Laughter & Tears
“I love some good old-fashioned drag”, I whispered in the ear of my friend, Michaela, one of the friends I attended the First Nations Supreme Drag Queen Event at Carriageworks last night, as part of World Pride.
One of the drag queens had just lip-synched to the awesome Whitney Houston song, “I Have Nothing” from “The Bodyguard”.… Read the rest “Laughter & Tears”
Mardi Gras / World Pride (Part Two)
“Why is the parade going THAT way?”, my colleague and friend, Sam asked me last night, as we tried to make our way through Surry Hills. We were both a bit discombobulated, after taking part in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Even though I have lived in the area for almost thirty years, we had both completely lost our sense of direction.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras / World Pride (Part Two)”
“I think she might be Scomo’s biggest mistake”, an “old leftie” whispered into my ear at the Andrew Olle Media Lecture.
There was a perception, rightly or wrongly, that the appointment of Ita Buttrose as ABC Chair was simply another political appointment and that Ita would do the “government’s bidding”. Indeed, the appointment was a “captain’s pick” by the Prime Minister, made outside the process which had been established for ABC and SBS board appointments.… Read the rest “Big Events”
Red and Purple
For the first time today in decades, I felt that all too common feeling of sunburn on the back of my neck. Though sunburn was pretty common when I was a child, I’ve had long-term awareness about the risks of skin cancer, especially since I have fair skin and red-haired ancestry, always wearing a hat and sunblock to significant outdoor events.… Read the rest “Red and Purple”
About 10.45am on Friday, I received the following text message from a friend and former colleague. “Watching you on tv xxx move out from behind Nat where do I buy merch?” Shortly afterwards, she added, “Ps I’m in WA forgot time difference”. If you look closely at the video below, you’ll see me as a “backdrop” to a live cross on ABC News Breakfast.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras”
ABC Pride in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade
“It’s all going so fast”, I said to my colleague to the left of me.
We were walking / marching / dancing along Oxford Street, as part of the “ABC Pride” float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Even though ABC Pride is a staff-led initiative (it was not an “official” ABC float), it was awesome to have Managing Director, David Anderson on the float, and ABC Chair, Ita Buttrose came along to meet and greet everyone, before making her way to the party at Taylor Square.… Read the rest “ABC Pride in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade”
Mardi Gras Season
Around mid-afternoon I took a break from activities at Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day, and went for a walk down the street. I’d been at Fair Day for a few hours, working on the stall we have, raising awareness and raising funds for ABC Pride’s float in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras Season”
Though I never made it to the street parade this year, and I didn’t get to see Cher perform at two o’clock in the morning (or something stupid like that), I have some wonderful memories of this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Going back to the very beginning, I was very pleased to be invited to attend the premiere screening of the film, “Riot”, which in a docu-drama, tells the story of the events leading up to the first ever Mardi Gras.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras”