This Queen’s Birthday long weekend will no doubt see many in our northern region communities choosing to either party at home or travel afar for other offerings. Remember to pack all your safe sex supplies and take care of each other.

Mixed Fruits has returned to the Hunter after a short break. Their next monthly get-together at Boulevard on Beaumont, Hamilton is 29 May from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and every last Friday after that. Entry is by gold coin donation. For more info visit rainbowvisions.org.au.

Rainbow Visions is calling for expressions of interest for a shopping trip to Parklea Markets. The date proposed is 19 September and will be a fundraiser for their annual GLBT festival. The trip will be full of raffles, giveaways and, of course, shopping. Seats are limited so email Justin at je.charlton@bigpond.com by 19 June.

Join the -˜Drive for Diversity’ car rally on 21 June and get the chance to put your same-sex support statements on the thisisoz website.

Meet and finish at the Settlers Inn Hotel, Hasting River Drive, Port Macquarie. Pre-registration is preferred, but will be accepted at 8.30am on the day. $20 per person to enter (children under 16 free). Rally starts 9.30am. Lucky door prizes and raffles to be won. Call ACON 6584 0943 or 0428445619 or email mnc@acon.org.au

The next Coastal Lynx Dance is 7 June at the Westport Bowling Club, Port Macquarie. Doors open at 6.30pm with tickets at the door. For more details phone ACON on 6584 0943.

Post-partying is a good time to check your health at the sexual health clinic at Port Macquarie Health Campus. Holden St Clinic in Gosford also provides a men’s clinic every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Call them on 4320 2114. In the Hunter, the friendly staff from Pacific Clinic offer sexual health checks at ACON, Islington every Thursday from 1pm to 5pm. Just drop in.

info: For more on groups, services or events in the Hunter, New England, MNC or Central Coast contact ACON Hunter/MNC on 4927 6808 or email hunter@acon.org.au.

Sean O’Rourke is the Education and Community Development Officer at ACON’s Hunter/MNC Branch.

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