Autumn is shaping up to be a busy one for us in the Northern Rivers.

ACON and other organisations have many activities for the many groups that make up our wonderfully diverse community.

Saturday 24 May at the Fruit Bowl, Red Shoe Events and ACON Northern Rivers are partnering to present a workshop for women. Starting at 3.30pm, the afternoon activities include whip-making and BDSM workshops as well as a shared supper. A small fee is charged. Contact Amber 6622 1555.

Exploring the skills from the workshops, Red Shoe Events’ women’s-only fetish party Cum Undone will be held Saturday 31 May. For more details:

Have you tried to quit or reduce smoking but so far failed? Maybe it’s time to try again. Tropical Fruits, North Coast Area Health Service, Riverlands and ACON are working on a comprehensive support program starting Monday 2 June. Ring Ian 6622 1555.

At 5.30pm Thursday 5 June at the Winsome Hotel, ACON will be presenting an alcohol and other drugs forum and a screening of the film Twisted. This forum will explore AOD use within the GLBT community.

Beginning Friday 13 June a group is starting in the Northern Rivers to enable participants to discuss issues around living long-term with HIV in a regional area. Contact Neil 6622 1555.

From all reports our recent Gay Men Living with HIV Retreat held in the North Coast hinterland was a very worthwhile, enjoyable weekend with an impressive 50 participants from statewide and beyond.

Saturday 7 June is Tropical Fruits winter party. Don’t miss this one. Tropical Fruits parties are more of an experience as opposed to just a party. Contact 6622 6440 or the website at

Remember too, that Bent Events holds a T Dance for GBT men and friends at the Lismore Workers Club on the last Sunday of each month 6pm-9pm. Website:

If you want any information about groups, services, organisations or community events taking place in the Northern Rivers or assistance with transport, contact ACON on 6622 1555 or 1800 633 637 or email

Sioux Harrison is the Administration & Volunteer Officer at ACON’s Northern Rivers Branch.

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