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Trans Glamoré celebrates 1 year in Sydney

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Sydney's fiercest night for the Trans community on the scene celebrates one year of fabulous and inclusive events at the Colombian Hotel this August and caught up with the hostess with the most-ess - Miss Victoria Anthony to have a chat about why this night for the Trans community and its allies has been such a smash hit.

12 months ago, you started this monthly event for the Trans community - So what gave you the idea to host Trans Glamoré?

I was approached by fabulous drag queen Maxi Shield and manager Mikey at Colombian Hotel to host the event. I was very excited to say yes!! The idea came about because there aren’t many places that transgender people can go to, perform at and express themselves. This is a safe place/event for the transgender community. It’s also great to see so much support from people outside the community. It just gives trans people somewhere to go. A monthly free party where you can meet other trans people. We need somewhere to go and even in the middle of winter, to be with your community.

What goes on at the event?

There are performers from different backgrounds who are from the transgender community. We have had singers, comedians, dancers, etc. In between the two shows, there is dancing and delicious cocktails at the bar named after famous trans showgirls. Performers are also asked questions about their transition and we learn about the unique journey that some take as transgender individuals.

What have been the highlights over the past year?

It would have to be being able to see other people so supportive and happy. It’s a great place to catch up with everyone to meet once a month. You never know who you’ll bump
into on the dancefloor.


  • Meeting a trans girl who came all the way from Wagga Wagga to see the show


  • Having good laughs with the performers backstage


  • The smile on the performers faces when they are doing what they love. Giving them a platform to showcase their art. Just giving it a go and having fun.

    It’s not all about being serious. Yes, we are fighting for acceptance and understanding but we have to have some fun too. I love seeing people smile and I hope to achieve that at the event.


  • Being able to meet a lot of people from the community and bringing them together.

    This fabulous event is open to all people and we definitely recommend coming along and checking it out - the shows are amazing and the drinks devine - come and have a boogie with your T sisters and brothers and enjoy what Oxford Street has to offer!

    The event is on every first Thursday of the month from 8 pm.

    Free Entry. Shows at 9:30 & 10:30pm 

    Cnr Crown and Oxford St, Darlinghurst.


    A street party announced for Australian marriage equality results night.

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    Plans for celebrations are well underway for the same sex marriage postal survey in Australia. It will also be a call for action by the government as the postal survey is not binding on the government or any minister in the chamber.

    Australians forked out over 122m dollars for this survey where only approx 69% of ballots were returned from those Australians who were eligible to have their say.

    The street 'party' will be held in Sydney at the iconic Oxford Street, where the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade traverses each year. With four stages, lots of artists and performers - it will be (hopefully) a celebration and a moment to reinforce Australia's want for equality.

    All polls and most politicians are now saying that the YES vote will win hands down. However, if the NO vote gets up - the event will still go ahead and become a force for future change on the issue.

    Check out the details and RSVP to the event here.



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    People visiting Sydney’s Oxford St precinct are being urged to take precautions and report any incidents of violence following a series of attacks on the strip earlier this week.

    It has been reported that several people were assaulted by a man on Tuesday night at various points along Oxford St. Police have confirmed that the perpetrator has been arrested and charged and bail has been refused.

    ACON – NSW’s and Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health and HIV/AIDS organisation – is working with police to find out more details of what happened and to assist them in their enquiries.

    ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill is encouraging any victims or witnesses, or anyone with any information, to speak with ACON’s Anti-Violence Project or report directly to Surry Hills Police.

    “ACON can assist with counselling and can also support those who would like assistance in reporting to or contacting police. If you would like to speak with the AVP please call 9206 2066, the AVP Report-Line on 9206 2116, or free call on 1800 063 060. You can also email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.” he says.

    “Violence of any kind in gay and lesbian neighbourhoods is unacceptable. It is important that GLBT people who experience or witness incidents of violence report it to ACON’s AVP and the police.”

    “We’re working with the relevant authorities to improve security measures for our community. However, there are also several personal precautions that people can take to minimise the risk of violence.”

    If you are walking in the street (especially at night) you can:

    • Stay alert. Awareness is your best defence
    • Walk with others. Stick close to a friend or a group of ‘safe’ looking people like other gays or lesbians or groups of women
    • Keep enough money for a taxi or bus
    • Walk in well lit areas
    • Where possible, avoid doorways, bushes etc where an attacker might hide
    • Remember that alcohol can make people aggressive and unpredictable

    The vast majority of street-based homophobic violence is perpetrated by groups of young men travelling together. If you see such a group you can:

    • Cross the road. Try not to draw attention to yourself
    • Avoid making eye contact or stay alert for homophobic signals like comments and stares
    • Avoid walking through the middle of the group. Go around them
    • Try to ensure you have a clear escape route if you need it

    There are a few other strategies you can use to help keep safe.

    • Know the trouble spots, eg. outside certain pubs, and either avoid them or be extra careful when near them
    • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right get away. You may not be right about the situation but it is better to be safe

    Oxford Street is not the only place where bashings occour - Sydney in general is becoming a more dangerous place. Many reports from the CBD, Darling Harbour and Haymarket are making Sydney a very unpleasant and dangerous place.

    Come back to for our expose on street violence and the lack of attention and real action that the police and security forces are providing.

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