On the show: 9 September 2010

Tune it at 7pm on Joy94.9 to hear us talk about Australia’s queer bushranger Captain Moonlight. We ask the question: why should queers support Palestine? And Guy brings in a song by the first gay country singer Lavender Country.

Damien Ridgewell is coming in to the studio to tell us about a fundraising dinner which is happening on the weekend to send building supplies to Gaza. Damien is the Secretary of Swinburne Student Union, and is also an activist in Students for Palestine which has been active in demonstration in support against the genocide being carried out against the Palestinians.  There are a number of queer people who are making a point of showing solidarity with the Palestinian people, and we’ll ask him what the connection is? We’ll also ask some of the introductory questions and find out what’s the low down with these endless ‘middle east peace talks’?

All money raised will be used for the purchase of cement, which will be used to rebuild infrastructure that remains ruined 19 months on from the Israeli invasion.

This cement will be transported on the “Viva Palestina 5 – a global lifeline to Gaza”, a land convoy leaving London on Saturday, 18th September in conjunction with convoys leaving from Casablanca and Doha.

These convoys will be timed to coordinate with a larger flotilla aiming to reach Gaza by sea at the same time as the land convoys arrive by land.

We have set a target of 500 bags of cement, which will cost $4,300

Entry: $8/ 10
Halal food and soft drink/ tea/ coffee available at decent prices
The evening will be hosted by comedian Nazeem Hussain from the comedy duo ‘Fear of a Brown Planet’
It will also feature:
* speeches from participants in previous land convoys
* Hip Hop artists Pataphysics
* Hip Hop band ‘The Brothahood’
* a raffle
* an art auction
and other exciting fundraising events!

Captain Moonlite was a bushranger living around the time of Ned Kelly. Unlike Ned, he was formally educated – an engineer, a lay preacher and professional soldier. He also had a passion for gold, swindling and easy living, and his charisma and notoriety made him a media celebrity of his day. He wound up in Pentridge for robbing a bank and then afterwards, he took to bushranging with a gang of young men.

While waiting on death row, Moonlite finally “came out” and writing of his passion for his friend James, he asked to be put in the same grave. Wearing a ring made of James’s hair, he was hung and buried in Sydney.

Living in a world where AFL footballers still dare not come out, Y-GLAM tells the story of one bushranger, who also hid his sexuality, one hundred and thirty years ago. ‘Captain Moonlight‘ is written and directed by Sarah Cathcart (CARGO: The True Adventures of Mary Bryant) and performed by the Y-GLAM members.

Written and directed by Sarah Cathcart
Performed by the Y-GLAM Performing Arts Project
Tues Sept 7 – Sat 11 at 8pm – 5 shows only
Auslan interpreted performance Thurs 9th Sept at 8pm
Tickets: $15 Full $10 Concession
Bookings: 9388 1942
The Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre
Cnr Sydney Road and Glenlyon Road, Brunswick
Gold, guns and gays…

Y-GLAM Performing Arts Project, now in its twelfth year, is a program of Merri Community Health Services and is for young people aged 14 to 25 who are same sex attracted or transgender. For more information about Y-GLAM please call 9355 9900.

On this week’s Guy‘s Gay Music History Corner, we are delving into the world of gay country music.

Patrick Haggerty founded the band Lavender Country in 1972, and released the album, ‘Lavender Country’ the following year. It has the distinction of being the first openly gay country album.  Lavender Country was a Seattle-based country music band, which was published by Gay Community Social Services of Seattle. The song we are going to play is ‘Cryin’ These Cocksucking Tears’ and you can watch a youtube clip of it here.


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One response to “On the show: 9 September 2010

  1. Brody has left a message on the Facebook page for All That False Instruction, bringing our attention to Peter Grugzien. Looks like Lavender Country might have Peter beat by a year or so for the prize of ‘first gay country record’. But the music is awesome. Click the link and enjoy.

    http://www.myspace.com/petergrudzien

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