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FUSE59 — SpringOut Pride

IN THIS ISSUE: CBR SpringOUT festival guide, Uniting Church has become the first of the three major Australian Christian churches to endorse same-sex marriage p23. India’s LGBTIQ community celebrates after their Supreme Court overturned a 157 year old British colonial law that had criminalised homosexual acts p37. Julia O’Boyle talks about dealing with stress over the holiday period p31 and Maxwell Elliff our resident millennial writes about Boy Erased and gay conversion therapy and so much more.


Alexander Thatcher FUSE EditorSpring Pride

FUSE59 - Editorial by Alexander Thatcher, Executive Editor.

There’s been a lot of confronting stuff going on in Australia and the world over the last year, but winter seems to make it all a bit harder to cope with. Having to be inside so much to escape the cold mornings, icy winds and dark evenings, means we don’t have our usual daily support mechanism of simply being outside and interacting with the world. We don’t linger, we don’t chat and we don’t explore. It’s too damn cold.

So with spring well and truly here (and giving us a glimpse of an apparently very hot summer), I’m finally able to come out of my cocoon and emerge fluttering into the uncharted world again. It fills me with a bit more hope and optimism about my own ability to grow and change, and a bit more strength to cope with all the crazy.

Spring also signals the start of pride season and over the next six months, there is always something “rainbow” happening around Australia. No matter how you identify, it’s an important time not only to celebrate who we are but also to remember how we got here and all the work our LGBTIQ elders have done to get us to the place we are now.

Following Queensland who celebrated in September, it’s Canberra’s turn to be fabulous with their annual SpringOUT pride festival. Yep, it starts at the beginning of November, with the much loved CBR Fair Day officially kicking things off on Saturday 3rd at Gorman Arts Centre, hosted by that bedrock of the Canberra LGTBIQ community, the AIDS Action Council.

Other events include the Meridian Club Reunion, remembering one of Canberra’s very first gay nightclubs tucked away in Braddon; Exclusion, an explosive new play by David Atfield; Fruit Tingles Women’s Dance; the Summer Sunday Lunch at the Lucky Stars Animal Sanctuary; Qwire’s Silver Anniversary concerts and of course the famous Bushdance (which sold out in record time).

Sean and the whole SpringOUT team have really crafted a great festival this year and we’ve included a complete festival guide in this issue p7-13.

Also in this issue, the Uniting Church has become the first of the three major Australian Christian churches to endorse same-sex marriage p23. India’s LGBTIQ community celebrates after their Supreme Court overturned a 157 year old British colonial law that had criminalised homosexual acts p37. Julia O’Boyle talks about dealing with stress over the holiday period p31 and Maxwell Elliff our resident millennial writes about Boy Erased and gay conversion therapy.

Wishing everyone a safe and joyous holiday season. See you all in the new year.

Alexander Thatcher
Executive Editor

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