With October comes the celebration of International Lesbian Day (ILD). The origins of International Lesbian Day are hazy at best. Some say the day began in Brisbane in the 1990s with some women openly declaring it so, and handing out flowers in the CBD. Others say there is more history behind celebrating this day.
Regardless of ILD’s history or where you are, celebrations are happening internationally, so participate and celebrate the diversity of our community. Men, gay or straight, should join the celebrations and wish the lesbians in their lives a happy ILD.
On Thursday October 8, ACON and Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinema will screen, as a fundraiser for the lesbian health project, Whip It. If you haven’t heard of Whip It, here is a synopsis. In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock-loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. Women, roller derby, indie rock and Austin, Texas — what’s not to love? This movie has it all. Tickets are $15 and available at ACON Lismore but they are limited, so hurry.
On Saturday October 10, Women in the Fruit Bowl will take place. A feminist book swap, special guest speakers and a light lunch plus live entertainment will be offered for a $5 entry fee.
Boobalicious, the 2010 breast awareness calendar is a gorgeous collection of painted breasts. Raising funds for QUAHC’s Lesbian Health Action Group and educating women on breast awareness, Boobalicious will be on sale at ACON Northern Rivers.

info: For more about groups, services, organisations or community events in the Northern Rivers and North Coast contact ACON on 6622 1555 or email siouxh@acon.org.au

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