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Culture Magazine April 2018

Culture Magazine April 2018. Mardi Gras, masculinity and health!

CULTURE
CAIRNS

290 Draper Street /QUACNQ
Parramatta Park QLD

07 4041 5451 FREE
www.quac.org.au

Cairns is part of 40 years of Mardi Gras

Monthly Community Newsletter Apr 2018 | Issue 8


Our Vision Mardi Gras
A Queensland where all lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and intersex people achieve the I trust everyone has had a good rest since all 40
Queenslanders visited the 40th Sydney Gay and
best possible health and well-being and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March.
participate fully in the life of communities, From crocodiles to mermaids, we had it all out in
full colourful force. Everyone did an amazing job
free from stigma and discrimination. showcasing destination Cairns and the barrier
reef.
Our Values Thank you to everyone who helped make
Courage. Justice. Innovation. Celebration. it possible, but in particular I would like to
acknowledge the hard work and organisation of
Acknowledgement Stephen, Kevin, Sule and Vyvyen for organising all
We acknowledge the Aboriginal & Torres Strait of the decorations and vehicle to fundraising and
Islander peoples on whose land we live & work, organising grants. Thank you to Cairns Tropical
Pride for your support and Ben Woodward and
& pay our respects to Elders past & present.

Cairns: What’s happening ...

1Next monthly PFLAG 2Join the LGBT Cairns North-
meeting is Sat 7 April at ern Beaches group for a social
Paradiso. facebook.com/ golf Sun 8 April at 2pm. Para-
pflagcairns/ dise Palms Kerwarra Beach

5 6Get involved with Tropical Pride of JCU is officially
Pride’s Sign-On night and launching it’s Cairns
training/info session, held at LGBTQIA+ group at the
QuAC Sat 28 April JCU Boathouse, Monday 30
April 6pm, Smithfield

Smile, laugh and join us in putting the UNITY back into COMMUNITY


What an amazing community effort!

Sule for organising the music, and of course Joe nights, thanks to Conservatory Bar on Lake St.
Scott from Sydney who was pivotal as we used We also want to hear your thoughts on what
his place to send props and store the float. It health promotion campaigns QuAC should run
was all put together in a short space of time and in FNQ.
considering that it was all a small group effort, There is currently a short one minute survey
and Cairns’ first float in 20 years, we can all take which is available on our facebook page which
a minute to congratulate our community for a you can fill out with any suggestions for a health
smooth, colourful showcase of FNQ in Sydney. campaign that you think we might need in
There are a lot of events to look forward to, Cairns and FNQ.
like International Day of Transgender Visibility Some suggestions already are more on
where we’re having a BBQ at QuAC, and the PrEP, testing or tackling stigma about HIV
upcoming 25 year pool party at Turtle Cove. positive people called undetectable equals
Cairns Tropical Pride has been busy fundraising untransmissable.
for other events, like a Mental Health Workshop
which will be organised by a sub committee and As always, be proud! Ben.
held at QuAC, and the monthly Scoregasm quiz

3 4Guilt Free Comedy is on at Ready to scoregasm? It’s on
Kezz Bar. $10 entry for a again at The Conservatory
good laugh with mates post Bar on Lake St, 26 April
hump day. 12 April 7.30pm 6pm

7Thirsty LGBTIQ+ dance party 8 Check the Out! website
at the Woolshed, Sun 6 May or facebook page for an
6pm #thethirstisreal update on the dates of their
upcoming events

For all other events and ‘what’s on’ visit www.cairnsgayinfo.com


Strengthening our community
Cairns Pride in Mardi Gras


‘Cairns floating down Oxford Street’

Many kind thanks to photographer Lisa Goulding for supporting us


What’s going on with PrEP?
Medication and PBS explained

Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP is If you’re a guy who has sex with guys,
an anti-retro-viral therapy medication you may have already heard about
if taken once a day, stops you from PrEP. Perhaps you already know a
getting HIV. little about it and you’d like to know
Many of you know that PrEP has been more, or perhaps you don’t know
available in QLD through the QPrEPd much about it at all.
study, meaning you can get it for free Either way, the good news is that
from a prescriber, our main one is PrEP is an exciting biomedical devel-
Cairns Sexual Health. opment that is already playing a vital
PrEP is 99% effective against HIV, and role in our efforts to end HIV by 2020.
is the best thing we have to eliminate
HIV.

PrEP will be listed on the PBS (Phar-
maceutical Benefits Scheme) on April
1st 2018. Changes to the way you can
access PrEP in QLD can be found at
https://comeprepd.info

From 1 April 2018 you
can get it like any normal

prescription, like most
medicines in Australia.

If you are currently taking PrEP
either through personal importation
or the QPrEPd study it’s important
to continue taking PrEP as usual and
to speak to your healthcare provider
before making any changes to your
PrEP routine.


Should Cairns have a flo
and What shou

Yes, it should include Splendid idea. It should Yes, it should include Yes! It’s got to be
rainforest because we display the enthusiasm three dimensional tropical. The pride fish
did the reef last year. we have here in Cairns. objects of each colour. needs to be on it, colour,
Sam Tyson It should represent each life and movement!
region in Cairns. Alyssa Derm

Yes! There’s a big Yes and it needs to have Yes, a tropical, Yes Cairns should
community here and it a massive Crocodile! rainforest, reef, sand, definitely have a float again
has a lot to represent Dan sun, fun, culture and in next years mardi gras. A
including the attractions activities could be tropical fruits theme would
of Cairns. Molly displayed.. Stephan be awesome...fruits of all
colours of the rainbow
Kiarah

Every couple of years, Maybe. If I was going The flag is an easy fit I’m going with a love
link Cairns’ inclusion back to Sydney for for the parade but I & acceptance float
to significant lgbtq+ Mardi Gras again next would include carriers beautiful beating hearts
regional/community year I would probably to also hold small signs and blessings to all as
milestones and that just watch the parade, as that include areas of equal. Mechel
might help find a theme I have yet to just watch Cairns and FNQ. Mark
for the float. Frank it. Thomas


float in Mardi Gras 2019
ould it include?

YES and as a proud Yes yes yes! And it Yes, I wouldn’t have a Yes. Reef themed and
clue. Maybe half naked what is traditional
Cairns man I want to be needs to have sarongs men! Michael Queensland. Delvine

there! Peter Paul

ABSOLUTELY!!! Yes we should march YES!!! Ulysses Tropical Yes! Had a blast as
Brides and grooms!!! again. Would love to Transformation theme. a jellyfish. We could
Cairns is a perfect gay see greater participation And definitely Andrew’s promote also our
friendly wedding and from everyone in our flag. Nada Lbgtqi associations
honeymoon destination! community, especially more so than just
Kendall the young people. environment. Julia
Andrew

Maybe. Beach, Yes. Bringing new Yes! Maybe more Yes definitely have a
rainforest, hot springs, volunteers in keeps it expression of the float - maybe we should
waterfalls. Gillian fair and fresh. Maybe diversity from people have a ‘think tank’ with
rainforest, dancing trees, from NQ. Destiny other members on how
birds, snakes, spiders, & what? Janet
bats..etc. batmobile
jungle truck. Martine


Happy 25
years

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My beloved

Names: Gabby

Breed: Staffy

Age: 4 years old

Sex: Female

Mum: Carly

Favourite food:

Most enjoyable past time: Getting walked by
mum down to the park and getting pushed on
the swings.

Finish this sentence: To me my dogs are my
family, my kids and my loves.


T


Out and about!


Out! Cairns Jungle Fever Party
Kezz Bar
9 March


Why should gay cis-men
care about trans issues?

“Hey Bro” is how most guys start most Like every political movement,
conversations with me online. I reply, the smallest factions had
talking about my motorbike and my last the least to gain but were
session at the gym. They can’t hear my the loudest, while the
lisp or see the way I walk. I conceal the largest factions set the
fact that I work in a call centre, because agenda. Suddenly we
it’s too “gay” for their precious ears. I’ve saw the trans men, trans
been told I present as “gay” by these men, women, drag queens,
just before they block me and disappear effeminate men and
into the ether. I am gay. They are gay too, butch women marching
so why do I make them uncomfortable? in the streets for the
And why is the term “Gay” hurled around rights of our community.
like some kind of weapon? Most guys The vast majority of the
disappear inexplicably as soon as they benefits of their labor would
figure out that I’m never going to be their affect gay cis-men, and lesbian
“Bro” or blend in seamlessly with the cis-women who preferred to hide from
straight guys they want to impress. I don’t public scrutiny, analysing every aspect
believe it’s that I’m gay, but because I am of their presentation and behaviour
effeminate and that scares these men. to live stealthily within the ocean of
Back in the bad ol’ days when heteronormativity that surrounded them.
homosexuality was illegal, and we would These men and women were honing on
be arrested for even looking sideways at their skills to “pass” as heterosexual.
that hot guy in the street, gay men would Gender identity forms a big part of our
seek out safe places to spend their time. society. We celebrate the ultra-masculine
These places were often safe because sports professionals and gaze in awe as
we were protected by the owner of that the ultra-feminine actresses perform
secluded bar or the dingy nightclub. on our screens. These expressions have
These places were not glamorous, or even nothing to do with whats between our
desirable but they were safe, and this was legs, but what’s in our minds and what’s
the top priority. As it turns out, other in the minds of those around us. We have
people experiencing the margins of what a desperate need to fit in with everyone
was considered “normal” also needed else. From an early age, we are told
a safe place, so lesbian, bisexual, and that we must fit with the community
transgender people would all mingle in expectation of what it is to be a “man” or
the same protected enclaves. Not because to be a “woman”. Any exploration of that
we were seeking each other out, but grey space in-between is discouraged,
because of the safety we had found. even actively suppressed by some well
Politically we were louder if we fought meaning parents. As it turns out, that
together. LGBT became a term we space isn’t actually grey, it’s great, and it’s
would use to group ourselves together. got a name - gender non-binary.


An ex lover used to say to me Andrew Wheatland from
“I don’t understand why The Empty Closet Radio
everything has to be so
“gay”, why cant we have shares
hot tradies instead of drag
queens at the parties”. thinks it should be.
My reply was downright I met a man with a trans background at a
practical - “we can, you nightclub - as I remember, I was trying to
organise it” but what pick him up. I’m on a continual journey
was missing from our of learning, in the constant knowledge
conversation was any that i will never truly know what it’s like
acknowledgement that to live the trans experience. His honesty
maybe it was this mirror to and openness over the proceeding years
our effeminate selves was what has taught me so much about his story,
but also my story as a gay cis-man. He
was very uncomfortable for him. spoke about this concept of being able to
Having gender-bending performers is “pass” as a bloke. It’s the idea that when
not only part of our culture, history and people pass you in the street, they see you
pride, but also provides us a safe place to as a man, rather than a “cross-dresser” or
explore issues of gender. a “tom-boy”. I think about my own story
At some point we all must settle our and what it means to me to “pass”. For
own version of what it means to be a me, it might be the ability to be mistaken
man or to be a woman or live proudly as a straight guy as I’m doing my
as gender non-binary. For many gay supermarket shopping, or to be treated
men, like the ones that think I could seriously by a car dealer when buying a
be their “Bro”, this process involves new car, or to be gendered correctly over
magnifying every ounce of masculinity the phone when talking to a stranger. The
they possess and tearing down anything concept of “passing” is something that
in their world that vaguely reminds we all can identify with and most of us
them of anything feminine. For others struggle with in some form, at some stage
it means becoming comfortable with in our lives.
the balance of masculine and feminine
qualities they possess. Sometimes this For some, “passing” is very important
journey to acceptance of yourself isn’t because it provides privileges in everyday
straightforward - it can involve lots of life, making it easier not to have to
soul searching to discover who you are, explain away your different presentation.
and extreme bravery to express what’s For others, “passing” isn’t important; it’s
inside, regardless of what society thinks for others to interpret their presentation
or tells us. This self honesty is hard, and a number of different ways. On
people who choose to openly live their Transgender Day of Visibility, I encourage
truth deserve our praise and adoration, you to explore what it might be like to not
especially if their truth isn’t what society achieve “passing” in your everyday life.
What are the things you are struggling
to fit-in with, and why is it important to
conform at all?

-Andrew Wheatland


What’s easy to do this weekend
The ultimate rainforest experience!

Want to experience what everyone knows and
loves FNQ for? The Daintree Rainforest drive is
definitely the way to experience what FNQ has to
offer with rainforest beauty.
Driving two hours north of Cairns, you’ll reach
the Daintree River Crossing which can take you
and vehicle across to explore what this World-
Heritage listed area has to offer. It’s approximately
$20 for the barge fee where you can look out
your window for the mighty crocodiles who call
this home. It’s magical to use the boardwalks
provided, check out the beaches and get some
locally made gelati along the way.
Approx 130km from Cairns CBD.
What’s your local adventure? Like to share? Send us your info and photos bdawson@quac.or.au

Tropo fav

Red Wine Sangria

A popular and freshing favourite in the tropics
Fom stevethebartender.com.au

750mL Light / Dry Red Wine

200mL Cointreau or Grand Marnier

250mL Freshly-squeezed Orange Juice

45mL Sugar Syrup

Few dashes of Angostura Bitters

Fresh fruit

We have had a few fun times with red wine

sangria! It is probably the best way to enjoy fruit,

freshness and red wine basking in the tropical

surrounds of Cairns.

Instructions Notes: Make use of seasonal fruit. Fresh

orange, lemon, lime & apple are a good start.
Add all ingredients to a large jug (1.5L is ideal) Try steeping the fruit for a few hours in the
Add ice and chill
fridge prior to serving.
Pour into glasses (makes 8)

Remember to drink responsibly folks.


HIV and our mob

In 2017, the Annual Surveillance Report Michael Brown
released by the Kirby Institute shows us that if
you’re Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you and started a new job at Cairns Sexual Health
are more than two times likely to acquire HIV. doing health promotion.
We have more than 150,000 Aboriginal and I am meeting and learning so many new people,
Torres Straight Islander people in QLD, with stats and health strategies in my role, but
30% of the Northern Territory’s population one thing that I am constantly hearing from
being indigenous, right next door to our top different people when I speak to them one on
end region. one is like this elephant in the room, almost an
The population of Cairns is 240,000, with 10% ultimate question in this field, ‘how do we reach
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander
living in the city and Cairns is the closest city to communities with health promotion?’ and to
a majority of these communities in FNQ. me the answer to the ‘how’ is in understanding
where people have come from.
I grew up in Townsville, the next city down the Understanding where some of the people living
coast and faced a lot of challenges growing up. I in remote communities is key to getting the
am happy to say that I have faced demons living message out about having better health, like
in a dysfunctional household back then, and awareness about sexually transmitted infections
grown from my experiences, looking forward
and letting the past go. As a young man I faced
alcohol addiction and had a hard time figuring
out I was gay, at the same time I was abused.
All of these things life has thrown at me I have
turned in to positive experiences, because I want
to be the best version of myself that I can be. I’m
happy to say I have a loving mother, and siblings,
and I am proud to say I am six years sober and
counting.
I have recently met my loving partner in Cairns


With local
Aboriginal man
Michael Brown

“(STI’s), HIV, and even How can we reach our I don’t like to scare people
when talking about the
getting to your doctor’s
appointment for a health Aboriginal and Torres Strait alarming rates of STI’s
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people also need to tailor their meetings, media I am a gay, Aboriginal man, who has become
and wording to suit each individual community. aware of STI’s, how they are transmitted and how
For example, if you’re working in a community to be healthly, and comfortable with who I am.
where the majority speaks a different dialect or The more time we spend getting education and
language that another community speaks, then promotion out there about the facts on a healthy
use the words that will appeal to them, or use lifestyle and visiting health services, the more
imagery which they will not only recognise but lives we are improving and potentially, saving.
will make them stop and think.
When attending marketing workshops, I’ve -Michael Brown

been told by people from cities like Sydney
or Melbourne that positive ‘quirky’ or ‘funny’
promotion is appealing. What other culture
by and large celebrates their beauty, strength
and traditions more than Aboriginal people?
I think that if you want to target a minority, or
even a minority within a minority, like gay or
sistergirl and brotherboy indigenous people then
the answers are right in front of you, start with
kindness.


What tha stat? couples as “monogamish”, a term
Young gay guys usually attributed to gay columnist
want monogamy Dan Savage.
“Do spontaneous threesomes with
An interesting study was conducted your partner mean you’re not
in the US recently, where a range of monogamous?” asked one guy.
single and coupled gay men were “I think there are so many more
interviewed aged between 18 and 40 levels of monogamy that it can’t be
yearls old. separated into two categories,” another
participant said.

Researchers found that the young “There are a lot of agreements that
guys interviewed were more can happen between couples that they
interested in monogamy than older consider monogamous that could fall
gay men, with 90 per cent of single in a grey area.”
guys saying they were seeking a The study found that marriage is
monogamous relationship. becoming the ‘norm’ for long-term
gay relationships, with 92 per cent of
Some guys interviewed were asked single men saying they intended to
and offered opinions on why they marry.
prefer monogamy and marriage.

“Older gay men may not be as serious The couples in the study reflected V
about monogamy since they had to that 15 per cent were married, 26 per f
lead secret lives and are trying to play cent were in de facto relationships, t
catch up,” one guy said. and another 36 per cent are planning
“You do that for a while and then to marry someday.
it becomes the norm. With more
acceptance there’s more freedom to be Monogamous and non-monogamous
normal.” couples were equally likely to
Surprisingly, a “small but significant” be married, and the researchers
number of couples described their concluded that monogamous and
own relationship as monogamous non-monogamous couples can
but said they sometimes had sex with have “enduring, healthy and happy
others; the researchers described these relationships”.


Ru Paul fans
Bring back my girls!

For those who still live under a stilet- To catch it week by week view it on
to, RuPaul’s Drag Race is a world lead- Stan or online, the same time the US
ing drag sensation showcasing queens gets it!
competing against each other for the If you’re having trouble watching it,
chance to be crowned Drag Superstar. come in to QuAC on Tuesdays and we
The show features the talent of pro- can arrange TV time!
fessional drag queens who are yet to
succeed to their full potential, and are
often growing despite coming from a
background faced with adversity.

The upcoming tenth season of
RuPaul’s Drag Race is almost here.

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My TATT

NAME: Julie Benson
DESCRIPTION/MEANING:
“The length of struggle out of the cocoon
is directly linked to the strength of the
butterfly’s wings and the resilience of her
being.”
ARTIST:
The artist is Be-Cool, he’s from Sanur in
Bali. He’s a good friend of my friend Alice
who has lived in Bali for a long time.
DURATION:
About 2 hours. Can’t be sure though, time
is a different experience for me when I’m
getting inked, I kind of go in to a trance.
IS IT FINISHED?
My experience with tattoos is that represent
who I was at a particular point in my life.
I’m always growing and always changing
so they will too. I’m never finished so they
aren’t either.

Flagging it with relationships with people of different
you: Pansexual genders and sexualities.
The theory of pansexuality aims to
The pansexual pride flag was designed challenge existing prejudices, which
as a symbol for the pansexual can cause judgment, ostracism, and
community to use. The pansexual serious disorders within society.
pride flag has been found on various
internet sites since mid-2010.
It is similar to the LGBT flag, which is
used as a symbol for the lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender community.
The pansexual pride flag is used to
increase visibility and recognition
for the pansexual community, and to
distinguish it from bisexuality.
It is used to indicate that pansexuals
have romantic attractions and


Join us for the 10th celebration
of LGBTIQ films in North Queensland.

Date claimer: 19th - 22nd July 2018

“for the community...
...by the community”


Fave Song?
If You Could Read My Mind

This amazing song was recorded by My brother knows, and no matter where
the supergroup Stars on 54. It was he is or when it is, when it comes on he
created for the soundtrack of the 1998 sings it and send it to me.
film ‘54’, which starred Mike Myers When you look back at this movie, it
as Steve Rubell, owner of the Studio reflects most gay boys’ dreams and lives.
54 nightclub. That in some way is I know it was for me, when I moved
somewhat kinda my life. The movie has from Newcastle to Sydney. The gay club
the best dance 80’s soundtrack, even scene is nothing of its former glory in the
though it’s from the late 90’s, 1990 and 2000. I used to go out clubbing
No mater where I am or what mood, on a Monday or a Wednesday and it was
when the song comes on, I’m in my pumping, now it’s not the same. The
happy place. I can close my eyes and regulations have changed the life and the
I’m back in a club when I was in my club scene.
20’s.
Richard Lewis

Northern Beaches BoyZout Dinner Cairns Sunboys
LGBT+ Social Group Tuesday 17 April. Sunday 22 April, 12
Wednesday 4 April 6.30 Meet for a pre- noon onwards.
from 5pm. dinner drink and WHERE: 2 Wheeler
Clifton Beach socialize in Trinity Ct, Brinsmead, Cairns.
northern end of Beach Tavern, Vasey BYO BBQ food,
the esplanade by Esplanade, Trinity drinks and a towel to
swimming net. Beach. sit on. BBQ facilities
7 pm BoyZout and salads will be
BYO BBQ food/drink Monthly Dinner and provided. $10 to the
or picnic to share. Pet Raffle at Trinity Beach host.
friendly, bring your fur Tavern. RSVP: owen.scotts1@
babies! gmail.com or
RSVP - just turn up! phone 0402 278 959


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The motto of PFLAG Queensland is SERVICE
“Keeping families together.” Pat 4054 (07) 4031 3590
4685 or 0419 121 051 or Pam & http://www.true.org.au/Counselling/
Trevor 4067 1326, 0404 319 447 cairns-sexual-assault-services
https://www.facebook.com/ NAPWHA
pflagcairns/ 1800 259 666
MANY GENDERS ONE VOICE National Association of People with
A trans health advocacy group. HIV Australia (NAPWHA) http://
http://www.manygendersonevoice. napwha.org.au
org/about.html QUEENSLAND POSITIVE PEOPLE
JCU STUDENT ASSOCIATION 1800 636 241
(07) 4781 4400 or 1800 330 021 Peer support for HIV+ people www.
studentassociation@jcu.edu.au qpp.net.au
BLACK RAINBOW QUIHN
www.facebook.com/ (07) 4032 1463
BlackRainbowAustralia Queensland Injectors Health. www.
TRANSGENDER SUPPORT quihn.org
ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
http://www.atsaq.com/ (07) 4051 2872
RESPECT INC. https://aameetings.org.au/
(07) 4051 5009 find?near=Cairns,+QLD
Support and information for North TOURISM
Queensland sex workers. https:// GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE
www.respectqld.org.au/cairns PARKS
SEXUAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH (07) 4781 8811
QUEENSLAND AIDS COUNCIL http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/
(QUAC) TOURISM INFORMATION
(07) 4041 5451 (07) 4051 3588
For all things LGBTI Health and http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/region/
Wellbeing www.quac.org.au tourist-information
CAIRNS SEXUAL HEALTH NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE
(07) 4226 4769 (07) 4052 3096
Cairns North Community Health https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/
Centre, free walk in appointments. contactus/regionalqpws.html
https://www.health.qld.gov.au/ TAXI
cairns_hinterland/html/shealth 131 008 (24 HRS)
ATODS
(07) 4226 3900
Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Service and Syringe Program https://
www.health.qld.gov.au/public-

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