|Blind date with a book.|
Interesting fact: 1869 - Newtown library was the first free public library in NSW
|Time with friends|
|Hipster Style - the symbolic meaning of the beard trend |
(an opinion of course)
|Head Over Heels|
|Aboriginal communities have been significant inhabitants of Newtown since the first Cadigal (Gadigal) peoples walked this land. The Newtown Project provides an interesting overview of Aboriginal presence in the Newtown area.|
|... and kitsch|
Front of HouseWhen Ronald is still in the Christmas spirt and Santa has just had enough! (Well he was rather busy)
The residents of Newtown have been historically known for their activism - fighting for the rights of workers, Aboriginal people and women. Alongside these struggles, the rights of LGBTI people have been championed since the 1970s and much success has been achieved. However, in our current political climate there has been a shift in the way our LGBTI friends and family are being made to feel and this became clear as I walked around the suburb. A number of 'safe space' rainbow stickers were visible on various store fronts to indicate that these were welcoming and safe places for members of the LGBTI community. My first thought was fabulous! Here are businesses that reach out to everyone. But then I thought about what these safe spaces really signify. What do these signs and stickers say about our society?
As the campaign for marriage equality looms large in Australia my hope is that sanity will prevail and voices will be heard. Equality is the key word here - because why would anyone think that someone else deserves less?