Hi everyone,

Well where to begin? Let me start by saying how happy I am to be writing for the Star Observer. Each week I’ll let you know exactly what’s going on in and around your neighbourhood. Since going national I’ve felt that Star Observer has needed someone to bring all the states together and, after a few arm twists, the editor agreed.

It’s the sort of job that is far too much for one woman, so with the help of some very “in the know” contributors, week-to-week I’ll endeavour to give you all the knowledge and know how of what’s happening in this great big country we call home.

For some of you I’ll be that familiar face you’ve seen hoofing it around Midsumma, Mardi Gras or perhaps TasPride. But there will be others of you who won’t know who the hell I am. Well, over the weeks and months we are going to become firm and intimate friends.

Once upon a time it used to be the Leyland Brothers who travelled all over the countryside. Not anymore.

I’m racking up the air miles, getting more upgrades than Therese Rein and coming to a city near you.

Love, Dolly Diamond

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Brisbane Pride Festival Art Show
September 7 – 12

This year marks the very first art show presented in partnership by Pride and Andrew Costi. It will showcase some of Brisbane’s most talented amateur artists as they portray the emotions and experiences of the LGBTI community. Previews have already proven very popular, and not surprisingly really, as the show features a whole range of artwork by some of the best that Brisbane has to offer. Opening night: September 7 (Gold coin donation for QAHC).

INFO: brisbanepride.com.au



Testify Sundays – GH Hotel
Every Sunday

Itt was only a matter of time before the GH decided they would take on Sunday nights. It looks like it could be quite a religious experience as the early part of the evening is all acoustics followed by fresh, local DJ talent bringing you great music and the ultimate salvation – believe me, I need saving. It’s free entry which means you get to donate more money to what you want to drink. No scheduled performances (only the ones you and the people next to you put on). So keep the party weekend going and pray Monday away.

INFO: ghhotel.com.au

Sydney Fringe Festival
September 7 – 30

I never really need a reason to enjoy Sydney but if you’re looking for one then look no further than the Sydney Fringe Festival. It all kicks off September 7 with a melting pot of queer offerings, including ranga comedian Rhys Nicholson and Mangina: Tales of an XY Woman to highlight but a few. If you love your entertainment in manly proportions then you can feast your eyes on the finest that Sydney, Perth and Melbourne have to offer in Oh Boy Of Boy’s boylesque extravaganza at The Standard. You can look but you must never touch, unless your asked of course.

INFO: sydneyfringe.com

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