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Gay and lesbian Melbourne

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Melbourne’s gay and lesbian scene may not be as in-your-face as Sydney’s, but it’s almost as big, and is also less ghettoized. Fitzroy, Collingwood and Carlton, north of the river, and St Kilda, South Yarra and Prahran, to the south, boast a strong gay presence; Fitzroy, Northcote and Clifton Hill are the city’s recognized stomping grounds for lesbians. MCV (Melbourne Community Voice, gaynewsnetwork.com.au), a free gay and lesbian paper published weekly, is available at gay and lesbian venues.

Big events are mostly organized by the ALSO (Alternative LifeStyle Organisation) Foundation. The scene’s annual highlight, however, is the fabulous Midsumma Festival (mid-Jan to early Feb; http://www.midsumma.org.au). Held annually since 1988, Midsumma provides an umbrella for a wide range of sporting, artistic and theatrical events, and includes Pride March.

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