Pinkalicious organisers have been successful in their application for a women’s only event with a VCAT exemption granted this morning.

Promoters applied to VCAT in May for an exemption from state equal opportunity laws to allow them to turn biological men away from the event.

Pinkalicious promoter, Julie Mackenzie said it was a -œhistoricday for Melbourne’s lesbian community as the first enforced female-only event.

-œThere are currently three venues in Melbourne that are exclusively gay male. In applying for the VCAT exemption, Pinkalicious was responding to a significant community need for female-only events.

MacKenzie said lesbians now have a place they can feel comfortable and won’t be subjected to judgement about their sexuality or receive unwanted male attention.

Pinkalicious will be following the lead of The Peel and The Laird Hotel with a policy allowing them to exclude patrons of the opposite sex.

The next Pinkalicious will be held on August 15.

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