VALE MANDY #1
There will be a special tribute night for Mandy Rollins at the Hellfire Club, Friday, September 17 at The Gaff, featuring many of the DJs and friends she worked with over so many years — Feisty, Sveta, Mark Murphy, Karl Anderson, DJ Jay.
Mandy was resident with us for a decade, and a friend for even longer, playing Hellfire, Milkbar and many other events for us — hundreds of memorable sets charting a long and creative career.
She travelled widely with us when Hellfire toured, from Melbourne to New Zealand, and brought joy wherever she played. Our hearts go out to Mel and all who knew and loved her.
Part proceeds of the night will go towards suicide prevention projects, particularly those aimed at the GLBTQI community. Further details will be announced as they are confirmed.
Vale La Rollins — from all of your Hellfire family.
— Craig Donarski

VALE MANDY #2
Mandy is a person who kept everything important and everyone close to her, very close. I was one of the lucky few to see an insight into Mandy that not many got to see.
This girl is humble, maybe too humble for what she achieved, and in her ability was able to create such memories in the masses of such an eclectic group of people.
People knew Mandy for her music, and it was everything to her. I think that was her way of saying to people, I love you, and thank you for getting to know a piece of me. For me it was when she would play Kylie Minogue, when really her set didn’t call for it. I feel like one of the lucky ones to have been close to Mandy during those times.
I have been overseas for the last five years, but I have never forgotten Mandy. The music she inspired created memories for my lifetime.
I wish we could have been dearer as friends for the rest of our lives.
— Angela

VALE MANDY #3
I only met Mandy a few times but each time she had been friendly, gracious and appeared somewhat shy.
I’m shocked and saddened by this news. It is clear that Mandy is a well loved and adored friend to many and an inspiration in the community. I wish she could see this now.
There is hope still. Warmest wishes, love and support to all those whose lives have been made richer because of her.
— Joey

THANK YOU
The president and the committee of Sydney Rams Tenpin Bowling League would like to thank Sydney Star Observer for your support and press coverage last week.
Our charity bingo night was well attended by approximately 160 people from other sporting bodies and the community at large. We were able to make a donation of $2500 to PFLAG on the night. This was a great result for all concerned.
Once again, thank you for the press coverage which I’m sure helped to make the fundraiser such a great success.
— Ron Langham (president) and the committee, Sydney Rams Tenpin Bowling League

ACON RESPONDS
I am responding to William’s letter in SSO 01/09/10 regarding a lack of information on the ACON website about prostate cancer. Firstly I would like to thank William for acknowledging ACON’s work in the area of HIV and for his feedback.
ACON has produced online information on cancer for people with HIV which is currently undergoing a technical review by the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine. We hope this information will be available on our website in the coming weeks.
It should be noted that ACON has Treatment and Client Support Officers based at our Positive Living Centre in Sydney and our office in Lismore. These staff are available to give individual support and information to anyone with HIV concerning any HIV-related medical condition or treatment issue.
ACON also liaises with other services including the NSW Cancer Council to ensure their resources and services are sensitive to the needs of GLBT people and people with HIV.
I am sorry the specific information William was seeking was not available on the ACON website, a situation which we’re currently addressing. We always welcome feedback from community members like William as it enables us to constantly improve the quality of our programs and services so we can better meet the changing needs of the people we serve.
— Nicolas Parkhill, ACON CEO

TWITTERING RICE
Stephanie Rice should think before she comments in public — yes, Twitter is public — especially with young kids looking up to her.
It’s not just about political correctness; it’s a very offensive word (faggot). Not to mention rude to the South Africans.
Her sponsors cannot simply wash their hands of her behaviour as she is their brand ambassador to whom they pay a considerable amount of money. I know I won’t be buying Sun Rice or Davenport.
— King

NO KISSING

I am writing about an incident which happened outside the fabulous Palms nightclub.
I’ve been frequenting this venue for what seems like forever, and most will agree you’re always guaranteed a good time.
Last weekend, I stepped outside to chat up this ever so sexy guy, and before too long I was locked in a passionate embrace with this hottie. The next thing I hear is the bouncer of Palms (who looked like a new bouncer — never seen him before) telling us to move away, and not kiss outside the club.
This was on public property, far away from the entrance of a gay bar! I couldn’t believe this.
He then refused to let us back into the club. We were perfectly sober.
Where do clubs hire their bouncers from? Are they aware that Oxford St is generally a gay strip? I’m sure if we were a straight couple this would never happen.
I’m not usually one to moan on about gay rights but how do I go about informing the managers of the club? Incidentally, the same thing happened to a friend as well.
— Stephen

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