A spat has broken out over a bid to exclude anyone other than female-born lesbians from attending or working at a national lesbian festival.
Organisers of Lesfest 2004, to be held at Daylesford in country Victoria, today had an exemption from equal opportunity laws revoked in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT).
The tribunal decision made earlier this month had allowed organisers to advertise for only female-born lesbians to attend or work at the seven-day conference.
But the exemption was today overturned because the organisers had failed to notify the tribunal about a complaint.
The Australian WOMAN Network (AWN), a transsexual lobby group, had applied to revoke the exemption because the term “female-born” was offensive.