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The Old Girl Turns 1000 - Happy Birthday Star Observer

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What a year 2009 has been for the Sydney Star Observer!  The 30th year of publication culminates this week in the 1000th issue of the iconic free gay and lesbian newspaper hitting the streets with a celebration.

And to celebrate, the paper is putting on a street party - where you can join in the fun (with the GTG tam in full attendance!) from 6pm this Wednesday 9th December at Taylor Square on Oxford Street.

The world famous gay rugby team the Sydney Convicts will pull their hands out of their footy shorts to pass the 1000th issue of the Sydney Star Observer to Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW. favourite, and the paper's resident drag columnist, Maxi Shield will be dishing out some supersized entertainment along with Candy Box and DJ George Roussos. What fabulous fun we gays can have as the peak hour commuters roll by Gilligan’s Island!

Most of us have grown up with the SSO providing a vital connection to our community. As the longest running gay and lesbian newspaper in Australia, SSO have contributed to Sydney’s strong GLBT sense of community.  The past 999 issues have delivered news that have made us both laugh and cry - from the joys of a dance party to the despair of discrimination and fear.

“The HIV/AIDS epidemic was a key theme for the Star for many years,” Editor Scott Abrahams said. “We have also covered thousands of spectacular celebrations that the community has enjoyed over that time, including the iconic Mardi Gras held in Sydney every year, which celebrated its 30th anniversary just last year.”

Congratulations to the SSO team from the gang at, we are proud of all our friends at the paper, both present and past, and wish you all the best for the next 1000!

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