The team behind Women Say Something have announced details for the next event on February 22.

The evening will start at 6pm with music from Charmaine Bingwa, before Sandy Miller and her partner Louise Bucke provide an update on their dinner with Prime Minister Julia Gillard, to be held the night before as part of GetUp!’s winning 2011 auction bid.

Titled We Are Family, the first panel discussion will include PFLAG’s Shelley Argent, The Australian’s columnist Emma Jane, Dykes on Bikes’ Cheryl Webster and Rainbow Babies coordinator Nadine Sharpe.

They will discuss the challenges involved in creating families.

“We’ll talk about how difficult it can be in our community to have our biological families with us all the time, and how we’re forced to create what we call a logical family — our friends, our children, our animals,” organiser Steph Sands (pictured) told the Star Observer.

The second panel discussion, Health Check, held in conjunction with ACON, will follow a dinner catered by Claire de Lune.

This panel will focus on the research gathered by ACON’s lesbian health surveys over the past eight years and will feature Greens MP Cate Faehrmann, Professor Kerryn Phelps, Sydney University senior lecturer and researcher Dr Julie Mooney-Somers, actress and writer Ann Looby and drag king Rocco D’Amore.

“ACON will present their report card on lesbian health,” Sands said.

“It’ll be a mix of personal stories and strategies on how to improve that report card in the coming years. Heavy topics, but we have some comic relief coming its way in the form of a couple of big name panellists we’ll announce in the coming weeks.”

Organisers expect the event to sell out in advance. Women Say Something will provide a ‘pay what you can afford’ option for women who are unwaged.


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