International Lesbian Day is on October 4. Why am I talking about this in August, I hear you ask?

I’m talking about it now so you have a chance to book it into your calendars and start planning something to do on that day, or give yourself enough notice to find an event that will make your International Lesbian Day a day to remember.

Even though most of our remembrance days are not associated with public holidays it is a great opportunity to come together as a community, remember who we are, and raise the awareness of those around us about our exciting and vibrant communities as well as the issues we often face.

One event for lesbians to book in this year is the increasingly popular ‘Cowgirl Dance’ held annually on the south coast for International Lesbian Day. Make your way to Berry on Saturday, October 9 for a night of great fun and community only two hours drive south of Sydney.

Past years have shown that this is an event not to miss, with lesbians from all over the region travelling to celebrate International Lesbian Day. Stay tuned for more details closer to the event.

On the note of raising awareness, the Illawarra office is looking to train new Crossroads volunteers. Crossroads is a high school education program that engages young people around issues of homophobia, sexuality and discrimination. If you are available during school hours, based in Wollongong and interested in finding out more about volunteering for this program, please contact the Illawarra office on 4226 1163.

The next Come Out Illawarra meeting is on Sunday, August 8 from 11.30am. The Come out Crew can be found at The Hideaway Cafe in the mall, Wollongong. Visit the website or call 4226 1163 for updates and further details.

info: For more information about groups, services or organisations in the Southern Region, contact ACON on 4226 1163 or email tslattery@acon.org.au

By Trevor Slattery. Slattery is the Education and Community Development Officer at ACON’s Illawarra Branch.

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