From Glebe to Gordon, Bondi to Blacktown, Darling-it-Hurts to Dural, Slurry Hills to Sutherland, gay villages abound.

Summer is a great time to be out sister-spotting.

Real girls dress down, revealing tatts, strength of character and a gutsy attitude to work, life and play — making many of our gorgeous dykes invisible in the corporate haze of the town we call home. The lipsticks of our community – well, they could be suburban mums with attitude and double incomes, lost from the view of the sister-spotter.

‘Sports Kit’ has a lot to answer for as a ‘dress code’. How dare our stunning gay and lesbian sports people be tarred with the brush that brought ‘baggy greens’ to our national cricket team, creating a daggy look that no gay person would ever consider? The Socceroos hide great physiques beneath more metres of fabric than one could find in an Indian bazaar, leaving their ardent gay supporters no choice but to purchase their semi-nude calendar.

Our ironmen and women, AFL teams and the occasional swimmer make waves with their highly visible, very becoming teeny-weeny costumes. These sports are drawing followers like the Sydney Swanettes. Watching the races on our beaches, whether in person or on TV, encourages the gays in the villages to follow the lead of the champions. Not because we all want to be champions. Oh no, that is far too deep. We simply want to look like that.

With Gay Christmas around the corner, this becomes a prime motivator to ensure the spandex, glitter and sequins accentuate each curve. When being observed, whether from a distance, in passing or up close and very personal, how we feel about ourselves is displayed by the image we portray, not by the village where we hang out.

So it’s time to get ready for the busiest time in our communities’ calendar: join us in a village where everyone is gay. Turn the world upside down at Team Sydney’s Village at Fair Day on February 20.

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