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Brisbane Ekka, it’s all about the tradition

Published August 14, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Brisbane Ekka, it’s all about the tradition| The Courier-Mail

The above article gives some commentary on the redevelopment of the EKKA, is the annual show of Queensland, Australia. In Australia, the annual “Show” is a significant event in the life of most towns and even major cities. It is when the country comes to town, be it i.e. cultural exchange, commercial showcase, or simply a distraction from the humdrum of everyday life, the Show serves some purpose. Once a premier entertainment event, a mix of quality tent shows, sideshows i.e. Tent boxing, freak shows , often including a Circus and or a rodeo. It is now a shadow of its former self, what remains is a funfair with all the lights and excitement but long on hype and short on value for money.

The Show holds many fond memories for most people it is our first interaction with the other, those marginal people who colour our vanilla lives.  A personal favourite being Johanna/John a long since gone half man/half woman act, before transgender or intersex was introduced to the vocabulary. Shim was a risqué comedy act that frequented sideshow ally in the early 80s. This perform was made up to look like a woman on one side and a man on the other wearing formal wear. The woman had long red hair with full make up wearing a flimsy cocktail gown during the show she exposed a realistic breast and taunted the crowd to touch. While the man had slick backed black hair, half moustache and wore a dinner suite. This act challenged the status quo it was by default Queer, even if not by intent.

History of the Showmen’s Guild

Queer in the media

Published July 30, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

This post is another of my link collections highlighting LGBT representation on television and in the movies. It is an open project just make your contribution by adding a comment

GLAAD releases index of LGBT representation on television – Feministing

TV Gayed
GLAAD’s Weekly Guide to What’s LGBT on TV

Television shows

Dramatic television series

Made for television films

About Gay Movies

List of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films

11 Memorable TV Guestbians


Number 96 (TV series)

Joe Hasham – Don Finlayson -Lawyer

The Box (TV series)

Paul Karo – Lee Whiteman -television producer

Billy Elliot a winner

Published June 8, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

Billy Elliot the musical cleans up the Tony’s 2009 however, my love for this story started with the movie (2000). The story set during the UK miners’ strike (1984–1985), under the spectre of Thatcherism follows a working class boy who wants to become a dancer. It obvious a coming of age film and provides a universal social commentary that deals sensitively with a number of themes. However, the three themes that stand out for me are the interweaving of family, friendship and acceptance that underpin this story.  What it confirms for me is that if you want acceptance always be true to yourself.

Happy Queen’s Birthday

Published June 8, 2009 by Michael C Leeson

It is the official celebration of HRM EIIR birthday in Australia. However, the highlight is now the honours list a public recognition of those Australians who have made a significant contribution to our country.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List

I have complied The Pink List of people for services towards a better Australia

Dennis Altman – academic, commentator, social policy

Member of the Order of Australia

For service to education as an academic, social and political commentator, and to the community through raising awareness of human rights issues and as a contributor to the development of HIV/AIDS policy

Joseph (Joe) Hasham – actor, writer, producer

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to performing arts through The Actors Studio, Malaysia, and as an actor, writer, producer

Played the first gay character in an ongoing Australian TV role in 1970s soap Number 96

John-Michael Howson – journalist, performer

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to the entertainment industry as a writer and performer

Played Clown on Adventure Island a 1970’s Children’s show strangely from memory he always carried a handbag

Vilma Ward – activist community worker

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to the community of Brisbane

“I was never going to be told what to do by anyone”.

Jonathon Welch – performer, coach, community worker

Member of the Order of Australia

For service to the arts as an operatic performer and vocal coach, and to the community as the founder and musical director of the Choir of Hard Knocks

“when people love their work and are passionate about it “it never really feels like work”.

Honorary Pinkie

Dr Peter Bastable – emergency medicine

Medal of the Order of Australia

For service to the development and delivery of emergency medicine in the Mackay region.