International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is observed around the world on May 17.

To acknowledge IDAHO, local GLBT youth group Fresh Fruits is screening Holding Hands on Thursday, May 20 in the ACON lounge room. The film highlights a shocking homophobic assault, its aftermath and the two victims’ eventual recovery. Please RSVP by May 13 on 6622 1555.

Fresh Fruits then meets on Thursday, June 3 and Thursday, June 17. Call ACON for more info.

Time Warp is an events-based group for GLBT people and friends and the next party’s theme is Hawaiian  and will be held on Friday, May 28, 7pm-10pm at the Fruit Bowl. Don your fave grass skirt and mingle with other tropically-minded community members. Entry by gold coin donation. For more details, please call 0421 701 662.

May 10-16 is National Volunteer Week. It is said “volunteering changes lives”. You never know, that life could be yours. If you admire an organisation’s works, investigate their volunteer program and become involved. And if you know someone who volunteers, give them a big ‘thank you hug’ — the world is a much better place because of them.

Derby love has engulfed Northern Rivers. Fifty women are now skating weekly to hone their roller derby skills.

On Saturday, May 15 Northern Rivers Roller Derby will launch their newly formed league. Sun State Roller Girls will travel to Lismore Skate Rink to show us all how it’s professionally done in an exciting exhibition bout. Bands, market stalls and food all available on the night and the action kicks off at 5pm.

Tickets are $15 and are available from Dragon Fly on 6622 6556 or Caddies on 6621 7709. Information about participating in the roller derby phenomenon is available from Amber on 0400 242 934.

info: For more information about groups, services, organisations or community events in the Northern Rivers, contact Sioux Harrison at ACON on 6622 1555 or sharrison@acon.org.au.

Sioux Harrison is administration and volunteer officer for ACON Northern Rivers.

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