Lesbian fete ordered to admit 'men'

Organisers of an Australian lesbian festival have run into a politically correct storm after being accused of discriminating against transsexuals.

    Lesfest is to take place in January of 2004

    The Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal overturned a ruling on Tuesday which had allowed organisers of “Lesfest” to be exempt of equal opportunities laws and allow only “female-born” lesbians to attend or work at the festival.

    The original complaint of the exemption came from a transsexual lobby group, the Australian WOMAN Network.

    Co-convenor of the group, Karen Gurney, said the exemption had caused “distress” among its members since it failed to recognise transsexuals as medically and legally women.

    But Lesfest spokeswoman, Anna Holland-Moore, says there is a difference between lesbians brought up female, and those brought up male.

    Bushland festival

    "It's not about excluding, it's about affirmation of our identity," said Holland-Moore. "We just wanted a week together to consolidate our culture and discuss relevant issues."

    The exemption would have also allowed the group to ban boys over eight and non-lesbian girls over 15.

    Lesfest has not decided whether or not it will reapply for an exemption or send out private invitations to the event instead.

    The festival is due to be held in bushland in January at Daylesford in Victoria state.



     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    The story of a most-wanted fugitive and billionaire.