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Sydney's Iconic House Of Priscilla celebrates 18 years of trading

It took one amazing queen with a sewing machine and a dream to come up with one of the world's leading LGBTQI businesses. Chelsea Bunn took to Oxford Street, Sydney's "Golden Gay Mile" over 18 years ago and not only serviced (!) all of the queens in town but made costumes for dance schools, eisteddfods and more.

You can see House of Priscilla on TV with stars like Kathy Griffin, Cyndi Lauper, and a long list of A-List celebs and more mincing through the door and up that staircase to a Willy Wonka style shop of imagination and glitter.

Headwear, corsets, makeup, eyelashes and a staff you could just lick like a lolly pop, it's a show queen's dream come to life.

Big props to Chelsea and all that have supported her - if you ever find yourself in Sydney, the House of Priscilla is the first stop you want to make. Buy a little or a lot... you will find everything you need there to make your life FANTABULOUS!

Congrats CB!!! you and your team are fabulous.

 

NYC PRIDE announce their grand marshals for 2017's March

NYC Pride announced today its four Grand Marshals scheduled to lead the 48th NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone, and Geng Le will lead this year’s critical demonstration of LGBT Pride and protest. 

ACLU Logo● The American Civil Liberties Union has been the United States’ uncompromising defender of individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution for nearly 100 years. The ACLU brought its first LGBT rights case in 1936, brought the first case seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 1970, litigated the Supreme Court cases that took down the Defense of Marriage Act that won marriage equality nationwide, and represented transgender student Gavin Grimm before the Supreme Court. 

Brooke Guinan Photo by New York Daily NewsBrooke Guinan is a 29-year-old trans woman; an advocate, civil servant, firefighter, and native New Yorker. Guinan has been honored by the New York City Comptroller’s office, the Public Advocate’s office, the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, and the FDNY for her service to the LGBTQ community. 

Krishna Stone 2Krishna Stone is the Director of Community Relations at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). She originally connected with GMHC in 1986 as a walker in the first annual AIDS Walk New York and became a staff member in 1993. In 2014, Stone received an award from the NYC Health Department for outstanding dedication to combating the spread of HIV. 

Geng LeGeng Le is a leader in the burgeoning movement for LGBT equality in the People’s Republic of China. Geng set up one of the earliest gay social websites in China—Danlan.org in 2002. In 2012, he created Blued—a gay men social networking app after quitting his job working as a policeman for 16 years. On World AIDS Day 2016, Geng donated 1 million RMB to China AIDS Fund to support Chinese non-governmental organizations for HIV prevention. 

“In the social and political turmoil brought by the current Administration, the ACLU, Brooke, Krishna, and Geng represent the components of what will ultimately be a successful resistance movement,” said Julian Sanjivan, NYC Pride March Director. “Our 2017 Grand Marshals are a snapshot of the numerous organizations, individuals, and philanthropists that will lead us through this unprecedented time in our nation.” 

The 48th NYC Pride March will kick off at noon on June 25, at 5th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan. The route proceeds through Midtown on 5th Avenue and ends at Christopher and Greenwich Streets. 

NYC Pride’s 2017 theme, “We Are Proud,” speaks to the LGBT community’s unwavering ability to rise and be proud, even while under attack by a hostile political environment. 

Registration for the 2017 NYC Pride March is open until May 16, 2017 at www.nycpride.org. 

Mardi Gras honours volunteers and participants at annual awards

The annual Mardi Gras season in Sydney may be over, but the hard work and dedication of the thousands of volunteers and participants were acknowledged yesterday at a stunning ceremony at the Star City Sky Terrace.

Fair Day, Parade and Volunteers were acknowledged across the board with so many people coming together to create what has been an incredibly successful season. However, some stood out and were given awards for their outstanding contribution to the events.

The winners were:

FAIR DAY AWARDS

Best Commercial Food Stall: Berlin Bangers

Best Commercial Stall: University of Sydney

Best Community Stall: The Gender Centre

Special Commendations:

Pink Mountains

Rainbow Store

Rainbow Families

Fair Day Stall of the Year: Uniting

 

PARADE AWARDS
Best Choreography: Glamcocks

Ron Muncaster Award for Best Costume: The Force of Love

Best Float Design: Poof Doof

Best Individual or Small Group: Wonder Mama and Friends

Special Commendations:

Northern Territory Hepititis and AIDS Council/Departure Lounge

Sydney Rangers

Sydney Queer Irish

Sydney Trans Pride

The Ron Austin Award for Fabulous Parade Entry: Oceania Rainbow Network

 

WORKFORCE AWARDS


Award for Excellence in Innovation: This award goes to the person whose innovative thinking solved problems and provided new ways of working that contributed to the overall success of an event. This year’s Award for Excellence in Innovation goes to Alan O’Riordan and Rick Stone.

Award for Excellence in Leadership. This award goes to the person whose behavior, attitude and performance demonstrated the qualities of teamwork, initiative and professionalism. This year’s Award for Excellence in Leadership goes to Kim Williams.

Award for Excellence in Service: This award goes to the person whose work throughout the season was diligent, reliable and selfless – someone that has gone above and beyond. This year’s Award for Excellence in Service goes to Adrian Hinder.

Award for Excellence in Teamwork: This award goes to the person who displayed a high level of cooperation, collaboration and team spirit in order to achieve excellent outcomes for everyone. This year’s Award for Excellence in Teamwork goes to Louis Hudson.

ICARE award: This award goes to the person whose conduct and attitude embody the organisation values of integrity, creativity, accountability, respect and equity. This year’s ICARE award goes to Laura Fazzolari.

Volunteer of the Year: This award is given to the most outstanding volunteer of the season. He’s been volunteering for 17 years, and has been the registrations manager for the last 10 years. The recipient of this award has shown leadership, teamwork and innovation, embodying every one of the organisation’s values. In the nominations he was described as an all-in-caps ‘SUPERSTAR’! 2017’s Mardi Gras Volunteer of the Year is Daniel Lester.

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual or individuals who have provided outstanding service over many years to SGLMG and the community. They may have served on a Board, volunteered or worked for or have been engaged by Mardi Gras and provided consistent service and made a significant contribution over many years. They are always ready and willing to support the organisation and have demonstrated our values, leadership and have been a role model and fine example to others.

This year we honour one recipient who is worthy of this recognition and Award. Her stunning photography across every Mardi Gras season for 15 years has truly captured the diversity, fabulousity, pride and passion of our festival. The scale of what she achieves in documenting our communities – our highs and lows, triumphs and disasters – is immense. A simple Google search of her name + Mardi Gras provides links to 13,200 search results!

Our Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 is awarded to Ann-Marie Calilhanna.

 

 Congratulations to all the nominees, winners and participants.

 

You can join the official MArdi Gras group on Guidetogay.com here.

The Mardi Gras rumour mill is in full swing

Year in and year out the Mardi Gras rumour mill goes into full swing with people placing bets on who the special guests will be at the Party after the parade.

The camp production, the killer sounds, sights and celebrities makes a Mardi Gras show one of the most spectacular moments on the calendar each year... and we all love to guess who it may or may not be!

This year, there are heaps of artists headed down under for the summer touring season - so we want to know who you think MAY be at the party this year - joining the incredible Tegan and Sara as performers at the Mardi Gras Party.

R.I.P QUEER OUT WEST. 2002 to 2016   

All good things must come to an end in December

Queer Out West 89.3Fm Will celebrate 15 years on the radio supporting the LGBTQI community of western Sydney now produced by Beverly Buttercup that took on the role in 2011 I (Beverly) has decided not to reapply for the program in 2017 this will see the end of the program in its current format with last program going to air on 19 December 2016

 

" I realise something I'm trying to hold on to things that I should've let go off a long time ago considering I went into semi retirement from Drag in 2013 and no longer in the loop " So I will let it go in December (and do something different next year like relax and put myself first) so being a little dyslexic and relying on other people that let you down !! it is just no longer practical I cannot do the show by myself or put a show together and then end up being in the studio  by myself just too stressful so much has changed in the studio and in my life and then there's the politics !!! I need to let it go and give someone else the opportunity to step up and create a new program for the LGBTQI community in 2017 so if you're interested in putting a program together and can volunteer  around six hours a week plus training course plus meetings and you have to become a member of the co-op ..

 

So all you have to do is contact the co-op of 2GLF - Fm 89.3  Community radio for more info : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

That have supported many LGBTQI programs over the years like ; The Out West And Proud Program , Lesbians On Air  and Queer Out West .. So you have a couple of months to come up with an idea apply for a program and do training if you're excepted .  

 

I would like to say a special thank you to all the current presenters for giving  up a few hours a month and come into the studio or participate in the program ;

 

Nikki Facchin  , LayDee KinMee , Fifi Fo'Fum , Pandora Box &  Jeremy Smith.  Plus a special thank you to Gavin Prendergast  (ACON) , Rob Manser (G2G) &  David Watson Formally from  (Mardi Gras) And all special guest DJs that of come out to the studios in Liverpool : Dj Justin Scott , Dj Victoria Anthony , Dj Ray Isaac , Dj Dome  DeSousa, DJ Anvi... 

 

warmest regards

Bev.

Superstar DJ/Remixers launch Crowdfunding Campaign

You will know the lads work from remixes for Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue and Zoe Badwi, as well as some of the worlds most famous FLASH MOBS...  but now Dan Murphy, Andrew Young and Damien Goundrie, also known as Mystery Blonde are releasing their new single, and looking to do a slick video thanks to the new phenomenom of crowd funding.

 

Fans, friends and lovers of great house music, can pledge some dosh and in return, get the boys to do something fun and fierce in return - some of the "rewards" include:

 

- signed limited-edition CDs
- invitations to the VIP launch party
- DJing at a private house parties
- remixing people's songs

 

So any aspiring singers out there, or even bonafide artists, this is a cheap way to get yourself remix by some of the worlds best, otherwise jump on and help some of our communities finest acheive a goal and a dream.

 

You can check out the boys campaign on Pozible here.

You can join the official DJ Dan Murphy group on Guidetogay.com here.

NSW Police Officers Heavy Handed Tactics with Sydney Mardi Gras Reveler

On the occassion that marked the 35th anniversary of the gay community rising up against the police force and taking a stand for gay rights, Mardi Gras parade attendees have been dealt with by some officers from Fairfield LAC (brought into the area to assist the local command with the event) in what appears to be a very heavy handed way.

A youtube video has been posted of the incident, filmed by a member of the media covering the parade.

"Backstory:

I was a press photographer for the parade, walking along the backstreets shortly after it had concluded between 11pm and 11:30pm, we heard a man screaming for repeatedly for help.

Walking over we saw him being restrained by two police officers with another 4 in close proximity, he was repeatedly asking them "What have I done wrong?" which they would not respond, all they would say was "you are under arrest".

He calling for people walking past to help him and with a large crowd of people began to surround the event.

He was struggling and resisting but not aggressively.

The officers told him to stop resisting to which he would reply "why are you doing this I haven't done anything?."
The officer "FAIRFIELD LAC 266" then grabbed him by the back of the neck and slammed his head into the stone pavement, as he tried to get up he was then punched multiple times in the head, leaving blood all over the pavement. The crowd of people overlooking screaming at the officer to stop.

After seeing that I began filming.

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What I found most shocking about this event is that the other officers seem to be aware that the amount of force they are using was completely unmerited and excessive.
So they hastily try to force me to stop filming.

As a press photographer I knew I was completely within my rights to film police officers in a public space, doing nothing wrong and breaking no laws, so I refused.

You will notice I ask multiple times why I am not allowed to film and what laws am I breaking and receive no response.

There were at least 6 officers in the immediate vicinity, the victim was only small and could have easily been restrained by the officers without injury.
Instead they choice to force him into submission by repeatedly punching him and throwing him into the pavement.

You'll also hear him asking over and over what he has done wrong to which he doesn't get a response."

 

 

UPDATE:

SGLMG Responds

Late Tuesday evening, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) received and viewed footage involving NSW Police arresting a spectator with excessive force at the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade on the weekend. This incident is quite distressing and our thoughts are with the individual, his family, friends and those that witnessed this. The Board and management of SGLMG assure the community and parade viewers that we have requested a meeting tomorrow with the Minister of Police and that we are working with the state Member for Sydney Alex Greenwich, MP Sydney, to have this incident investigated and addressed.

 

Update: 7th March 2013

 

If you experienced or witnessed an instance of police using excessive force during the Mardi Gras period, it is really important that you report it - either to ACON's Anti-Violence Project, or to Inner City Legal Centre. ACON and ICLC have both given assurances that anyone who does make a report will be offered the full support of both organisations. We need this information on the record so we can advocate more effectively for improved security measures for members of our community.

 

Oxford Street's Rainbow Crossing Finally Arrives

The installation of the Rainbow crossing, promised to Sydney by it's council for the Sydney Mardi Gras season has finally been installed at Talyor Square.

 

Oxford Street has been given a bold makeover, with a rainbow stretching across the iconic strip to honour 35 years of Mardi Gras.

 

The colourful crossing at Taylor Square is in place in time for this year’s festival parade on 2 March, which will be the biggest ever with 10,000 participants and 108 floats.

 

It was painted overnight, with work completed and Oxford Street reopened at 5am to provide a brilliant ‘good morning’ for visitors, locals and workers along the iconic street.

 

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the rainbow would help make Oxford Street the No.1 destination for the tens out thousands of people visiting Sydney for Mardi Gras.

 

“The City is determined to support local businesses along Oxford Street. This time of year is a vital opportunity for the cafes, shops, galleries and other small businesses and we want to make sure all eyes are on this iconic strip,” the Lord Mayor said

 

“Along with our colourful rainbow banners, our artwork on the former T2 building, the flower installations in Taylor Square and a pop-up Mardi Gras museum, the new rainbow crossing will make Oxford Street an unmissable sight.”

 

Mardi Gras is a visual spectacle that attracts almost 400,000 people each year and injects about $30 million into the NSW economy.

 

The City of Sydney painted the rainbow crossing as part of its ongoing support for Mardi Gras, which included $400,000 for the festival in 2013 and 2014, as well as $252,700 of in-kind sponsorship.

 

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik said the rainbow crossing is a bold and beautiful tribute to Sydney’s GLTB communities.

 

“It further cements Sydney Mardi Gras in the heart of Oxford Street itself,” Mr Rolik said.

 

Rainbow crossings were first installed in West Hollywood in 2012 ahead of the GLTB Pride celebrations there in June, and public support has been very positive. The rainbow crosswalks in West Hollywood have created such a positive buzz, Hollywood tour buses now detour to make them part of the show.

 

LA-based artist Martin Duvander, who first raised the idea with the Mayor of West Hollywood, said the rainbow crosswalks were a milestone for the GLTB movement.

 

“The sheer impact and the enormous visibility of the global message they send are truly immeasurable,” Mr Duvander said.

 

“I’m humbled that Sydney will have its own rainbow crosswalk, and I have complete admiration for those who have driven this initiative and made it a reality.”

 

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the rainbow crossing was also a fitting tribute to one of Australia’s most significant cultural events.

 

“This year we’re celebrating how much Sydney’s GLBT community has achieved and how much Mardi Gras has contributed to making our city the inclusive, accepting and safe place it is today,” the Lord Mayor said

 

“Thirty-five years ago the first Mardi Gras set off from this very spot. What began as a street celebration ended with a protest march, violence and arrests, and a renewal of the campaign for equal rights.

 

“We owe much to those brave ’78ers who took part and continued their activism, inspiring many others.

 

“We’ve come a long way since then and I hope this rainbow crossing will be a source of pride for everyone in our community.”

 

The crossing in Oxford Street, for which the City obtained Roads and Maritime Services approval, was painted using the same hard-wearing and non-skid material used to mark bus lanes.

 

The painting is initially for a trial period, during which time any issues relating to safety for pedestrians, traffic, or the local business and residential community will be monitored.

 

Sydney's MP, Alex Greenwich has started a petition to call on the NSW Roads and Transport Minister to make the installation a permanent one - you can sign it here.

 

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