DJ Kate Monroe is dusting off her favourite guernsey and warming up the turntables for The Last Dash -“ a combined Gay Games fundraiser and launch of Luxe, the new Sunday club evening at the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel.

Luxe is the club night Monroe says will more than fill the gap left by the recent exit of Sunday afternoon favourite Milk ‘N’ 2 Sugars, and its launch comes just 10 days before the close of Gay Games registrations.

It’s a fitting tie-in. Proceeds from The Last Dash $5 door charge will be donated to women’s events at the Gay Games and the party will give slack would-be athletes a chance to sign up before the deadline.

Gay Games participants need to register before Wednesday 31 July to avoid a late fee. To help the dawdlers, Games officials will be on hand on Sunday to answer questions and supply registration forms.

The party has a uniform theme -“ so drag out those footy shorts. Best efforts will pick up CD prizes from Monroe herself, who says sports clothes are most appropriate, though other uniforms -“ especially a nurse’s -“ will be more than welcome.

The bar staff will be in uniform, I’ll be in uniform. If there’s someone coming in nurse’s uniform, I’ll come as a patient. A very slightly injured Gay Games participant, Monroe says.

It may be one of the only chances to see Monroe ready to take the field in a sporting sense -“ she says she won’t be competing come November. She performed at the Gay Games launch and is hoping her time will be taken up behind the decks at as many of the official Games parties as possible.

Uniforms aside, Sunday won’t just be a jock party. Those who prefer to save their competitive spirit for the pool table will also have a chance to pick up prizes -“ the winner will take home two tickets to Butch, the Gay Games women’s dance party on 6 November.

And for those who still need some firing up about the upcoming event, the Gay Games cheer squad are expected to put on a performance. Monroe says she hopes Luxe will become the unofficial sorority house” for the cheerleaders during the Games.

Luxe marks the return to the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel for Monroe, just weeks after her Sunday afternoon staple Milk ‘N’ 2 Sugars shut up shop forever.

Although Monroe agrees the death of Milk ‘N’ 2 is a bummer, she promises Luxe will be a very worthy substitute for those looking for good tunes and good times on Sunday afternoons.

Luxe will be operating just the same as Milk ‘N’ 2 Sugars -“ it’s the same DJs, the same feel. While nothing will ever be exactly the same as Milk ‘N’ 2 Sugars, this is like a second chance to do something really good.

And while The Last Dash is billed as an evening for Lush Lesbians and their boyfriends, the Sunday night parties will continue Milk ‘N’ 2 Sugars’ everyone’s welcome door policy.

Luxe presents The Last Dash at the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, 28 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo, this Sunday 21 July from 4pm to 10pm. Entry is by $5 donation.

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