If I think about all of the things which have happened in terms of gay life in Lismore during my lifetime, there’s a lot to reflect upon.
I also remember Mike Bray and Vera Bourne (the mother of a schoolmate) hosting Gaywaves on the same community radio station I volunteered at (2NCR). I remember listening in my bedroom on a Tuesday night. Later I went on to fill in as presenter on a few occasions. I remember the start of “Tropical Fruits”, though I never attended early events as they were usually outside town.
As an adult, I also remember heading off to Tropical Fruits the night before my school reunion. A couple of years ago, I remember doing Tropical Fruits NYE for the very first time, and attending a film festival, and this year, a photographic exhibition.
A lot has changed in Lismore, and I’m so proud the city in which I grew up hosts Tropical Fruits. Today, it was the street parade. Bravo Tropical Fruits.
Author: James O'Brien
Born / Currently : Lismore / Widjabul Wia-Bal - Bundjalung
Live : Sydney / Gadigal - Eora
Also : Brisbane, Bourke, Renmark, Wagga, Perth
Pronouns : He/him/his.
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