A Queer Time in a small Capital Region town

Soundbloke 12 November 2009 13

You may recall that recently I put up a post requesting info on small towns and villages worth visiting around Canberra. The response was great and we have since visited a number of gems including Gundaroo, Tumbarumba, Yass to name a few!

We are now trying to find out about festivals and shows that take place in the towns around Canberrea throughout the year.

On yet another recent trip to Braidwood we were told about the forth coming QUILT Event – it sounds wild, has anyone attended previous years?

As far as we have been informed, on the 3rd Saturday of each November (21st and 22nd in 2009), Braidwood celebrates its love of alternative lifestyle in the form of the QUILT Event. Queers United In Little Towns celebrates self expression in regional Australia and prides itself as an event that unlike the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, focuses on alternative behavior regardless of orientation. Urban queers folk from all over Australia and the world are encouraged to turn up to the event, dressed for fun each year.

Aparently Braidwood enjoys an inordinately disproportionate interest in whips, discipline, chains, dressing up in the wife’s frocks, and other such pursuits amongst the town’s population including local councilors, members of the CWA, wealthy landowners and farmers.

Are there other such “off-beat” events around Canberra?

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13 Responses to A Queer Time in a small Capital Region town
Relf Relf 10:26 am 14 Nov 09

This is clearly part of the same pinko conspiracy as climate change. The pinkos are no longer under the bed they’re up in the trees.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 4:40 pm 13 Nov 09

@Soundbloke Re Wikipedia ‘vandalism’ lockdown:
Its an unattributed non-neutral point of view change being made by an anonymous ip address.
Its being policed because said Anon isn’t actually providing any attributions to back up the claim, and is yet prove that it is worthy of the merit implied by putting it on Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is not the Braidwood Tourist Information Office, and should not be used that way.
PS: I am not a wikipedian, but their policies are really easy to find.

(Whoever is doing the editing, the quick and easy way would be to find some way to make the idea newsworthy, then cite that news reportage as your source)

Soundbloke Soundbloke 4:22 pm 13 Nov 09

We thought we’d better get an official line, so today we called the tourist information office in Braidwood. As far as they could tell us Q.U.I.L.T is going ahead as scheduled, however they were unsure whether or not it has been “officially sanctioned!”

Apparently over the last few days they have recieved more calls about the Q.U.I.L.T event than they have the Quilt Event. Apparently Braidwood’s page on Wikipedia has been officially locked due to “vandelism!” It’s interesting to note, that as far as I have been able to establish, this is a genuine event, staged by a dedicated group! This shows that “open access media” such as wikipedia, is esentially policed by myopic conservatives!

It appears that the objective of Q.U.I.L.T organisers, is to see an eclectic band of fetishists and alternative dressers rubbing shoulders with those who enjoy a spot of quilting. Could cottaging be evolving into a cottage industry? The Original Quilt Event is apparently known for it’s quite spectacular “Hanging of the Quilts.” One hopes that the Auto-erotic types at the Q.U.I.L.T Event don’t get involved with that. Look what happened to Michael Hutchence and David Carradine – Nasty!

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 10:53 am 13 Nov 09

I always thought the Quilt Event was a quilt event. I must admit turning it into a Q.U.I.L.T. event is quite clever and amusing.

s-s-a s-s-a 8:34 am 13 Nov 09

LOL this is so funny.

MWF MWF 11:02 pm 12 Nov 09

Bugger. It sounded like a bit of fun.

Should I take the family there anyway? Anyone else interested?

Soundbloke Soundbloke 2:59 pm 12 Nov 09

The group of people that informed us about the “QUILT” event were drinking at the Braidwood pub following a planning meeting for the even. They were all carrying related paperwork and seemed fairly genuine and enthusiastic about the event! They were a very mixed fun bunch – I think it’ll be a great underground, fringe event approached with humour – much like the early Sydney Mardi Gras 78 79 etc.

astrojax astrojax 2:56 pm 12 Nov 09

but now we’ve mentioned it… remember, mobile phones were invented ’cause dick tracy had one, after all.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:58 pm 12 Nov 09

Wikipedia suffered an edit yesterday to include it, claiming it was a British newspaper who reported it, based on something from the Braidwood Times.
It has since been reported half a dozen times and subsequently removed.

This is the original inclusion change
This is the most recent removal
The Braidwood Times itself has no such article, according to their website.
And according to Google, Queers in Little Towns does not exist anywhere as a combined phrase, other than within this RiotACT article.

Soundbloke Soundbloke 1:32 pm 12 Nov 09

Hey Mickle – apparently it runs as a fringe event. Apparently everyone “Camps” out in the park!

Though I can invisage blokes in leather pants with quilted chaps! Mental image go away!

eyeLikeCarrots eyeLikeCarrots 1:26 pm 12 Nov 09


And here was me just getting my Carmen Miranda fruitbowl hat and feather boa down from the shelf.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 1:04 pm 12 Nov 09

It’s all about Braidwood Using Local Language for Special Holiday Influx of Tourists (BULLSHIT).

Mickle Mickle 12:43 pm 12 Nov 09

Are you sure someone’s not having a lend of you?


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