October reminds all of us in the Hunter that winter has passed and we begin our migration back to community as we end our winter hibernation and come together for spring. I am talking of course of the Rainbow Festival that showcases and celebrates the diversity of our community.
The Rainbow Festival is proudly supported by Newcastle City Council and is an initiative of Hunter collaborations including Rainbow Visions, ACON, Queer Collective, LLINC, Karumah, New Coast MCC, community members and others. Here is just a taste of some of the delights on offer.
* Festival launch and opening of the You Are Here Now exhibition, GLBTIQ Lives & Loves photography exhibition: University of Newcastle Saturday, Oct 10.
* Youth picnic: Islington Park Maitland Rd, Islington, Sunday Oct 11, 2pm.
* Festival breakfast: Outside Maths Building, University of Newcastle, Monday, Oct 12, 8.15am.
* Transsexualism discussion: Gallipoli Legion Club, Beaumont St, Hamilton, Monday Oct 12, 7pm.
* In sickness and in health: your legal guide to same-sex relationships, free seminar: Gallipoli Legion Club Beaumont St, Hamilton, Tuesday Oct 13, 6.30pm.
* Best of Short and Curlies: Hunter Room, Newcastle City Hall, King St, Newcastle, Friday Oct 16, 8pm $15/ $10.
* Foreplay community dance: Saturday, Oct 17.
* Rainbow picnic: Gregson Park, Hamilton, Sunday, October 18, 11am.
For all the details on the festival and festival updates visit www.rainbowvisions.org.au and for more information about groups, services, organisations or community events taking place in the Hunter, New England, MNC or Central Coast contact ACON on 4927 6808 or email hunter@acon.org.au

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Dermot Ryan is the manager of ACON Northern Rivers and guest columnist for Hunter Happenings.

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