The role alcohol plays in the GLBT community is to be put under the spotlight on Wednesday 16 May. Happy Hour and a Half, an ACON-organised forum, will look at the positive and negative influences of booze and bars on gay people’s social lives. A panel of speakers will be present including representatives from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, a council licensing expert and a counsellor. The forum will be held in the upstairs bar of the Colombian Hotel, Oxford St, from 6:30 to 8pm. RSVP to Ange Matheson on 9206 2081 or


The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) has been announced as the charity partner recipient for the upcoming exhibition by artist Ulrich Schild. Thirtyseven Degrees gallery in Danks St, Waterloo, will host Schild’s work. Bev Lange, BGF CEO, said, The contribution from Ulrich Schild will greatly assist the BGF in our ongoing work to improve the lives of men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. The exhibition runs from 19 May to 9 June.


St Vincent’s Hospital is offering a free gambling treatment program which GLBT people are welcome to use. Staffed by qualified and experienced clinical psychologists the program provides counselling and treatment for problem gamblers. No referral is necessary. For further information call 8382 3448


Sydney gay and lesbian hockey club, Bentstix, has made history by becoming the first gay team to be accepted into a mainstream hockey league. Two of Bentstix’s teams will play in this year’s Sydney Hockey League winter tournament. Bentstix is the world’s number one gay hockey club having won gold at the 2004 EuroGames in the Netherlands. Bentstix president Danny Caretti commented: Bentstix has grown from a few players getting together for a social game to being the most successful gay and lesbian club is ever to hit international hockey. Bentstix are set to become the first gay interstate sports club when it opens a Melbourne branch next month. The club is recruiting for new players in both Sydney and Melbourne. Please contact


The Sydney Convicts have made a solid start to the 2007 season with both teams scoring decisive victories on the weekend. The Noice Cup side, currently ranked fourth on the ladder, were too tough for the boys from Lane Cove, defeating them 58-10. The win makes up for two recent narrow defeats. Meanwhile, the Halligan Cup team came back from their 17-nil defeat at the hands of Kings Old Boys by defeating Briars 13-5 in a bruising encounter. On Saturday the Noice team plays at Manion Road, Rose Bay, at 2pm. The Halligan Cup has a 10:45am kick-off at Camperdown Oval.

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