Newsletter – Mardi Gras 2015 Edition

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See what’s coming up for femmes Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015
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Happy Mardi Gras!

Sydney Femme Guild is gearing up for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras events. Read below to find out about Fair Day, Femme Smut, and renewing your membership or joining for 2015!

Wishing you all fun femme times this Mardi Gras!

Sydney Femme Guild is hosting a stall in this years’ Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day 2015.  The Fair Day stall is an opportunity for Femme Guild to connect with Femmes in the community and improve femme visibility within the wider GLBTIQ community.

Fair Day represents Femme Guilds’ annual membership run, where you can renew or become a new member for a special discounted rate.

This year, Femme Guild have merch for sale, including femme jewellery, funky new badges, fridge magnets and fancy femme embroidery, all at affordable prices.  If you are interested in hanging out at the stall, please talk to the team about volunteering, or pop in and be inspired by community and committee member’s femming the stall all day long.  

24 June 1978!

Yes a date that is dear to all our hearts.  A date that saw the Gay Solidarity Group organise the first ever Mardi Gras in protest for the Stonewall riots and called for an end to discrimination and police harassment and anti-homosexual laws.  A humble gathering that witnessed arrests and violence.

GLBTQI Community have come a long way from a day of protest and fighting for equal rights.  Now today Mardi Gras is a day that the streets are alive and Sydney’s tourism is flowing freely and politicians praise the revenue we bring in.  Rainbow colours adourn the streets and our Community ‘Christmas’ is alive and flourishing with pride, rainbow babies, love is adorned and our folk are united.

While Mardi Gras is from a predominantly male history, the women of Mardi Gras have also a lot to be proud of, now a female Mardi-Gras co-chair, strong leather pride presence with SLPA, Dykes on Bikes who acted as Community security patrols along Oxford Street in the 1990’s , LOTL Magazine, Wicked Women Magazine; services that show, clearly women have also stood unified and proud.  So let’s all send our warmest Femme love to the many women who have painted a portion of our public rainbow and continue in their footsteps.

Sydney Femme Guild have also claimed our space, a unique and special space for those who identify as Femme and the many allies who support us by maintaining a strong and supportive governance process, a Committee that is dedicated to work with fellow Femme’s and allies toward a Femme proud future and by hosting an amazing array of events, including picnics, meet and greets, afternoon teas, a Femme-tastically successful conference – Unpacking Femme and this year we are proudly hosting Femme Smut in the Mardi Gras program plus our continuing presence at Fairday.

Let’s embrace and enhance the Femme presence in the GLBTQI community and show that we are no longer invisible.  Come play with Femme Guild and join in the journey to taking Femme Women to a stronger, visible, inclusive and proud part of the rainbow community.

Come along and play with us and enjoy the journey.

2015 Sydney Femme Guild Membership renewals are available at Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day, 22 February at Victoria Park, Broadway from 10am.  Special discounted rates are available at Fair Day, come down and renew, to support Femme visibility, solidarity and celebration within Sydney and abroad.  There will be a membership desk at our wonderful event – Femme Smut on Tuesday night, part of the Mardi Gras festival guide.  Please come down and renew during the night.  If you are unable to attend February events and would like to pursue membership, please contact femmeguildsydney@gmail.com for membership forms.
Benefits to joining Sydney Femme Guild Inc.

Facilitating a space where all different types of femme visibility is welcome and celebrated, both online and within the Sydney community.

That warm & fuzzy feeling knowing you are supporting femmes, creating femme spaces and history.

Kindred membership with Sydney Leather Pride Association, Sydney Dykes on Bikes and discounted entry to events.

Newsletter with femme updates, personal invitation to events such as Femme Cocktails, Femme Picnics, kindred parties, Queer Film, Mardi Gras Fair Day etc.

Capacity to be involved in the organisation/ management of the incorporated association.

Where your $$ goes

Funding for events, allowing Sydney Femme Guild to host events such as Femme Smut, Crafternoons, Femme Cocktails, Femme Picnics, General Meetings and Annual General Meetings, with the aim of providing low or no entry fees to enhance accessibility.

Flyers, forms and paperwork costs thereby allowing the committee to run Sydney Femme Guild and lobby/collaborate with other community groups.

Fees including Public Liability Insurance, internet subscription fees and Mardi Gras Fair Day stall fees.

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24 February 2015, from 7pm at Gasoline Pony, 115 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Tickets are available at http://www.trybooking.com/GNGI

Femmes, and femme lovers, admirers and allies! 

Sydney Femme Guild is hosting a night of erotic readings and spoken word in celebration of femme identity and desire, for the Mardi Gras festival 2015.

Femme Smut will cultivate the erotic voices of authors, bloggers, novices and amateurs, and offer an assortment of poets and storytellers: all sharing the exploration and expression of femme. All femmes will be encouraged to read, sing, or slam their own or someone else’s smutty lit’. Roving smut collectors will be at the ready.

The night is sure to explore the many-faceted aspects of femme desire.  An international selection of femme books is available for sale on the night, along with a raffle drawn on the night for a sumptuous femme gift pack. To submit your smut or register your interest in contributing on the night, complete the Participant’s Form and send an email to femmeguildsydney@gmail.com, or just turn up on the night!

We ask you to join us in making this space welcoming and relaxing to people regardless of their ethnicity, sexuality, identity, abilities, gender or intersex status.

If you would like discuss contributing to this dirty femme night, this please feel free to do so by emailing femmeguildsydney@gmail.com

AS SEEN IN “TEN BEST THINGS TO SEE & DO AT MARDI GRAS”

“Concrete playground share the top ten Mardi Gras event for the 2015 festive season… with Femme Smut  “Sydney Femme Guild is allowing you to give into your innermost desire this Mardi Gras Festival, with a night of erotic readings. Enjoy the hotness (and hilariousness) of sexy wordsmithery, whether its your own, your friend’s, a classic author’s or that favourite online slash fic scribe’s. Guest femmes are invited to read, sing or slam their own or someone else’s smutty words, so even women lacking confidence have an avenue to show off their work.”

http://concreteplayground.com/sydney/best_of/the-ten-best-things-to-do-during-the-mardi-gras-festival-2015/

AS SEEN IN DIRTY QUEER GUIDE // MARDI GRAS 2015

http://dirtyqueermag.com/blog/2015/01/dirty-queer-guide-mardi-gras-2015/

TOP PICK: Femme Smut (7pm // $10-15 +bf // Gasoline Pony) Sydney Femme Guild (Issue 1) is hosting a night of erotic readings and spoken word in celebration of femme identity and desire.

Upcoming Events:

10am – 4pm, 22 February 2015

Sydney Mardi Gras Fair Day

Victoria Park, Camperdown

Come and visit the Sydney Femme Guild stall with lots of Femme-licious goodies on sale; jewellery, embroidery, bookmarks and sooo much more – plus membership discounts apply on Fairday only to all who renew or sign up for Femme Guild membership

7pm, 24 February 2015

Femme Smut

Gasoline Pony, 115 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

Come and play with us and read your smutty erotica to a rather welcome audience.

6pm, 25 March 2015

Sydney Femme Guild – General Meeting

Venue to be confirmed (check facebook.com/SydneyFemmeGuild)

3pm, 28 March 2015

Afternoon Tea

Venue to be confirmed (check facebook.com/SydneyFemmeGuild) Great way to meet your fellow Femmes over a relaxing Sunday afternoon tea with light, love and laughter.

Our mailing address is:

Sydney Femme Guild Inc.

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