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Hawkesbury Council backs Marriage Equality

Western Sydney's Hawkesbury Council tonight voted to support Marriage Equality.

It seemed that it might not get up seeing as The Mayor who previously had voted against writing to the Prime Minister in support of marriage equality and against flying the rainbow flag for Mardi Gras (stating he was a staunch Catholic and therefore against it) but he changed his mind and put up a Mayoral Minute asking Council to support marriage equality at tonight's meeting.

Greens Clr Leigh Williams amended the Mayoral minute and the following motion passed.

● Council supports marriage equality

● Council opposes the imposition and cost of $162 million non-binding plebiscite to achieve marriage equality and would prefer an immediate parliamentary vote on the matter. Should the government proceed with a plebiscite, Council resolves to support the Yes campaign.

● Council seeks to engage with the local LBGTIQ community with the aim of working with them to campaign for marriage equality.

 

The vote went down as follows:

 

Supported

Leigh Williams - Greens

Barry Calvet - Labor

Tiffany Tree - Liberal

Paul Rasmussen - independent

Christine Paine - independent

Mary Lyons-Buckett - independent

Mike Creed - Liberal

Kim Ford - Liberal (Mayor)

 

Opposed

Jill Reardon - Liberal

Warwick McKay - independent  (Deputy Mayor)

Patrick Connolly - Liberal

 

Absent

Bob Porter - independent

 

Congratulations to the people of Hawkesbury. Many New South Wales councils (that were not force amalgamated by Mike Baird) will go to a vote on Saturday September 10.  Local councils do have a huge impact on resources and social policy for LGBTQI communities - so make sure your vote counts.

DIVA 2012 goes Hollywood glamour!


That headline has well and truly announced the start of the Diva Season and the clamour to creating the most glamorous Hollywood looks. 


I answered my phone about ten weeks ago and was asked the last thing I would ever expect – ‘would you be part of the Diva poster for this year’. Now I’ve had a long association with Diva over the years and - well I understand the honour to be asked to do this. 


In 2004 when I was on the Diva board we undertook a marketing survey from a big sample of showgirls, sponsors, and supporters because like many other community organisation’s we needed to really understand our event in the communities eyes, to remain relevant and really - to give us the best chance of surviving in the very tricky event cycle. 


Anyway, in that survey the Diva Poster turned out to be one of the events most cherished and loved components and that each year different showgirls getting to feature was seen as an important element of the events buzz. 


I was invited to cocktails high above the city at the Sydney Tower where our secret project began. The Diva guys Greg and Tim had asked the other participants and we were all delighted when we discovered our fellow showgirl’s in crime. The guys had a very clear idea of what they wanted – the brief was old Hollywood glamour circa the forties and our reference point was the 1939 film The Women.    


All the young people who have never heard of this movie need to get their hands on the DVD straight away – it’s part of a queen’s education, and features one of the screens most glamorous sequences in Adrian’s fashion parade. All the inspiration you need for your Diva look is right there. 


It was great that the Diva guys wanted us models to span generations, experiences and creative talents. The Queen of the drag emporium: Chelsea Bun; Sydney’s Favourite Drag Queen: Charisma Belle: the social commentator on all things social; Danita Kokupya and I would represent the former Les Girls. 


The whole experience was just wonderful and I was pampered by the Diva poster supporters for 2012, makeup artist Allan Harvey of Allan Harvey Make Up, my hair was styled by Prada Clutch of Clutching at Curls and my jewels from House of Priscilla. 


All four of us models had a fabulous time during our photo shoot by Rob Manser at AKA Entertainment, who very creatively shot us individually and placed us together in post production. We’ve all been delighted with the reception we’ve received since the Diva Launch last week and everyone’s been terribly nice. 


DIVA 12 is subtitled Diva goes to the movies and is being held on Monday 29 October at the Tivoli Theater at Fox Studios and promises to be another fabulous celebration of Sydney drag and in awarding those performers who in the last year have been the most entertaining, innovative and top of their game. To get more information visit divaawards.com.au and bring your best glamour!   

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