotel Spring St, Spring Hill QLD www.bootco.org.au

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Brisbane is set to receive a royal visit when the reigning queen of burlesque returns with a show that will rewrite everything you know from the past. Herstory will feature Imogen Kelly and a multitude of lavish costumes reinventing the reputation of history’s most notorious women. Don’t miss this show and find out why Imogen Kelly is the absolute queen of burlesque.

BootCo leather and fetish club will be on the lookout for more than just a few good men for their upcoming monthly pub night. Military and uniform admirers won’t know where to look when the Sportsman’s Mineshaft bar presents ‘Attention!’. Come celebrate the world of men in uniform with your fellow fetishists from 8pm. Entry is $5 for members and $10 for all others.

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HEAVEN & HELL Queensland’s largest lesbian club, Scarlet, is back in April to tempt you with either a heavenly or devilishly good night. Heaven & Hell will be an event to remember as Brisbane’s best female DJs and amazing floor shows help you make your eternal decision. Earlybird entry is $15 between 8.30pm9.30pm, $20 after.

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DON’T PEAK AT HIGH SCHOOL Bad hair cuts, bullying and bewildering school photos. Stella Young, Fiona Scott-Norman and drag king extraordinaire Jacq Tamlyn join an assortment of fellow comics, including DeAnne Smith and Wes Snelling, to talk about school and how they survived it. From 8.30pm.

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SONG renews the song cycle form in an immersive experience of live music, the sounds of weather, the scent of the ocean, forest or earth and the colours of day’s end. Don’t miss this fluid and musically rich experience by Ranters Theatre with Arts House and Monash University.

Aussie rock chick Marie Wilson is performing down at the Empress Hotel, playing a combination of old and new tracks from her three albums. Wilson is due to release her fourth album this year, so if you’re lucky she might just give a taste of what’s to come. Starts 8pm.

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Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour Fleet Steps, The Domain NSW www.operaonsydneyharbour.com.au

Capitol Theatre 13 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW www.addamsfamilythemusical.com.au Until April 28

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CARMEN Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is presenting a new production of Carmen on its stunning floating stage. Carmen tells the story of the naive soldier Don Josè who abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts the army when he falls under the alluring gypsy’s spell. When he loses her love to the dashing toreador Escamillo, the scene is set for jealousy and vengeance.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY The Addams Family is now playing at the Capitol Theatre. Starring John Waters, Chloë Dallimore and Russell Dykstra, the musical features an original story which sees Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Everything changes for the family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

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FRANKENSTEIN British playwright Nick Dear’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, premiering this week, may be the first to present an intelligent, articulate Frankenstein’s Monster. After finishing up at the Opera House, it will continue its run at the Ensemble Theatre from April 17-May 4.

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TRADES & SERVICES

BUILDERS / CARPENTERS

BUILDERS / CARPENTERS

CEMENT RENDERING Handyman, Gyprock. Concrete renovations. Bathroom renovations Peter T 9799 1044 or T 0407 685 333. Lic no: R95984.

Fully licensed & insured All Small (& large) jobs Experienced & knowledgeable In house Architect & Designers Members of HIA

KHP CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD Renovations and additions, carpentry, brickwork ,steel work all types, gates, staircases. Lic 240352C. For a free quote call Ken T 0418 962 263 or email to khpsteel@bigpond.com

CLEANERS

New South Wales Trades & Services CLASSIFIEDS ELECTRICIANS

PRINT / PUBLISHING

Jane I ran into my ex, then I backed over him.

1300 190 023 24hourelectriciansydney.com.au

ARCHANGEL PRINTING Print all Stationery Business cards, Labels, Carbonless Books, Brochures, Catagues, Envelopes. T 02 9557 0008 or T 0425 222 804 mail: archpt@tpg.com.au

REMOVALISTS YOU AND I REMOVALS Large sprinter van. Small moves inhouse as well as room to room. youandiremovals.com. In Ya Box: boxes for sale - small and large. T 9319 6998 or T 0418 436 817

Call ANTHONY

0410 543 192

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LANDSCAPING

0414 939 100

NEWTOWN LANDSCAPES Design & Construction. Paving, lighting, decking, retaining walls, plant selection and supply. Over 20 years experience. LIC. 221510C www. newtownlandscapes.com.au David T 0403 190 239

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ALL RENOVATIONS, additions, extensions including all carpentry work, waterproofing, painting and tiling. All maintenance work domestic, commercial and industrial. T 0419 239 269

PAINTERS

ARTKITEXTURE FLOORING. Sanding & polishing, New & old wooden floors, Carpentry & Joinery, Supply & Install solid timber & floating boards, Repairs & custom made stains, Waterbase coating specialist, Commercial & Residential. Free quotes . Alexis T 0410 457 369

MASTER THOMO GLAZIER GLAZIER TERRY'S STAR GLASS. All window glass replacement. Coloured & safety glass. Gay owned and operated. T (02) 9516 2174 or T 0419 612 435.

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0418 798 835 MASTER CRAFTSMAN info@mastercraftsman.com.au

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PAINTING Byblos for all your painting needs. Interior & exterior. No job too small, we will look after you. For free quotes, Joe T 0425 353 990. Lic no: 206912C.

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HOME CLEANING Ex hospital cleaner will leave your house immaculate. Call George T 0435 757 001

ELECTRICIAN "Bobby & Johnny". Genuinely gay. All jobs big and small. Experienced, reliable, quality electrical service. T 0408 648 890 or T 9580 8434. Lic no: EC25010.

A1 PAINTING Interior - Exterior. Free quotes and colour advice. Clean, prompt, courteous, gay. Competitive pricing. Large and small projects. Lic No: 5895C. Philip T 0418 280 442

FREE QUOTE & 10% OFF!

BUILDING WITH TEAM SOVEREIGN After 30 years bending over backwards for our clients, are we sore ... no! We eat bricks for breakfast, and yet we have a gentle touch. Absolute champions in building erections, extensions & internal renovations; would you care to join us for a gold medal journey into happiness. Scott T 0418 240 016. TEAM SOVEREIGN BUILDERS BL 40134

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BATHROOM RENOVATION AND TILING. We provide quality bathroom renovation, repairs, all wall and floor tiling at affordable prices.We have been in construction business for 20 years.Lic:102664C. For free quotes call Peter T 0411 849 727.

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• award winning randwick painters • member of green painters dulux accredited/mpa • approved installer of idea paint “white board walls”

call rohan 0400 764 262 www.meninwhite.Com.au

PEST CONTROL BUGSAWAY Environmentally friendly pest control. Specialising in cockroach eradication. Commercial and domestic. Gay owned and operated. Warwick T 0411 600 879

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CLASSIFIEDS Trades & Services New South Wales

HEALTH & BEAUTY

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

MENS GROOMING

ALL MASSEURS ADVERTISING IN THIS SECTION OFFER A NON-SEXUAL, THERAPEUTIC SERVICE ONLY.

LASER HAIR

REMOVAL

All AreAs of the body treAted inc sAck & crAck fAciAl skin tightening fAt & cellulite reduction

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newtown PrivAte studio

GAY OWNED & RUN

0432 674 297

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165 TALL 57KG 27YO Happy French Canadian Boy offering intuition, energy and relaxation massage.In-Out calls. 1hr - $80, 1.5hr - $120, 2hr - $170. NonSexual. Call Angol T 0415 996 403 CORPORATE CLIENTELE PLEASE NOTE: Extremely well presented Aussie masseur available each day until midnight. Relax, de-stress, rejuvenate in very private, air conditioned luxury with security parking facilities, 5* surrounds; fully qualified; health fund rebates. Call WADE  T 0458 688 014 liquidmassagetherapy.com.au

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE MAGIC HANDS Indulge yourself and enjoy a sensational Chinese relaxation massage with an experienced, fit and friendly Asian guy. $55hr Lee T 0466 964 982 www.flickr.com/photos/ wrights0808 PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE WATERLOO. Qualified and experienced Euro Masseur, Hot Oil relaxation massage & Reiki. Private Warehouse Conversion apartment. Shower facilities available. Call/SMS Sander T 0452 067 549.

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NOTICES & MESSAGES

PROFESSIONAL THAI MASSAGE therapist. Qualified in Remedial, Aroma and Thai massage. (Health Fund Rebate) Rejuvenate with an natural exfoliating body scrub or facial treatment. Shower facilities. Surry Hills. T 0424 021 250

BUY & SELL

WATERLOO The best treatment by a qualified masseur. Strong, firm relaxing massage catered to your needs. My goal is to make you feel fantastic. I am gym fit, warm and caring Asian guy. Call Sunny at T 0450 609 028

REALTY

RECORDS Books, Old Wares. REVOLVE RECORDS & RELICS. Shop 3, 65 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville. House visits welcome. T 9519 9978 or T 0402 141 968. Open 7 days.

TO LET ROZELLE. Two bedroom heritage cottage. Open plan living with deck and garden. $570 per week. Phone Tanya T 0425 350 119

HOLIDAY & TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

EAST REDFERN friendly, gym fit, masculine Aussie guy offering quality swedish/ deep tissue massage. Over 12 years experience. private studio and shower facility available. Call Mike T 0459 348463

Almond oil, shower, central location, quiet, tidy, ambient and the best massage available everyday. Latin guy. $80/hr

Pablo 0427 202 613

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TRADES & SERVICES

PLUMBERS

CARPENTERS

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE Lic No. 24353

BLOCKED DRAIN SPECIALIST FREE CAMERA INSPECTION WITH EACH DRAIN CLEARED.

 0421 927 157 ROD GRIFFIN & SONS

FOR FAST RELIABLE GUARANTEED SERVICE.

TREE & STUMP REMOVAL

ALL MASSEURS ADVERTISING IN THIS SECTION OFFER A NON-SEXUAL, THERAPEUTIC SERVICE ONLY. PAMPERING PALMS MOBILE MASSAGE. I visit you! Qualified & friendly masseur offers relaxation/deep tissue massages. My talented hands will give you a wonderful relaxing massage where the touch & pressure will be just right for you! Mobile service within inner suburbs. Great Rates. Available weeknights/weekends. 10am until late. 1hr or 1.5hrs. Call Tim T 0421 048 328

CLEANING PRAHRAN. Strong, relaxing massage by experienced [7+ years], professional masseur; Diploma qualified. Health fund rebates available. Sports Therapy, Deep tissue, relaxation, or combination massage available in a private studio on High Street, near Chapel Street. $70 ph, $90 for 75 min. Call Alan on T 0452 227 178, www.griffingoldfitness. com. 9am till 9pm to make an appointment. No outcalls.

COMPUTERS DASH Computer Repairs. Mobile Service. We come to you. Very reasonable rates. Gay Operated. www.dashelad.com Contact Dale T 0419 266 999

IRONING SERVICE HELEN’S IRONING SERVICE is a family operated business and has been running for over 30 years. We take great pride in the quality of our service as well as our attention to detail. Our services include: Ironing - Alterations We charge $10 per hour, and require a minimum of 3 hours. We offer free pickup and delivery. (Pick up one day, deliver the next). We supply hangers free of charge with our service but, if you prefer your own, place them in the basket upon pick up. For any further enquiries please contact us on T 0425 856 007

HEALTH & BEAUTY MEN’S GROOMING

WE ARE THE PROFESSIONALS IN MENS GROOMING Improve your skin with facials, peels and photo rejuvenation Massage (Deep Tissue, Remedial & Relaxation All waxing & body hair clipping (incl Brazillians for men) Hair cuts and colour from award winning stylists Water treatments (hydrobaths & vichy body scrubs & massages) Manicures & Pedicures Packages & Gift Vouchers for all occasions

TANTRIC

body mAssAge @ Werribee

0425 805 090

Hair Trimming also available Hours 10 am - 8pm HOLIDAY & TRAVEL CAIRNS

MENS BODY WORKS 464 Church St Richmond (03) 9429 5400

www.mensbodyworks.com

FITNESS

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TO ADVERTISE HERE CALL LINZI 03 9015 6803

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Holiday apartmeNts 82 Upper Hastings Street Noosa Heads QLD 4567 Noosa’s oNly exclusively Gay, Newly Renov., 4 Star, Boutique Retreat. Prime location – 3 mins walk Beach/ National Park /Restaurants. Renovated, Studio/1 Bdrm/ 2 Bdrm Apartments. Newly Renovated, luxury, secluded Pool Special Rates from $88 night/$528 wk. Telephone 07 5449 2668 Email: info@noosacove.com.au

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ACCOMODATION ROOM FOR RENT COBURG Clean room for rent in fully furnished house in Coburg. Quiet street and only 30 seconds from tram, (No:19) and Sydney Rd. shops. Single: $175.00 per week, 2 people: $225.00 per week, all incl. Enquiries Call Alex T 0408 515 215

ADVERTISE CALL STAR OBSERVER 1300 500 379

HAVE SOMETHING TO SELL OR ADVERTISE? YOU CAN BOOK YOUR VICTORIAN CLASSIFIED ADS BY CALLING LINZI 03 9015 6803


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NEW SOUTH WALES

MIKE 0412 210 228

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Clipping

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ANDREW, 24 yo, slim and very sexy Indian guy. Tall, friendly with toned body, and offers full body, sensual and naked erotic massage. Escorting service also available. Incalls at my private studio near Oxford Street, or out calls to your place. Call Andrew anytime on T 0414 984 528

NEWTOWN / ERSKINVILLE Therapeutic full-body massage. Mature, fit guy, Masculine, athletic. Great rates. In/Out calls. Matthew T 0403 018 795.

DAVE Friendly, intimate & very discreet. Erotic massage & more! Strong & masculine, qualified & experienced. Darlinghurst 24 hrs T 9332 2362 or T 0438 614 128 www.man2manSydney.com

4 Hands Erotic Massage A Unique Experience 4 Men 4 Hands Are Better Than 2 Discreet Friendly & Sensual

HANDSOME SPUNKY JAPANESE 180/71/26yo, Qualified Shiatsu & foot massage w/t erotic/relief tanned smooth skin, straight acting muscular body with hot six pack and "perfectly tight bum", Private & Modern Studio in Surry Hills. In&Out. Call Tim T 0421 578 752. No blocked numbers! (gaydar/tim1069)

angol 0415 996 403 IntuItIon SenSual nude MaSSage with Happy Ending after the Massage. 28yo French Canadian Guy. $100-1hr $150-1.5hr $200-2hr In-Out Calls - NO SEX

HOT THAI GUYS. Full body erotic massage by young handsome friendly Thai guy. In Sydney CBD. Health Fund Available. T 0426 961 855.

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0404 276 850 PADDINGTON THAI GUYS Oxford street Paddington, 8 young Thai guys, offering body clipping & shaving, erotic body to body massage, Thai massage and the mind blowing four hand massage available too. For bookings and address ring T 0426 150 384 LOMI LOMI Hawaiian massage. Complete relaxation from good looking, qualified European masseur offering services. Magic hands with 5 yrs experience. 1 Hour $100 plus 1/2 hour free. Full Service $100. 24hrs, 7 days no limited time. Couples welcome. Luxury apartment. Escorting service available. Couple massage now available with new 25yr old athletic, active Arabic guy with 8” cock and knows how to use it. Westmead. Calls only. No SMS please. Bill T 0450 917 274

SLIM toned, sexy body, thick 8” cut, massage & more in my warm, clean D’hurst pad T 0409 756 662

EROTIC MASSAGE

Erotic & Sensual Massage + Clipping & Shaving Fit, Toned & Smooth Aus/Euro guy Relaxed/ Private City East or Out calls

Luke 0478 197 784 SMALL THAI WITH BIG WEAPON!! Qualified, Young fit sexy and good looking, lean muscles and toned body with silky smooth skin. Offer an erotic and relax massage in Potts Point. In&out, no blocked numbers. Call Marc T 0411 584 196 THAI SENSATION gym toned, qualified Remedial, Aromatherapy & Thai massage. Come let me take you on a sensual ride of total bliss at my new studio with shower. Surry Hills T 0424 429 645

MAN TO MAN 30 YEAR OLD SEEKS Black man or Arab background, Lebanese, Turkish, European, Dutch or Indian to 20 -50 active slim bisexual or gay with big cock (8 inch up), for rough sex &/or casual good fun. NO SMS no limited time. Parramatta area. Sam T 0450 917 274

ESCORT BEN Black guy. Handsome, muscular, well hung, thick and knows how to use it. Sling available. In/ outcalls. T 0420 692 764

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CAMERON 25yo, good looking Asian. Very fit, muscular body. Tanned, smooth skin and sensual. Big 7.5" Uncut. Active/versatile. Massage available also. Outcalls only. T 0434 505 226. DARK (BRAZILIAN/INDIAN) HUNG ESCORT Muscular, 8.5" thick & uncut, Friendly, CBD, Incalls/ Outcalls, www.rico4menxxx.com By Appointment Only. T 0468 430 999 MARK short black hair, brown eyes, nice body - 49 years & mature. $60 full body massage In/Out calls. Available 6pm-4am/ 7 days. $180 p/hour for Escort services call T 0401 993 469 NEW GAY MALE ESCORT. Top, 6ft tall, athletic body, 27yo, naturally smooth with speedo tan. Extra well hung @ 9.5 inches, thick & cut, active. Dark brown hair, green eyes, friendly confident, well groomed. The best nude massage. Shower, DVD, amyl, full service plus requests. WS, FF spanking, private & discrete Hyde Park apartment. Available Now. Don’t miss out. Gay guys/beginners/bisexual guys welcome. Phone or text for enquiry. Scott T 0416 340 429

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