Lesbians and other same-sex attracted women are invited to the Gateway Hotel on Wednesday, December 14 for After Dark, an evening of fun and games about sex, sexuality and sexual health. For over 18s only. Please RSVP to Lisa or Bridget at ACON Hunter on 02 4927 6808.

CODE is launching the Newcastle ‘It Gets Better’ campaign at the King St Hotel on Friday, December 16. This is a fundraiser for Twenty10. It will be a huge event. Tickets are $15.

Rainbow Visions are holding their annual general meeting on Saturday, December 17, 3pm at ACON Hunter, 129 Maitland Rd, Islington. This is your opportunity to join the committee and help organise LGBT events in the Newcastle region.

ACON Hunter invites our community, clients and partners to help us celebrate a great year at our Community Christmas Party, Wednesday, December 21, noon at ACON Hunter. Please RSVP by Wednesday,December 14 to Jodi on 02 4927 6808.

Want to get dirty this New Year’s Eve? Then head to the Gateway Hotel on December 31. They are turning the bistro area into a giant mudpit. Special guest appearances by Miss Twinkle Star and Chrystel Fiva. Tickets are available from the Gateway now.

On the Central Coast, The Edge Nightclub is hosting Swagger: Gay/Lesbian RnB and Hip Hop on December 17 from 9pm. The Edge is at 147 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance.

Start planning for Out & Proud, the Central Coast’s first LGBT Australia Day weekend event at the Mingara Recreation Club. Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28. For more info, visit www.agala.com.au

For Mid North Coast folk, the next monthly coffee/ drinks/ catch-up is on Sunday, December 18, 3pm, Settlement Point Park, Settlement Point. For more info, contact Out N Hastings at outnhastings@live.com.au

There will be a LGBT orphans Xmas Day picnic at Rocks Ferry Reserve Wauchope on December 25 from 11.30 am. BYO food and games. For more info, contact Out N Hastings outnhastings@live.com.au

The ACON Hunter and Mid North Coast offices will be shut from 2pm on Friday, December 23 and will reopen Tuesday, January 3 2012. We wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

INFO: For more about groups, services, organisations or community events in the Hunter, New England, Central Coast contact ACON on 02 4927 6808 or email hunter@acon.org.au

by Lisa Ronneberg, Community Health Promotion Officer at ACON’s Hunter office.

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