February provides many opportunities for exploring and celebrating your sexuality, having fun, and developing new sexual relationships.
Whether they are long-term ones, or 10-minute fleeting ones, in all of those relationships it’s important to respect yourself and the person you love, like, or fancy by communicating openly, having safe consensual sex, getting sexual health checks, and looking after each other.
If you are lucky enough to live on the beautiful Mid-North Coast then get along to Coastal Castaways ACON Fundraiser at the Community Centre, Pacific Palms on February 20. Please call the ACON Mid North Coast office on 6584 0943 for details.
Positive Outcome Symposium is a group for HIV positive people on the Mid-North Coast.  Call Glenn on 0427 658 878 for more details.
In the Hunter there will be much cutting, painting, hammering, gluing, and sewing as GLBT people get busy working on our 2010 Mardi Gras parade float. A working bee is happening on February 6 and 7 at noon at the Hunter ACON community space. Rainbow Visions is providing a free BBQ lunch and everyone is welcome to get involved.
Beginning Friday, February 12, Rainbow Visions is hosting free monthly movie nights at the ACON office. Visit www.acon.org.au/event for details.
ACON will be at the Hunter TAFE and University of Newcastle Orientation Week events this month, so please come say hello and pick up some free safe-sex packs and info.
Young people from the Newcastle Uni Queer Collective are starting to organise Youth Week activities and are keen to hear from more young GLBT people. If you are interested, please contact Lisa on 4927 6808.
The ACON Hunter office has a great community space for you to use, with computer access, lounges, a DVD player, library, and GLBT magazines and information. We’d love to see you.
Have a fantastic Mardi Gras!

info: For more about groups, services, organisations or community events in the Hunter, New England, MNC or Central Coast contact ACON on 4927 6808 or email [email protected]

Lisa Ronneberg is the community health promotion officer at ACON’s Hunter Office.

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