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Jul. 5th, 2010 | 01:16 pm
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----- Forwarded message -----

> My name is Adrian Corbett and I am co-producer for Out Cast
> Theatres latest production "The Art of Being Still" Part 1, the
> story of love and friendship in the plague years.
>
> I am hoping that you may be able to pass this information onto
> your members and help Australia's longest running GLBTI theatre
> company continue to present stories based around our community.
>
> We are offering a discount price for groups of 10 and over with
> tickets reduced to only $20 each instead of the full price of
> $30.
>
> Booking information is below and I hope to see you at this
> exciting piece.
>
> Adrian Corbett - B.Ed, B.Arts
>
> Producer
>
> www.outcast.org.au
>
>
>
> The Art Of Being Still Part One
>
> a `serious comedy' by Steven Dawson
>
> Written and first performed in 1991 during the height of the AIDS
> epidemic in Sydney, Out Cast Theatre, Australia's only ongoing gay
> theatre company is thrilled to present the return of this
> ground-breaking comedy/drama from Steven Dawson, one of
> Australia's most prolific theatre voices in an exciting all new
> production. The story of seven friends meeting every Monday
> night for six years until they lose a core member of their
> "family". A return to the weekly routine opens more wounds and
> revelations as the group help a grieving friend move on.
> Bittersweet and hilariously funny The Art Of Being Still will move
> you from laughter to tears. We urge you not to miss this rarely
> performed celebration of "family".
>
> "...fires off more barbs than a medieval army...jaw achingly funny."
> - Sunday Herald-Sun
>
> "...a glitter of one liners."
> - Sydney Morning Herald
>
> "The writing is witty and barbarically clever."
> - The Bulletin
>
>
>
> Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre
>
> Cnr Sydney & Glenlyon Rds Brunswick
>
> June 30 - July 17, Tues-Sat 8pm
>
> Bookings 9308 4574
>
> www.outcast.org.au
>
> Tickets $30 Full, $20 Concessions. Groups 10+ $20 each
>
> For more information contact Adrian Corbett either at
> outcastadmin@eftel.net.au or on 0417 795410

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New Article on Pleasure Activism Australia Website

Sep. 27th, 2009 | 11:07 pm
posted by: naked_wrat in pleasureact

Hey Gorgeous People of Pleasure!

Just a quick note to say that there is a new article up on the Pleasure Activism Australia website, Desiring Gendered Bodies by Ryan Radclyffe-Hall from the A.C.T. group A Gender Agenda ( http://www.agenderagenda.org.au/ )

You can find the article here:
http://www.pleasureactivism.org/articles/desiring_gendered_bodies.html

Cheers
Ruth

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URGENT action on Lithuania

Jul. 11th, 2009 | 01:30 pm
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----- Forwarded message -----

Hi everyone!

Amnesty International has just released a VERY URGENT action on Lithuania where the Seimas (parliament) is going to vote on Tuesday (July 14) on whether to put into effect a very homophobic law that would ban a lot of materials from schools and even from public places and the media in general.

Fortunately, Amnesty UK has set up a webpage where you can just click to send a submission to the Lithuanian authorities. It's very quick and easy! So, PLEASE go to this link and make a submission. It will take just 60 seconds. And please send this link to your other activist networks so we can generate as many messages as possible over the next three days.

Here's the link:
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/lgbt

Thanks everyone!

All the best,


Tony Pitman
Amnesty International LGBT group convener, Melbourne, Australia

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Sexual identity and alcohol & other drug use among young GLBTQ

May. 13th, 2009 | 07:16 pm
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TITLE: Sexual identity and alcohol & other drug use among young GLBTQ

Researchers from the National Centre in HIV Social Research at UNSW
are looking for same-sex attracted young people aged between 18 to 25
to participate in an interview about sexual identity, alcohol and
other drug use, and the GLBTQ scene.

Interviews are confidential, take about 90 minutes to complete, and
can be conducted at UNSW or a location of your choice. You will
receive $20 for participating.

For more information please contact TOBY on 0423 501 462 or
toby.lea@student.unsw.edu.au.
This study has received ethical approval from UNSW and ACON.

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Why feminists should be concerned with the impending revision of the DSM

May. 8th, 2009 | 07:03 am
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Why feminists should be concerned with the impending revision of the DSM

By Julia Serano

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has been called the "bible of mental illness" because it lists and defines all of the "official" psychiatric diagnoses according to the American Psychiatric Association. The DSM is in the early stages of undergoing its 5th major revision; each previous revision has seen the total number of mental disorders recognized (some might say invented) by the APA greatly increase. Last year, trans activists were particularly concerned to learn that Ken Zucker and Ray Blanchard had been named to play critical lead roles in determining the language of the DSM sections focusing on gender and sexuality, especially given that these researchers are well known for forwarding theories and therapies that are especially pathologizing and stigmatizing to gender-variant people.

Blanchard has recently presented some of his suggestions to revise the "Paraphilia" section of the DSM. In the past, this section has generally received little attention from feminists, as it has been primarily limited to several sexual crimes (e.g., pedophilia, frotteurism and exhibitionism) and a handful of other generally consensual but unnecessarily stigmatized sexual acts (such as fetishism and BDSM) that are considered "atypical" by sex researchers. However, there are two aspects of the proposed Paraphilia section revision that should be of great concern to feminists, as well as anyone else who is interested in gender and sexual equality.

First, Blanchard is proposing a significant expansion of the DSM's definition of "paraphilia" to include:

"any intense and persistent sexual interest other than sexual interest in genital stimulation or preparatory fondling with phenotypically normal, consenting adult human partners."

The first concern here is the term "phenotypically normal" (meaning "normal" with regards to observable anatomical or behavioral traits). Thus, according to this definition, attraction to any person deemed by sex researchers to be "abnormal" or "atypical" could conceivably be diagnosed as paraphilic. So, do you happen to be attracted to, or in a relationship with, someone who is differently-abled or differently-sized? Or someone who is gender-variant in some way? Well congratulations, you may now be diagnosed with a paraphilia!"

Read more at http://www.feministing.com/archives/015254.html

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Light a Candle, for Angie Zapata

Apr. 17th, 2009 | 06:07 pm
posted by: naked_wrat in pleasureact

Please spread awareness of the USA's first-ever application of a hate-crime statute to an anti-transgender murder.

In July 2008 in a small town near where I grew up an 18-year old Latina transgender woman was brutally murdered. Today is her chance for justice.

FOR CANDLE LIGHTING INFO FOLLOW THIS LINK:
http://bit.ly/O5OS0

We can all take part in educating people and erasing bigotry. It's as simple as having a conversation with the people you interact with daily; Posting info on your social media profiles; Asking people to pass this on.

GET INFO:
On facebook: http://bit.ly/O5OS0
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/justiceforangie
Online: http://www.angiezapata.com

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New Yahoo! group, 'Introvert Sexuality'

Mar. 10th, 2009 | 11:16 pm
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Forwarding this on behalf of my partner

Hi all,

i've today created a new Yahoo! group, 'Introvert Sexuality':

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/introvert_sexuality/

The group blurb:

"This group is for introverts wishing to explore how our
introversion impacts on our sexualities and how we express them.
All genders and sexualities based on informed consent between
adults are welcome."

Please feel free to join and/or let others know!


Alexis.

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Lesbian Porn film session at MQFF

Mar. 8th, 2009 | 08:54 pm
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19th Melbourne Queer Film Festival March 18 ­ 29

All tickets and ticketing information: http://www.mqff.com.au, acmi cinemas or Hares and Hyenas Bookstore.

Champion (18+)
Dir: Shine Louise Houston, USA, 2008, video, 90 min
At last ­ lesbian porn with a plot, and hot women! Jessie Eaton is a hotshot
jock making her way into women¹s professional boxing but distracted by the
fact she can¹t let go of her ex-girlfriend, CathyŠ or any other girl for
that matter. Her plans at world boxing domination hit a snag (or is that
shag?) when a run in with an old nemesis, Bobby Malone, blocks her way to
the top via a little blackmail. To save her career she must throw the fight
that would surely be her ticket into the professional arena. Even trickier
is her attraction to the woman she is suppose to beat, Violet Vahn, who is
Jessie¹s toughest opponent both inside and outside the ring. It¹s a big
lesson in humility and integrity for Jessie as she juggles her sexual
relationships and her career. Will she win or will she lose...?
Directed by celebrated feminist porn director Shine Louise Houston, Champion
is the gold standard for hip, hot, real lesbian porn.
Warning: contains explicit sex scenes and depictions of SM and butch/femme
role-play which may offend some viewers.

SESSION 80 Sat 28 March 9.30pm, ACMI CINEMAS

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Melbourne Pride March 2009 - Last Call to Participate

Jan. 29th, 2009 | 11:38 pm
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Hey People of Pleasure

Here are the plans for Sunday's Pride March

Meet at corner of Fitzroy St and Lakeside Drive St Kilda at 4:30pm

We are listed as Number 81. We're between Sex Workers of Victoria and their Supporters and Manhunt.

Cheers
The Wrat

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Melbourne Pride March 2009!

Jan. 17th, 2009 | 02:26 pm
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Hey Gorgeous People of Pleasure!

We've registered Pleasure Activism Australia to march in the Melbourne Pride March 2009 on the 1st of February. Who wants to march?

Also, we are looking to organise some PAA social nights here in Melbourne. Would love to know who's interested!

Hope 2009 has been treating you well so far!

Cheers
The Wrat

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